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School closings forums resume with focus on neighborhoods, schools

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia School District will be resuming its series of community meetings tonight about the unprecedented plan to close 37 schools. Last month’s set of meetings, intended to address broader questions and reactions to the proposal and gather the public’s input, often became forums for airing the community’s ire and dissent. The nine meetings this month will focus on specific neighborhoods and schools, grouped according to their location in defined planning areas.

The first meeting, one of two in the North-Central planning area, will be held at Dobbins High School and can be viewed live here, starting at 6 p.m. The full schedule of January meetings is below.

Facilities Master Plan meetings in January




Recommendations to be Discussed

Tue., Jan. 8

6 – 8 p.m.

Dobbins HS

2150 W. Lehigh Ave.

North-Central Planning Area

Strawberry Mansion HS, Vaux HS, Elverson and Leeds Military Academies, EW Rhodes, L.P. Hill, Duckrey, Meade, Reynolds, TM Peirce, Whittier, Morris, Pratt and Wright

Wed., Jan. 9

6 – 8 p.m.

Edison HS

151 W. Luzerne St.

North-Central Planning Area

Carroll HS, Douglas HS, Sheridan West, Amy at James Martin, Penn Treaty Middle School, Fairhill, Taylor, Ferguson, Roberto Clemente, Hackett, Cramp

Tue., Jan. 15

6 – 8 p.m.

Martin Luther King HS 6100 Stenton Ave.

Northwest Planning Area

Germantown HS, Parkway Northwest HS, Lankenau HS, Elverson and Leeds Military Academies

Wed., Jan. 16

6 – 8 p.m.

Bartram HS

2401 S. 67th St.

Southwest Planning Area

Communications Tech HS, Motivation HS, Pepper, Shaw, Tilden, Comegys, Harrington, Mitchell

Tue., Jan. 22

6 – 8 p.m.

Overbrook HS

5898 Lancaster Ave.

West Planning Area

Lamberton HS, Beeber, Gompers, Overbrook ES, Cassidy

Wed., Jan. 23

6 – 8 p.m.

University City HS

3601 Filbert St.

West Planning Area

University City HS, Robeson, A. Wilson, Leidy, and McMichael

Thurs., Jan. 24

6 – 8 p.m.

Martin Luther King HS 6100 Stenton Ave.

Northwest Planning Area

Roosevelt MS, Leeds MS, Edmonds, Pennypacker, Emlen, Logan, Kelly, Wister, Pennell, Cooke, Fulton, Kinsey, and McCloskey

Tue., Jan. 29

6 – 8 p.m.

South Philadelphia HS 2101 S. Broad St.

South-Central Planning Area

Bok Technical HS, Smith, Vare, and George Washington ES

Wed., Jan. 30

6 – 8 p.m.

Northeast HS

1601 Cottman Ave.

Northeast Planning Area

Carnell, Lawton, Stearne

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