Schools Closing Due to Heat

Parents given just minutes to make arrangements.

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According to Philadelphia School District spokesperson Fernando Gallard, Philadelphia schools are closing early due to heat today, and all after-school activities are cancelled.

Parents at Greenfield received a call at 11:50 informing them the school would close at 12:15 — less than half an hour’s notice. McCall School is also reportedly closing at the same time. The district announced city-wide closings at noon, with 15 minutes to spare.

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  • Bob Dobolino

    Hey make sure you give those unions more money though, it’s really too much to ask that they contribute anything at all toward their pension and health care costs. And sure yes they should all get automatic payraises each year – the main reason for the current budget “shortfall”. And then they get to take off work for every holiday known to man, and cancel school willy-nilly like today. Who cares about the parents, it’s all about the employees. It’s really way too much to throw an a/c unit in each classroom, that’d take $ 20,000 for materials and $30,000 in man hours, and be a 4 year project.

    • Patty

      I contribute to my pension. My union has offered to contribute for health care costs and to forgo a raise for yet another year. The union did not cancel school, the district did – at the last minute with no regard for working parents schedules. Luckily my fellow union members stayed with our children, made sure they had lunch, called parents and waited until all children were picked up. I’d love to have air conditioning in my classroom but unfortunately I work in a very old building and our entire electrical system would have to be upgraded to have air in each classroom.

      • Bob Dobolino

        Hey thanks for “offering” to contribute toward your health care costs. Any chance the union might actually contribute. And how many unions are there in the school district? 30 ? The kids are last in line. The School District is grossly mismanaged and wastes a substantial portion of its yearly $2.6 billion budget, which is fully 2/3 of the entire budget of the City of Philadelphia. How much more money do you need?

  • joeg

    Wow! Thanks Bob for that automatic raise I haven’t received in 4 years. And I have contributed to my pension for the past 30 years. The problem is the state and 440,

    not the teachers. Geez Bob, did the teachers cancel school today? Or any day?

    • Bob Dobolino

      That’s great, now help pay for your health care costs. And how about the 29 other unions in the School District, maybe if they paid for a portion of their health care costs as well the budget wouldn’t be in the “red”. How much money should we as taxpayers pay per year? Currently we pay $20,000 per year per student. That’s one of the highest amounts in the developed world, yet we have the lowest performance. The school district wastes a substantial portion of their budget each year, and much of that $20,000 never makes it near the classroom or even the school. And I’ll betcha the ac works in the administrators’ offices. And all 3 of the vice-principals offices. Cry me a river.