Roosevelt sit community mtg april 25, 2013 draftDocument Transcript
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Community Modernization MeetingThursday, April 25, 2013Library; 6:001Ms. Eichelberger greeted the group and people introduced themselves. They discussed May 10thas thedeadline for revisions to the Education Specification for Roosevelt and although some matters cancontinue to be fleshed out after the 10thmost aspects of the document have to final in order for theproject to remain on schedule.The group reviewed what had been covered so far to varying degrees, including so far:MusicScienceAthleticsHealth, Physical Ed, DanceLibrary Media ProgramSpecial EducationVisual ArtsEarly ChildhoodEnglish Language ArtsSocial StudiesMathTechnologyForeign LanguageEnglish Language Learners (ELL)These department summaries were distributed in draft form at the previous SIT meeting.21stCenturySchool Fund is looking at the demographics and justification for the project. The expectation was thatany prioritization or substantial changes would come back to the SIT for further review.Involving Students in the ProcessMr. Mitchell had been consulted about involving students more in the development of the educationspecifications and in the SIT in general. It was acknowledged that it is difficult to get students toparticipate in an after-hours meeting although a few students were involved in the pre-SIT meetings lastyear.The architects added that students tend to really appreciate and respect the new buildings, but the keyis to get students involved now. The head custodian at Wilson says the students really feel that they“own” the building now. Bringing students and community members through the building early canhelp develop this excitement and pride. The architects would be willing to become part of thecurriculum while the school is in swing space so that students become more familiar with engineering,electrical work, etc. Using passive security and lots of cameras has made the new high school buildingsless oppressive and institution-like, which adds greatly to a positive school climate.Population Projections and Project JustificationMary Filardo of the 21stCentury School Fund noted that a recent capacity review put Roosevelt’scapacity at around 1050 students while the current education spec has the school at about 800. But theDC Office of Planning projections show a large increase in school-age population in the area aroundRoosevelt and the recent Master Facilities Plan also points to Roosevelt’s neighborhood as one wherethe need for improved facilities and more capacity is greatest. This trend is already being seen as earlychildhood classrooms in the schools within a mile of Roosevelt are very full.The question is why Roosevelt is being designed for its present capacity rather than for the futureprojections? She will share a preliminary review of this information with the SIT for further discussion
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Community Modernization MeetingThursday, April 25, 2013Library; 6:002next week. The SIT needs to determine if the data make sense with what they know of theneighborhood and how it is changing and whether the enrollment target for a full-capacity Roosevelt istoo ambitious or not ambitious enough. Wilson High School is built to about 240square feet per studentso at 331,000 square feet, Roosevelt probably has capacity for about 1400 or more students. However,fitting the “perfect” square footage per student into the spaces available in the historic building willmake for substantial inefficiencies. Mr. Alexander agreed that these are good questions to develop inthe process and link to central DCPS.Feeder Schools and Opening MacFarlandThe group discussed the need to put into the notes and recommendations the strong understandingthat MacFarland needs to be re-opened after it serves Roosevelt for swing space. In order for Rooseveltto grow, students need to feed into it from the surrounding schools. Those schools within a mile radiusof the school are seeing large increases but families leave the area for middle school because there is noDCPS middle school option in Ward 4. Deal is over-crowed and Columbia Heights if full. Re-openingMacFarland has to be taken into consideration throughout the planning for Roosevelt so the exteriorathletic spaces, parking, circulation, the physical plant and entrances all work when MacFarland comesback on line.Aspirations for the New RooseveltThe new Roosevelt should be beautiful; the present library space and surrounding hallways is miserable,dark and unpleasant. The group is expecting to tour other schools that have been modernized,particularly Wilson as the buildings are so similar. May 13thor 14thare tentative dates for the SIT to tourWilson. The architects emphasized that Wilson was in very similar or worse shape than Roosevelt is inwhen they started but they managed to