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Ann Arbor School To Reopen Wednesday For The First Time This Academic Year

Apr 11, 2017

Allen Elementary School in Ann Arbor
Credit Courtesy Photo / a2schools.org

With just two months before the end of the school year, Allen Elementary in Ann Arbor will finally open its doors on April 12th.

Allen's 400 students were relocated to the vacant West Middle School building in Ypsilanti after a water main break caused major damage to the building before the school year started.  Pipes were rerouted, and classrooms have a fresh coat of paint.

Dawn Linden is the Executive Director of Elementary Education for Ann Arbor Public Schools.  She says for kindergarten students it will be like the first day of school all over again.

"They're gonna tour the building.  They're gonna look at all the spaces.  They're gonna learn how to get to the cafeteria.  All the cool elements of the playground..."

It cost the district about $180,000 a month to rent out West Middle School.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu