The outgoing emergency manager of the Detroit public schools estimates it would cost more than $50 million to address the immediate maintenance issues in the district’s aging buildings.
Meanwhile, the district has begun using money budgeted for other departments to fix the most urgent problems. A release from Darnell Earley’s office says the district is trying to complete as many repairs as possible before the end of March, because the financially strapped school system is projected to deplete its cash reserves in April.
Under orders from Mayor Mike Duggan, city workers have inspected about half of Detroit’s nearly 100 schools, uncovering issues with mold, rodents, and broken glass.
A version of this article appeared in the February 17, 2016 edition of Education Week as Repair Bill for Detroit Could Top $59 Million