Monday, May 01, 2006

BoE adopts criteria for school closures

The District's Board of Education has approved the criteria for selecting which schools in its system will be closed and/or consolidated over the summer. The nineteen criteria are:
  • Educational initiatives outlined in the school system's Master Education Plan that impact facility size, student enrollment or program capacity should be considered.
  • Programs for high achievers, special education, alternative education and career and technology training should be located throughout the city to ensure equal access to all city residents.
  • Successful school environments that consistently achieve measurable high performance should be considered as replicable models.
  • Schools that have been selected as a neighborhood's "first choice" for educating their children should be supported.
  • Where children live should be considered.
  • Sharing underutilized school space with appropriate community-based organizations or D.C. government agencies should be considered when determining opportunities for co-location and partnering.
  • Sharing underutilized school space with other schools, either as a short-term "swing space" or long-term "partnering" solution, special education needs should be considered when determining opportunities for co-location and partnering.
  • Sharing underutilized space with, or providing underutilized space for DCPS ancillary needs, such as central administrative functions and parent resource centers, should be considered when determining opportunities for co-location and partnering.
  • Future trends and changes in the city, such as changing communities, future growth and new housing initiatives, should be considered.
  • Three years of actual enrollment trends within DCPS, current year and two years past, should be considered.
  • Walking distances should be minimized, for the greatest number of students, and should be considered.
  • The current enrollment compared to the building capacity should be considered when determining the amount of underutilized space within a school.
  • The physical condition of the building should be considered.
  • How well the building is supporting, or can support, the educational program should be considered.
  • The site adequacy (size, fields, parking) should be considered.
  • The school system should consider the proximity of schools serving the same neighborhoods, so that schools are geographically distributed proportionate to the student population density.
  • The size of the school should be considered - school size as compared to the minimum size established in the Master Education Plan.
  • School modernization costs, calculated as total construction cost per student, should be considered.
  • The cost of operating a school building, calculated by determining operational costs divided by students occupying the facility, should be considered.

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