School District of Philadelphia Saving Some Schools, Closing Others

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ten schools will be spared under the new plan, which was released today. The new recommendations call for the closure of 29 schools -- 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and nine high schools, according to the district. One building lease will be terminated.

The original plan, released in December 2012, called for the closure or consolidation of 37 schools across the district. In a statement, Superintendent Dr. William Hite said the district amended the plan after three months of community meetings.

“Although I wish we could have avoided closing any school, I do believe that the amended recommendations address the concerns from many parents, students and residents," Hite said. "I hope that we can move forward in minimizing disruption for our students and providing better options for families.”

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