Friday, March 28, 2008

Fate of closing schools

According to attendees of a public meeting the fate of various schools that are scheduled to be shuttered after this school year have already been decided.
[A] flier distributed at the meeting noted that Bowen Elementary School in the District's Ward 1 is set to be turned into a police substation and homicide victims' unit.

Meanwhile, a smattering of school facilities -- Park View Elementary, Garnet-Patterson Middle, Bunker Hill Elementary, Green Elementary and Wilkinson Elementary -- are scheduled to be used for "swing space" for existing D.C. Public School programs. Those schools will continue as extra spaces until 2010 or 2011 when their ultimate purposes are decided, according to information provided at the meeting. Related Articles:

It was also revealed Thursday that Stevens Elementary downtown will be used for an unspecified economic development function.

Anita Hairston, chief of staff for the city's Office of Planning, whose office is co-hosting the repurpose meetings, referred questions to the mayor's office. Dena Iverson, Mayor Adrian Fenty's press secretary, did not return requests for comment Friday about the established uses for the buildings.

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