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District releases third bi-weekly summer building improvement update

The District’s operations staff are working throughout the summer to accelerate school improvement projects to ensure safe, healthy, and welcoming environments for students and staff when school starts on August 27th. To keep parents and school communities updated on the projects and improvements taking place at their schools, the District is releasing progress reports every…

School District Celebrates Groundbreaking of New, State-of-the-Art Livestock Center at W.B. Saul High School Facility to enhance academic opportunities for 200 students

PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia today broke ground on a new, $1 million state-of-the-art Livestock Center at W. B. Saul High School, the only school in the state dedicated to agriculture and food science, horticulture, animal science and natural resource management. “Saul High School has long provided unique opportunities for our students interested…

Board of Education Announce Committee Appointments

PHILADELPHIA — The Board of Education announced today which members will serve on the Board’s proposed committees. The Board introduced the proposed committee structure at its public meeting on July 9, and during the meeting Board members expressed their interest in serving as a member or chair of the committees. Board President Joyce Wilkerson made…

District Releases Second Bi-weekly Summer Building Improvement Update

The District’s operations staff are working throughout the summer to accelerate school improvement projects to ensure safe, healthy, and welcoming environments for students and staff when school starts on August 27th. To keep parents and school communities updated of the projects and improvements taking place at their schools, the District is releasing progress reports every…

Governor Wolf, Philadelphia Officials Announce $15.6 Million to Improve Conditions at Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA – On June 29, Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, members of Philadelphia’s legislative delegation and School District of Philadelphia leaders visited Roosevelt Elementary School to announce $15.6 million in joint funding for lead, mold and asbestos removal at 57 school buildings. “The safety of our children should always be a priority and our…

Application now open for Board of Education non-voting student representative

The Board of Education will include a non-voting student representative that serves in an advisory capacity to represent the interests of students in Philadelphia. Student applicants must be a resident of the City of Philadelphia and attend a Philadelphia public school. They must also be in 11th or 12th grade during their term as student…

District Releases First Bi-weekly Summer Building Improvement Update

The District’s operations staff are working throughout the summer to accelerate school improvement projects to ensure safe, healthy, and welcoming environments for students and staff when school starts on August 27th. To keep parents and school communities updated of the projects and improvements taking place at their schools, the District is releasing progress reports every…

School District announces Plan for Summer Work, new Cleaning Standards to Ensure Safe, Welcoming Schools

Projects underway in 46 buildings will improve conditions for more than 26,000 students PHILADELPHIA – “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent. “When our students are excited to come to school because their classrooms are modern, clean spaces, they are best poised for success.”…

Read Testimony from Dr. William Hite, Superintendent, and Student for City Council Budget Hearing

PHILADELPHIA — On Wednesday, May 9, Dr. William R. Hite and several School District of Philadelphia students appeared before City Council to discuss school funding. Dr. Hite yielded his time to student Alfredo Pratico, whose testimony can be read here. Dr. Hite submitted his testimony for the record. It can be read by clicking here,…

School District marks Kindergarten Open House Week

PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia celebrated the beginning of Kindergarten Open House Week with a celebration with Mayor Jim Kenney, Assistant Superintendent Deb Carrera, Principal Kimberly Newman, teachers, parents and kindergarten students at Chester Arthur Elementary School. “Enrolling in kindergarten on-time so that students are ready to learn their first day of school…