An outpouring of emotion for Sheppard

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.

This story is a product of a reporting partnership on the District’s facilities master plan between PlanPhilly and the Notebook. The project is funded by a grant from the William Penn FoundationFollow our coverage of the facilities master plan community meetings, and discuss school-specific issues in our forum.

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