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Detroit Public Schools officials announced today they will begin tearing down the most dangerous vacant school buildings beginning in January.

Robert Bobb, the district’s emergency financial manager, made the announcement outside the old Sherrard School, which closed in 2007.

The graffiti-marked school is an example of the kind of vacant schools Bobb said are being targeted. Glass and other debris litter the grounds of the school. And stolen windows make it an easy target for thieves — and neighborhood children — to enter.

“They have been a real blight,” Bobb said of the buildings.

The district will use $3.1 million in money left over from the 1994 bond and nearly $30 million from the bond proposal voters approved in November.

In all, 14 buildings will be demolished, though more may be added to the list, officials said. The buildings slated for demolition are:

  • Ferry, Dexter F. Elementary School

  • Owen, John A. Elementary School (OLD)

  • Newberry, John Elementary School

  • Woodward, Augusta B. Elementary School

  • Sherrard, Henry Gary Elementary/Middle School

  • Brietmeyer Elementary School (OLD FLICS)

  • Detroit City High School (OLD)

  • Sanders, Claire Mabel Elementary School

  • Scripps, James Edmond Elementary

  • Angell, James Burrill Primary

  • Cass Technical High School (OLD)

  • Finney High School (OLD)

  • Chadsey High School

  • Munger Middle School

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