Several facilities received HVAC upgrades as part of a $2 million effort to upgrade conditions in Detroit schools.

$2 million cleanup effort gets Detroit schools ready for students

Aug. 30, 2016
Workers repaired conditions in school facilities that teachers and parents said had created unsafe learning environments.

After using the summer recess to correct facility deficiencies throughout the Detroit school system, city leaders say nearly all of the school campuses are 100 percent compliant with building codes.

WJBK-TV reports that the public school system has spent more than $2 million to carry out the needed repairs and cleaning.

"Today, 86 schools have certificates of compliance that (show) they are are 100 percent compliant with the city building codes," Mayor Mike Duggan says.

Another eight schools still need certificates of compliance: Breithaupt Career and Technical, Cody Schools, Detroit International Academy for Women, Emerson Elementary-Middle School, Mann Learning Community, Sampson Webber, Turning Point Academy, and Vernor Elementary.

"These repairs will not interfere with the opening of the school or operations of school," Duggan says.

Steven Rhodes, the district's transition manager, says that funding received from the state "will up help us with key academic initiatives, enhance our safety and security, and to begin to address some of our major facility repairs."

The work included repairing ceilings, correcting heating and plumbing problems, and ensuring that water from drinking fountains was safe. "They made the proper repairs and I'm pleased to report today that testing shows there are no elevated lead levels in the water in any Detroit public school," Duggan says.

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