After weeks of community meetings, rallies and conversations among parents, PTAs and neighborhood leaders, District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has released a list of schools serving some 3,000 students that will be consolidated over the next two years.
Two of the schools -- Ferebee-Hope and M.C. Terrrell-McGogney elementaries -- are located in Ward 8, where parents had been taking Henderson to task over her thrust to shutter several buildings in their neighborhoods. Malcolm X Elementary School will become merged with a Ward 8 high-performing charter school, and in both wards 5 and 7, four schools each that were targeted in Henderson's controversial proposal, will be consolidated. They included Spingarn Senior High, McFarland Middle, Kenilworth Elementary schools and the Winston Education Campus. In addition, students in grades 6-8 at Langley Education Campus in Ward 5, will attend the new McKinley Education Campus.
"The proposal we put out in early November evoked strong reactions from the community," Henderson said, in making the announcements on Thursday. "We heard from people across the city that have never reached out or offered feedback before. People spoke up at meetings, they sent emails, they called, and we made sure to track everything they said. I've been inspired and encouraged by the thoughtful feedback we heard from parents, advocates, students, school staff and others during this process. My priority is, and will remain, what is best for our students, and I am confident that our final plan will best support our students and their families."
No consolidations were listed for Ward 3. But the Francis-Stevens Education Campus in Ward 2 will merge with School Without Walls to serve students from pre-K to grade 12. Garrison Elementary School, also in Ward 2, will offer new early childhood and special education classrooms.
In Ward 4, Powell Elementary School students will feed into Columbia Heights Education Campus for middle school classes and Barnard Elementary School students will merge with their peers at either the West or Truesdell Education campuses.
Henderson first announced her proposal in November, which listed 20 under-enrolled and under-performing schools that, at the recommendation of the Chicago-based Illinois Facilities Fund, were slated for closure or to be consolidated with high-performing public charter schools in the District.