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Several D.C. Public Schools To Reopen As Part of School Modernization Plan

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The District's efforts to "modernize" every public school is part of a 10-year plan, costing $3 billion.
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The District's efforts to "modernize" every public school is part of a 10-year plan, costing $3 billion.

Several of the District's public school buildings will reopen this academic year either partially or fully renovated.

The District's efforts to what's called "modernize" every public school is part of a 10-year plan, costing $3 billion. Later this month, three will reopen either substantially renovated or completed rebuilt.

Approximately 1,500 Woodrow Wilson High School students will move back to a campus with a new performing arts center, a new cafeteria and a skylight roof. H.D. Woodson High School will boast a brand new building and green roof. Janney Elementary School will house a new science lab, media center and a multi-purpose physical education space.

City administrator Allen Lew says there are also several elementary schools that will reopen with smaller classrooms. Once the renovation projects are completed, the rooms will have new windows, upgraded technology and better lighting.

Elementary school children spend 85 percent of their time in the classroom. Because of this, the classroom environment could have a huge positive impact on the learning experience.

Lew says teachers have already begun moving into the new buildings and construction will be completed by August 22. Construction work to modernize Dunbar and Cardozo Schools will begin later this year.

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