- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

DETROIT — The emergency financial manager for the Detroit public schools said Wednesday that 44 schools and a support building will close in June as the district addresses budget issues and declining enrollment.

Six more schools are slated to close in June 2011, and seven more will close a year later.

Robert Bobb, the financial manager, publicly announced the closures at a news conference as part of a proposed five-year plan to reorganize and create a leaner district.

The closures are in addition to the shuttering of 29 schools prior to last fall.

Many of the current programs will be moved to other school buildings. Bond money would be used to build new schools in targeted neighborhoods throughout Detroit.

The 87,700-student district faces a deficit of at least $219 million. Full-time enrollment is projected to drop to about 56,000 by 2015.

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