Germantown High is an historic landmark of the community and the City of Philadelphia, celebrating our upcoming centennial in 2014. This is something the community is proud of.
For the past five years Germantown HS has made tremendous improvements in every area of their education from testing, attendance, graduation, etc., all due to having the great principal, working teachers, excellent programs, supporting parents, an active alumni association, a supporting community and a federal 9.7 million dollar grant from the Department of Labor. Due to financial issues with in the school district, they are planning to close 37 schools this year, which includes closing all the schools in our community (elementary, middle & high school), 23 elementary schools; 5 middle schools and 8 high schools in other communities. Unfortunately, 90% of these schools are in predominantly African American communities.
Our focus is Germantown High but this plan will transfer students to other schools miles and hours away causing issues of safety because they are in strange neighborhoods and hardship for some. Yes, we understand that some closing may happen due to a list of school performances, but no one has discuss anything about this plan with the people it will effect.
Now there’s another plan that no one is talking about. The City’s Mayor just had a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new $110 million dollar youth detention center, but there's no money to educate the students? Meanwhile the school district needs money and their plan will save them $28 million a year... The dollars and the plan are not adding up. Visit us on Facebook Page (Save Germantown High School) or our website www.Gtownalumni.com for more details. Here is a write up from Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/12/21/mass-school-closings-why-the-numbers-dont-add-up/
Here is the contact information for the school district
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Attention: William R. Hite, Jr.
The School District of Philadelphia
Office of the Superintendent -
440 N. Broad Street - Suite 301 Philadelphia, PA 19130