Palmer Park Preparatory Academy students relocated due to mold in Detroit school

Posted: 6:42 PM, Mar 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-14 23:48:23Z

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy will be moving pending logistics due to building concerns.

The district says the school needs roof repairs but has water damage and they’ve had to test it for mold. 

Crews were working on the school over the weekend cleaning up the water damage. The Environmental Health and Safety Department told the district to relocate classrooms that were affected.

LaMar Lemmons a member of the Detroit Board of Education says he’s brought up his concerns about the building before. 

"I was under the impression that we should've made sure that those buildings were totally safe prior to us taking control over the district,” he says. 

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says, “DPSCD’s utmost priority is to ensure the safety of our children and staff. We all agree the conditions of the facilities are unacceptable. Currently, we are preparing to identify the best possible location for students and faculty for the remainder of the school year. By putting our student’s first, and collectively arriving to an agreement about how to best educate them in an environment that is conducive to learning is a move in the right direction.” 

The district and staff explored options to complete the school year in a different location. The students will now finish out the year at the Detroit International Academy.

The move, which will see them sharing the facility, was announced Wednesday.