This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
by Neema Roshania
It was a solemn Friday morning in Northwest Philadelphia as students, parents and teachers tried to come to terms with the School Reform Commission’s decision on Thursday night to shutter three neighborhood schools.
At a raucous meeting on North Broad Street, the SRC voted to close Germantown High School along with Fulton and Kinsey elementary schools, while sparing Roosevelt Middle School. All told, the SRC voted to close 23 city schools and merge or relocate five others.
Although the District confirmed Friday that "the SRC has asked staff to explore the possibility of adding grades 9 through 12 at Roosevelt," frustration lingered.
A top concern was how students, especially the youngest ones, will safely travel longer distances to get to school.