Sharpe Health is to be consolidated with Mamie D Lee and re-located to River Terrace. RiverTerrace will be fully modernized with funds from a special education budget. The move will nottake place till the fall of 2014.
DC is experiencing strong population growth as noted in yesterday’s report. This is especially
true in ward 4. It can be seen in the rising enrollment at Truesdell, Barnard and Powell inparticular. There is increased demand for slots in the early childhood programs at these and otherWard 4 elementary schools.A strong middle school is essential to the viability of the southern ward 4 feeder schoolprogram. The current and projected DCPS population of this neighborhood can support a 600student middle school and 800 student high school. MacFarland is beautifully located andpositioned to be as high quality a middle school as Deal. The separate middle school buildingprovides a nurturing and appropriate environment for the growing middle school age studentswho reside in these neighborhoods and are currently in DCPS elementary schools. You have allthe advantages of a 6 -12 secondary campus in two buildings, nothing prevents greatercollaboration and alignment. The secondary schools serving the Powell, Barnard, West andTruesdell communities should be providing an academic program that is high quality, multilingual and serves a multiracial population well.Without a strong and expanded DCPS middle school option, there will never be adequateenrollment for Roosevelt to be the comprehensive high school that can offer the richprogramming this community demands and is seeking elsewhere.
This is an expansion of the current MacFarland proposal to consolidate the 6
graders from Truesdell and Raymond into MacFarland in order to provide richer programming and a more fully enrolled middle school.
Over a three year period in order to accommodate the growth at the elementary level and toprovide a strong DCPS middle and high school option for ward 4 families both Roosevelt andMacFarland will be modernized. MacFarland and Roosevelt will co-locate during the 2 to 3year period of modernization.The elementary feeder schools are growing with demountables already placed at Powell andBarnard. The feeder school communities (Barnard, Powell, Truesdell and West) will work closely with MacFarland and Roosevelt on the vision, program and design of the modernizedbuildings. The strong academic programs initiated and currently drawing students at theelementary level will be continued into the secondary program. This includes a dual languageoption. It can also include a language hub housed in either building of the campus providing