Imagine Great Schools

From the SDP:

Today, the School District of Philadelphia announced the second round of community meetings as part of the “Imagine Great Schools” facilities master plan. This initiative, which is a key component of the District’s five-year strategic plan, Imagine 2014, was created to provide a roadmap for the District to review its educational program offerings and facilities to determine necessary rightsizing adjustments and help guide where future investments need to be made.

During the first phase of the “Imagine Great Schools” plan, the District looked to a diverse group of stakeholders to participate in feedback sessions and community meetings to comment on the “must haves” for all schools in the areas of educational program, facility improvements, and safety, comfort, and cleanliness. More than 700 people attended the seven community meetings generating a great deal of feedback in each area of discussion. All resulting comments were compiled and closely analyzed by the District.

Simultaneously, the District initiated a comprehensive process of gathering a variety of data, completing demographic and enrollment projections, and drafting guiding planning assumptions and principles. As a result of these processes under the first phase, the District determined that it must take four critical actions:
  1. Review educational and program offerings to identify inequities and disparity. Determine a strategy for future program delivery supported by academic rationale and data;
  2. Begin reducing the number of “empty seats” through building closures, program consolidations and co-location;
  3. Develop a future capital program that addresses deferred maintenance in existing District facilities; and
  4. Develop a plan for surplus real estate and opportunity for community engagement.

The second phase of community meetings seeks to delve further into “must haves” for all schools, initiates the process of prioritization among stakeholders, and begins to build the roadmap for addressing these four critical actions. Similar to the first round, the next ten meetings will take place in various regions of Philadelphia in an effort to accommodate as many community members as possible.

Dates, times and locations for the first seven meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, February 1st
Penrose School
2515 S. 78th Street
5:30 pm: Registration
6:00 pm: Meeting begins

Wednesday, February 2nd
Kensington CAPA
2051 E. Cumberland Street
5:30 pm: Registration
6:00 pm: Meeting begins

Thursday, February 3rd
Germantown High School
5:30 pm: Registration
6:00 pm: Meeting begins

Saturday, February 5th
High School of the Future
4021 Parkside Avenue
9:30 am: Registration
10:00 am: Meeting begins

Tuesday, February 8th
Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences
7100 Henry Avenue
5:30 pm: Registration
6:00 pm: Meeting begins

Wednesday, February 9th
South Philadelphia High School
2101 S. Broad Street
5:30 pm: Registration
6:00 pm: Meeting begins

Thursday, February 10th
Samuel Fels High School
5500 Langdon Street
5:30 pm: Registration
6:00 pm: Meeting begins

Dates and locations for the last three sessions will be announced at a later date. If the District is closed on any of these dates due to inclement weather, the meetings will be rescheduled. For more information, please visit the District’s “Imagine Great Schools” initiative web site at www.philasd.org/fmp.

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