The D.C. school administration, faced with a continuing decline in the city's school enrollment, has recommended the closing of eight school buildings scattered throughout the District.
The proposal, disclosed by School Supt. Vincent E. Reed during a congressional hearing yesterday, would result in the elimination of two elementary schools, four special education schools and two other school buildings now used for administrative offices.
Edward G. Winner, deputy school superintendent for management, said last night that the proposed closings, which have been under consideration since last fall, would save money and lead to transfers of students from obsolete to improved facilities. The recommendations were sent to the Board of Education, which must hold hearings on them.
Under the proposal, mentally retarded, blind, deaf and other special education students would be shifted from the Birney Annex, Grant, Jackson and Military Road schools and would be enrolled at the new Fort Lincoln school, tentatively scheduled to open next September. It is at the Fort Lincoln "new town," at Bladensburg Road and South Dakota Avenue NE.
In addition, special education students would be transferred from Richardson Annex to Birney Annex. The Grant, Jackson, Military Road and Richardson Annex buildings would be closed.
Woodridge Elementary School would also be closed.Most of its estimated 312 students would be assigned to nearby Fort Lincoln. Students who live west of South Dakota Avenue would be given an option of attending Langdon.
Mott Elementary School would be shut. An estimated 143 Mott students would be enrolled at the recently opened Gage-Eckington School. Another 210 pupils would be shifted to Lewis. In addition, its 64 seventh and eighth graders would be allowed to attend either Gage-Eckington or Garnet-Patterson Junior High.