Call for Action on Hyde Addison

GM is still on vacation in London, but wanted to pass on a brief call to action on the matter of Hyde-Addison.

To help, please sign this petition calling for the preliminary work to begin this summer so that the time the children will be off the campus will be limited. And it also calls for the city to come up with better swing space than halfway across town.

Here’s a summary of where we are at this point and why we need your support:

On March 11, 2016 DC Public Schools (DCPS) blindsided the Hyde-Addison Community with new delays and unacceptable recommendations for the long overdue renovation of Hyde-Addison Elementary School.

The most recent expectations of the local community for this necessary renovation project, which has been consistently delayed since 2012, had been for a single year of construction throughout the 2016-17 school year during which students could remain in the school. However, in December 2015, DCPS notified the Hyde-Addison community that students would need to relocate after all and a relocation swing space would be necessary for up to two years. This was the first blindside for parents who had previously been assured their children would not need to relocate and that the project would impact only a single school year.

Given the unexpected news that a swing space would be necessary, the Hyde-Addison School Improvement Team, in conjunction with parents, strongly stated to DCPS the preference for the vacant, local, and DCPS-owned Duke Ellington School of Arts (DESA) field.

Nonetheless, on March 11, DCPS blindsided the Hyde-Addison community a second time by stating that no acceptable local swing space could be found for 2016-17 and thus the project is delayed yet again while an acceptable swing space is sought. DCPS did not provide compelling reasons, but mentioned the opposition of Burleith residents, who put forward various non-compelling arguments for why the vacant and DCPS-owned property should remain empty and not be used as a temporary location for its neighbor community elementary school students. At the same time and in complete disregard of Hyde families’ request for a local swing space, DCPS also issued its recommendation for the swing space, starting in August 2017, to be Meyer Elementary School, on 11th Street far across town and through the worst of DC traffic. Additionally Meyer Elementary School is currently used by DESA students while their $250 million renovation occurs, which thus eliminates this option as a valid option in 2017 should that mammoth undertaking fall behind schedule.
Needless to say, the Hyde-Addison community finds this new delay and the DCPS swing space recommendation unacceptable. We strongly ask your support in adding your name to this petition.

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2 responses to “Call for Action on Hyde Addison

  1. By signing this petition, we automatically give any bargaining power we might have had away to DCPS decision makers. Once the city commits funds to the project, the community is beholden to whatever swing space the city deems appropriate. I for one, am not wiling to be blind sided a third time, at the expense of our kids and the Georgetown community.

    The swing space the city has proposed , Meyer elementary at 11th and Euclid, is unacceptable and will undoubtedly result in a mass exodus from the school. It will take at least a decade to recover and recapture the spirit of the school that Hyde is today, a thriving, warm, small community school.

    Your comments that this project is “necessary” are not shared with a majority of parents at the school. Thousands of children have thrived at Hyde, without a gym over the past 100 years. Parents from this community and across the district have chosen to send their children to this school knowing there is no gym.

    A separate but important issue- by accepting city funds and moving forward with the project (a new gym and additional classrooms) Hyde will increase enrollment by a third. 125 additional children at the school. I’m not advocating that this is a reason not to move support the project (assuming a proper local,safe swing space can be secured), but it is nonetheless an important fact in weighing what is best for the school and community at this point in time, given where things stand now.

    The Hyde SIT team is not just advocating for a better swing space, but is pushing for work to get started this summer, wIthout first ensuring the city designates a viable swing space option. This approach is reckless, and is not keeping the best interests of the children and the community at the forefront.

    Read this petition closely. By tying two separate issues- (1)the need for a suitable swing space and (2)asking the city to fund this project, BEFORE identifying where our children will be located, we are assuring a third blind side. Although this time it will be an expected and foreseeable blind side.

  2. Pingback: Act Now to Demand a Local Swing Option for Hyde | The Georgetown Metropolitan

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