School-closings meetings start Tuesday
by Dale Mezzacappa on Sep 24 2012 Posted in Latest news
Declaring a need to close dozens of schools by next year due to underutilized buildings, the School Reform Commission begins its process for informing and engaging the community this week with another series of meetings.
Seven community forums will take place between Tuesday and mid-October so District officials can “illustrate the types of rightsizing strategies” and get community feedback for its Facilities Master Plan, according to District spokesman Fernando Gallard. A session for students will be held on Oct. 10.
At these meetings, information about specific schools will not be provided.
Instead, participants will be polled and invited to present “alternate strategies,” Gallard said.
Schools designated for closure will be identified by late November, Gallard said. Then a round of state-mandated public hearings will be conducted. Final decisions are expected by March 2013.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-noon | School District Education Center (440 N. Broad St.)
Tuesday, Sept. 25 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Center in the Park (5818 Germantown Ave.)
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 10 a.m.-noon | West Philadelphia High School (4901 Chestnut St.)
Tuesday, Oct. 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Kensington CAPA High School (1901 N. Front St.)
Thursday, Oct. 4 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Bright Hope Baptist Church (1601 N. 12th St.)
Wednesday, Oct. 10 STUDENT FORUM | 4-6 p.m. | School District Education Center (440 N. Broad St.)
Saturday, Oct. 13 | 10 a.m.-noon | CAPA High School (901 S. Broad St.)