The following is a letter to Stoddert’s overcrowding committee from DC’s Deputy Mayor for Education. The committee has sent repeated letters to DCPS, the Deputy Mayor and our elected offices asking for a plan to alleviate overcrowding at Stoddert.
Hi Ms. Smith –
I wanted to circle back around and thank you for your message and your continued advocacy on behalf of students at Stoddert Elementary School.
I assure you DCPS is committed to addressing overcrowding at Stoddert. I’m pleased that DCPS is collaborating with the Wilson Feeder Pattern School Communities through the Community Working Group, which will develop concrete solutions that are facility-based, address enrollment policies and practices, and/or address programmatic offerings.
My team is in the process of finalizing the 2017 Master Facilities Plan (MFP) Supplement and will release it shortly. The 2017 MFP Supplement will document enrollment during the 2016-17 school year, facility capacity, utilization, facility conditions and modernization status, and plans for addressing overutilized and underutilized school facilities. The report as well as all supporting data will be available on the DME website.
I’m preparing to conduct and release the full MFP next spring which will recommend longer term, concrete solutions to the overcrowding issue at schools like Stoddert. I look forward to engaging with you on this topic and others as we continue meeting the needs of all of our students and families, and I look forward to seeing you at the Ward 3 Education Network meeting on Monday, June 5th.
Jennifer C. Niles
Deputy Mayor for Education