Bass, Kinsey release joint statement on pending Germantown High, Fulton sales

 City Councilwoman Cindy Bass (with microphone) and state Rep. Stephen Kinsey (right) at a Jan. 2013 rally to keep Germantown High School open. (NewsWorks, file art)

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass (with microphone) and state Rep. Stephen Kinsey (right) at a Jan. 2013 rally to keep Germantown High School open. (NewsWorks, file art)

In light of Thursday night’s news that the School Reform Commission approved the sales of Germantown High School and Fulton Elementary to a Maryland-based development firm, Eighth District City Councilman Cindy Bass and state Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-201) issued a statement Friday afternoon.

It reads …

Yesterday, the SRC voted to sell Germantown High School, Robert Fulton Elementary School and a number of other vacant Philadelphia schools for nearly $20 million.

While we wish that the SRC and the School District of Philadelphia would have allowed residents in the Northwest to be more involved in this process, we hope that we can work collaboratively in the future.

Concordia, which was selected as the buyer for Germantown and Fulton announced their intent to be engaged with the community in deciding the future use of the buildings moving forward. We plan to hold them to that commitment.

As we continue to push forward, parents, students, community stakeholders and elected officials, all in a unified front, we are confident that the Germantown High School and the Fulton Elementary School buildings, will be utilized in a fashion that will make the community of Germantown, be proud of the rich heritage that these buildings were known for in past years of operation.

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