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The school system’s reorganization is scheduled to be fully implemented by spring 2008. The plan includes the creation of four leadership groups and a program to increase accountability through the use of data.

The superintendent's office has until Sept. 10 to submit a full transition plan to the council.

Mary Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, said the plan seemed “much too long in its implementation.”

“It struck me a lot of time may be spent on making up charts and having meetings,” Miss Cheh said.

Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, said he was displeased with the treatment of the school board members and staff, who will now be housed at the superintendent's office and using temporary workstations.

Miss Gist said she is negotiating a permanent location for board members and staff with the Office of Property Management.