DETROIT (WXYZ) - If you live in Detroit you know change is going to come. Whether you think about change with the city leadership or with the dire finances as one parent said today, “we can only look up.”
Change has been the theme for the Detroit Public Schools as they embark on a new year filled with endless possibilities. Earlier today Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager, Jack Martin visited several schools including Detroit’s Mackenzie PreK-8. It’s in its second year - still new to so many of the kids roaming the halls on this first day of school.
We talked with the EM as he made his way through the school. Staring at the large number of kids moving through the halls he said, “enrollment campaign appears to be paying off particularly here.”
And by here he’s talking about the crowded MacKenzie PreK-8 a school that thanks, in part, to the community is seeing high enrollment. He attributes the high numbers to the alumni and people like these parents that appreciate the community where they live.
“We’re probably going to be in excess of capacity here,” Martin says.
With so many kids and with a limited number of rooms and teachers at MacKenzie, the district must now look at alternatives to get so many kids in classrooms.
“I’m happy that we’ve got this sort of problem,” Martin said in talking about the overflow. “We may have to look at sending kids out to some other schools and that’s what they’re doing in the office right now.”
All morning long parents could be seen dropping their kids off, while others could be seen waiting outside the school's front office - waiting to find out where their kid will go to school.
Parents we talked with say it’s a good problem for a district once plagued with so many issues. As one parent put it this could be a sign the district is on the rebound.
“We’ve had strong support from our union leaders from all of our administrators, principals, parents, students, everybody’s been out walking the neighborhoods and I think what we’re seeing today is the fruits of all that work,” Martin said.
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