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Enon holds meetings on school closings

By thenotebook on Feb 1, 2013 05:11 PM

Representatives of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Northwest Philadelphia have been running a series of meetings since mid-January at schools targeted for closure to get feedback on the District's closing plan.

District officials say that Enon leaders will provide a report with alternative recommendations to the School Reform Commission before the SRC hearings that are scheduled to begin Feb. 21.

The District is allowing Enon to hold these meetings in schools; a District spokesperson said, "We welcome that conversation," adding that the District encourages alternative proposals "that get us to the same end."

District officials say they expect their plan to eventually save $28 million annually from closing 37 buildings but say they will not realize those savings until after the initial transition year.

As of Friday, Enon has held or scheduled meetings for 24 out of 44 schools slated for closure or relocation. Coming up next week are meetings for Germantown High, Lamberton High, Leeds Middle, Overbrook Elementary, Pepper Middle, Reynolds Elementary, Shaw Middle, Taylor Elementary, and Abigail Vare Elementary.

The meeting schedule provided by Enon follows.

UPDATE: The meeting at Overbrook Elementary has been rescheduled to Feb. 5.

 

School

Date and Time

Facilitator

 Abigail Vare ES

 Feb. 6, 6 p.m.

 E. Gargano

 Cooke ES

 Jan.17, 5:30 p.m.

 D. Jones

 Duckrey ES

 

 R. Williams

 Fairhill ES

 

 K. Wright

 Ferguson ES

 

 P. Henry, C. Gordon

 Fulton ES

 Jan. 31, 9 a.m.

 V. Moore

 Washington ES

 Jan. 24, 5 p.m.

 T. Anglin, C. Barrett

 Gompers ES

 Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m.

 Chanta Barrett

 Kinsey ES

 Jan. 31, 6 p.m.

 A. Williams

 Leidy ES

 

 C. Ming

 Hill ES

 Jan. 31, 6 p.m.

 W. Tomlin

 McCloskey ES

 

 P. Henry, C. Gordon

 McMichael ES

 

 L. Clouden

 Meade ES

 Jan. 29, 4:40 p.m.

 R. Williams

 Morris ES

 

 C. Lanier, D. Jones

 Overbrook ES

 Feb. 6, 6 p.m.

 C. Barrett

 Pratt ES

 

 R. Williams

 Reynolds ES

 Jan. 31 & Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

 C. Lanier

 Smith ES

 

 V. Johnson

 Taylor ES

 Feb. 5, 3:15 p.m.

 R. Hatcher

 Peirce ES

 

 D. Hoxter

 Whittier ES

 

 R. Williams

 Wilson ES

 

 V. Johnson

 Carnell MS

 

 R. Lentz

 Douglas HS

 

 P. Henry, C. Gordon

 Pepper MS

 Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

 V. Johnson

 Roosevelt MS

 

 J. Weems

 Shaw MS

 Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m.

 S. Johnson

 Sheridan West MS

 

 M. Hollands, C. Simmons

 Bok HS

 Jan. 24, 6 p.m.

 C. Jones

 Carroll HS

 Jan. 30, 6 p.m.

 M. Hollands, C. Simmons

 Germantown HS

 Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

 L. Simmons

 Lamberton HS

 Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

 L. Jones

 Elverson HS

 

 K. Thaxton

 Strawberry Mansion HS

 Jan. 31, 6 p.m.

 L. Lane

 University City HS

 Jan. 17, 6 p.m.

 L. Williams

 Vaux HS

 Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m.

 D. Jones

 Lankenau HS

 Jan. 29, 6 p.m.

 P. Henry, C. Gordon

 Kelly ES

 

 S. Harper, J. Seever

 Leeds

 Feb. 7, 6 p.m.

 S. Harper, J. Seever

 Paul Robeson HS

 Jan. 22, 6 p.m.

 C. Jones

 Parkway NW HS

 Jan. 28, 3:45 p.m.

 P. Henry, C. Gordon

 AMY @ James Martin

 

 R. Lentz

 Motivation HS

 

 G. Rivers

 Communications Tech HS

 

 T. Harper, J. Blunt

 

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Comments (20)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 1, 2013 7:39 pm

Two-thirds of the meetings were held before the schedule was posted?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 1, 2013 7:19 pm

..."District spokesperson said, "We welcome that conversation," adding that the District encourages alternative proposals "that get us to the same end." >>

Is this woman serious? This language of "welcoming a conversation" when you have no inteniton of doing so is transparent. Quite frankly I have never seen anything as destructive as what's going on now.

