“Our teachers, principals and administration shared the extreme
frustration of our parents this past year as the failure of the
City of Detroit’s power grid repeatedly hindered the educational
process for our children who needed to be in class and learning
every single day to ensure academic achievement continues to
progress,” said Emergency Manager Jack Martin.
“This transition to another power provider was long overdue.
Although we know that the DPS electric service may still be at risk as a
result of ‘mother nature’ bringing down power lines during
storms, we are hopeful that restoration will be much faster than
it has been in recent years. The
district is encouraged by the progress already underway by DTE
to help ensure lost school days will be minimized.”
DTE Energy has already begun to build redundancy into circuits
servicing several schools including the circuits connecting
Emerson and Ludington schools.
Martin emphasized that while none of the changes are quick fixes
– noting that the former PLD system has been in disrepair for
years – the collaboration between the city and DTE throughout
this process has been excellent. He added that he is pleased
both the school district and DTE are working together to find
solutions that minimize outages.
“While the complete transition to DTE power lines will
take about 5 years, DTE already has
taken responsibility for all of PLD's former customers,” said
DPS Chief Operating Officer Mark Schrupp. “Therefore,
when we have an outage, we call the DTE service hotline and DTE
is responsible for restoring power.”
DTE and DPS officials have met to work out protocols for giving
easements to bury new lines and place transformers on district
sites, which will also help create more reliable power
distribution to DPS schools.
The top five schools that were most affected by PLD power
outages during the 2013-14 school year were:
Emerson – 12;
Mason – 12;
Edison – 10;
Greenfield Union – 10;
and Bates, Dixon, Mann, Palmer
Park Preparatory Academy - 8 each.