"I will continue working to improve our schools, modernize Ward 1 playgrounds & recreation centers, and invest in expanding green space so necessary for our growing neighborhoods." -- Kent Boese
Coming from a family of educators, Kent understands the importance of supporting teachers and programs in addition to keeping school buildings in good repair. His record shows a strong commitment to education and providing quality buildings where children can learn and where teachers can be successful. The first resolution Kent introduced as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner supported the District’s school modernization efforts.
Some examples of Kent's work to improve the District's schools:
- Introduced resolution urging continuation of School Modernization Efforts (read resolution here).
- Worked with Bruce-Monroe at Park View Elementary School to increase the scope of their first phase modernization.
- Supported resolution urging thoughtful hire of Tubman Elementary School Principal (read resolution here).
- Joined letter of support for the “Next Step Public Charter School” (read letter here).
- Introduced resolution urging immediate final modernization of the Park View School building (read resolution here).
- Advocated for continued modernization of Park View School building at 2014 Ward 1Budget Town Hall (watch video here).
- Worked with Department of General Services and DC Public Schools to install elevators and lifts for Bruce-Monroe to Park View.
Commissioner Boese with teacher Jackie Jaffe at Family Night at Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary School in 2014
Parks, Green Space, & the Environment
Kent also understands the importance of play and recreation. Kent has protected many playgrounds through his historic preservation work and he continues to advocate for the improvement and expansion of the District's recreation centers.
Some examples of Kent's work to improve District playgrounds include:
- Advocated for a new recreation center building at Park View Recreation, resulting in $12.3m dedicated to achieve this goal in 2023.
- Worked with the DC Council, Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of General Services, and community members to install a new basketball court, a new soccer field, a new playground, and a new adult exercise area at the Park View Recreation Center.
- Worked with the Department of General Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation to renovate the main Park View Recreation Center building.
- Testified before the DC Council and secured $400,000 to renovate the 1932 field house at the Park View Recreation Center (watch video here - (relevant section begins at 03:56:10 and runs to 04:10:19).
Commissioner Boese speaking at dedication of renovated Park View Recreation Center in March 2013 with Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember Jim Graham