Education Notes

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Residents' Input Sought On School Closings

Parents and other community members will have a chance to comment on the proposed closing of three public schools.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has announced the schedule for the public meetings Wednesday. The three schools are Birney, Draper and Webb-Wheatley elementary schools.

The meetings will begin at the following times:

-- 6 p.m., Draper Elementary, 908 Wahler Pl. SE.

-- 6:30 p.m., Birney Elementary, 2501 Martin Luther King Ave. SE.

-- 7:30 p.m., Webb-Wheatley Elementary, 1375 Mount Olivet Rd. NE.

Residents may also submit written comments for the meetings. They can be submitted online at (click on "Send us your feedback or questions") or by mail at: The Office of the Chancellor; 825 N. Capitol St. NE, 9th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20002.

The chancellor will make final recommendations to the mayor after considering residents' comments.

Tenley Area School Groups Call for Action on Library

Parents of students at Tenley neighborhood schools, including the Janney School and St. Ann's Academy, are demanding the immediate reconstruction of the Tenley Library at Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street NW.

The parents rallied yesterday at the library site.

Organizers said the Tenley-Friendship communities have been without a full-service neighborhood library for more than four years, since the long-standing library building was closed on Dec. 31, 2004. It was demolished in October 2007. The design for the new library is approved, funded and endorsed by the D.C. Library Board Trustees.

The project has not started because officials in the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) are attempting to assemble a public-private partnership for a multi-use development at the site. That approach would add apartments on floors above the library.

The Janney School Improvement Team said in a statement that it opposes such an approach, which would delay a new library until 2013. Additional time would be needed to design, fund and approve the multi-use project.

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