PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia School District is trying to find the most efficient way to use the space in its school buildings.

A consultant’s report two years ago revealed Philadelphia had 45,000 vacant seats in school buildings throughout the city. Yet, some schools are seriously overcrowded.

The district is launching a facilities master plan that will look at population and enrollment projections, and open, close and reconfigure buildings to better use school space.

The district’s Deputy for Strategic Initiatives, Danielle Floyd says, “It’s really easy to define our efforts as simply a plan to close schools. And while school closures and consolidations are possible, there are options that will require equal review and consideration and we will do that through this process.”

It’s too early to say how many schools could close. The district begins a series of informational meetings beginning next Wednesday. A final recommendation is expected by March.

Reported By Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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