While it is arguably the most heavily-funded organization in the state, the School District of Philadelphia is in shambles, both figuratively and literally. Teachers, administrators, and union goons will deny it, but the District is a money pit, and the buildings are riddled with dirt and vermin. To wit:
Roosevelt Elementary School, a K-8 school in the Germantown section of the city, is infested with mice and there are concerns about mold. We showed parents the disturbing video of the mice scampering through classrooms.
Not only that, they say the roof leaks during heavy rains. An old library and pool are abandoned inside and closed off. An Independent Building Condition Assessment by the district in 2015 states the areas get “massive water infiltration.” The teachers have concerns about mold.
Roosevelt is located inside my division, and we handle police reports from inside its filthy walls on a daily basis. Assaults, thefts, and the occasional weapons offense. That is not a joke.
District Spokesperson, Lee Whack, admits Roosevelt is in poor condition. But he says school maintenance crews conducted 10 rodent inspections during the school year. “Do parents and teachers deserve an apology? I will say this, parents, students and teachers deserve better buildings so their students can learn and grow,” Whack said.
Nice dodge, Lee. Apparently, Whack does not believe parents and teachers deserve an apology, but hey, the School District will do better next time. Just trust them.