2013 5-14 roosevelt sit ed spec recommendations

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2013 5-14 roosevelt sit ed spec recommendations

  1. 1. Comments and Recommendations on the Roosevelt Educational Specificationsfrom:The Roosevelt School Improvement Team1The School Improvement Team for the Roosevelt Modernization recommends that the April 2013Educational Specification for Roosevelt be revised to provide a fuller picture of the rich high schoolprogram that will be provided in the first modernized high school in Ward 4. The following is a briefdescription of concerns with the April 2013 Educational Specifications Draft and recommendations forrevisions and additions to this document, which DCPS needs to provide DGS as a guidingdocumentforthe design of Roosevelt High School. The comments from the SIT team are brieflysummarized here and organized to align to the April 2013 Roosevelt Educational Specification, Table ofContents.Introduction…………………………………………………………………………4Comments: The April 13, 2013 Draft Ed Spec communicates no understanding of the complexityof the current school, its role in the community, or of the ambition or vision for its future. Thereis no actual justification or description of scope that would in any way address the need andscale of such a major project for the District.Recommendation: Include “Introduction, Existing Facility, Project Justification and EnrollmentCapacity” for Roosevelt High School and “Information on Roosevelt STAY for the EducationSpecification Revision” prepared through the SIT team process (attached), along with anyrevisions from the May 9, 2013 meeting.A fuller description of Roosevelt high schools’ programsand academic departments may be adopted and incorporated.Proposed Capacity…………………...……………………………………………5Comments: The April 2013 Educational Specification reduces the enrollment capacity forRoosevelt from its current capacity of 1059 to 800-900 day students and 600adult STAYstudents, 50 fewerstudents than STAY’Sreported enrollment in 2012-13. There is no rationalefor the particular enrollments and no reference to population projections, capture rates, theFacility Master Plan, or other items that might inform theseimportant numbers.Recommendations: We recommend that the educational specification drive the square footagefor the modernized Roosevelt. It is a very complicated project including significant specialpopulations and the co-location of the STAY program. We recommend that the architects alignthe building design to the program as described in the revised Education Specification.At a minimum, retain the existing space in the planning process and design to support thecurrent capacity of Roosevelt of 1059. Alternatively, use the enrollment projections prepared bythe 21stCentury School Fund to design the facility for nearly 1200 students, built on assumptionsdefined in the enrollment projectionsin the attached “Introduction, Existing Facility and ProjectJustification and Enrollment Capacity”.Overview of Planning Concepts………………………………………….………6Comments: The current plan allows for the minimum completion of the 24 credits required forgraduation and does not provide adequately for students to spend four years in high school orproperly accommodate the ELL and Special Education students or the STAY program. The
  2. 2. Comments and Recommendations on the Roosevelt Educational Specificationsfrom:The Roosevelt School Improvement Team2description on page 6 also does not state the need to prepare students for college. While itnotes an academy structure of 9thand 10thgraders, there is no mention of the organization inplace for the upper classes.There was only the most cursory description of the Roosevelt academic, ELL, special education,CTE, and co-curricular programs. There was even less about the 600-plus student adulteducation STAY school.Recommendations: Include the descriptions of curriculum and programs prepared by theRoosevelt administration and staff in the revised educational specifications document.Recommendations: Include for the STAY program which shares the Roosevelt buildingthedetailed “Information on Roosevelt STAY for the Revision of the Education Specification ofRoosevelt HS”(attached).This includes expanded administrative space, a separate entrance, andpossible addition of daytime classes for Roosevelt STAY.Overview of Planning Concepts(continued)………………………………………….