DPS plans to 'restructure' 8 schools

Staff will be required to re-apply for their jobs

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley on March 3, 2015.
Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley on March 3, 2015.

DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools announced it will "restructure" eight schools over the summer break.

In each school the district says it hopes to raise academic rigor, improve safety, and increase STEM opportunities for students.

"These eight schools are critical elements of this transformational change that will directly benefit our students, and we are committed to making them high-achieving, academically-sound learning options for the thousands of students who attend them," said DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley.

Existing school staff will be requires to re-apply for their positions before the 2015-6 school year.

"This is not an indictment of the staff at any of the schools, but an opportunity to comprehensively address all factors affecting student success at the school," said Earley. "The process for staff selection will be conducted professionally and on a very timely basis to ensure stability and to provide both the educators and the families knowledge of teaching assignments by the beginning of June."

The eight schools are:

·         Carstens Water Sciences Academy at Remus Robinson;

·         Coleman A. Young Elementary School;

·         Gardner Elementary School;

·         Henderson Academy;

·         Marquette Elementary-Middle School;

·         Mason Elementary-Middle School;

·         Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy; and

·         Thirkell Elementary-Middle School.

Mason Elementary-Middle School will follow the so-called "community school model" and share resources with the adjacent Farwell Recreation Center.

Principals and staff have been notified of the planned changes. Parents will receive letters this week, detailing changes and inviting them to parent meetings to participate in the process.