A local middle school slated for closure is now off the chopping block.
The School District of Philadelphia withdrew its recommendation to close the Dimner Beeber Middle School.
“District officials arrived at this decision after carefully reviewing the alternative school-led turnaround proposal, gathering additional facts about the proposed closure and considering many comments from parents, students and community members,” said Fernando Gallard, the district’s director of communications.
Originally the district called for the closure of the school. Under the plan, the seventh and eighth grade classes would relocate to Overbook High School while the sixth grade class would join Overbrook Elementary.
Under the new plan however, officials have proposed keeping the seventh and eighth grades at Beeber while eliminating sixth grade, which will merge with Overbrook Elementary as originally planned.
Officials also plan on possibly placing other educational programs in the Beeber School building. Finally, they are considering proposals to turn the school into an Arts and Academics Plus Academy.
While the recommendation to close Beeber has been withdrawn, the closure of M.H. Stanton Elementary School will still be voted on by the School Reform Commission. That vote will take place during a meeting on April 18.