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Discussion about Germantown High School property's future continues

By thenotebook on Apr 22, 2013 10:47 AM
Photo: Bas Slabbers/NewsWorks

Germantown High School Alumni Association President Vera Primus asks for a show of hands of fellow alumni at Friday's forum discussing the future of the 99-year-old school's building.

by Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks

Vocational-training facility. Retirement community. Cultural center.

Those were just some of the new uses for Germantown High School's building that were discussed Friday during "What's Next? A Forum on the Future of Germantown High," a panel event co-sponsored by NewsWorks content partner NBC 10 and hosted by Solomon Jones.

The background

In early March, the city's School Reform Commission voted to close Germantown, following a recommendation that was part of the district's Facilities Master Plan, an effort aimed at addressing an ongoing budget crisis and improving the education that students receive.

Germantown is one of 24 city schools slated to close after the end of the academic year, which is nine weeks away.

Residents and community leaders were invited to First United Methodist Church of Germantown on Friday for a conversation about what should be done with the 99-year-old building after the final bell rings.

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Comments (3)

Submitted by Beth Heed (not verified) on April 23, 2013 12:32 pm
I say we make it the new district operating center. It is centrally located, and would easily house the thinned out staff that is now downtown. The district already owns the building, and this would keep this historically beautiful place in good use. Plus, 440 is way too large and too expensive. Why should the district building look like then, when most schools look like, well, like Germantown does? Let's be real. We could sell off 440, and all the extra furniture and flat screens that are there (better yet, turn those nice things over to the schools) and save some much needed money.
Submitted by Jonathan (not verified) on April 23, 2013 10:58 pm
Sell it to Philadelphia College whose lease on some of it's facilities on Wissahickon are ending. Also sell them the old Germantown Town Hall on Germantown avenue a few blocks down. This would be a boon to this wonderfully historic area.
Submitted by ionica (not verified) on July 22, 2014 10:39 am

This is very sad....closing a 99 year old school. I'm sure a lot of people are suffering because of this. I hope something honorable will be done with the building. unelte profesionale

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