D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Modernization MeetingThursday, May 9, 2013Cafeteria; 6:001Ms. Eichelberger welcomed the group and thanked them for their participation. There were questionson how the SIT discussions would come together to make changes to the Ed Spec. Ms. Eichelbergerindicated that they would send out the notes compiled by the faculty on the educational specificationaswell as the materials distributed last week on the justification and demographic information and thesection provided covering the STAY program. This information would go through Kyle Whitley, projectmanager for DGS, to Deanne Newman the DGS contractor responsible for the Education Specification.Her point of contact at DCPS would be Anthony de Guzman, Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Newmanexpected to revise the document and return it to the SIT Team in two weeks to be available in advanceof the SIT meeting on Thursday, May 23rd. (Note that this meeting date has been changed to the 23rdfrom the regular last Thursday of the month.)Mr. Alexander noted that he had shared the justification and demographic statement with higheradministration at DCPS with its proposed increase for the capacity of the building. They removed thestipulation that certain parts of the building would be demolished and other parts not modernized. Thiswill give the architects an opportunity to design to the revised educational specification. Thus theexpectation expressed by the group that the square footage providing for Roosevelt’s complex andambitious program willremain flexible until the architects have a chance to work with the morecomplete, revised Ed Specanticipated later in May.Mr. Graae of Cox Graae and Spack indicated that the architects will follow through with their duediligence on Ed. Spec. changes; they have not been directed to remove any portion of the building. The1970’s infill and the windowless addition is a substantial portion of the building’s square footage now.The concern was that the architects not be hampered in their determination of what would functionbest for Roosevelt’s current complicated program requirements and allow for future growth. Ms.Eichelberger reminded people to return feed-back quickly to herself or to the 21stCentury School Fund.The group split in two for discussion with the educational program group to cover Day Care and FamilySupport Space, and the Media Center, and with the facilities group to cover Career and CollegePreparation, and the Auditorium. The entire group toured the auditorium before coming back togetherto share their separate discussions.Discussion Group ReportsMs. Prather reported first on discussion of the Auditorium. Community access was very important as itis now used for meetings, Black History Month presentations and festivals as well as graduation forRoosevelt and the nearby middle schools and elementary schools. They were concerned that the phrase“As Is” on page 96 of the Ed Spec would be too limiting. They would like it to be available to theatergroups for performances with a full complement of up-to-date sound and lighting properties. Retainingas much as possible of the historic fabric of the space was important including the lobby and ticketbooth. It was not clear whether an orchestra pit space is available, but that might be an importantfeature. It would also be good to investigate the projection booth to determine if it could be used,updating in some wayits original purpose or put to a different purpose.Acoustics are very important.The original wooden seats were renovated a few years ago.
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Modernization MeetingThursday, May 9, 2013Cafeteria; 6:002They discussed the possibility of finding another space in the building for a college lecture hallspacepossibly to accommodate distance learning. Similarly they discussed finding a way to incorporatea black box type theater in addition to the auditorium to accommodate smaller, more informalperformances.Roosevelt faculty and staff still have a vision for teaching drama and danceeven though they are offeredcurrently through afterschool programs (by the LAYC - Latin American Youth Center). Facilities toaccommodate dance and drama might better be located near each other rather than have dance as partof athletics.Ms. Reilly reported the discussion about the Day Care and Family Support space. Eastern High Schoolmight provide a model. A parent center for the larger school requires a location near the mainadministration so parents can find it easily; it should not be paired with the Day Care as that necessarilyneeds to have its own separate entrance with immediate access to outdoor play space which isn’t likelypossible near the main administration.New Heights offers services to students who are pregnant or who have small children and it currentlyrequires considerable storage. New Heights is separate from the Day Care Centerwhich needs sinks anda kitchenette in addition to adult and child-sized toilets and enough space for infants and toddlers (up tothree years old) as well as the number of adults required for infant care. Outdoor play space should beample with shade and water available - - it needs to be a pleasant place but secure and lockable.Storage for the day care is very important with requirements for storing large outside play equipmentand space to house the strollers that children may arrive in.It is important that the day care facility be built so that it can be licensed. The expectation is that daycare will be managed by an outside contractor. The group briefly discussed the need to determine thepolicy around who has access to day care services: clearly students have first priority but the questionwas whether it should be limited to students or whether faculty or others could use it as well. STAYstudents would also want to use the facility, possibly later in the day and possibly for older school-agestudents.The Media Center discussion focused on the requirements of a video production area; was the 800square foot classroom type production space sufficient also for editing and production of a studentnewspaper as well as video production on site, beyond editing extraneous video footage. This area andthe media center proper require secure lockable storage especially as equipment is getting smaller andmore easily subject to theft. The media center needs natural light and good acoustics so it can be usedas an alternative meeting space - - in this way it should be easily accessible to the public after hours.Ms. Newman indicated that the DCPS central office library specialistwould provide a media centernarrative of the program for the Ed Spec. People asked that there be ample space for people and booksin the media center as several new school libraries had proved to be too cramped. Signage so that it canbe used for a community meeting space was also noted.
