Update 4 p.m.: The D.C. Council’s roundtable on vacant school building has been canceled and “may be rescheduled for a later date,” according to an e-mail from a staff member for Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4).
Original post: Debate over the District’s plan to close 20 schools continues this week with a series of community meetings and a city council roundtable on what should become of vacant school buildings.
The roundtable was called by Council Member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and may be particularly interesting for charter schools, developers, community activists and others concerned about the future of school system real estate.
Chancellor Kaya Henderson has said she hopes to keep facilities within the school system’s inventory rather than turning them over to the city.
The roundtable is meant to “review the maintenance of the closed buildings, property management issues related to the planned closures, and the Executive’s plan for surplussing of closed facilities,” according to the hearing notice. The meeting is at 5 p.m.today in Room 500 at the John A. Wilson Building, and Brian Hanlon, the director of the Department of General Services, is scheduled to testify.
Meanwhile, Henderson will be at Savoy Elementary in Ward 8 at 6 p.m. tonight to hear public feedback on her controversial closure plans.
At the same time, activists in Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom are convening a town hall to rally against the proposed closure of Francis-Stevens Education Campus. And less than two miles away, “Save Garrison” yard signs have sprouted up around Logan Circle, part of a neighborhood campaign to keep Garrison Elementary from being shuttered.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Henderson will hold a community meeting at Sousa Middle School in Ward 7, where the local education council has called for a moratorium on all closures; at 6 p.m. Thursday, she’ll be in Ward 5 at Langley Education Campus.
And at 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Henderson will be at the Brightwood Education Campus to meet with residents from wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.