………6Comments: Even though Roosevelt shares a campus with MacFarland and in fact will be inMacFarland for swing space, there is no mention in the planning concepts for the re-use ofMacFarland.Recommendations: Current enrollment gains at surrounding elementary and PS-8 schoolsclearly point to the pressing need for a middle school at MacFarland.Since Roosevelt can bestserve this community if it is associated with a strong feeder middle school, we thereforestrongly recommend that MacFarland be re-opened as the Ward 4 feeder middle school intoRoosevelt.We further recommend that this proposal, which is included in the “Introduction,Existing Facility and Project Justification and Enrollment Capacity” (attached),be incorporatedintothe revised Educational Specification. The proposal presumes that MacFarland would be re-openedafter the high school returns from swing space to the modernized building.Recommendations: Ensure that the Educational Specification gives guidance on the site and theswing space improvements so they are planned, designed, and constructed with the long-termfuture of MacFarland and the site in mind.Safety and Security ……………………………………………………………………..15Comment: The section on security emphasizes passive concepts but does not mention metaldetectors that are a feature of DCPS high school security.Recommendation: Roosevelt students have so long used the back entrance with its crampedmetal detector system that they deserve the most passive, respectful equipment possible,particular at the front door. Encasing any metal detectors that might be required into the doorframes would be welcome.Summary of Space Requirements………………………………………….…..41
  3. 3. Comments and Recommendations on the Roosevelt Educational Specificationsfrom:The Roosevelt School Improvement Team3Core Academic Requirements……………………………………………….……42Comments: The current document may not encompass the need to calculate classroom spaceto include adequate space for electives. The four classrooms inclusive of additional andadvanced foreign language may not be adequate. There is no square footage allowance for theadditional storage space required toshare classrooms with the STAY program. In addition, manyregular classrooms will also accommodate a special education inclusion aide or co-teacher.Recommendations: Storage and classroom size will have to accommodate this expanded use forboth classrooms and specialty spaces. We recommend a variety of classroom sizes or theopportunity to have double classrooms (divided by moveable, sound-absorbing partitions)asimplemented at Woodson. Have the plan show the additional storage required for two teacheruse of most classrooms and circulation and storage space for special education inclusion aidesor co-teachers.Greenhouse, Garden and Pond …………………………………………….49Comment: Currently the greenhouse calls for lighting to support plant growth, moisture andstain-resistant finishes, adequate ventilation/exhaust and electrical outlets.Recommendation: The greenhouse should be accessible to all the science rooms from all floorsif possible. Fixtures should be waterproof, with lighting available for day and night use, usingtranslucent glazing and interior shading with motorized shades, and concrete or rubber matflooring. Plant shelving, standing plant benches and storage cabinets should be of sturdydurable materials. Include a hydroponic watering system if possible.Comment: There is no information in the Ed Spec on the school garden or the pond thatcurrently are located near the greenhouse.Recommendations: The school garden and pond should be an integral part of the sciencecurriculum, although the garden has a dual utility with Culinary Arts. Both should be visiblefrom classrooms and accessible by the entire school community, possibly at the front of theschool. The garden and pond should be part of landscaping that creates a park-like setting andserve as a factor in storm-water mitigation if possible.Individual raised garden beds should be small enough to reach into easily and should providewheelchair access. The garden area should be able to revert to lawn if necessary rather than bebuilt of or into concrete or pavement. A shaded outdoor classroom and gathering space shouldbe available. Nearby storage for tools and materials is necessary and sufficient sunny space forcomposting is also needed. Ready access to water is crucial; access to power is a plus.The pond should provide an environmental stewardship teaching tool, and should be ofsufficient breadth and depth to support common native plants and animals. Nearby access to ahose bib is important; access to power is a plus.
