The Vacant School Wish List
Recreation center? Art gallery? Charter school? Dozens turned out Monday night at Harriet Tubman Elementary school in Columbia Heights to give their ideas for what should happen with two school buildings in Ward 1 that are slated to close. Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham (D), ever eager to stay on top of issues in his ward, also came out and talked to the group about what might happen to the empty buildings.
Meyer Elementary in Columbia Heights and Gage Eckington Elementary in nearby LeDroit Park will close in June. Graham told the crowd that their input was critical, and that his understanding, based on meetings with the city's Office of Planning and conversations with the mayor, was that no closed school buildings would be sold and all would remain city property-- either to be used as a school, a government office or some other kind of public purpose.
"The Mayor will make the decision, based on input with the council," Graham said.
"We know there are charter school needs out there," Tregoning said. "[Those] needs are going to be accommodated by this process."
The crowd, which discussed what they wanted to see during two breakout sessions, included Ward 1 residents along with representatives from charters schools such as Washington Yu Ying, Meridian and Academia Bilingue de la Comunidad. Nonprofits such as City Year and Keely's Boxing were also up in the mix.
March 26, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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