Despite the fate of schools like Germantown High and Fulton Elementary that has already been decided, not every school is headed down the same path. It was decided back in March by the School Reform Commission that Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, located on the 400 block of East Washington Lane would remain open.
The school received word that instead of contracting, Roosevelt will expand its doors by becoming a school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
School closings are still an ongoing problem for the people of Germantown.
“The district opted for a K-8 conversion to preserve the middle school and provide a more convenient option for Fulton students,” Raven Hill, media contact for the Philadelphia School District, said.
“Fulton Elementary students may choose to attend Roosevelt,” Hill said. “Parents of students at both schools were notified earlier this month about the change.”
The displaced students of Fulton Elementary will now have a more convenient option with Roosevelt Middle School’s conversion.
“No schools will be merging with Roosevelt,” said Hill. “Other K-6 feeder schools will be finalized as part of the catchment area review. The catchment area for grades seven and eight will be the same as this year.”
When alternative options were explored for the Roosevelt Middle School building, converting it into a high school was considered; however, it was decided against as the renovations would be far too costly and extensive.
“The building is better suited for a K-8 school,” Hill said.