Detroit Public Schools last week launched a series of public tours and community meetings to showcase how it’s spending proceeds of a $500 million bond-funded capital improvement plan.

The hard-hat tours include two new pre-kindergarten buildings, as well as the renovation of one high school and the reconstruction of another.

“It has really aided participants’ ability to see what was shown in renderings come to life,” Carol Weaver, supervisor of the DPS bond construction program, said in a statement.

The largest bond-funded project is a $50.3 million high school that will serve more than 1,500 students. Voters authorized the $500 million bond issue in November 2009 after officials touted it as a vote for the future of Detroit.

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