Power outage, building issue closes 2 Detroit schools

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — Two Detroit Public Schools buildings are closed on Monday, one for a power outage, the other for a building issue, the district announced.

Those schools are the Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science at Remus, an elementary-middle school on the east side, which has a power outage, and Turning Point Academy, “a day treatment program for severely emotionally impaired students in grades K-12,” also on the east side, which is having boiler issues.

DPS teachers have staged a number of sickouts during the 2015-16 school year. Some of the issues teachers have cited is the quality of the buildings they work in, with heating/cooling issues, the presence of rodents, and mold growth.

In response to those complaints, in January Mayor Mike Duggan announced that all DPS buildings would be inspected by the city’s Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department, or BSEED, by the end of April.

A Jan. 20 safety inspection resulted in several violations at Carstens. Not only does Carstens need to obtain a certificate of compliance from BSEED, it needs to repair a water-damaged ceiling and “make necessary repairs to the windows at second floor hallway above lockers.”

Turning Point Academy was inspected on Jan. 21. Turning Point needs to obtain a certificate of compliance, to scrape and paint its boiler room, to “make necessary repairs to the roof to abate elements,” to “IMMEDIATELY restore tempered air” in the building’s west wing, and to repair a water-damaged ceiling above the principal’s office and several other rooms.