School Closing FAQS

The Kingsbury Center’s Closure Frequently Asked Questions

The Kingsbury Center will be closing June 30, 2019.

  • The Kingsbury Center Board of Trustees has announced that the Kingsbury Center will be closing its doors at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

  • This decision is final.  

Why is the school closing?

Over the past few years, the school has faced several significant challenges.

  • Enrollment has declined.

  • For the past two decades eighty percent of the students enrolled at Kingsbury have been referred to Kingsbury by traditional public school systems and public charter schools.  

  • This has changed dramatically over the past decade.

  • Traditional public school systems and public charter schools that had often placed students at Kingsbury have built their own programs to support students with learning differences.

  • This change has placed immense pressure on our operating budget.

  • We have a large operating deficit.
    • Our best efforts to grow enrollment and generate new revenue streams have been unsuccessful.

    • While fundraising efforts have yielded some success, it has not been enough to sustain our required budget.

  • A protracted sale of our building.
    • More than two years ago, we realized that selling our building could help fund school operations for the foreseeable future.
  • We have gone to great lengths to finalize that sale.​​​​​​​
  • Significant neighborhood resistance and a legal challenge have stalled the sale.
  • Without the close of the sale, we are out of options for continuing the school’s operations.

 

What happens now?

We are out of financial options.

  • We have had to make some hard decisions in light of the building sale not closing.

  • On June 30, 2019, at the conclusion of the academic year, the Kingsbury Center will close its operations. ​​​​​​​

  • Operating as a school beyond June 30, 2019 is not financially possible.

What will happen to students?

We have a plan in place to ensure proper placements.

  • Continuity is key.

  • We will provide full academic and related services for our students and families through the end of this school year.

  • We have informed the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and all Local Education Agencies (LEA) we work with about our closure.

  • Our Special Education Coordinators (SEC) will collaborate closely with their Local Education Agency (LEA) counterpart on the transition for each student through the IEP/ILP process.

How will students transition to new placements?

We are following an established process to support a smooth transition.

  • Our Special Education Coordinators (SEC) will initiate and support the student transition process through the IEP/ILP process.  

  • Our Special Education Coordinators (SEC) will work closely with the Local Education Agency (LEA) representative to manage student placement for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • We trust this established process will ensure students’ needs are met and that the transition is managed with an abundance of care.  

What will happen to staff and faculty?

All key teaching faculty and related services staff will remain in place.

  • Kingsbury will maintain full educational programming and related services through the end of the school year.

  • We do, however, need to reduce administrative and operational staff to better align our operations through June 30, 2019.

  • Many of our staff have given us years of dedicated service, and these decisions have been very difficult.

  • We are committed to keeping open lines of communication and will provide all of our staff with support through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

What will happen to the Wellness and Learning Group?

We will continue to provide full support services to our students through the end of the school year.

  • Supporting our students and families while winding down school operations is where our energies are focused right now.

  • We may consider continuing our legacy through the Wellness and Learning Group as we move forward.

About The Kingsbury Center:

Established in 1938 by educator Marion Kingsbury, the nonprofit educational organization is the oldest to address the needs of children and adults with learning differences in the Washington, DC area.  Visit www.kingsbury.org for more information.

For more about 2019-2020 school placements, contact:

Kingsbury Special Education Coordinators at 202.722.5555

Head of School/CEO at 202.722.5555

 

For additional inquiries: contact@kingsbury.org

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