Update on Park View Elementary and Bruce Monroe School

Park View ElementaryI’ve been trying to find out for a while what’s going on with Park View Elementary and the Bruce Monroe School. Chancellor Rhee previously made the decision to rebuild Bruce Monroe, then close the historic Park View Elementary and move the school there.

Things over at Bruce Monroe seem to have stalled. Park View has some work going on, mostly with the front stairway, but things seem to be up in the air. I’ve contacted Chancellor Rhee directly a few times, and the only answer I’ve received from her is that they are “putting together an update” on the plans for those schools. I’ll post that update when it is known.

I did get an answer of sorts from the Chancellor’s office to the same question by submitting it through the City’s website. I strongly suspect this is not a current answer, or Chancellor Rhee could have rattled it off to me when I initially asked the question over two weeks ago.

The answer I got was:

There is no longer a definite time line, but sometime in the next 2-3 years they hope to have the new Bruce Monroe school built.

Once the Bruce Monroe school is ready, the Park View school could 1) be turned over to a Charter school, 2) have a DC Government program there, or 3) have the recreation center that is next door relocated there.

Of these three, the only one that makes any sense would be a DC Government program. I don’t see the sense in closing a school because of low attendance just to turn around and open another school in the same building. If the numbers justify a school at this location, then Park View Elementary should remain open and be refurbished. That could easily be done with mobile classrooms during the construction phase.

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7 Responses to “Update on Park View Elementary and Bruce Monroe School”

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