UPDATED: Nov. 15, 12:30 p.m.
Both Ben Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy, which started sharing an adjoined building this school year, were abruptly closed after severe asbestos was found discovered early last month.
After many discussions between school officials, faculty and parents, the School District of Philadelphia decided SLA students will attend classes at district headquarters and nearby Congregation Rodeph Shalom, while Ben Franklin students will go to the former Khepera Charter School in North Philadelphia.
Students resumed classes at their interim buildings on Oct. 14.
A task force dedicated to the asbestos removal will meet on Dec. 13 to recommend a new start date.
Another meeting is planned for Monday at Thomas M. Peirce Elementary School, dealing with similar asbestos issues. Hite said administrators want to present a relocation site for Peirce students, if it is determined that students should be moved out of that building during asbestos removal.
Hite added the district is temporarily restructuring its operations department — separating out facilities and maintenance from food services and transportation — to allow for more attention to environmental issues.