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Ypsilanti Community Schools Considers Future of Vacant Buildings

Mar 17, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools has several buildings it isn't using, and the district is considering its options on what to do with them.

Credit Patrik Holubik

Superintendent Scott Menzel says a lot depends on enrollment.

"We know that 3,000 students for Schools of Choice made other options in prior years," Menzel said.  "Our hope is that we truly become a first choice for exceptional cradle to career education and that perhaps some of these buildings will be brought back on line."

Menzel says buildings that have been closed for a few years need to be brought up to code if they're going to be re-opened, so that's a factor.

Some buildings, like Thurston and Kettering Elementary Schools, are in such bad shape it may be more cost effective to tear them down.

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