Hoping to match population projections, school district to review properties

Mike DeNardo
August 28, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District this fall is preparing to launch a comprehensive review of its buildings and enrollment trends.

Six years ago, the school district, faced with declining enrollment, closed 23 school buildings. The district later this fall begins a comprehensive review of its hundreds of properties and how full they are.   

Superintendent William Hite says this new process will examine changes in population.

"Each neighborhood and community is different. And there are areas of the city where we're bursting at the seams, and there are other areas where facilities are significantly underutilized."

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The four-part, four-year review will look at whether schools need to be closed, built or expanded, and whether catchment boundaries need to be adjusted.

"It's a process that we plan to do and now to conduct annually, so that the need to close a bunch of buildings never sneaks up on us again," Hite said. 

Hite says community input would be part of any decisions that are ultimately made.