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Community disappointed as Germantown High expansion idea goes unheeded

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

by Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks

Ignored and disappointed.

That’s how some members of the Germantown High School community are feeling this week after learning about the School District of Philadelphia’s decision to expand nearby Roosevelt Middle School.

District officials told NewsWorks that Roosevelt will become a K-8 school in September and is expected to serve just over 700 students. Its East Washington Lane building now serves 317 students in 6th through 8th grade.

"There are quite a few choice words I could use," said Doug Tolbert, a Germantown High alum.

GHS plans stymied

Tolbert, along with other Germantown grads, wanted to see their alma mater, which will close after this academic year, become a K-12 institution.

They figured the school’s massive, four-story building could easily serve students from Robert Fulton Elementary, which is also slated to close, and Roosevelt.

Read the rest of this story at NewsWorks

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