The following is a letter sent to Deputy Mayor Niles regarding her upcoming visit to Glover Park….
April 28, 2017
Dear Deputy Mayor Niles,
We understand that you will be attending the Glover Park Citizens’ Association Meeting on May 2, 2016, at Stoddert Elementary School. The entire Stoddert community looks forward to welcoming you and hearing your plans to alleviate overcrowding at Stoddert.
One of the issues that we hope that you will address is when the 2016 annual supplement for the Master Facilities Plan will be made available. In accordance with DC Code – § 38–2803 “Multiyear Facilities Master Plan,” the Office of Public Education Facilities Planning within your office is required to “prepare and make publicly available an annual supplement to the Master Facilities Plan.”
In years past, the supplemental has been available in early to mid-March. We are close to the end of April, and we have not seen the 2016 supplemental. The supplemental is important to the DCPS community for many reasons. Most notably, it is required by DC code. Additionally, it is within the supplemental that you are required to provide updated enrollment projections and provide plans for facilities that are designated as overcrowded.
Stoddert Elementary School is the most overcrowded school in Washington, DC with 435 students enrolled into a school building designed for 320 students. To date, no plan has been discussed or provided to address overcrowding at Stoddert. At 135% over capacity, Stoddert’s situation demands a plan address the serious educational, safety and security challenges that are occurring because the school’s core facility is so grossly overcrowded.
After hearing from our community on Tuesday, we very much look forward to working with you, DCPS and our elected officials to develop a plan for Stoddert.
Thank you for your time and attention to this request. We look forward to seeing you next week.
Stoddert Parent Teacher Organization, Overcrowding Committee, Chair
Enclosure: Stoddert Facility Overcrowding Brief
PDF of this letter: Deputy Mayor Niles Letter – April 2017