Ellington School Project Gets More Money


Mayor Bowser freed up an additional $7.5 million to bail out the Duke Ellington School of the Arts modernization and expansion project.

Shortly after the start of construction, the D.C. Department of General Services (DGS) determined that the original $139-million dollar budget for the magnet school was not enough to complete the tasks planned. DGS and school officials then scrambled to find ways to dramatically cutback the plans and reduce costs.

The mayor requested that $7,556,800 of the original $49-million planned budget for the Garrison School modernization effort be reallocated to Ellington and that the Garrison work be delayed. It is expected that final signoffs on the bailout/carve-out will be completed soon.


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