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Public Education Facility Planning

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) serves as a coordinator for public school facilities planning in collaboration with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), public charter schools, and other agency partners.  DCPS currently operates in more than 110 buildings and public charter schools operate in approximately 98 buildings across the District.  Given the broad scope of public education facilities needs in the District of Columbia, the DME has developed a school facilities plan and a clear set of policies to guide the District’s goal to provide high quality educational facilities across the city. 

Initiatives

SY 15-16 MFP Annual Supplement

Pursuant to DC Code Section § 38-2803 the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education is required to prepare an annual supplement to the Master Facilities Plan. The 2015 Annual Supplement to the Master Facilities Plan includes all Local Education Agencies in the District of Columbia; in both DCPS and DC public charter school sectors. The 2015 Annual Supplement relied on key contributions from and collaboration with DC Public School (DCPS), the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), the Department of General Services (DGS) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) for its completion. The resulting report gives a broad overview of public school facilities and the usage thereof in school year 2015-16.

The 2015 Annual Supplement includes the following public school facility data:

  • Facility capacity and utilization,
  • Facility conditions,
  • Facility needs,
  • Public school enrollments and enrollment projections,
  • DCPS facility designations (current status for how the building is being used), and
  • DCPS education plans for buildings categorized as under-utilized or over-utilized.

View the 2013 Public Education Master Facilities Plan

View the 2014 MFP Annual Supplement

Reuse of Vacant School Facilities

DME works closely with DCPS and DGS to keep school buildings active.  For school buildings that are no longer needed for DCPS, DME establishes a Request for Offer (RFO) process whereby public charter schools and charter school incubators can submit proposals for vacant properties.  DME leads the school reuse process in partnership with DGS, including community outreach, solicitation, evaluation, and disposition of excess/ surplus buildings to ensure that new uses of vacant buildings are compatible with policy priorities.

DME Contact

For more information, please contact Alexander Cross, Special Assistant.

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