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Early Dismissal for students 11/21 & 11/22 @ noon for
Term 1 REPORT CARD CONFERENCES
 

Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:00-3:00

Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00-3:00

*Evening report card conferences will be held for the 2nd Term report cards

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November 8, 2019 

 

Dear Ben Franklin High School Staff and Families: 

 

This letter provides an important update on the status of work underway on the Ben Franklin-SLA campus and shares an opportunity to participate in an upcoming Q&A session about next steps. 

 

On October 14, there was a second campus inspection of asbestos-containing materials completed by Synnertech.  The inspection results were shared with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ (PFT) Environmental Director to ensure alignment on the condition of the materials and to reach agreement on the materials that should be removed.  As a result, 8 additional areas were identified for asbestos abatement. This expanded scope of work has impacted the project completion date in other areas, resulting in an extension of the original December completion date and January move-in timing. 

 

The chart below highlights the revised options for re-entry timing, including the work that will not be completed by month and the key considerations for decision making. We will be meeting with the BF-SLA Task Force on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the School District Education Center to walk through this information and gain feedback on each option to determine the new timing for move-in back onto the campus.  We will also engage the Task Force on scheduling and the format for a meeting with the broader school communities at a later date in November.  

Potential Re-entry/Move In Month Work Scope that will NOT be completed before re-entry Considerations

January

Not an option

  • Wiring/Installation of 19 additional security cameras deemed critical by School Police in key areas and confirmation of working security camera system 
  • Repainting of gym 
  • HVAC temperature controls not in place
  • Repair to upper windows in gym
  • Replacement of freight elevator
  • Repair to the electrical breakers and switchgear that service window AC units
  • Installation of radiator cover in middle stairway
  • Installation of green screen in SLA’s digital media CTE space 
  • The lack of a fully operable security camera system is a significant safety concern that takes this option off the table.
  • With no freight elevator, students will have to share  elevators with construction staff.
  • Window A/C units may not be operational if the weather is unseasonably warm 
Potential Re-entry/Move In Month Work Scope that will NOT be completed before re-entry Considerations

Option 1

February move-in

  • Repair to the electrical breakers and switchgear that service window AC units
  • Repair to upper windows in gym
  • Installation of radiator covers in middle stairway
  • Installation of green screen in SLA’s digital media CTE space 
  • Window A/C units may not be operational if the weather is unseasonably warm 

Option 2

March move-in

  • Installation of radiator covers in the middle  stairway
  • Installation of green screen in SLA’s digital media CTE space 

 

We remain fully committed to delivering an innovative new learning campus where Ben Franklin and SLA students can gather together to learn and grow, and we will continue to do so with safety as our top priority. Daily updates will continue to be posted on the School District’s website until the project is complete. 

 

There are two projects that will be scheduled for summer 2020: renovation of the auditorium and bathroom renovations. We are also exploring the cost and feasibility to replace the divider in the gymnasium. 

 

As always, thank you for your engagement in this important work. 

 

Sincerely,

Danielle Floyd

Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Christine Borelli

Principal – Ben Franklin High School

Cc: Ryan Scallon, Neighborhood Network Four Assistant Superintendent

Temporary location Information

926 Sedgley Ave. 

(former KHEPERA Charter School site).

Daily transportation options:

OPTION 1: Students can meet at Benjamin Franklin High School at 8:00 am and take a shuttle bus to the new site. Shuttle buses will depart from the Sedgley Avenue site at 2:30 pm to bring students back to the Benjamin Franklin campus.

OPTION 2: All BFHS students will receive a Septa transpass to travel to and from the new site via the Broad Street line (Allegheny stop) or via Septa bus routes. Student transpasses are handed out in advisory on Fridays (or the last day of the week) don’t forget to bring your note if you are absent on a Friday so you can get your transpass on Monday.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process please call the school at 215-400-7600 or email me at cmconnor@philasd.org.

Educationally Yours,

Christine M. Borelli, Ed.D.

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Our Mission

As a comprehensive high school, Benjamin Franklin High School proudly serves a diverse population of students in Grades 9th-12th.

Our school has a variety of programs to meet the learning needs of all students.  Benjamin Franklin students have an opportunity to participate in programs in the Center for Advanced Manufacturing such as Welding, Renewable Energy, Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), Mechatronics, Precision Machining & Industrial Building Maintenance.  Additionally, Benjamin Franklin students have the opportunity to participate in our Culinary Arts Program.  The Franklin Stove is an on-site full service restaurant that is managed and operated by our own Chef and Culinary Teacher, and staffed by Culinary Arts’ students.  Benjamin Franklin students participate in rigorous academic programming designed to prepare students for college and career opportunities.  We welcome you to visit our school and learn about our programs.