  4. 4. Comments and Recommendations on the Roosevelt Educational Specificationsfrom:The Roosevelt School Improvement Team4Special Education Space Requirements………………………………….…...62Comments: Roosevelt has a substantial special education component including autism, RISE,and special education. Additionally, the school may accommodatesome of the students from theSharpeHealth School, which is closing. The current document does not include an adequatedescription of these programs or the need for some additional spaces. The autism program hasbeen expanded to threeclassrooms, but the current document includes only two.Recommendations:Specify three classrooms for the expanded autism program. To have a highquality autism program, the specialized facilities of a sensory room are recommended, inaddition to the quiet room currently in the document. The Life Skills space should adjoin theautism rooms. The Fitness room should be outfitted to accommodate physical therapy forspecial education and autism students. It will need reinforced beams for suspended equipment.Equipment should be able to isolate muscle use, arm only, elliptical, etc. Regular classroomsizeneeds to be increased to allotspecial education inclusion teachers sufficient space to workeffectivelywith students in regular classrooms.ELL Space RequirementsComments: ELL is an important and substantial program at Roosevelt but is covered by twosentences in the Academy Structure section (p. 8). There is no program description nor do thefiveELL teachers and 97 students served by them show up identified as ELL in the classroomcalculation for an expanded Roosevelt.Recommendation: Consider the detailed program description supplied by the ELL staff atRoosevelt and re-evaluate classroom space to clearly accommodate this program.CTE Space RequirementsComments: There is no detailed description of the CTE programs. The current offerings includeCulinary Arts, Business, and Finance.Recommendations: Include a full program description of the CTE programs, along with theBarbering and Cosmetology program planned for Roosevelt STAY. Job opportunities are growingfor barbering and cosmetology in the nearby Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Roosevelt daystudents have expressed interest in the Barbering and Cosmetology program but have shownlittle interest in the former Hospitality Management program.The SIT sub-committees supportthe inclusion of Business, Finance, and Culinary Arts. They would also like to see additionalprograms such as engineering or graphic design.Culinary Arts requires daylight and the number of dining tables available at present; the chef’soffice or ancillary space needs space for a specialized reference library. The business andfinance area needs project space to accommodate the BUILD.Media Center Space Requirements………………………………….…………81
  5. 5. Comments and Recommendations on the Roosevelt Educational Specificationsfrom:The Roosevelt School Improvement Team5Comments: Since this space currently has no staff, there is no program description. Werecommend that a program description be obtained from DCPS or other DCPS high schools andincluded.Recommendations: The media center should contain adequate space in the soundproofproduction room for video production and editing as well as for other media production. Thereshould be locked storage space in both the media center and the production room. The mediacenter should have natural lightif possible in addition to any borrowed light. It will also be usedfor community meeting space, so its location should be easy to follow from the main entranceand there should be ample signage.Visual Arts Space Requirements………………………….…………………….92Comments: The current Ed Spec provides for only one art room. The art teacher alreadyteaches a full academic load. The space is inadequate to the academic plan.Recommendation: There should be at least two separate art classrooms. These rooms are alsoused by the STAY program and will potentially be used to a greater extent by the specialpopulations at Roosevelt. Ensure that there is adequate storage to accommodate increasedstudent usage and shared space.Performing Arts Space Requirements…………………….……………………96Comments: Music: The rich program description provided by the music department is not yetincluded in the document.There should also be a description of the theatre function.Recommendations:The music area should include four to six small practice rooms, a smallperforming space, and a digital recording studio where 40 to 60 students can record their owncompositions as well as demonstrations of their performing ability. The band room needs spacefor 100 students. A separate room is needed specifically for percussion rehearsals for 40 to 60students, storage modules, and instrument repair. Separate rooms are needed as well as for akeyboard lab and a large, multi-purpose choral/dance area. The dance area would require aspring or Marley-type floor that could also be used by dancers and others for practice. An officeis needed for the Music Director that is large enough to accommodate a desk, chairs forstudents, an acoustic piano, and storage for sheet music.The Auditorium is used for assemblies and for graduation. It could potentially be used as alecture hall and for community performances, as well. Quality lighting and acoustics are alsoimportant. ADA compliance is also required. The possibility of an orchestra pit area orequivalent should be explored. The ticket booth and entrance should be kept and the historicnature of the auditorium and vestibule space should be retained.It is a majestic space.Comment: Drama Program – Roosevelt currently does not have a drama program but teachersare excited about the possibility of student theater productions in the future.
