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Ann Arbor's Allen Elementary Has Successful Re-opening

Apr 13, 2017

Allen Elementary School in Ann Arbor
Credit Courtesy Photo / a2schools.org

It was like the first day of school for 400 Ann Arbor Public Schools students Wednesday morning.  


236 days after a water main break shut down Allen Elementary, the building finally opened and students were allowed in.  Students were relocated to the vacant West Middle school building in Ypsilanti for most of the school year.

Andrew Cluley is a spokesperson for the district.  

"Kids were excited to be there.  I saw a couple of kids were literally jumping up and down with the excitement of knowing that they were going to get back into their home school."

Students didn't finish the school year in Ypsilanti because Ann Arbor Public Schools was paying $180,000 a month to use West Middle School.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu