Thank you for your interest in the reuse of vacant school buildings. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for all students in the District of Columbia. In support of that goal, he has tasked Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith with taking responsibility for ensuring that the city’s school facilities continue to serve students, families, and the community, even as their current uses may change.
In an effort to streamline information and create a transparent process, this website will:
- Be a repository of all surplus school buildings including both previously surplused and currently available buildings. You may find the full list here[PDF].
- Identify buildings available for reuse. DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the Department of General Services (DGS) worked closely with DME to identify buildings that will be made available for lease by high-performing charter school operators and/or Community-based Organizations.
- Communicate the process for organizations to express interest in operating a building and the lease or disposition of a property.
There are two categories of buildings available for re-use. The Mayor and DCPS have determined that certain buildings will be available for long-term lease of 25 years or more. For buildings that the Mayor and DCPS have determined are needed to accommodate growth and anticipated programmatic opportunities, the District will offer short-term agreements. In both cases, the city is committed to prioritizing educational uses for all school buildings, regardless of the length of the lease. Applicants for both long-term and short-term leases will be required to demonstrate the financial capacity to renovate, operate and maintain the facility.
- Attend DGS’ public hearing on the disposition of a school building, which will be announced 30 days prior to the hearing.
- DGS released the first batch of Request for Offers (RFO) on Monday, July 15, 2013. The RFO is open only to charter schools, in accordance with DC Code §38-1802.09. The RFO can be found on the Department of General Services’ (DGS) website here. The date of release of additional RFOs will be announced on this webpage and on DGS’ website.
- Attend a building walk-through. A schedule of site visits is included in the RFO.
- After submitting a response, RFO Respondents will be invited to present their proposals at community meetings for each respective school building. The schedule of these meetings is included in the RFO and will be posted on DGS’ website.
- Decisions will be communicated to all respondents approximately 30 days after the application deadline.
- If a building does not receive any proposals or is not awarded, DME will work with DGS to identify an alternative use.
Buildings that are available for a long-term lease of 25 years or more are transferred to DGS for disposition. These buildings will be made available through a Request for Offers (RFO) process that gives charter schools the right of first offer. In an effort to ensure the District meets the goals set in the RFO timeline, DGS will release RFOs in batches. The DME will prioritize the order of buildings released based on level of interest, condition of building, and area of need. Learn more about the RFO process[PDF].
Review the buildings available for long-term lease here.
DCPS has determined that certain buildings will continue to remain in their inventory for DCPS use, but will be available on an interim basis by other entities. This will allow DCPS to accommodate future growth and anticipated programmatic opportunities, while ensuring that these buildings are active and continue to serve the community.
Review the buildings available for short-term lease here.