January 30 — 1:43 pm, 2018

Deadline for school board applications extended

nominating panel Greg Windle

Applicants will get an extra week to apply for a position on the mayor’s new school board. The nominating panel is extending the deadline for applications to Feb. 7.

Applications can be submitted through the online form, and paper applications can be picked up and dropped off at City Hall, Room 204.

“We are incredibly pleased that nearly 500 individuals have already applied and submitted nominations,” nominating panel chair Wendell Pritchett said in a statement. “We want to make sure that as many interested and qualified Philadelphians as possible are able to apply, so we are extending the deadline to allow more time for outreach and to ensure that all interested applicants can submit their applications in time for us to review.”

The nominating panel will submit a final list of 27 nominees to the mayor by the end of February, and the mayor will pick nine members to appoint to the board sometime in March.

The board will get oriented while the School Reform Commission is still operating, between April and June, and then assume control of District governance on July 1.

For residents who would like to learn more about the process of re-establishing local control of the District, city officials will hold information sessions on the following dates:

  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30; with Southwest Community Development Corp. at 6328 Paschall Ave.
  • 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5; with Ceiba at Esperanza College, 4261 N. Fifth St.
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26; with Cedar Park Neighbors at Calvary Church, 801 S 48th St.

The People’s School Board Slate, a group of parents and advocates seeking spots on the board, is holding a town hall tomorrow, Jan. 31, that will be live-streamed at several watch-parties in public spaces around the city; residents are invited to attend.

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