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Gray Administration Announces School Buildings Being Made Available to Charters for Use

Monday, May 20, 2013

Gray Administration Announces School Buildings Being Made Available to Charters for Use

Applications for unused school facilities can now be made online via new portal

(Washington, DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith today announced that 16 former DC Public Schools (DCPS) facilities have been made available to community organizations – including public charter schools – for reuse. They also launched a website as a centralized place for interested parties to find information and express interest in the use of vacant school buildings. 

“The launch of this website is a great first step to keeping public properties active and serving community needs,” said Mayor Gray. “It is vital that we follow a clear and transparent process for awarding space in public buildings. My administration has provided school space for a number of public charter schools, and this process reflects my commitment to helping more public charter schools gain access to appropriate space for their programs.”

 Mayor Gray is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for all students in the District of Columbia. In support of that goal, the Mayor tasked Deputy Mayor Smith with taking responsibility for ensuring that the city’s school facilities continue to serve students, families, and the community. The school buildings that will be made available for lease in the coming months are:

  • Benning Elementary School, 100 41st Street NE
  • Ferebee-Hope Elementary School, 3999 8th Street SE
  • Gibbs Elementary School, 500 19th Street NE
  • Hamilton Center, 1401 Brentwood Parkway NE
  • Kenilworth Elementary School, 1300 44th Street NE
  • Langston Elementary School, 33 P Street NW
  • Mamie D. Lee School, 100 Gallatin Street NE
  • Marshall Elementary School, 3100 Fort Lincoln Drive NE
  • M.C. Terrell-McGogney Elementary School, 3301 Wheeler Road SE
  • Ron Brown Middle School, 4800 Meade Street NE
  • Shadd Elementary School, 5601 East Capitol Street SE
  • Shaed Education Campus, 301 Douglas Street NE
  • Sharpe Health School, 4300 13th Street NW
  • Wilkinson Elementary School, 2330 Pomeroy Road SE
  • Winston Education Campus, 3100 Erie Street SE
  • Young Elementary School, 820 26th Street NE

Public charter schools are currently operating in over 30 former DCPS buildings across the city. 

The surplus-school website’s purpose is to provide an inventory of vacant facilities, identify buildings that are available for reuse, and communicate the process for using space in a vacant facility. Interested parties – including both public charter schools and community organizations – may complete an inquiry form that will supply information on their space needs and proposed uses for the vacant facilities.  

Some buildings will be made available for long-term lease, and the District’s Department of General Services (DGS) will conduct a Request for Offers process that gives a right of first offer to public charter schools in accordance with D.C. Code §38-1802.09  (also known as the Landrieu Act). 

Another group of buildings will be available for short-term agreements to charters and community groups in order to preserve space that, in the long term, will allow DCPS to accommodate growth and anticipated programmatic opportunities. In both cases, the city is committed to prioritizing educational uses for all school buildings regardless of the length of the lease. Applicants for both long-term and short-term leases will be required to demonstrate the financial capacity to renovate, operate and maintain a facility. 

“We are excited to start the process for making these public buildings available for use. The Mayor and I are committed to ensuring that school buildings continue to serve educational and community purposes,” said Deputy Mayor Smith. “We’ve worked closely with DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson and DGS Director Brian Hanlon on this process. School buildings play a vital role in our communities, and we are all eager to reactivate them quickly.” 

The website may be found at: http://dme.dc.gov/schoolreuse