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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite addresses the crowd last month during the groundbreaking ceremony for a building that will house two public schools in West Philadelphia the Samuel Powel Elementary School and Science Leadership Academy Middle School. —PHOTO: SUBMITTED

School District, Drexel break ground for schools

The School District of Philadelphia and Drexel University held a ceremonial groundbreaking last month for a building that will house two public schools in West Philadelphia.

The School District of Philadelphia will lease the building from Drexel and the facility will house both the Samuel Powel Elementary School, currently at 36th Street and Powelton Avenue, and the Science Leadership Academy Middle School (SLAMS), which opened in 2016 at Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and recently moved into space at 3600 Market St.

In May 2019, Drexel entered into an agreement with developer Wexford Science and Technology for the development of the 87,000-square-foot, two-story building. The $40 million school project is funded through a combination of private and public funding secured by Drexel, including the School District of Philadelphia and New Markets Tax Credits, aided by generous contributions from the Lenfest Foundation, Wexford and Ventas, a leading real estate investment trust.

Lindback applications open to teachers, principals

The School District of Philadelphia is once again partnering with The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation to honor exemplary Philadelphia public school teachers and principals, continuing an annual tradition that has awarded over $3 million in total grants to deserving educators throughout the city.

The foundation will honor 60 outstanding teachers with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Public Teachers. The foundation will also grant seven Lindback Awards for Distinguished Principal Leadership.

“The Lindback Foundation is honored to recognize the committed and extraordinary teachers and principals in the Philadelphia public schools with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Service,” said David Loder, Lindback Foundation Trustee. “There is no more important mission than to educate and provide positive role models to our students and future leaders. These award winners serve as exemplary educators every day and we applaud their many accomplishments, dedication and commitment to students and their communities.”

The Distinguished Principal Leadership Award is accompanied by a $20,000 stipend for the school community, while the Distinguished Public Teacher Award includes a $3,500 stipend.

Since 2007 the Lindback Foundation has awarded more than 700 Distinguished Public Teacher Awards and more than 60 Distinguished Principal Awards, and has granted over $3.3 million in awards during that time.

Nominations for the principal award are due by noon Friday, Feb. 14. Applications for the teacher award are due by noon Friday, March 13. More information about the awards and links to application materials can be found online at

—Compiled by Chanel Hill

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at

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