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Garrison Prepares Counter-Proposal for DC Public Schools

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Garrison Elementary School at 12th and S Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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In preparation for the December 18 meeting with DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the Garrison PTA will compile results from a recent survey administered to the community.

The results will help to guide a counter-proposal to the school consolidation proposal, announced by DC Public Schools on November 13.

The survey asks for input from potential parents of students, current parents of students and members of the community.

“We are committed to ensuring that our proposal reflect the desires of the entire community,” said Ann McLeod, president of the Garrison PTA. “People can complete the survey on-line, and we’ll have folks walking throughout the neighborhood to talk with individuals one-on-one, as we know not everyone has internet access or a computer. Someone we’ve not had a chance to talk with directly just might come up with the one thing that can save our school, so we’ve got to make sure we hear all the ideas that we can.”

In addition to the survey results, the counter-proposal will also include suggestions for a full modernization of the school, a plan that was originally scheduled to start in 2012. The purpose of the plan, called the Garrison Improvement Project, is to retain current students and attract prospective families to the school. The Garrison Improvement Project would also improve the community and the grounds for community use.

“Garrison’s building and outdoor facilities are in sore need of an update – they’ve not seen improvement for decades,” said McLeod. “We understood we were scheduled for Phase I modernization in 2012, which somehow got pushed back to 2014. We knew that many Ward 3 schools were successful in fast-tracking their modernizations, and we undertook this effort to have the same thing happen at Garrison.”

For more information on the survey or the Save Garrison initiative, contact Ann McLeod at ann_mcleod[AT]verizon.net or follow @GarrisonPTA on Twitter.

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