Spingarn Likely to Close, Carbarn Implications?
The official list is embargoed until 4pm, but Loose Lips has slapped up an unofficial list of schools that DCPS wants to close. As I've been predicting on Twitter for the past several days, Spingarn High School appears on that list. Spingarn was already classified as a tier 4 school, putting it at high risk of closure (page 53 of that pdf has a good breakdown of the Cluster 23 school situation. Truancy is a HUGE problem at Spingarn, and the test scores aren't great either (14% proficient in math, and 13% in reading). The school has a capacity of 910 student, but only had 460 students enrolled at the time of the IFF report (I'm not sure if that includes the 194 listed as enrolled in the 16 years and older Spingarn Stay program).
As you know, DDOT plans to build a carbarn for the streetcar on the grounds of Spingarn. Some Ward 5 advocates objected that this could be dangerous for students, and that it would be a blight on the historic campus of Spingarn. One group launched an effort to have Spingarn designated historic, that could potentially delay the carbarn construction.
The Washington City Paper is supposed to have an article out shortly with info from DDOT about what a Spingarn closure could mean for the carbarn. I'm going to link to that when it comes out rather than simply speculating.