Chancellor of DC Public Schools, Dr. Lewis Ferebee breaks his silence for the first time since March 31st when Tom Donohue, a Ward 8 neighbor of Boone Elementary shared with his fellow Ward 8 neighbors news about the sudden termination (during a pandemic) of not only the Director of Strategy and Logistics, Mr. Marlon Ray (17 years with DCPS) but also the Principal. Dr. Carolyn Jackson-King (18 years with DCPS) Both top administrators work at the newly named and constructed Lawrence E. Boone Elementary (formally known as Orr Elementary)
In response to an email Donohue sent to the Chancellor inviting him for a discussion or even just a statement Dr. Ferebee responded saying "I appreciate your commitment and support of Boone Elementary School and that of DCPS. With the recent news that Principal Jackson-King will not be returning next year, thank you for sharing your concerns and invitation to speak with you." He goes on making it very clear that Boone Elementary was moving forward however without the loved Principal or Mr. Ray leading them instead offering some reassurance telling Donohue, "twe will work closely with the school’s administrative team to ensure students, staff, and families are supported through this transition".
Ferebee, Lewis (DCPS) <[email protected]>
Tue 5/5/2020 10:43 PM
Thank you for writing, Mr. Donahue.
I appreciate your commitment and support of Boone Elementary School and that of DCPS. With the recent news that Principal Jackson-King will not be returning next year, thank you for sharing your concerns and invitation to speak with you. Per our Labor and Employee Relations standards and policies, I cannot comment on personnel matters and will have to decline the invitation to speak more about this.
I assure you that your request and any subsequent feedback will be noted, and we are committed to using what we receive to help inform timelines and communications moving forward. While matters that inform personnel decisions are confidential, I assure you that we will work closely with the school’s administrative team to ensure students, staff, and families are supported through this transition.
Thank you again for writing.
My Name is Tom Donohue, Owner of TMD Enterprises and source of the information coming out about Boone Elementary. I wanted to reach out to you to see if you had any interest in joining me in an online out reach to those concerned about the events. I’d even be willing to just have a message sent out to the community. I know many are inquiring about this and so I wanted to provide an opportunity to speak directly to the Ward 8 community and others that have concerns. Would you be interested?
Thank you for your time I hopeto hear from you soon.
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TMD Enterprises ADDS -
This release was sent to TMD Distribution Services, a dvision of TMD Enterprises Photography & Videography. TMD Enterprises is a friend and neighbor of Lawrence E Boone Elementary we were honored to capture the tranformation of the former Orr Elementary from ground breaking to opening of the newly named Lawrence E. Boone Elementary and athletic field a nearly two year projecct. We stand by Mr. Ray and Dr. JK