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DC Council votes on solution to end Shaw, Banneker schools dispute

Both the Shaw community and Banneker High School had been promised the same piece of land in the Shaw neighborhood to build a new high school in the future.
Credit: John Henry
The future of the old Shaw Junior High School site will be decided Tuesday at the Wilson Building.

WASHINGTON -- The DC Council had decided what will happen to a disputed piece of land in the Shaw neighborhood.

Both the Shaw community and Banneker High School had been promised new education campuses at the site of the old Shaw Junior High School site along Rhode Island Avenue in Northwest.

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The Shaw community said city leaders promised them a middle school on the site more than a decade ago. While Mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans last year that Banneker High School would move to the site.

On Tuesday, the DC Council considered amendment to the city's budget that would work to finally resolve the problem.

The council decided Banneker would indeed get a new building on Rhode Island Avenue. While, a new Shaw Middle School would be built at the site of the old Banneker High School on Euclid Avenue near Howard University.

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That site is somewhat outside the Shaw neighborhood.

Shaw locals had mixed feelings on the decision.

"It is a concern," said Shaw ANC Alexander Padro on the site's distance from Shaw. "Absolutely. Under the circumstances, it's the best that we can hope for."

The Mayor previously said Banneker would move to the Rhode Island Avenue site by 2021. When dirt will move at the new Shaw Middle School site is still unknown.

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