School District of PhiladelphiaFacilities Master Plan: Summary of Recommendations
For more than a year, The School District of Philadelphia has been engaged in an intensive processto develop a long-range Facilities Master Plan. The goal of the plan is simple: to create efficient useof school facilities that aligns programs and resources in ways most beneficial for students.The Facilities Master Plan creates a framework to allow the School District to achieve the following:
Standardize grade configuration to improve K-12 academic pathways, provide equity inprogrammatic offerings, and create predictable and manageable transitions for students.
Reduce excess capacity through building closures, co-locations, termination of leases, andclosure of annexes.
Develop a new Capital Improvement Program that addresses deferred maintenance andeducational adequacy.
Develop a plan for surplus real estate and an opportunity for community engagement.
Generate revenue from the sale of surplus properties to be applied to debt service or capitalfund.On Thursday, December 13, 2012, the School District released a series of recommendationsaffecting grade changes, school closures, program co-locations, mergers and relocations. If approved by the School Reform Commission, these actions will be effective June 30, 2013.The recommendations fit within
the District’s two primary goals
, which are to improve academicoutcomes for all students and ensure financial stability. Adjusting the facilities footprint to reflect student enrollment will result in improved academic programs and support for all students, moreequitable resource distribution across schools, and increased opportunities for students to learn inhigh-performing, safe, modernized schools.The recommendations are listed below.The following schools will be recommended for grade reorganization beginning September 2013.
Hackett Elementary School (2161 E. York Street, 19125): Currently a K-6 elementaryschool. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Penn Treaty Middle School.
Wright Elementary School (2700 W. Dauphin Street, 19132): Currently a K-6 elementaryschool. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to (new) Rhodes Elementary School.
Cramp Elementary School (3449 North Mascher Street, 19140): Currently a K-6 elementaryschool. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to ASPIRA Stetson Middle School.