45 Detroit schools slated for closing under plan

Financial manager calls for school closings over next five years, district expects enrollment drop of 30,000

Published March 17, 2010 2:10PM (EDT)

A $1 billion plan from Detroit Public Schools' emergency financial manager calls for closing 45 schools during the next five years. The district expects an enrollment drop of about 30,000 students during that time.

Robert Bobb plans to release possible closing dates Wednesday.

Bobb's plan calls for closing 45 schools between 2010-2015, renovating some and consolidating others.

The district projects Detroit's full-time, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment will fall from nearly 88,000 to under 57,000 in five years.

Detroit also closed 35 buildings about three years ago. The Kansas City, Mo., school district announced plans last week to shut down nearly half that district's schools by the start of classes in the fall amid falling enrollment.

By Associated Press

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