Sunrise in Detroit, Michigan 48223 Image by: Cynthia Gladden
By: Cynthia Gladden March 5, 2017
Samuel Gompers Elementary Middle School, 14450 Burt Road, Detroit, Michigan 48223 Image by: Cynthia Gladden
The Gompers Elementary Middle School community has been encouraged to take the necessary measures to prevent the dilapidation of the $21.4 million school that opened its doors in the 2011 school year, in Detroit, Michigan.
Low test scores leave many Detroit parents with only hope that these doors to Gompers Elementary Middle school will remain open after the 2017 school year. Image by: Cynthia Gladden
Parents and students were notified in January 2017 that Gompers Elementary /Middle School could possibly close its doors in June 2017, along with 37 other schools in Metro Detroit. The 111,882 square-foot school consolidated and replaced three older schools: Harding, Vetal, and Gompers Elementary Schools. Harding Elementary and its Annex were demolished and the new 2-story building was constructed on that site, which houses Pre-K thru 8th grade students. The closing will cause a hardship for many families, as many Detroit Public Schools have already been closed due to the decline of Detroit and state testing scores for children. The city has no plans for the schools facing being vacated and this will only add despair to a city on the edge of rebuilding itself.
Vetal Elementary Middle School was closed after the 2010 school year. The property has been vandalized and still remains standing. Image by: Cynthia Gladden
Vetal Elementary School 14224 Westwood, Detroit, Michigan 48223, sits abandoned after the school closed in 2010. Image by: Cynthia Gladden
Kindred Ministries attempted to use the building as a church but the old school building still sits vacant. Image by: Cynthia Gladden
Samuel Gompers Elementary Middle School was built to house students from older schools, Peter Vetal, Warren Harding, and Samuel Gompers Elementary Schools. The new Gompers sits on Harding Elementary old school site. Image by: Cynthia Gladden
The children have to be educated and the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder has delayed the decision to close from February 2017 to May 2017, giving the Michigan Department of Education time to come up with a plan for making sure the children are educated properly and are able to bring up test scores.
Heaven is a former student of Warren G. Harding school, she now attends Samuel Gompers Elementary Middle School and has dreams of being a doctor and now wonders where she will graduate from in the future. Image by: Cynthia Gladden
The old signage from the original Samuel Gompers Elementary School that sits among the trash that gets dumped on the vacant property. Image by: Cynthia Gladden
Samuel Gompers Elementary School, 20601 Davidson, Detroit, Michigan 48223, vacated, abandoned and stripped of the piping inside. This is the end result of this school not passing the required state testing, three years in a row. Image by: Cynthia Gladden
Schools that do not pass the state testing three years in a row are subjected to closing instead of seeking solutions to better the test scores. School closings lead to more abandoned buildings in a city whose population has a steady decline. Detroit parents are faced with, where to educate their children, who have dreams to succeed. Finding a place to meet the educational needs for the children of Detroit be a chore most parents and they will find it hard to fulfill their children’s educational requirements within the city limits, since many schools have already closed.
Students from Gompers will have to pass state testing if the doors are to remain open for the future.mage by: Cynthia Gladden