transform the building. At Roosevelt, there are fewer differentlevels to contend with and no need to swap the gym and performing arts space so a qualitymodernization at Roosevelt working within the current building is entirely doable. Roosevelt wants tostart building its programs now to be ready for population growth and so it can open with refreshedcourse offerings in a fully modernized facility.Maintenance and Quality ConstructionThere were also concerns about maintenance funds in the District budget being sufficient to keep a newschool in excellent working shape. Concerns were also voiced about quality work and the need forconstant expert inspections as the project materializes. Components of some of the new constructionhave had to be replaced in a few instances. SIT members agreed that maintenance, landscaping andgeneral upkeep needed to be increased for modernized schools. Mr. Alexander explained the DGSmaintenance and repair task force and mentioned how the equipment would be commissioned and howthe warranty agreements would be tracked. The architects handled the Wilson modernization in 2010-11; for the most part they are pleased with how that building is holding up.Project BudgetAbout $100 million is current allocated for Roosevelt - - down about $20 million from what was set asidelast year. To compare, the Wilson project was about $120 million in 2011. If the school is modernizedfor its future enrollment and is planned for a robust student program rather than minimum graduation
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Community Modernization MeetingThursday, April 25, 2013Library; 6:003credits, then more funding may be required. People considered whether this committee should makethat request through the council very soon while the capital budget is still in flux.There has been some discussion at the administrative level that Roosevelt might be built out for onlypart of its square-footage with the rest of the space primed to be brought on line at a later date. Thegroup was not in favor of this tentative approach given the expectation of population increases.Coolidge is reported to have gotten its budget cut reversed but the final vote on the budget is in Maywhich is coming up very soon. If people want to argue for increased funding, they should contact Councilmembers Bowser, Catania, Grosso, Barry, Wells, Mendelson, Bonds and Alexander.SecuritySecurity must be robust but it does not have to be intrusive – metal detectors can be built into doors sothat students do not have to stop to put materials through an x-ray belt but rather can just be wand-edif necessary. Security should be passive throughout the building with lots of cameras. It was totallyagreed that the school should not resemble a jail. Windows – with screens - - should open (but not allthe way) so fresh air is an option to the teacher. Windows will have laminated security glass so therewill be no need of window bars. DCPS and MPD do a review of the passive and active aspects of thesecurity plan that will take in every consideration including looking at keeping shrubbery away from thebuilding walls. The tall metal fencing at Woodson was reported to be seen as an affront by Woodsonstudents; it is not standard for DCPS schools but was requested by the community at Woodson. Phelpsmay have a more functional security and camera system than does Wilson - - DGS will check.Early ChildhoodThe group is very concerned that this space is not sufficient.The group would like to visit working highschool early childhood installations at Ballou, Luke Moore and CHEC.Special EducationSpecial education’s autism program requires threeself-contained classrooms, not two. Mr. Patterson,the chairperson for Roosevelt’s Special Education reviewed the intention that the program not beisolated in the building but fully coordinated with the rest of the school. Most students with IEPs aremainstreamed within the rest of the school but the self-contained classrooms need a variety ofeducation equipment and installations including both a quiet room and a sensory room. There is a goodsensory room in Arlington and one at St. Collettas too – it is not in the education specification now. Akitchen and life-skills suite will be located to be shared by the autism students.Mr. Flannigan, one of the central office people responsible for special education agreed that students incrisis need a quiet space for de-escalation. He expected that the overall percentage of Rooseveltstudents with IEPs would remain essentially the same. He indicated that learning disabilities are stillover-identified but no reduction would be expected in the next five to seven years so about 150students in self-contained classrooms seems to be a reasonable target. It is a number that can generatethe best staffing for the autism classrooms and provide for full time OT/PT therapist but not so many asto out-balance the rest of the school.
