Update from DCPS re: Francis Stevens Merger

Posted on: August 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Boulanger

Dear School Without Walls Families,

As you are all aware, our community had been promised a plan for the merger with Francis Stevens from DCPS Chief of Schools John Davis. Since the announcement of the merger decision in early 2013 and the subsequent publication of the findings of last summer’s Task Force, many in our community were skeptical of how the merger could be implemented.

We have received a letter from John Davis today that brings our Walls community good news on several front:

  • School Without Walls High School students will not go to Francis Stevens for classes next year or in the future.
  • Furthermore, SWWHS will have its own budget separate from Francis Stevens.

We are disappointed DCPS did not follow the advice of the task force and the majority of our community on the need for dedicated leadership at the high school. However, we will continue to monitor the issues surrounding the shared leadership and we will share any problems or concerns that arise with the Chancellor. In addition, our high school community must also continue to advocate that DCPS address issues surrounding growth in enrollment for our school.

The full text of the letter from Mr. Davis follows.

Both LSAT Chair Ed Lazere and I believe that the announcement today by DCPS comes in no small part because of the efforts by our parents and students to advocate for the best interests of our school. Our community should be proud that together we have been able to protect what makes the School Without Walls High School community special and we will continue to keep DCPS accountable to the community going forward.

Melanie Gisler

Home and School Association President

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