Philadelphia decides not to relocate alternative school

Aug. 29, 2008
Neighbors had complained about planned move of Shallcross Alternative School

A plan to turn the formerOrleans Technical Institute in Philadelphia into an alternative school is dead, and next week 250 elementary-age children will start school there instead. Rather than moving to the Orleans site on Rhawn Street, Shallcross Alternative School will stay put, and the seventh and eighth graders from Carnell Elementary School, one of the Philadelphia School District's most crowded buildings, will move into the Orleans classrooms. To read The Philadelphia Inquirer article, click here. EARLIER: The relocation of a privately managed disciplinary school to a site in Northeast Philadelphia has some neighbors and lawmakers in a tizzy. The former Shallcross School is moving to the old Orleans Technical Institute building. Its students are public-school children referred to an alternative placement after disciplinary infractions. Neighbors say they fear the impact that 500 fifth-through-12th-grade students with a history of disruptive behavior will have on their neighborhood. The building sits amid houses, a synagogue, and a retirement home.

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