Hearing on B21-201 & B21-204, School Lease Amendments


CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING

Bill 21-201, 1351 Nicholson Street, N.W. Old Brightwood School Lease Amendment Act of 2015
Bill 21-204, 4095 Minnesota Avenue, N.E. Woodson School Lease Amendment Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-201, the “1351 Nicholson Street, N.W. Old Brightwood School Lease Amendment Act of 2015,” and Bill 21-204, the “4095 Minnesota Avenue, N.E. Woodson School Lease Amendment Act of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-201 is to allow the Department of General Services to enter into a lease with Friendship Public Charter School, Inc. (Friendship PCS) for the Old Brightwood School. Currently, Community Academy Public Charter School, Inc. (CAPCS) resides in the Old Brightwood School, but on February 19, 2015, the Public Charter School Board voted to revoke CAPCS’ charter. As such, Friendship PCS has agreed to become the successor operator at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. The stated purpose of Bill 21-204 is to extend the lease of the Woodson School to Friendship PCS for an additional ten years, extending the lease term to a total of forty years, with an option for a twenty-five year renewal.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole, at (202) 724-8196, or email Christina Setlow, Deputy Committee Director, at csetlow@dccouncil.us, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on July 1, 2015 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. A copy of PR 21-175 and PR 21-176 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on July 13, 2015.