Palmer Park Prep Academy students moved due to health concerns

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Palmer Park Preparatory Academy

Students from Palmer Park Preparatory Academy on Detroit's west side will finish the school year at Detroit International Academy, school officials said Wednesday.

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy temporarily closed Monday amid concerns about the building’s condition, including a leaking roof and possible mold, district officials said.

Over the weekend, environmental cleanup crews started addressing water damage and testing for harmful mold at the school, which serves more than 500 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Chrystal Wilson, spokeswoman for Detroit Public Schools Community District, said test reports for the mold are expected Friday. 

"They will be finishing out the school year (at Detroit International) as a result of health concerns," Wilson said. "Vitti assured parents in a meeting Wednesday night we are committed to fixing and repairing the roof."

She said the roof is expected to be fixed in time for the fall semester, but the cleanup also includes replacing ceiling tiles, treating water-damaged areas and relocating students in damaged classrooms, according to the statement.