Night club in school was supposed to be reviewed in 2003

    Philadelphia School District unsure if public hearing was ever held

    Philadelphia school district officials say previous school administrators knew about a nightclub that operated out of a charter school. The district says a staff attorney called for a hearing on the issue back in 2003. But it’s unclear whether that public hearing ever occurred.

    District officials made a site visit to the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School on Wednesday.

    District spokeswoman Evelyn Sample-Oats says the school has agreed to close the nightclub.

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    “They will comply and they will close the banquet facilities down and then any equipment, any alcohol that’s in the building, they will stop and remove from the building.”

    The liquor license attached to the facility had expired. The K-through-8 school came under fire for allowing Club Damani to operate in the cafeteria on weekends.

    Harambee is on spring break this week, but classes resume on Monday.

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