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August 16, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Other Officials to Cut Ribbon on H.D. Woodson High School Modernization 

Features Include Academic, Environmental and Athletic Enhancements

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization Acting Executive Director Ollie Harper, Jr. will cut the ribbon on the brand new H.D. Woodson High School in Ward 7. Woodson’s modernization features a new main academic building, gymnasium, auditorium, pool, and athletic fields.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 2011
             10:30 A.M.

WHERE: H.D. Woodson High School
540 55th Street NE
Washington D.C. 20019

BACKGROUND:

H.D. Woodson High School is one of several DC Public Schools facilities on which the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) has recently completed significant renovations. The office was created by the DC Education Reform Act of 2007 to undertake the construction and modernization of DC Public Schools (DCPS) facilities and other large-scale capital projects. The office also manages all non-custodial maintenance for the school system. In just three years the OPEFM has achieved an unprecedented $1 billion in new school construction, long overdue system and safety improvements, playgrounds, athletic fields and other amenities. The cutting-edge projects have established standards that meet -- and in some cases exceed -- those of private educational institutions. By law, every modernized school must meet a minimum of Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council.