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When A D.C. School Closed For Renovations, Parents Faced A Troubling Choice

On paper, the decision made perfect sense. Kimball Elementary, which opened during World War II, needed to be modernized. Everyone agreed on that. So the D.C. school district, which is renovating all of its aging buildings, scheduled an extensive $51 million makeover.

The plan called for the school, on Minnesota Avenue SE near the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, to shut down for two years beginning this summer. Its 350 students would move to an empty school a mile away.

That’s still the plan. But as the move date approaches, it’s running headlong into a formidable obstacle that didn’t show up on paper: fear.