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Vote To Merge Two Olney High Schools Takes Place Later This Month

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The School Reform Commission votes on a plan to merge the two Olney High Schools back to one school later this month.

Olney High has actually been two schools — Olney East and Olney West — since 2005, when district CEO Paul Vallas pushed for smaller high schools.

But this year under the district’s Renaissance Schools Plan, the Aspira Organization is running East and West as charters and Executive Director Alfredo Calderon says Aspira wants to reunite the two.

“There is a division in the school. Not only with the walls, but with students and the staff. One side of the staff did not talk to the other side.”

Calderon says both school advisory councils are on board with the merge.

“The community, actually when they come to us, they like the fact that Olney is back to Olney High School. One high school.”

The School Reform Commission votes August 24th.

Reported by Mike De Nardo, KYW Newsradio

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