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School-closing recommendations will be out by mid-November

By the Notebook on Oct 25, 2012 05:38 PM

The School District will release recommendations for school closings by mid-November and has extended the deadline for high school and transfer applications by about a month to avoid the dilemma of having students applying to schools that will be closing.

"District leadership believes it is imperative to provide families with more time to hear and understand how facilities master plan recommendations may impact their school choices for next year," according to a District press release.

The original deadline for applying to high school or seeking a transfer had been Friday, Nov. 2. It has been extended four weeks to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

The District's statement said that the extension is also meant to "make the admissions process easier for parents and students to navigate." Students will be notified of admissions decisions earlier than in the past, the statement said.

Closure recommendations will be posted on the District's homepage, and letters will be sent home to students impacted by the plans, according to the release.

The recommendations will not necessarily reflect the final decisions. The School Reform Commission will vote in March on which schools to close after individual hearings for each school. It held a series of general informational hearings this fall.

District leaders have said they need to close as many as 57 schools by September 2013 to meet the goals of a five-year financial plan.

For more information, visit the website of the Office of Student Enrollment and Placement or call 215-400-4290.


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Comments (9)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2012 5:58 am
Does this mean there will be many high schools closing since they are the vast majority of the special admit schools? If the SDP has a list, we need to know now so schools can make their case. Granted, we have to close some schools but a physical building doesn't make a school. There are good high schools with lousy buildings that have good programs. The "luck" of having been given a new building (e.g. Fels, Kensington CAPA, Lincoln, Audenreid, West, etc.) does not make it a good school. It just makes it a new building.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2012 8:58 am
This is so ridiculous....Then what happens to the neighborhood schools....might as well make as Disciplinary Schools".
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2012 8:28 am
If we put more programs which will attract students to neighborhood high schools, they can be rebuilt. Vallas decimated neighborhood high schools.
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on October 26, 2012 12:10 pm
Yeah, close all of those schools. Since I am in an old building I am banking on the charter operators wanting a new school and not the wreckage that is my school. What the Charter schools want they should get. Remember the SRC is here to serve the charter operators not the kids. They do not contribute to Corbett's Campaign and if there is a Sandusky investigation he will need money to derail it.
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on October 26, 2012 10:33 am
They are going to close all the little high schools established in the last ten years such as Vaux, Carroll and Leeds which do not make AYP or have anything special about them along with a few neighborhoods high schools. The people rooting for the neighborhood high schools are charter operators who need a place to send troublesome students.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2012 6:36 pm
Ok, let me get this straight. They're delaying the high school application deadline pending announcement of proposed school closings, so that students don't apply to closing schools, but the final decision about whether a school is closing won't be made until March? Uh, ok.
Submitted by Eileen Duffey (not verified) on October 26, 2012 6:03 pm
My exact sentiments.
Submitted by Dawn Hawkins parent leader -Action United (not verified) on October 26, 2012 11:31 pm
Hi! Parent Leader for Action United: There are times when things happen in our lives,we have to make the right decisions.So fight for your children - family - Community,please come out let your voice be heard! GOD BLESS YOU ALL;)
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 13, 2012 8:59 am
this reminds me of the recent cash for kids to prison scam with the Judges......close the schools and sell the kids to charters.....of course the Big Shots at 440 No Broad put thier raises thru before the announcement......

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