Fresh off a legal victory, Mayor Kenney visited Southwark School in South Philadelphia on Tuesday to honor the school's community partners and plug the city's community schools initiative.
The event came less than 24 hours after a Common Pleas Court judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened beverages. The ruling means that, at least for now, the programs Kenney plans to support with money from the tax can move forward unabated.
Among them is the city's plan to create 25 community schools over five years. The first nine schools were announced earlier this year, and this initial cohort is about to embark on the next phase of the process. After completing an assessment to gauge what school and community members feel they need, each school's designated coordinator will help create a strategic plan.
Those plans will detail the school's priorities. By early next year, each community school will have a sense of what outside services it wants and how much those services might cost. It's the job of each community school coordinator to work with city staff to find funding for those projects.