Parents Say Burroughs School is a Mess
Parents at John Burroughs Education Campus in Northeast say that the school is in no shape to open on Monday, when classes are scheduled to begin in the District. They've called a late afternoon press conference to protest incomplete renovations that they say have left many classrooms unusable.
In a statement issued today, Maria P. Jones, a Burroughs parent, said: "There are huge holes in the brick walls of the school, with plywood tacked on the holes, there are piles of dust and debris in and around the school. There are tables, desks and chairs randomly strewn on the walkways and this was only this morning, approximately 72 hours before our children are supposed to walk into school on this Monday."
Clarence Cherry, PTA president for the Pre-K-8 school, who called the situation "completely unacceptable," said the condition of the classrooms, many with inoperable air conditioning units, have left teachers unable to adequately prepare for opening day. He said District officials promised to be finished by Aug. 16.
A call to Tony Robinson, spokesperson for school construction chief Allen Lew, was placed at 1:15 but has not been returned.
August 21, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
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