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DCPS Welcomes New Investments for School Modernization Projects

Thursday, March 17, 2022
$2.5 billion in proposed investments over the next six years will serve to upgrade DC Public Schools facilities to best meet students’ academic needs.

(Washington, DC) — Yesterday, Mayor Bowser announced her Fiscal Year 2023 proposed budget, which included over $2.5 billion in funding for DC Public Schools (DCPS) within the District’s FY23-28 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP outlines funds to design and construct modernized school buildings for DCPS, as well as improve school facilities through small capital construction projects.

“We appreciate Mayor Bowser’s continued effort to provide DCPS families with modernized state of the art facilities that help enhance the learning experience for our students,” said Chancellor Lewis Ferebee. “The planned facility improvements will assist in the expansion of school enrollment capacity all across the district and provide state of the art facilities for our students to feel safe, loved, challenged and prepared.”

DC Public Schools modernizes schools in all eight wards to ensure that every school community has updated buildings. In alignment with the Planning Actively for Comprehensive Education Facilities Amendment Act (PACE), DCPS added four new modernization projects in the FY23-28 CIP: Langley and Bunker Hill Elementary schools in Ward 5, and Simon and Hendley Elementary schools in Ward 8.

In addition, DCPS will utilize proposed funds for construction and infrastructure projects that will have a transformative effect on our ability to provide a high-quality education to all our students, such as:

  • Addition of classroom space at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School (Ward 6) to address overcrowding.
  • Upgrading DCPS technology infrastructure within schools, including prioritizing installation of smart boards to enhance classroom instruction across the district in FY23.
  • Investing $43 million in upgrades and enhancements to school HVAC systems and boilers.
  • Replacement of the modular classrooms at Leckie Education Campus (Ward 8) with a building addition.
  • Addition of a new cafeteria at Coolidge High School (Ward 4) to serve the school’s growing enrollment and that of adjoining Ida B. Wells Middle School.
  • Renovation of the former Banneker High School building (Ward 1) on Euclid Street NW to serve as a stand-alone middle school that will house the Cardozo middle school grades beginning in SY28-29.
  • Advancing plans to build a new high school at MacArthur Blvd (Ward 3) to serve the Hardy Middle School feeder pattern, with a set of seats reserved for students furthest from opportunity from across the city. This school would open for SY 23-24.
  • Construction of a new school building at Foxhall Rd (Ward 3) that would serve as an elementary school beginning in SY 25-26.
  • Demolition of the former Winston Education Campus (Ward 7) and use of the site for a community oriented, city-wide facility for project based and career-oriented learning beginning in SY26-27.

This school year, DCPS celebrated CIP-funded projects across the district such as the new construction of John Lewis Elementary School (Ward 4) and Banneker High School (Ward 2), and the modernization of Eaton Elementary School (Ward 3) and Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (Ward 6), where improvements were made to maximize outdoor classroom space for new learning experiences.