By Benjamin Herold
The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) made its first grant to a traditional public school Monday, giving a team of partners $215,000 to map out a dramatic transformation of the neighborhood schools in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village neighborhood.
The hope is to expand tiny Powel Elementary while also creating a new, district-run, neighborhood middle school nearby.
“As a school community, we’re ecstatic,” said the school’s principal, Kimberly Ellerbee. “The Powel community has long imagined an expansion of our current program to include fifth grade, and the opportunity for our students to attend a high-quality middle school in our neighborhood.”