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District tries out new tone at W. Philly facilities meeting

Again striking a new, more conciliatory tone, senior officials from the School District of Philadelphia last night presented their facilities master plan to an audience of about 100 parents and community…

    • City Controller calls for action on vacant school buildings owned by the Philadelphia School District.

City Controller calls for action on vacant school buildings owned by the Philadelphia School District.

City Controller Alan Butkovitz today accused the School District of Philadelphia of letting eight shuttered district buildings deteriorate into dangerously unsafe condition, and called the empty facilities “catastrophes waiting to happen.”…

    • SRC Chairman Wendell Pritchett (r) during facilities recommendations. At left is superintendent Leroy Nunery

City Council hears about school closings - sort of

This story is the product of a reporting partnership on the facilities master plan between the Notebook and PlanPhilly. The best proof yet that the School District of Philadelphia’s modest school…

    • Parent Suzann Hitchner was one of dozens of Levering supporters who marched up Ridge Avenue. Photo: Jessica Kourkounis

District takes its school closing recommendations to the community

By Benjamin Heroldfor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks  After recommending earlier this month that nine schools be closed, District officials stressed that they wanted feedback from the public.…

    • School Reform Commission executive session

Going inside an SRC executive session

by Benjamin Heroldfor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorksSince a shakeup began almost two months ago, members of Philadelphia’s powerful School Reform Commission have been vocal in declaring their newfound…

Facilities master plan will shed 14,000 'empty seats'

By Benjamin HeroldFor the Public School Notebook After months of speculation that dozens of schools across the city could be shut down, District officials have recommended to the School Reform…

    • Facilities Master Plan coming later today

Facilities Master Plan coming later today

The School Reform Commission will release its facilities master plan with recommendations for school closings, consolidations, and other actions Wednesday. "The release of the plan and its recommendations will trigger a new…

    • University City feeling the impact school closings and consolidation threat cast

University City feeling the impact school closings and consolidation threat cast

This story is the product of a reporting partnership on the facilities master plan between the Notebook and PlanPhilly. They were only 142 words, comprising just one proposal among 84 others…

    • U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and PFT President Jerry Jordan (left) called for passage of the American Jobs Act

Union leaders turn out to support Jobs Act

By Benjamin HeroldFor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks Representatives of the School District of Philadelphia, its five labor unions, and the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) gathered with U.S. Rep. Bob Brady…

    • A leaky roof and crumbling brick exterior have led to extensive water damage inside Furness High

At Furness High, a tough choice looms

By Benjamin HeroldFor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorksBecause it is located in an ancient facility that has become a fiscal albatross for the cash-strapped School District, the school could soon be shuttered…

    • School facilities and closings landing page

School facilities and closings landing page

This page is the place to keep up with the facilities master planning process. The School District is compiling a comprehensive facilities master plan designed to "right-size" its physical plant. The…

    • City Council members perturbed by facilities closures that are detailed in leaked School District document

City Council members perturbed by facilities closures that are detailed in leaked School District document

The already dysfunctional relationship between City Hall and the School District of Philadelphia was further complicated this week when the Public School Notebook published a leaked draft version of the district's…

    • Confidential document lists dozens of possible closings, consolidations

Confidential document lists dozens of possible closings, consolidations

by thenotebook on Jun 25 2011 Posted in Latest news by Benjamin Herold and Dale Mezzacappa District officials have identified more than 20 schools as prime targets for closure next year,…

    • Revised facilities policies approved

Revised facilities policies approved

Submitted by Benjamin Herold Monday night, the School Reform Commission (SRC) unanimously approved new "Adaptive Reuse " and "Rightsizing " policies without comment. Taken together, the policies will guide the…

    • West Philadelphia High School, a five-story, brick and limestone structure built in 1911-1912 at a cost of $1.3 million.

District budget crisis focuses pols on school closings

For the past year, City Hall has regarded the looming closure of up to 50 public school buildings as a headache on the horizon: an issue that was sure to…

    • Northeast schools: 'Bursting at the seams'

Northeast schools: 'Bursting at the seams'

Submitted by Benjamin Herold Packed shoulder to shoulder, up to eight children sit in plastic chairs and hold their books and papers in their laps. Rogers stands almost directly on top of…

    • After schools are closed, who decides their fate?

After schools are closed, who decides their fate?

Benjamin Herold for PSN Cecelia Thompson wants neighborhood residents to have a meaningful say in what happens to closed school buildings in their communities. Take the shuttered Beeber-Wynnefield Annex, just three blocks…

    • District takes first steps toward facilities overhaul

District takes first steps toward facilities overhaul

by Benjamin HeroldThe School District has announced its first steps to "rightsize" the District's physical plant, setting in motion a new facilities master plan that is expected to close as…

    • 'Rightsizing' Philadelphia's high schools

'Rightsizing' Philadelphia's high schools

Submitted by Benjamin Herold  District officials set off alarm bells across the city last month when they announced as part of their facilities master planning process that the new recommended…

    • West Philadelphia High School, a five-story, brick and limestone structure built in 1911-1912 at a cost of $1.3 million.

Expect politics aplenty as School District of Philadelphia moves to close schools

It is not yet entirely clear how the School District of Philadelphia will handle the biggest downsizing in its history. As many as 50 facilities are slated to be sold off…

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This landing page is the place to keep up with the Philadelphia School District's facilities master planning process. The School District is compiling a comprehensive facilities master plan designed to "right-size" its physical plant. The goal is to maximize educational availability, quality, and equity, which will involve closing, consolidating, and selling schools. Decisions on how to manage this process call for wide community dialogue and close collaboration between the School District and city government. The The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is partnering with PlanPhilly to cover this process and inform and help foster that dialogue. This coverage is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

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