Plan to relocate kindergarten, first grade students in Mayfair drawing heat from community

The School District of Philadelphia's plan to move the students to another school this fall.

Mike DeNardo
June 23, 2018 - 9:45 pm
Mayfair Parents

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Parents in the city's Mayfair neighborhood are upset at the School District of Philadelphia's plan to move their kindergarten and first-grade students to another school this fall.  

Mayfair Elementary School can hold 1,000 students. But the school is severely overcrowded, said Superintendent William Hite.

"We are expecting over 1,900 students to enroll in Mayfair next year," Hite said, "which makes it impossible for us to serve all students in one building."

The district is moving Mayfair's kindergarten and first-grade students to Austin Meehan Middle School, where a self-contained area is being built. At a School Reform Commission meeting on Thursday, grandparent Maria Borowski said that's not good enough.

"They're going to invest money in that for a pod," she said. "We don't want the money invested in that. We want modulars put on our Mayfair grounds with our children together as siblings in one spot."

Parents say the Meehan building is dilapidated, and the move would separate young students from their siblings.