CM McDuffie Calls Emergency Meeting About Brookland Middle School Construction

Arial view of the Brookland School and Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.
Arial view of the Brookland School and Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.

You may recall that in mid October we posted about a petition that your Brookland neighbors started in order to push back on some extreme proposed construction hours for the new Brookland Middle School. The Department of General Services (DGS) requested the hours so that the project can stay on schedule and open the school by August 2014.  Although there has been some dialogue, no compromise has been reached. Because of this, our Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is hosting an emergency meeting on Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 pm to resolve concerns about the construction schedule. DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and representatives from DGS will be there as well. The meeting will take place at Luke C. Moore High School Auditorium, 1001 Monroe Street NE. From CM McDuffie’s meeting invite:

I recently met with Director Hanlon of the Department of General Services (DGS) and Chancellor Henderson of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) regarding the proposed extended construction hours for Brookland Middle School. We discussed the need for a stand-alone middle school in Ward 5, the impact of a condensed construction schedule on the surrounding neighborhood, as well as the budget constraints resulting from overtime costs necessary to meet an expedited schedule.

 As a result of this conversation, and my numerous conversations with residents and education stakeholders, I am hosting an emergency meeting on Saturday, November 16 to resolve concerns about the expedited construction schedule.

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