Dozens more schools lose school police due to budget cuts
By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Aug 21, 2014 11:44 AM
In a move that leaders hope will be temporary, the Philadelphia School District will not fill its staffing vacancies for school police officers, causing a few dozen additional schools to share an officer when classes begin Sept. 8.
This inaction amounts to a 10 percent cut in school police workforce — saving the district $2.4 million.
The 26 elementary and middle schools affected will only have an officer in the building for half of the week.
Two of the schools on the list, Blaine and W.D. Kelley, have undergone vast staffing changes through an "internal turnaround" process.
Another, Steel Elementary, opens in September after a highly unusual spring. The District asked families to consider turning the school into a charter through the Renaissance process and then held a vote for parents to show their opinions. Parents ultimately voted to keep the school under District control.