A grassroots group in Northwest Philadelphia says it will fight to bring education back to Germantown High School. But it may have to win over members of a Maryland-based development firm to do that.
The Concordia Group, of Bethesda, wants to buy five shuttered school buildings, including GHS, for $6.8 million. Thanks to a School Reform Commission vote on Thursday, the company now has approval to negotiate a deal with the District.
Neighbors did not see this coming.
"We were disappointed by the lack of transparency in the process," said Julie Stapleton-Carroll, who leads the Germantown High School Task Force.
"We had been hearing for a couple of weeks rumors about various entities that the school was going to be sold to, but received no clarification from anybody either at the School District or our elected officials," she said. "It appears that our elected officials were also fairly surprised by the decision to sell."
The group had hoped the building would go to Mount Airy developer Ken Weinstein, who in early June bid $1 for GHS and an undisclosed amount for nearby Robert Fulton Elementary.
Weinstein, president of Philly Office Retail, said he never heard from the District after he submitted the offers.