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School District Moving Forward With Sale Of William Penn H.S. Building To Temple University

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The former William Penn High School, on North Broad Street at Master.  (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

The former William Penn High School, on North Broad Street at Master. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School District is once again moving ahead with plans to sell the William Penn High School building to Temple University.

The sale was blocked while a community group challenged it in court. But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week – without comment – denied the William Penn Development Corporation’s request for an injunction to stop the sale on grounds the district improperly sped-up the process.

“I am extremely disappointed,” said State Representative Curtis Thomas.

Thomas says he’d like to know the courts’ reasoning. In the meantime, he says the issue is access to a high school in North Philadelphia.

“There needs to be a school to address the academic needs of kids in the area,” he said.

Temple is buying William Penn from the cash-strapped district for $15 million, with plans to build athletic fields and a job-training academy with the Laborers union.

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