Re: [columbia_heights] Community Victory on Garrison Elementary School!
Dr. E. Gail Anderson HolnessCommissioner ANC 1B11Vice Chair 1B
On Jan 17, 2013, at 4:24 PM, Jim Graham <grahamwone@...> wrote:
Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward One) thanked DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson for removing Garrison Elementary School from the DCPS school closure list.
“Garrison’s staying open is a community victory!” Graham said. “Parents, students, and hundreds of community volunteers worked hard to convince DCPS that Garrison had to stay open. And in the end, the message prevailed.” Garrison Elementary located at 13th and S Streets (on the Ward One and Two border) draws more students from Ward One families than any other Ward.
“Over the last several years, there has been a groundswell of parent and community support for Garrison’s revitalization. Just last year, Garrison’s parent association worked closely with the Chancellor to identify a new principal,” Graham said. “Today’s decision emboldens that groundswell of support and will strengthen DCPS and the Cardozo Feeder Pattern”.
“I worked closely with Councilmember Jack Evans, the community, and the Chancellor throughout the community process” Graham said. “The Chancellor should be commended for the open and transparent process”.
The Chancellor also announced that Garnett Patterson / Shaw Middle School students will attend the new Cardozo High School beginning the next school year. “There are many unanswered questions on how this consolidation will work”, Graham said. “First, and foremost, we want the younger children to be safe in an environment with older youth and young adults. This will require changes in the facility as well as staffing.” Cardozo High School is undergoing a $130 million renovation and is scheduled to open in August 2013.
Chancellor Henderson assured Councilmember Graham that she will work closely with him and the community to ensure the Garnett Patterson building continues to serve the community’s educational needs and aspirations.