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Enon holds meetings on school closings

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

Representatives of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Northwest Philadelphia have been running a series of meetings since mid-January at schools targeted for closure to get feedback on the District’s closing plan.

District officials say that Enon leaders will provide a report with alternative recommendations to the School Reform Commission before the SRC hearings that are scheduled to begin Feb. 21.

The District is allowing Enon to hold these meetings in schools; a District spokesperson said, "We welcome that conversation," adding that the District encourages alternative proposals "that get us to the same end."

District officials say they expect their plan to eventually save $28 million annually from closing 37 buildings but say they will not realize those savings until after the initial transition year.

As of Friday, Enon has held or scheduled meetings for 24 out of 44 schools slated for closure or relocation. Coming up next week are meetings for Germantown High, Lamberton High, Leeds Middle, Overbrook Elementary, Pepper Middle, Reynolds Elementary, Shaw Middle, Taylor Elementary, and Abigail Vare Elementary.

The meeting schedule provided by Enon follows.

UPDATE: The meeting at Overbrook Elementary has been rescheduled to Feb. 5.


Date and Time


Abigail Vare ES

Feb. 6, 6 p.m.

E. Gargano

Cooke ES

Jan.17, 5:30 p.m.

D. Jones

Duckrey ES

R. Williams

Fairhill ES

K. Wright

Ferguson ES

P. Henry, C. Gordon

Fulton ES

Jan. 31, 9 a.m.

V. Moore

Washington ES

Jan. 24, 5 p.m.

T. Anglin, C. Barrett

Gompers ES

Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m.

Chanta Barrett

Kinsey ES

Jan. 31, 6 p.m.

A. Williams

Leidy ES

C. Ming

Hill ES

Jan. 31, 6 p.m.

W. Tomlin

McCloskey ES

P. Henry, C. Gordon

McMichael ES

L. Clouden

Meade ES

Jan. 29, 4:40 p.m.

R. Williams

Morris ES

C. Lanier, D. Jones

Overbrook ES

Feb. 6, 6 p.m.

C. Barrett

Pratt ES

R. Williams

Reynolds ES

Jan. 31 & Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

C. Lanier

Smith ES

V. Johnson

Taylor ES

Feb. 5, 3:15 p.m.

R. Hatcher

Peirce ES

D. Hoxter

Whittier ES

R. Williams

Wilson ES

V. Johnson

Carnell MS

R. Lentz

Douglas HS

P. Henry, C. Gordon

Pepper MS

Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

V. Johnson

Roosevelt MS

J. Weems

Shaw MS

Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m.

S. Johnson

Sheridan West MS

M. Hollands, C. Simmons

Bok HS

Jan. 24, 6 p.m.

C. Jones

Carroll HS

Jan. 30, 6 p.m.

M. Hollands, C. Simmons

Germantown HS

Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

L. Simmons

Lamberton HS

Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

L. Jones

Elverson HS

K. Thaxton

Strawberry Mansion HS

Jan. 31, 6 p.m.

L. Lane

University City HS

Jan. 17, 6 p.m.

L. Williams

Vaux HS

Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m.

D. Jones

Lankenau HS

Jan. 29, 6 p.m.

P. Henry, C. Gordon

Kelly ES

S. Harper, J. Seever


Feb. 7, 6 p.m.

S. Harper, J. Seever

Paul Robeson HS

Jan. 22, 6 p.m.

C. Jones

Parkway NW HS

Jan. 28, 3:45 p.m.

P. Henry, C. Gordon

AMY @ James Martin

R. Lentz

Motivation HS

G. Rivers

Communications Tech HS

T. Harper, J. Blunt