School board nominations close on Wednesday

A school board will be nominated to replace the dissolved School Reform Commission.


Otis Hackney, the city’s chief education officer, spoke at the recent Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting, explaining the process of replacing the School Reform Commission with a Board of Education.

Following Hackney’s appearance, the city extended the nomination deadline to Wednesday, Feb. 7.

The nomination form and job description are here.

Applications and nominations can also be dropped off at City Hall Room 204.

By Feb. 28, the 13-member nominating panel will recommend 27 candidates to Mayor Jim Kenney. In early March, Kenney will deliver his budget address, which will surely include ways to fund public schools. Sometime later in March, he will announce his appointments. The board will assume governance of the School District of Philadelphia by July 1.

Board members can serve a maximum of three four-year terms.

Several people complained about the process, with some demanding an elected school board and others contending that Kenney will have too much power.

To contact Hackney, email

In other news from the Jan. 22 meeting:

• State Rep. Jared Solomon will host a landlord-tenant legal clinic on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at his district office at 7012 Castor Ave. Call 215–342–6340.

• Take Back Your Neighborhood will meet on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Max Myers Playground, 1601 Hellerman St. ••