Monday, February 16, 2009

Three elementary schools closing proposed

DCPS is proposing that three elementary schools, Birney, Draper and Webb elementary, be closed at the conclusion of this school year.
Officials said Savoy and Wheatley are being renovated to U.S. Green Building Council standards, creating healthier environments for children. They also said the consolidation of Savoy and Birney, which share a building but have separate principals and faculty, will reduce duplication and not significantly affect students.

Draper, on Wahler Place SE, has only 84 students in pre-K through sixth grade, and its enrollment is projected to be lower next year. Its second and third floors are occupied by a public charter school, Achievement Preparatory Academy, that offers grades 4 through 8.

The plan calls for Draper students to move to Ferebee-Hope Elementary on Eighth Street SE, where officials said they would have access to a more comprehensive program unavailable at the smaller school. Ferebee-Hope has 271 students, but its capacity is 521.

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