Planning 101

    Now facing 45,000 empty seats in Philadelphia public schools, the School Reform Commission is developing its facilities master plan to determing how to best refurbish, repurpose or unload its many buildings.


    Complicating the task is the School District’s uncertain budget and the estimated $4 million in repairs needed in district facilities. As NewsWorks partner the Public School Notebook reported, the SRC has 10 public meetings planned beginning in January, during which public input on this topic will be encouraged.

    Though Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunery said closing schools isn’t always the best way to save money, some buildings are expected to close by the 2011-2012 school year.

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