Submitted by teachmyway (not verified) on February 2, 2013 5:00 am

the bottom line is that our city will look like Chicago and Detroit, closed buildings, drought, gang war fare, school buildings were built for the community, they were never funded properly in the first place, yes it is supposed to be tax based, but foreal how can we get anything from a tax base that is declining, no jobs, no interest, flight from tne city, no busing, like really what is there to here to stay for/ Corbette and Duncan allows tax credit for those that save kids from failing in the city, which hasn't been funded properly since like years, ok, Hydiah you were shot, you went to a good school, but look at what Duncan did to yrou city schools, so now we have the answer the same things will happen here

Submitted by Annoy (not verified) on February 2, 2013 7:07 am

Who are the facilitators? How are these meetings accountable to the public? Why is one church playing a integral role versus a broader coalition? What vested interest does Enon leadership have in the process and outcome? There are school district higher ups at Enon (Penny Nixon goes to Enon - she is on sabbatical.) A public institution should conduct their own meetings. Enon running the show has many potential conflicts of interest.

Submitted by reformer (not verified) on February 2, 2013 9:33 am

what about the separation between mega-church and state?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 10:55 am

So Arlene Ackerman has died. I can hear the teachers union cheering.

Submitted by Pseudonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 10:23 am

I was glad she was fired because she was terrible at her job and this district might never recover, but I've never heard anyone in this district wish her personal harm.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 12:42 pm

Another dis from the Charter Shils of America Corporation.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 7:28 pm

This is a vile comment which should be removed by the Notebook.

Submitted by Teacher 1 (not verified) on February 2, 2013 10:49 am

Cheer about someone's death? You must be sick.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 10:48 am

Go over to 6abc.com and read the story and the comments below. The teachers are celebrating the woman's death. Typical hateful, greedy union thuggery.

Submitted by Pseudonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 12:16 pm

I see you posting twice about how the teachers are cheering, and no teachers actually cheering.

Regardless, I'm sure that The Notebook will post soon about the death, and we can comment there, instead of in the most recent but unrelated article.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 7:38 pm

This comment should be removed by the Notebook. Isn't there some kind of screening process?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 10:32 am

A religious institution should NOT be heading up public meetings. There is no accountability and we have no idea about the facilitators, meeting notes, etc. The only good thing about the meetings is the time - they are at night. While 6 pm is hectic with dinner/homework, at least they are not scheduled like the School District Home and School Association. I received another phone blast that the Home and School Association is meeting 10 AM on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 440. Any parent that works during the day can not attend. This include a single parent like myself who also happens to be a School District teacher. If Home and School wants to engage more parents, don't schedule meetings at 10 AM.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 6:31 pm

VERNARD JOHNSON IS FACILITATING THE WILSON MEETING? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???????????????? ARE THEY PAYING HIM?????? Unbelievable, after what he did to West Philly High so he could more contracts!!!! I would NOT trust him to report accurately back to Enon and the district. What a JOKE!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 6:40 pm

Again, who holds Enon and the people they have hired / recruited to "facilitate" meeting accountable? How do we know anything reported is accurate? How do we know the process is open? Mr. Johnson is full of hot air and about pumping up his organization. Like "Mama Gail," they like to pontificate and bring attention to themselves and get School District contracts for their pet projects and salaries. There is no integrity in the Enon process.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 2, 2013 7:21 pm

There are four meetings on February 5. How do people get to all of them?

The SD wants to advance the idea that people care only about their neighborhood school. That is not true. This is an issue which affects everyone in the city. This is a cynical move on the part of Hite and his people--and the SRC. It is an insult to the parents and students.

Submitted by reformer (not verified) on February 3, 2013 5:18 am

cassandra jones and penny nixon go to enon. enough said,

Submitted by reformer (not verified) on February 3, 2013 5:56 am

cassandra jones and penny nixon go to enon. enough said,

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 3, 2013 5:30 am

Any word on the Wagner cheating scandal? How long does it take for the PA Dept. of Ed to investigate cheating at schools?

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