The Necessity to Create a Facilities Master Plan For Philadelphia Schools
This summer my mentor, Dr. Rodriguez, wanted to create a facilities master plan that would allow for more transparency about the conditions in Philadelphia schools. A facilities master plan has been done in many other places around the country and essentially lays out the problems in schools, how they can solve them, and possibly how much it would cost. Around the country, the infrastructure of our schools is crumbling. Specifically in Philadelphia, there have been long-standing issues with asbestos-lined facilities and lead discovered in the water. A lot of those issues are also due to the average age of the School District of Philadelphia buildings being 75 years old. These issues have caused health problems for the staff and students that can become long-term. Additionally, when parents or advocates try to get information on the health of the facilities, it is not easily accessible. This master plan would allow for more transparency of the problems in school facilities and would be an aid to advocate for school district officials to fix these problems.