  6. 6. Comments and Recommendations on the Roosevelt Educational Specificationsfrom:The Roosevelt School Improvement Team6Recommendations: Roosevelt should be ready to expand into drama offerings that couldadvance the performing arts curriculum. A black-box type, smaller more informal performancespace should be available in addition to the auditorium.ROTC Space Requirements……………………………………………………112Comment: ROTC currently shares space with the weight room, which is not optimal.Recommendations: ROTC space should be unified and provide plenty of storage space forequipment and uniforms with ready access space for drilling.Physical Education Requirements…………………………………………124Comments: The current Educational Specification does not provide an adequate programdescription. In addition,itdoes not fix the current shortcomings of the gymnasium space.Roosevelt turns away many spectators from basketball games,which createssecurity issues. Thecurrent square footage is insufficient to allow for two full-size practice courts to runhorizontally. There is no provision for a weight room essential to the significant athleticprogram at the school.Recommendations: A full description of the physical education and athletic program should beprovided, including the potential number of students participating on the sports teams and thecurrent demand for seating. Additional square footage for the gymnasium should be added. Aweight room, which will serve a different function than thefitness room, should be added. It isessential for a school with the extensive athletic program present at Roosevelt. The separatefitness room is identified as a benefit to the community. It will also be used as a site for physicaltherapyfor the special education and autism programs. The pool should be readily accessible tothe public and the entrance well signed. The pool should have daylight to bring it up to thestandard of the Dunbar, Woodson and Wilson pools.Family Support Center………………………………………………………….119Comment: The family resource center at Roosevelt serves as a secondary welcoming point ofcontact for volunteers and school partners, a home-base for the parent group and alumni,and aresource base for Roosevelt families. It has a separate function from the New Heights programor the Day Care Center. Families need to be aware of it when they come into the building.Recommendations: Locate the Family and Community Resource Center near the mainadministration, counselors and social workers. It can share office space with compatiblefunctions (it shares now with New Heights) but needs daylight and views to the corridor ifpossible, space for school literature and hand-books, and nearby access to a conference ormeeting area, if that is not incorporated within the center. The day care center needs to belocated where it can have a separate, exterior entrance and access to a toddler playground.Comment: The day care center space, at 2,000 square feet, seems adequately sized for theapproximately 15 infants and toddlers planned to be accommodated.
  7. 7. Comments and Recommendations on the Roosevelt Educational Specificationsfrom:The Roosevelt School Improvement Team7Recommendations: The child care space needs to meet the OSSE licensing requirements, whichinclude a direct, external entrance and playground. The playground needs to be fenced andsecured, contain appropriate equipment, and have access to water, child and adult seating witha grassy area and shade available. There should be a kitchenette and a refrigerator in additionto the sinknoted. A tot-sized bathroom is requested in addition to an adult size bathroom.Interior storage for strollers as well as for large outdoor toys is necessary. Daylight and toddleraccessible views are necessary.Student Dining Space Requirements…………………………………………172Comment: Roosevelt’s kitchen currently prepares food for the area elementary schools as wellas its own students, but this is not noted in the Ed Spec. The number of meals to be preparedand delivered affects parking lot circulation and traffic as well as delivery traffic.Recommendation: Determine the number of meals expected to be prepared. Consider that thefood preparation area might at a minimum replicate what is currently in use. The cafeteriashould have natural light. There is particular concern with the acoustics in themodernizedschools, wheretheequipment is loud enough to prevent the roomsfrom being anacceptable meeting space. (The causeis either the air handling system or the appliances.)Roosevelt would like this room to have these multiple uses. Students would benefit from avariety of spaces within the cafeteria, possibly with some quieter areas.Health Suite …………………………………………………………………………. 154Comment: The Ed Spec notes that Dunbar High School has a working health suite run by acontractor, but leaves hanging the question of how the space would be structured to ensurethat it would be workable for an outside provider to coordinate with the needs of the Rooseveltschool nurse.Recommendation: Seek out high school clinics that are functioning to determine how best tostructure an effective arrangement of spaces at Roosevelt and ensure that the space can beused. Note that the clinic at Woodson is extremely cramped and not accessible after hours.Administration Space Requirements……………………………………….137STAY Space Requirements……………………………………………………….195 (see attached document)Maintenance and Custodial Space Requirements……………………208

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