May 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Detroit's Bates Academy getting a $3M makeover

Detroit Public Schools property sales will fund $3 million in renovations at Bates Academy that will start this summer. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

Detroit — Proceeds from real estate sales of Detroit Public Schools properties and land are funding $3 million in renovations at Bates Academy.

Plans for the makeover, to be done this summer, include transforming the school’s interior learning environments, DPS officials say.

The work marks the beginning of a multi-phased and multiple-year renovation of the school.

“We are thrilled to be receiving these much-needed improvements that I am confident will only enhance our students’ ability to learn and grow within the stellar educational program that we offer,” said Cleo Moody, Bates principal. “Our students and families deserve this, particularly since our school, which is the district’s top elementary-middle school, has experienced so much disruption this year due to power outages.”

The school lost 16 days of instruction during the year, due to weather and related power outages, and needs to make up 10 days during summer school.

The improvements, which will begin in June after school is out, include installation of new heating/cooling units and ceiling replacements in all classrooms.

The classrooms also will have new paint and full-scale upgrades of the lighting to replace the outdated incandescent and fluorescent lights with modern and more energy-efficient fixtures, DPS spokeswoman Jennifer Mrozowski said.

A kitchen, servery and cafeteria makeover will include new lighting, upgraded kitchen equipment, heating and cooling improvements and updated acoustics.

Summer school classes will be relocated to the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School so improvements can be finalized before the start of the school year.

“We know that facility upgrades, such as better heating/cooling and indoor air quality equipment, as well as bright classrooms with energy-efficient lighting, help to create 21st century learning environments that are conducive to the level of academic achievement that Bates Academy is known for,” said Jack Martin, DPS emergency manager.

“These upgrades are long overdue for Bates Academy.”

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