Waiting in bitter cold temperatures on a street corner in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia, a crowd of elementary school students from Commodore John Barry School prepares to board a school bus to North Philadelphia.
Ever since a December 2003 boiler "implosion" at Barry's neighborhood site at 59th and Race Streets forced the closing of the school, Barry students have been making the ten-mile roundtrip by bus each day to the former Walton School, the school's interim home at 28th and Huntingdon Streets.
Three high schools slated to open next fall have hired their principals; they are Shirley Grover for the High School of the Future, developed in partnership with Microsoft Corporation; Chris Lehmann for the Science Leadership Academy, a partnership with the Franklin Institute; and Thomas Davidson for the National Constitution Center Partnership School . . . . Denise Wing is the new Administrator for Non-School Hours Programs in the Office of School Management . . .