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Community Modernization MeetingThursday, April 25, 2013Library; 6:004Job training and experiences are especially important for students with IEPsAthletics“As is” only works if things are working now but Roosevelt really needs capacity for multiple basketballpractices simultaneously and that is not possible with the present gym. A proper weight room forstudent athletes is required in addition to a fitness room.Music and Performing ArtsMr. Dickerson, the music teacher, reiterated that a full program would include facilities for dance,chorus, and band as well as 4-6 practice rooms, a recording studio, and space for a keyboarding room.The rooms under the stage could be used for parts of this program. The intent is to provide a sequenceof music offering that can continue to be engaging over a sequence of semesters.ArtTwo art rooms will be required to fully offer a course of study in a variety of media including graphic artsand painting and pottery, sculpture, art history, etc. The art rooms should also be able to suit the needsof students in the self-contained special education classrooms. Students need to be able to work withboth “dirty” and “clean” media and this generally required two rooms. Two sections of art may berequired in order to schedule in required art classes for an expanded student body. Art requiresspecialized equipment such as kilns and drying rooms and an abundance of display space desirable.ScienceRoosevelt needs labs for biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science. The science facultydeveloped a five-year strategic plan that includes additional university partnerships to add to theprograms developed with Howard, and more grants for materials and project support as well as a lot ofinterdisciplinary collaboration. The faculty is concerned about the state of the labs in MacFarland.Traffic, Parking and CirculationDistrict guidelines have a specific staff and visitor parking regulation as a function of the number offaculty. However, other schools have obtained waivers based on their proximity to public transit.Additionally, more green space in the congested “back yard” area could be had by establishing thefaculty’s right to park around the perimeter of the block for more than the 2-hour limit - - but howwould the community feel about that? Would parking in front of the school be possible if there were atraffic circle designed in coordination with opening the front door and ADA access?LEED Status and “Greening”By city law, Roosevelt will have to achieve LEED silver status and they will be encouraged to reach goldwhich is the goal. The architects are looking at geothermal possibilities but that is not a guaranteedsolution.
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Community Modernization MeetingThursday, April 25, 2013Library; 6:005Swing SpaceWhat is the budget for developing effective swing space at MacFarland? It would be good to include sitework and traffic circulation and parking considerations in any work involving the MacFarland swingspace – upgrades to science labs, for instance. Planning for swing space is well underway and since thebuilding has good communications and has numerous SMART boards the “fit” is coming rathereconomically.Next MeetingThe next SIT meeting will be next Thursday, May 2nd followed the following Thursday May 9 withanother SIT meeting; the next community meeting will be May 30th; all meetings are at 6:00.Ms. Eichelberger indicated that the historical and demographic information and the narrativesdeveloped by Roosevelt departments would go out to the group electronically.Participants1. Renard Alexander, DCPS Office of Chief Operating Officer2. KidestAlbaari, DGS Contractor for Ed Specs3. Christopher Ambridge, Cox, Graae, Spack4. Kamili Anderson, Ward 4 State Board of Education5. Jane Bettistea, Alumni6. Ray Bridgewater, Ga. Ave. Collaborative Board7. Yolanda Bruno, Roosevelt Faculty/Staff8. Angie Christophe. Neighbor, Ward 4 Education Consortium9. Dori Cook, Education Activist10. Temple Crutchberg, Roosevelt Faculty/Staff11. Kenneth Dickerson, Roosevelt Faculty/Staff12. Maurice Edwards, Alumni13. Tracy Eicheberger, Roosevelt Chief of Transformation14. Thomas Flannigan, DCPS Special Education15. Mary Filardo, 21stCentury School Fund16. Robin Gerber, Roosevelt WIN Partner17. Don Gregory, Cox, Graae, Spack, Architects18. Ron Hampton, Roosevelt Family/Community Resource Center19. Nancy Huvendick, 21stCentury School Fund20. Mike Ivey, Ward 4 Education Consortium21. Michael Jordan, STAY faculty, Staff22. Cheryl Miller, Roosevelt Parent23. Bernadine Okoro, Roosevelt Faculty/Staff24. Jerome Patterson, Roosevelt Faculty/Staff25. Cynthia Prather, Alumni26. Darrell Pressley, DGS Communications27. Cathy Reilly, Sr. High Alliance, Neighbor
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Community Modernization MeetingThursday, April 25, 2013Library; 6:00628. Joseph Semper, Community Member29. Charles Simmons, Alumni30. Elena Skotar, Lance Baily Architects31. Jeff Standish, ANC4C32. Stephanie Trice, Alumni33. Barbara Thomas, Community Member34. Shane Wells, Ward 4 Council Office35. Kyle Whitley, DGS Project Manager36. Michael Yates, ANC4C01