Dearborn’s aging public schools need over $160 million in infrastructure upgrades, rebuilds

Aug 17, 2018 by

Dearborn’s aging public schools need over $160 million in infrastructure upgrades, rebuilds

DEARBORN – More than a dozen of the city’s 29 public schools will turn a century old between 2020 and 2030, according to Dearborn Public Schools Communication Director Dave Mustonen.

The district’s operations department has determined that more than $160 million in maintenance and repair is needed to update the schools, including replacements and repairs to roofs, boilers, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as installing additional cameras and securing entrances, according to an expenditure and priority plan for the 2017 to 2037 school years, provided to The AANews by the Dearborn Public Schools Business and Operations Department.

“School are designed differently nowadays,” Mustonen said. “Their needs are different and the way we use the buildings are different.”

Most of the schools need major architectural and mechanical and electrical system upgrades. Since last year, they’ve already spent about $3.5 million on upgrades and repairs at the schools so far.

Upgrades includes new boilers that cost an average of $700,000, roof replacement that costs from $250,000 to $500,000 at each school and major security upgrades all schools that cost a total of about $3.5 million.

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