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Begin Jefferson Academy modernization planning in FY18, construction in FY19.

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With cranes and new development seen all around the city, Washington, D.C. is clearly doing well financially. The school system is making important gains year after year. Yet, modernization plans for Jefferson Academy (initially scheduled for 2006, then 2012) have been delayed again and are now scheduled for completion in 2022.  As members of the community and parents of students at Jefferson Academy, Tyler, Van Ness, Amidon Bowen or Brent Elementary--this is completely unacceptable. 

Please take a moment and urge the Mayor to move up the long scheduled modernization for Jefferson Academy and  begin planning in FY18, with construction in FY19.

The delay in modernization means that renovation would likely start when the school has almost doubled in size from where it was a few years ago, and quite potentially will be no longer be able to accommodate a renovation without requiring significant swing space at another campus. At that point it is highly unlikely that a modernization could be achieved without fully closing the school. The delay in modernization funding will have had the potential impact of undermining growth in the school at its peak, and dramatically raising the cost of the modernization as swing space has to be created elsewhere.

As the City and its budget continues to prosper, we hope that any growth in additional Capital dollars are focused on ensuring that Jefferson Academy’s long awaited modernization is moved up to start planning in FY18 and construction in FY19.



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Parents of students at Jefferson Academy, Tyler, Van Ness, Amidon Bowen and Brent Elementary schools needs your help with “Muriel Bowser: Begin Jefferson Academy modernization planning in FY18 and construction in FY19.”. Join Parents of students at Jefferson Academy, Tyler, Van Ness, Amidon Bowen and Brent Elementary schools and 518 supporters today.