In light of the serious financial issues facing the School District, the City will change its Recreation Department programming in 105 schools, 80 of which will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on weekday evenings, the cost of which will be covered by the School District. The remaining 25 larger schools with multiple facilities will be open longer to accommodate more programs – from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on weekday evenings and from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Those additional hours will be covered by the City (for a list of those facilities, please see below).
“We appreciate this partnership with the City of Philadelphia to expand access for youths involved in athletic and cultural programs,” said Dr. William R. Hite Jr., Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “After-school programs add immense value to the lives of our students and the community. I would like to thank the Mayor and our city leaders for supporting our students, families and community organizations.”
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation administers recreational programming that serves more than 42,000 children and youth every winter season. About 16,000 of those slots operate in Philadelphia School District facilities in areas of the city that don’t have enough City-owned facilities.
The City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia School District announced a similar agreement in February 2012 to complete the 2011-2012 winter activities season, which ends in March. The cost to the City for February and March 2012 was $189,000.
List of larger school facilities which will accommodate consolidated recreational programming: