Dear Parents and West Community,
On Tuesday, May 30th, the Council voted to accelerate the full modernization of West Education Campus. This accelerated budget reflects $1million in FY2018 (school year 2017-2018) for planning and design, and the beginning of construction in FY2020 (school year 2019-2020). West is now slated to be complete in fall 2022. West’s modernization will continue to be a top priority until the renovation is complete. I will again advocate next year to see about accelerating West. In the meantime, I will stay engaged with the Executive to ensure the West FY2018 planning dollars are put to use.
From the very beginning of my tenure at City Council in 2015, I have been a huge supporter and advocate for West. In 2015, I worked with the West PTA and Department of General Services where I was able to secure $350,000 in investments in the physical plant. In 2016, I worked with District Department of Transportation to secure the crossing guard currently on 13th St NW. Further, after touring the school with Mayor Bowser and the Deputy Mayor of Education, I worked with the Executive to secure an additional $47M for a full modernization of the West Education Campus.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve personally met with my colleagues and directed my staff to work with the budget office to find ways to accelerate West. Working diligently with Councilmember White, the Education Committee, and the Chairman, $1M in planning dollars was secured for FY2018. Additionally, the construction start was moved up from fall 2020 to fall 2019. I am proud of what has been accomplished.
West’s modernization has come a long way since the FY2013 Budget:
· In FY2013, the budget was $9.7M for a two-phase partial upgrade.
· In FY2014, the budget was doubled to $24.8M for a three-phase partial upgrade.
· In FY2015, the budget was increased again, to $35M for a full upgrade with one year of planning and two years of construction.
· In FY2016, the budget and modernization remained the same.
· In FY2017, the budget was doubled again, to $82.4M to do a full modernization.
If we stayed with the FY2013 budget, West would have received $9.7M in infrastructure relief by fall 2019. But consequently, it would have also moved West further down in “priority” and in a cue with other schools that received partial renovations. By fighting for a full modernization we will have a brand new school in FY2022.
In the coming week, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that West money stays intact. As always your advocacy is appreciated, as your calls, emails, and letters were helpful in pushing West’s modernization. I am fully committed to being a full partner with the West community. Do not hesitate to contact me directly by my cell 202-316-6001 if you have any questions or concerns.
Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Chairman, Committee on Government Operations
Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd
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