by Benjamin Herold
for the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks
The tears fell freely at Julia de Burgos Elementary School Tuesday night.
During the fifth of 17 community meetings on the School District of Philadelphia’sfacilities master plan, a flood of over 150 supporters of Sheppard Elementaryimplored District officials to reconsider their recommendation to close the tiny K-4 school in Kensington. Located just a few blocks away from de Burgos, Sheppard isone of nine schools the District has targeted for closure by 2014.