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School closings forums resume with focus on neighborhoods, schools

By the Notebook on Jan 8, 2013 03:56 PM

The Philadelphia School District will be resuming its series of community meetings tonight about the unprecedented plan to close 37 schools. Last month's set of meetings, intended to address broader questions and reactions to the proposal and gather the public's input, often became forums for airing the community's ire and dissent. The nine meetings this month will focus on specific neighborhoods and schools, grouped according to their location in defined planning areas

The first meeting, one of two in the North-Central planning area, will be held at Dobbins High School and can be viewed live here, starting at 6 p.m. The full schedule of January meetings is below. 


Facilities Master Plan meetings in January




Recommendations to be Discussed

Tue., Jan. 8

6 - 8 p.m.

Dobbins HS
2150 W. Lehigh Ave.

North-Central Planning Area

Strawberry Mansion HS, Vaux HS, Elverson and Leeds Military Academies, EW Rhodes, L.P. Hill, Duckrey, Meade, Reynolds, TM Peirce, Whittier, Morris, Pratt and Wright 

Wed., Jan. 9

6 - 8 p.m.

Edison HS
 151 W. Luzerne St. 

North-Central Planning Area

Carroll HS, Douglas HS, Sheridan West, Amy at James Martin, Penn Treaty Middle School, Fairhill, Taylor, Ferguson, Roberto Clemente, Hackett, Cramp 

Tue., Jan. 15

6 - 8 p.m.

Martin Luther King HS 6100 Stenton Ave. 

Northwest Planning Area

Germantown HS, Parkway Northwest HS, Lankenau HS, Elverson and Leeds Military Academies

Wed., Jan. 16

6 - 8 p.m.

Bartram HS
2401 S. 67th St. 

Southwest Planning Area

Communications Tech HS, Motivation HS, Pepper, Shaw, Tilden, Comegys, Harrington, Mitchell

Tue., Jan. 22

6 - 8 p.m.

Overbrook HS
5898 Lancaster Ave.

 West Planning Area

Lamberton HS, Beeber, Gompers, Overbrook ES, Cassidy

Wed., Jan. 23

6 - 8 p.m.

University City HS
 3601 Filbert St. 

West Planning Area

University City HS, Robeson, A. Wilson, Leidy, and McMichael 

Thurs., Jan. 24

6 - 8 p.m.

Martin Luther King HS 6100 Stenton Ave.

 Northwest Planning Area

Roosevelt MS, Leeds MS, Edmonds, Pennypacker, Emlen, Logan, Kelly, Wister, Pennell, Cooke, Fulton, Kinsey, and McCloskey 

Tue., Jan. 29

6 - 8 p.m.

South Philadelphia HS 2101 S. Broad St. 

South-Central Planning Area

Bok Technical HS, Smith, Vare, and George Washington ES

Wed., Jan. 30

6 - 8 p.m.

Northeast HS
1601 Cottman Ave.

Northeast Planning Area

Carnell, Lawton, Stearne 



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Comments (4)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 8, 2013 5:25 pm
Turning 440 into a casino and Strawberry Mansion HS into the new district building is the word on the street, ridiculous
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 8, 2013 5:08 pm
crazy, I just heard the same thing today.
Submitted by Education Grad Student (not verified) on January 8, 2013 11:30 pm
I saw footage of the school closing hearing at Dobbins on the news tonight. They wanted 2 separate meetings, one for elementary and one for middle and secondary. However, the parents wanted it all in one room and they got their way. It was HEATED. Dr. Hite is in for a long battle....
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 9, 2013 6:42 pm
I watched the meeting last night. So proud of all the parents and students who stood up and fought for our school. My problem is Hite never visited any of the schools on the closure list. How does he know what kind of climate there is? When schools have more suspensions under their belt is because principals actually report them not sweep them under the carpet like most principals who don't back their teachers. It's going to get very ugly.

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