New Look for D.C. Public Schools

By Elaine Reyes
|  Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 7:53 AM EDT
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Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools and Prince George's County Schools Superintendent William Hite joined News4 to discuss preparations for the upcoming school year.
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The first day of school means new shoes, clothes and backpacks.  For thousands of District students it also means practically brand new schools. 

Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest Washington looks completely different thanks to a  $120 million renovation.  Facilities at the largest public high school in D.C. had been crumbling and aging. 

This morning, a new and updated entrance will welcome students.  Inside, they’ll find a state of the art gymnasium, performing arts area and cafeteria among the numerous improvements.   

Wilson’s sleek look is part of a larger DCPS  modernization effort.  Other schools that underwent major facelifts recently include Janney Elementary and Woodson High School.  About 47,000 students will kick off a new year at 123 schools across the District. 

For the first time in 41 years, DCPS reported an increase in student enrollment.  Also today, Kaya Henderson begins her first full school year as Chancellor.  Henderson worked under former Chancellor Michelle Rhee and assumed the top position after Rhee resigned last year.

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