At DCPS, it's 'purge purge, purge!'
D.C. schools will begin moving its central offices next week, decamping 825 N. Capitol St. NE for 1200 1st St. NE near the New York Ave. Metro station. To save money on rent, the new digs are smaller, and that means about 40 percent less storage space, officials said.
The space crunch has triggered a crash program of document shredding. The school system has hired two firms, Iron Mountain and Shredit, to help scan documents that need to be kept and dispose of others.
"The new location has less storage space so it is imperative to purge, purge, purge!" say the notes from chief operating officer Anthony J. Tata's Dec. 16 "sync meeting" for school business managers and other staff. The purge imperative was voiced in a briefing by James Tanious, a Tata staffer.
Officials told DC Schools Insider to rest assured that nothing will be improperly discarded. "All document reduction actions are in compliance with the Office of the Public Records Administrator guidelines," said Jennifer Calloway, spokeswoman for Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.
Those guidelines can be found in the DC General Records Retention Schedule.
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