Wednesday, June 20, 2012
It's a time of transition for the school.
An AMY Northwest building that was full of joy and tears last Wednesday feels nearly barren this week. The school is undergoing the long process of packing up and moving from its St. Therese campus in East Mt. Airy to the former Levering School building on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. It has until the end of next week to be cleared out. Two people were inside on Wednesday. A man pushed carts full of desks and boxes through the halls as Computer Science teacher Sheryl Engle sat inside the main office, holding down the fort as principals Marco Zanoni and Michael Garafolo spent time at Levering. The two have been splitting time between the buildings lately as the school remains in a time of transition. "It's going to be a tough move," Engle …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The district could close 40 schools by the end of next year.
News broke Tuesday that the School District of Philadelphia is planning to start doing business in a much different way than it used to. Chief Recovery Officer Thomas Knudsen said, according to Philly.com, that 40 schools would be slated to close by the end of the 2013 school year and that the district's headquarters would be broken up and decentralized. You can read more about that here. (We want your input. Is this plan necessary? Or is it totally misguided? Let us know in the comments.) Mayor Michael Nutter praised the plan, saying it was necessary to get the financially unstable district back on track. But others disagreed. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan said students will suffer because of it. “This is a …
Friday, March 30, 2012
AMY Northwest Middle School will relocate to Roxborough facility.
It's official—Levering Elementary School will close its doors in June, making way for a middle school and dispersing its students throughout the area. Citing the excessive cost to maintain schools throughout the city, the School Reform Commission unanimously voted Thursday night to close Roxborough's Levering School, along with six other city schools. "We want to create an efficient use of school facilities to allow programs and resources to align that most benefit students," Chief Academic Officer Penny Nixon said. Starting in the fall, students from the school will be dispersed to Cook-Wissahickon, Dobson, and Mifflin schools. The district will keep the facility, and Mt. Airy's AMY Northwest Middle School will move in. One Parent Speaks…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The school's students will be dispersed among a variety of other neighborhood schools next year.
William Levering Elementary School will close after this school year. The School District of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission (SRC) voted 5-0 to close the school at 6000 Ridge Ave. It will be replaced there by AMY Northwest, which will move there from Mt. Airy. "We have more infrastructure than what is needed, and the cost to maintain it is a cost to the classroom," SRC Commissioner Pedro Ramos said. The school's current students, meanwhile, will be sent to other elementary and middle schools in the area. We'll have a full story on the vote Friday morning.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
It will vote on whether Levering Elementary in Roxborough will close and whether AMY Northwest will move to its building.
The School District of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission (SRC) will make its final decisions on school closures on Thursday. District officials have been to a variety of community meetings to gauge feedback on their Facilities Master Plan, which recommends that the Levering School in Roxborough be closed and that AMY Northwest in Mt. Airy be moved there next school year. They've entertained a plan to keep Levering open along with AMY Northwest in its current building, and they've heard from AMY parents who are upset their children will need to travel across the Wissahickon every day. The final decision now rests with the SRC. It will meet at 5:30 p.m. at district offices at 440 N. Broad St. to make its final decisions on the …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Roxborough nursery school will hold open house Wednesday for new program.
Following turmoil in local public and parochial schools, Green Lane School in Roxborough intends to fill a gap. With an open house Wednesday, the school is set to debut its new kindergarten program starting in the fall. Located at (but not affiliated with) Green Lane Methodist Church, the school currently hosts kids from 20 months old to pre-K age. Starting in the 2012-13 school year, Director Lauren Trimbur said Green Lane will expand to kindergarten. "With all of the changes in the area, our families here started the ball rolling. We saw a need for it," she said. In the past, Green Lane had a kindergarten. So reinstating it always was an option. The eminent closure of Levering Elementary coupled with a consolidated regional Catholic …
Monday, February 27, 2012
School Reform Commission to hold public meetings on Northwest Philly schools.
Following a process of info sessions held throughout the city, the School Reform Commission will hold public meetings Saturday afternoon to decide the future of two Northwest Philadelphia schools. In a hearing at the district's office downtown, the SRC scheduled public meetings on the closing of Levering Elementary School and the subsequent move of AMY Northwest Middle School's into the Roxborough building. According to the School Reform Commission, Levering has a hearing at 5 p.m., with AMY Northwest following at 6 p.m. March 3. In November, the district announced a proposal to close Levering, a Roxborough elementary school, and transfer its students to another Manayunk or East Falls school. AMY Northwest, based in Mt. Airy, would …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A new way of talking about the district's financial situation.
"I can't underscore the seriousness of what we're facing," said School District of Philadelphia Deputy for Strategic Initiatives Danielle Floyd. "It is something that this district and city has never faced before," Deputy for Strategic Planning and Implementation Jennie Wu. Office of Grade and Space Director Bill Montgomery, for his part, said the district's financial situation now is worse than it was in December. That's in part because the district will be forced to identify $61 million in cuts by the end of the school year or else employees won't get paid in July for work they did in June. The officials made the comments during a public meeting regarding the AMY Northwest-Levering Elementary transition, in which they talked to parents …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
There was a public meeting Monday to discuss the issue.
Levering Elementary School parents left a community meeting at the AMY Northwest campus in Mt. Airy Monday surer than ever that their school would close next year. "A parent at Levering feels after this meeting (that) the deal's done," Julie Anna Melnick said. The school is scheduled to close after this school year. AMY Northwest (which serves grades 6-8) would move in from its Mt. Airy location. Levering officials and others have proposed co-locating the schools at 6600 Ridge Ave. (where Levering is currently located). District officials said at the community meeting that could still happen but said it's unlikely. The School Reform Commission will vote on the recommendation in March. Students from Levering would be redistributed to other …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Shelda Foster-Jones attended a public meeting Thursday.
Thursday's public meeting at Martin Luther King High School held to discuss the School District of Philadelphia's plan to close and merge various schools mostly focused on AMY Northwest. The Mt. Airy middle school will likely move to the Levering School in Roxborough, which would then be closed. An earlier public meeting at Roxborough High School focused largely on the effect Levering's closure would have on neighborhood school's like Cook-Wissahickon and Dobson; Thursday's meeting, because it was closer to AMY Northwest, mostly featured parents from that school. But Shelda Foster-Jones wasn't deterred. Foster-Jones has a grandson in seventh grade at Levering and attended both public meetings. She left Thursday's meeting unsatisfied. "I …