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District to hold public hearings on school closings




The School Reform Commission will hold a series of public hearings over three days to hear testimony on the proposed school closures before the commission votes March 7. The meetings will take place Feb. 21, Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. All hearings will be held in the auditorium at the School District of Philadelphia headquarters, 440 N. Broad St., and will be divided up according to District planning area.

Those who want to testify must pre-register by calling the Office of Parent, Community & Family Engagement at 215-400-4180. Pre-registration runs from 9 a.m. Feb. 19 through noon Feb. 21. No more than 10 speakers will be permitted to testify about each school that is slated to close, and the guidelines as outlined in the District’s speaker policy for SRC public meetings will apply to the hearings.

The dates and times of the hearings are listed below:

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013  
Planning Area Time
Northcentral (west of Broad St.)    6-7 p.m.
Northcentral (east of Broad St.) 7-7:45 p.m.
Northwest (high schools) 7:45-8:15 p.m.
Northwest (elementary / middle) 8:15-8:45 p.m
Southwest 8:45-9:30 p.m.
West   9:30-10 p.m.
Southcentral 10-10:25 p.m.
Northeast   10:25-10:35 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013  
Planning Area   Time
Northcentral (west of Broad St.)                                        8:30-10:30 a.m.
Northcentral (east of Broad St.) 10:30 a.m.-noon
Northwest (high schools)    1-2 p.m.
Northwest (elementary/middle) 2-3 p.m.
Southwest 3-4:45 p.m.
West    4:45-5:45 p.m.
Southcentral    5:45-6:35 p.m.
Northeast   6:35-6:50 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013  
Planning Area Time
Northeast 8:30-8:45 a.m.
Southcentral      8:45-9:30 a.m.
West 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Southwest 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Northwest (high schools)     1-2 p.m.
Northwest (elementary/middle)   2-3 p.m.
Northcentral (east of Broad St.)          3-4:30 p.m.
Northcentral(west of Broad St.)        4:30-6:30 p.m.


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