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.
Projects and Initiatives
On July 31, 2017, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) released the 2016 Master Facilities Plan (MFP) Annual Supplement, pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 38-2803, in partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB), the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE), and the Department of General Services (DGS). The 2016 MFP Supplement provides information for DCPS and DC public charter schools regarding the following:
- Current enrollment and enrollment projections for DCPS and public charter schools;
- Facility capacity and utilization, and plans for DCPS facilities that are under- or over-utilized;
- Facility conditions and needs for both DCPS and public charter schools;
- DCPS modernization status;
- DCPS facility classification; and
- DCPS vacant facility information.
Residents can use the 2016 MFP Supplement as a data resource and to learn more about the proactive steps the District is taking to alleviate overcrowding in schools as well as to increase enrollment in schools that are not being utilized to their optimal capacity. The 2016 MFP Supplement also describes the availability of and future plans for vacant DCPS facilities, including their use as swing space during school modernizations. As a complement to the 2016 MFP Supplement, residents can also access a map that shows the location and stage of modernizations for DCPS facilities.
In 2018, DME will release the 10-year Master Facilities Plan. The 10-year MFP provides an opportunity to inform strategic, long-term planning for DCPS and public charter school facilities. The MFP will include up-to-date school facility conditions, enrollment growth projections, and long-term facilities maintenance plans.
Click here to access the following:
- 2016 MFP Annual Supplement
- Appendix A - DCPS SY2016-17 Enrollment Data
- Appendix B - PCS SY2016-17 Enrollment Data
- Appendix C - FY17 DCPS Asset Condition Ratings
- Appendix D - DC PCSB Public Charter Facility Survey Findings 16-17
- Appendix E - SY2016-17 Audited Enrollment by LEA and by School
- Appendix F - DCPS SY2016-17 Facility Classification
- Appendix G - Vacant Designations
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.
- 2015 MFP Annual Supplement Report
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.
For more information, please contact Alexander Cross, Special Assistant.