Donate today!
view counter

Summer 2008 Vol. 15. No. 4 Focus on Following the Money

News in brief

In West Philadelphia, two schools face closure

By the Notebook on May 22, 2008 12:00 AM

The School Reform Commission has held hearings on the proposed closing in June 2009 of two West Philadelphia middle schools, Turner and Sulzberger, with a final decision scheduled for June 18.

Also this June, the District proposes closing the deteriorating West Philadelphia building now housing the Parkway West and Middle Years Alternative (MYA) schools. Parkway is slated to move in the fall to the Sulzberger building and MYA to the currently unused Peirce School building at 24th and Christian St.

SRC Chair Sandra Dungee Glenn said none of these closings are motivated by cost-cutting. While acknowledging problems with past school closings, she added, "It's a process we've been working very hard to improve on."

Dungee Glenn said the District is engaged in "a very concerted effort to involve the neighborhoods being directly impacted" by the closings. For instance, community groups near Turner are working on a proposal for a new charter middle school to use the existing facility.

Enrollment at Sulzberger and Turner has plummeted as the District turned feeder elementary schools to K-8s. Both schools will have only an eighth grade operating in 2008-09.

Comments (0)

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

By using this service you agree not to post material that is obscene, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable. We reserve the right to delete or remove any material deemed to be in violation of this rule, and to ban anyone who violates this rule. Please see our "Terms of Usage" for more detail concerning your obligations as a user of this service. Reader comments are limited to 500 words. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

Table of Contents

Read the latest print issue

Philly Ed Feed


Public School Notebook

699 Ranstead St.
Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 839-0082
Fax: (215) 238-2300

© Copyright 2013 The Philadelphia Public School Notebook. All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Usage and Privacy Policy