Excess Classroom Space--A Case for Better Planning

GGD-76-73: Published: Sep 30, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1977.

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Through better planning, the District of Columbia's (D.C.) Board of Education could improve the administration of its capital improvement program to more effectively evaluate when, where, and how many schools are needed in the D.C. public school system.

Declining enrollments and added classrooms will create over 28,000 excess seats by school year 1980-81. Many of the schools which currently have excess capacity are within blocks of each other. Until a facilities planning system is implemented to help the Board decide the proper course of action, the Board cannot effectively plan and monitor the projected building modernization and renovation program.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: To obtain better planning, the Board of Education should: (1) implement a facilities planning system that provides for the accumulation and reporting of essential data to assist in evaluating its school building needs; (2) revise its planning policy to consider the schools' available pupil capacity in adjacent planning areas rather than only that of a specified area in determining its space needs; (3) codify its policy statements in capital improvements and formally submit them to the Superintendent of Schools; (4) develop and adopt a plan and timetable for implementing the planning system; and (5) cancel its plans to build the Perry-Simmons replacement school.

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