Vermin evidence found in at least 1 more Detroit school

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Detroit — The city of Detroit on Saturday released its latest round of public school building inspection reports that include evidence of vermin in at least one school.

The inspections at 14schools found evidence of insects and rodents in a school, Sampson/Webber Academy at 4700 Tireman. The school was ordered to make necessary repairs to plumbing in a wall to prevent leaking, and to rid the premises of insects/rodents and provide documentation from a licensed contractor.

An earlier inspection at Spain Elementary found mold growing under wood flooring in the gym and evidence of a vermin infestation, which included fecal matter and carcasses in various rooms.

Michelle Zdrodowski, spokeswoman for Detroit Public Schools, said in a statement: “The issue of the disrepair of some of the District’s buildings and a plan to address that is before the legislature.

“The investment of these funds will be necessary to implement a badly needed, district-wide long-term capital improvement plan. Meanwhile, we continue to address those matters that have been presented in the inspection reports from the city, and have been made aware of through our work order system, through a corrective action plan that provides available resources for these repairs, she said.

According to the incident reports:

At East English Village Preparatory Academy, repairs to the roof and to a smoke barrier door vertical rod panic device need to be made.

Mason Academy Elementary/Middle School must make repairs to ceiling tile in a hallway near the gymnasium to abate mold and mildew.

Nichols Elementary-Middle School must make repairs to water damaged wall, ceiling and floor coverings in several areas including the main hallway, auditorium/cafeteria and restrooms.

Oakland International Academy must secure all loose faucets in the boys’ restroom.

Other schools had potholes in parking lots, heating and cooling problems, defective floors water damaged ceiling tiles.

Corrections must be made on or before Feb. 20, according to the report.

The city’s Building, Safety, Engineering and Environmental Departmentbegan inspecting all DPS schools in a process that is expected to be completed by the end of April. When determined necessary by deparment inspectors, the city’s Health Department will conduct a separate inspection.

Parents and educators can report problems, such as heating and cooling issues, mold, electrical problems or fire hazards, electronically through a link at After a complaint is received by the city, inspectors will be sent to the property, if they haven’t arleady inspected the school.

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The 14 Detroit Public Schools cited in the city’s recent inspections are:

■Brenda Scott Academy

■Burton International School

■Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science at Remus

■East English Village Preparatory Academy

■ Fisher Magnet Lower Academy,

■Fisher Magnet Upper Academy

■Fleming Early Learning Neighborhood Center,

■Gardner Elementary School Mason Academy

■Nichols Elementary-Middle School

■Oakland International Academy

■ Pulaski Elementary-Middle School

■ Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy

■Turning Point Academy.