Philadelphia says it will shed 50 schools over 3 years

April 12, 2011
District says its buildings have an excess capacity of 70,000 students

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: With 70,000 extra seats, the Philadelphia School District says it will rid itself of up to 50 buildings in the next three years. Closings are not the only option on the table for saving money. Some schools will consolidate. Grade configurations will change at others. The district, which has lost 11,000 students in the last five years, enrolls 155,000 students. By 2014, that will be down to 145,000, officials project.
District buildings are about 67 percent occupied. Experts say an 85 percent "utilization rate" is ideal.

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