$1.9 million grant will provide improvements for Southwestern Academy

FLINT, Michigan—Flint Southwestern students will be returning to an improved school and campus this fall. 


The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awarded a $1.9 million grant to Flint Community Schools for renovations at Southwestern, which will serve as the main high school for the district beginning in the fall.

The planned improvements include painting; rebuilding student and staff restroom facilities; updating lighting, plumbing, and flooring in the locker rooms; repainting and resealing the gym floor; installing security systems; remodeling the courtyard; repairing sidewalks; and resurfacing the parking lot.


“At Flint Community Schools, providing a safe and welcoming learning environment is critical to the education of our students,” said Gregory Weatherspoon, interim superintendent, adding that he believes the upgrades to the school will be celebrated by students as well as staff.

“The fact remains there is still more work to be done to improve facilities districtwide,” Weatherspoon continued. “In the meantime, these changes will go a long way in bettering the environment at Southwestern Classical Academy. We are grateful for the continued support the district receives from valued partners like the Mott Foundation.”

The projects are expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year, will feature physical improvements to the building and surrounding campus.

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