The lunchroom at Franklin Smedley Elementary School was well equipped with cases of bottled water and trays were stacked high with assorted cookies. Over a dozen District officials were present on the evening of February 3 to explain why they had named the struggling school in Frankford a Renaissance Eligible School, one of 14 named for possible overhaul this fall.
A banner over the front door proclaims that Smedley made adequate yearly progress in 2004. (The school actually last met its performance targets more recently, in 2007.)
The cookies and water were barely touched, because only about five parents showed up for the meeting at the 561-student school.
Thu. Feb 4. Philly Plays Scrabble Event. 2-4:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Atrium, 440 N. Broad St. Watch as 200 student members of After School Activities Partnership’s Philly Plays Scrabble club use their knowledge to dominate the Scrabble board. For information, contact Maria Walker at 215-545-2727 or visit www.phillyasap.org.