As a part of Thursday’s announcement, DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts emphasized the district’s new growth strategy by sharply reducing the planned school consolidations.
As a result, only four school buildings (as opposed to the potential 28 originally announced) are closing through the following moves:
The Duke Ellington Elementary-Middle School program will move to the building that currently houses the William J. Beckham Academy program and the school will be called Edward Duke Ellington at Beckham Elementary-Middle School.
Both the academic program and facility at Wilkins Elementary-Middle School will close and all students will be reassigned to A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School.
Both the academic program and facility at Oakman Elementary-Orthopedic School will close. Most Oakman students, special education and general education alike, will be reassigned to Noble Elementary-Middle School. A smaller group of students who are considered physically or otherwise health impaired will be relocated to Henderson Academy.
The academic program at Northwestern High School will close and the Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School program will relocate from the east wing of Northwestern into the main academic part of the facility. Because of the importance of the Northwestern name to DPS and the community, this new program will be called Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern. All DPS professional development services will relocate into the east wing of Northwestern, and the Harris professional development building will be closed.
Davis Aerospace Technical High School will move to the Golightly Career and Technical Center building, where it will share space with Golightly’s programs. Davis will continue to operate as an independent, small high school within the Golightly building. Shuttles will take students to and from City Airport for their flight training and technical instruction. The Davis and Golightly programs will operate as two separate schools under one roof.