Tuesday, July 04, 2006

BoE approves closings / consolidation plan

Last week the DC Board of Education voted six to one to pass Superintendent Janey's Master Facilities Plan which will close and consolidate various schools within the DCPS system.
Under the plan, approved by a 6 to 1 vote last night, Shadd Elementary in Southeast, Fletcher-Johnson Educational Center in Southeast, Van Ness Elementary in Southeast and R.H. Terrell Junior High will close in August. The system will temporarily close McGogney Elementary in Southeast, shifting its students to nearby M.C. Terrell Elementary until yet-to-be-scheduled renovations at McGogney are complete. After that, M.C. Terrell will close.

Last week, Janey pulled Merritt Educational Center in Northeast off the closure list, saying he wanted to relocate middle school students from Fletcher-Johnson there. Janey opted to close R.H. Terrell and keep open the nearby Walker-Jones Elementary -- the opposite of an earlier proposal -- because the Walker-Jones building is in better shape, he said. Seventh- and eighth-graders from R.H. Terrell will be relocated to the third floor of Walker-Jones; ninth-graders will go to Dunbar Senior High in Northwest or to other high schools.

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