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Germantown remains on school-closure list; Vernon Park rally scheduled this afternoon

By the Notebook on Feb 20, 2013 01:02 PM
Photo: Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks

At a December rally outside Germantown High School, then State Rep.-elect Stephen Kinsey told attendees, "We can have the passion, but it won't mean anything without the action."

by Aaron Moselle

When State Rep. Stephen Kinsey saw Vera Primus' name pop up on his cell phone on Tuesday morning, he readied himself for some negative news.

"I'm not happy," the head of Germantown High School's alumni association told Kinsey repeatedly as he drove down Route 309 toward Harrisburg.

Kinsey, who also graduated from Germantown, soon joined the club.

GHS not spared

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia School District removed 10 schools from its list of recommended closures, including two of the six located in the city's Northwest section, John F. McCloskey in Germantown and Jay Cooke Elementary in Logan.

The decision came after "evaluating feedback from the community meetings, alternate proposals, projected utilization and savings goals," according to the District.

Germantown High, however, a school that students, parents, and alumni have rallied to keep open, was kept on the chopping block for now. So too were Roosevelt Middle School, and Fulton and John L. Kinsey elementaries.

Primus called to break the news.

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Comments (6)

Submitted by Darnel Charles Tanksley (not verified) on February 20, 2013 1:59 pm
Ahhhhh, Vernon Park. I digress My fellow Germantownians...You may have an ally just west of 69th Street. Philadelphia is not the only district in Pennsylvania that has been short-changed. Upper Darby also pleads for her students. A better platform may be Capital Park in Harrisburg, standing side by side with districts from Pittsburgh to Upper Darby.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 20, 2013 2:04 pm
Germantown Teachers -- Welcome to King High School!
Submitted by Rob (not verified) on February 20, 2013 4:54 pm
What happens if only 50% of students transfer from Germantown to King? Will teachers have right to follow based on seniority or subject seniority? What about the contract that is set to expire in August?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 20, 2013 6:43 pm
Don't worry Rob. The important thing is that you have your DO NOW on the board along with your OBJECTIVE. That's what is really important.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 20, 2013 9:26 pm
Take a walk in the halls at King, shocking, depressing , the school a shell of its former self.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 21, 2013 10:04 pm
My high school (Germantown) and middle school (Roosevelt) is closing...That's so depressing...I guess no school reunions for us

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