Morton McMichael Elementary School, the Mantua school that almost closed down a year ago, announced its permanent principal.
Brian Wallace, acting principle before the School District of Philadelphia had intentions of closing the K-8 school last year, recently officially took over as principal with the support of the Mantua community.
“I have committed myself personally to work and mentoring Mr. Wallace and giving him all the support he needs,” said Gwen Morris, a retired 40-year educator and member of the McMichael School Advisory Council (MCHSA/SAC).
McMichael has experienced constant change in leadership the last two years, having five different principals.
“All we ask for is consistent leadership,” said Morris. “We will be moving forward this summer to hiring teachers and supporting the training and professional development.”
In a school-based community meeting, Mantua leaders stressed the pertinence of McMichael in Mantua’s Transformation Plan.
“We need to make an investment in Mantua’s youth because they are the future leaders of Mantua,” said Donna Griffin, community engagement specialist.
In the past year McMichael has had $850,000-$1,000,000 of restorations, according to a school report. The 50-year-old building is undergoing pointing of the building. McMichael also recently received a new library after 25 years of being closed.
With Wallace taking over with Mantua’s support, Mantua community members hope to turn around McMichael and its surrounding community.
Morton McMichael Elementary School did not respond to requests for comment.