DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts has announced new partnerships for the Detroit School of the Arts .
WWJ Newsradio 950’s Beth Fisher reports that the Detroit School of the Arts will be run by a new governing council, starting with the next school year.
Roberts says it won’t be a charter school, but they hope to make it the best arts school in the country with partnerships. Dr. Glenda Price is on the governing council and she has high hopes.
“More musicians from the DSO, who are involved in the educational program. More opportunities for the DIA to have an input into the visual arts program and more master classes with outstanding artists of all genres,” said Price.
And Roberts hopes partnerships with area arts and educational institutions and a new governing council will make the school a top arts school in the country.
“I don’t think that any of us believe that it’s just a matter of finance – I think the human value that these people bring to the table is invaluable,” said Roberts.
But, DSA junior Jaquan Bonner has mixed feelings: ” … we don’t know really who these people are – hopefully we can trust them,” he said.
The new governing council will be able to hire a principal and teachers , but the school remains in the school district. The school is one of ten schools in the district that are part of the self-governing schools initiative.