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Modernization MeetingThursday, May 9, 2013Cafeteria; 6:003The group recommended that the Ed Spec incorporate notes from the ELL faculty about their programwhich is substantial but did not seem to have been provided for specifically in the current Ed Spec. Thereare 100 ELL students, five dedicated teachers and four ELL content area classrooms in this program. Thegroup would like to see a fuller description of ELL. Ms. Bruno, one of Roosevelt’s ELL teachers askedthat the bilingual counselor be located in the area near ELL.Ms. Reilly referred to a short summation of the main recommendations from the SIT team; these will besent to everyone electronically. The largest issue is the proposed capacityand square footage of themodernized school, which is now understood to be open to increase as required to properly encompassthe enriched program and increasing enrollment envisioned. . The planning concepts also included therecommendation to re-open MacFarland Middle School to provide a direct feeder into Roosevelt thatcan sustain the larger high school. Recapping,some of the additional points the recommendationsincluded were:Include both a sensory room and a quiet room for special education and add a third autismclassroomExpand foreign language offerings at RooseveltFitness centershould accommodate some of the physical therapy space for special educationCareer and Technical Education needs to be clarified; the recommendation is that Rooseveltoffer Business and Finance and Culinary Arts. The sense was that people wanted vocationsrepresented that would provide students with high level skills for entre into 21stcentury careers.There is a strong sentiment that there should be two art rooms and two art teachers withstorage areas for the STAY program.Physical education requires both a fitness center AND a separate weight roomthat is equippedspecifically to provide weight training for student athletes. The gymnasium needs morespectator space and two full-size practice courts as well as the exhibition space. It is understoodthat it will be difficult to expand the gym but practice space might be managed separately.Ms. Eichelberger asked people to e-mail additions to the recommendations to Ms. Reilly.Roosevelt’s kitchen currently serves as the production kitchen for a number of the surroundingelementary and PS-8thgrade schools. Whether it will continue to do so and if so, how many meals are tobe produced daily is something that has to be verified. Plans are currently predicated on the idea that itwill continue to be a production kitchen. Ms. Newman indicated that the architects would employ atechnical consultant who will work with DCPS central food service. Mr. Alexander will bring thesequestions to the central office and try to have someone from food service address the next SIT meeting.
D R A F TRoosevelt Senior High SchoolSIT (School Improvement Team) Modernization MeetingThursday, May 9, 2013Cafeteria; 6:004Arrangements had not yet been finalized for a tour of Wilson High School, a recently modernizedbuilding that is very similar to Roosevelt; that re-design was done by the same team that is working onRoosevelt. The tour will require about 90 minutes. The group’s first choice for a tour is next Thursday at6:00 pm with a secondary preference being next Tuesday. Ms. Eichelberger will contact people whenthe time and day have been secured - - the group is to meet at Wilson’s front entrance.Mr. Patterson thanked the SIT committee for their support for Roosevelt.Participants:Kidest Albaari, Ed Spec Contractor for DGSRenard Alexander, DCPS - Office of Chief Operating OfficerJane Bettistea, Neighbor, AlumniYolande Bruno, Roosevelt Faculty, ELLAngie Christophe, Neighbor, Ward 4 Council on EducationDori B. Cook, Consultant - Bibb Cook GroupTerry DeCarbo, DCPS Instructional Superintendent, Cluster 11 (Sp. Ed)Tracy Eichelberger, Roosevelt Chief of TransformationMary Filardo, 21stCentury School FundRobin Gerber, Washington Interfaith NetworkChris Graae, Cox Graae and Spack, ArchitectsDonald Gregory, Cox Graae and Spack, ArchitectsRon Hampton, Roosevelt Family Community Resource CenterNancy Huvendick, 21stCentury School FundMike Ivey, Neighbor, Ward 4 Council on EducationLarry Juhans, Roosevelt PTSA PresidentHaregewoin Kefyalew, St. Miriams Church, 14th and BuchananCheryl Miller, DCPS, Roosevelt ParentDeanna Newman, DGS ContractorBernadine Okoro, Roosevelt Faculty/StaffJerome Patterson, Roosevelt Faculty/StaffCynthia Prather, AlumniCathy Reilly, SHAPPEJeff Standish, ANC 4C03 CommissionerMillison Toye, Roosevelt Faculty/StaffKyle Whitley, DCPEP, Project Manager, DGS