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File #: 200669    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/19/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/3/2020
Title: Honoring and expressing gratitude to the University of Pennsylvania for pledging one hundred million dollars to the School District of Philadelphia over the next decade.
Sponsors: Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20066900, 2. Signature20066900
Title
Honoring and expressing gratitude to the University of Pennsylvania for pledging one hundred million dollars to the School District of Philadelphia over the next decade.

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WHEREAS, On November 17, 2020, the University of Pennsylvania announced that it will donate one hundred million dollars to the School District of Philadelphia over the next ten years; and

WHEREAS, This contribution is the single largest private donation to the School District ever; and

WHEREAS, The funds will be used for a variety of urgent needs in Philadelphia's school system including the remediation of environmental hazards such as asbestos and updating buildings and facilities for a safer and more modern learning space for our students; and

WHEREAS, Distributed as ten million dollars annually, the funds will greatly accelerate the ongoing efforts of the City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia to remedy environmental hazards in schools; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Hite, and the Board of Education have embarked on aggressive environmental remediation efforts in School District buildings. The School District currently has an estimated $4.5 billion in unmet capital needs; and

WHEREAS, While since 2018, the School District has fully stabilized lead paint in 54 elementary schools, completed work to certify an additional 25 schools as Lead Safe, and invested more than $23 million to complete asbestos-related projects, more work remains; and

WHEREAS, The District announced in November 2019 an Environmental Safety Improvement Plan that outlined new safety and inspection measures. The District approved $41 million in January 2020 for asbestos testing, abatement, project management, and other remediation resources. The gift from the University of Pennsylvania will allow these remediations to move at a much faster pace than was previously possible; and

WHEREAS, The spirit of the University of Pennsylvania's generosity in this donation is captured by...

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