District of Columbia - Building Construction and Maintenance: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law establishes comprehensive guidelines and accountability measures for school construction and building maintenance that include detailed provisions for addressing student health and safety.

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 1206 EDU -1.4 SCHOOL BUILDING DESIGN AND SITE PLANNING

1206.4 Policy EDU-1.4.2: Promoting High-Quality Design

Require that the renovation or reconstruction of school facilities use high architectural and landscape design standards that are sensitive to community context as well as academic and student safety needs.

Policy EDU-1.4.3: Safety First: Designing For Multiple Uses


D.C. Code 38–2803. Multiyear Facilities Master Plan.

(a)

  • (1) Beginning on December 15, 2017, and every 10 years thereafter, the Mayor shall prepare and submit to the Council for its review and approval a comprehensive 10-year Master Facilities Plan for public education facilities, along with a proposed resolution, in accordance with this section. The Council shall vote on the 10-year Master Facilities Plan concurrently with its vote on the Mayor's capital budget proposal. If approved by the Council, the 10-year Master Facilities Plan shall take effect on the first day of the succeeding fiscal year.
  • (2) The Council shall conduct at least one public hearing on the proposed 10-year Master Facilities Plan before approval.
    Source: Council of the District of Columbia

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 1203 EDU -1.1 IMPROVING DCPS FACILITY CONDITION

1203.1 For many years, DCPS maintained its buildings through an annual repair and replacement program. This approach only addressed short-term needs. Buildings became inefficient and obsolete due to the lack of a more comprehensive approach to modernization.

1203.2 Beginning in the late 1990s, DCPS initiated the practice of comprehensive facility master planning. In 2000, it adopted a Facilities Master Plan (FMP) that established 15-year goals and long-range planning policies for modernizing District schools. The FMP was updated in 2001, 2002, and 2003 and 2006. The new FMP supports the 2006 Master Education Plan (which addresses broader operational issues) through related recommendations addressing the use of space and facilities. The District's Comprehensive Plan seeks to capture the guiding policies provided by the FMP to ensure consistency with the District Government's own land use policies and public facility plans.


District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 1201 EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES GOAL

1201.1 The overarching goal for educational facilities in the District is:

Transform the educational environment in the District of Columbia, providing facilities that inspire excellence in learning, create a safe and healthy environment for students, and help each individual achieve his or her fullest potential.


District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 1203 EDU -1.1 IMPROVING DCPS FACILITY CONDITION

1203.1 For many years, DCPS maintained its buildings through an annual repair and replacement program. This approach only addressed short-term needs. Buildings became inefficient and obsolete due to the lack of a more comprehensive approach to modernization.

1203.2 Beginning in the late 1990s, DCPS initiated the practice of comprehensive facility master planning. In 2000, it adopted a Facilities Master Plan (FMP) that established 15-year goals and long-range planning policies for modernizing District schools. The FMP was updated in 2001, 2002, and 2003 and 2006. The new FMP supports the 2006 Master Education Plan (which addresses broader operational issues) through related recommendations addressing the use of space and facilities. The District's Comprehensive Plan seeks to capture the guiding policies provided by the FMP to ensure consistency with the District Government's own land use policies and public facility plans.

1203.3 The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities reports that students attending school in new, modern facilities have been found to score five to seventeen points higher on standardized tests than students in older, substandard buildings. Recent DCPS experience at campuses such as Miner and McKinley mirrors this national experience and has shown that high-quality school facilities also strongly influence public perception, and increase the attractiveness of the modernized schools to parents and students. Modernized schools also can attract families to surrounding neighborhoods and increase private property values.

1203.4 Between 1998 and 2006, significant progress toward the modernization of the building stock was made. Five elementary schools (Oyster, Barnard, Miner, Key, and Randle Highlands) were fully modernized. McKinley Technology High School is in its second year of operation, and Kelly Miller is now operating as a state-of-the-art middle school on the site of a formerly closed facility. The combined Bell and Lincoln Schools in Columbia Heights, and Thomson Elementary School in Shaw will soon join the inventory of modernized facilities.

1203.5 Policy EDU-1.1.1: Updated Facilities

Provide updated and modern school facilities throughout the District based on the DCPS Facilities Master Plan. Policy EDU-1.1.2: Facility Master Planning

1203.6 Strongly support efforts to prepare long-range master facility plans so that the school modernization program is based on comprehensive system-wide assessments of facility condition, enrollment trends, long-term needs, and the District's land use plans.

1203.7 Policy EDU-1.1.3: Administrative and Maintenance Facilities

Ensure that educational facility planning accommodates the administrative, maintenance, and transportation needs of DCPS.

1203.8 Policy EDU-1.1.4: Public-Private-Partnerships

Consider public-private partnerships and proffers to improve schools as residential development is approved. Strongly discourage the practice of giving up actively used school recreational areas and/or open spaces to accommodate private development in exchange for school reconstruction.

1203.9 Action EDU-1.1.A: DCPS’ Facility Master Plan Process

Actively participate in the DCPS Facilities Master Plan Update process to ensure that facility plans are coordinated with the District’s neighborhood conservation and community revitalization plans.

1203.10 Action EDU-1.1.B: Developer Proffers and Partnerships for School Improvements

Establish mechanisms for developer proffers and public-private partnerships to meet school facility needs through the development process.

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