Parents Voice Concerns Over School Closing Plan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Public hearings are set on the Philadelphia School District’s plan to close nine schools and reconfigure others, under a wide-ranging facilities plan.

The district last night presented its plan to close nine school buildings and reconfigure grades in dozens of others, to address under-utilized buildings.

Parent Temwa Wright says she was devastated when she heard E.M. Stanton Elementary at 17th and Christian was on the list.

“My heart literally dropped. I had a physical reaction. Because it makes no sense to close a school that is working.”

School Reform Commission chair Wendell Pritchett says the closures are not a done deal — first, the SRC will collect feedback at 17 community hearings.

“We invite public comment over what will be at least a three-month period before any decisions are made.”

The SRC votes on the closure and consolidation plan next March or April.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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