- 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.
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: