Southwark Elementary and South Philadelphia High School are among the nine schools that will be the first to transform into “community schools” through the city.
On Monday, Mayor Kenney announced the schools that will participate in this program that is meant to change these facilities from strictly educational to multi-purpose community centers with better resources for the neighborhoods in which they are located.
Mayor Kenney, who plans to develop 25 community schools over the next four years, said the goal is to identify the specific needs of students, parents, and their communities, and then forge partnerships with private providers to offer the needed services in the schools.
“We cannot expect our children to succeed academically if they come to school hungry, sick, or too traumatized to learn,” he said.
A $4 million budget has been put in place for this group of schools to use during the first year of the program. They will also be seeking outside funding through grants and other businesses.