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What’s Next? A Forum on University City High’s Future” will be the second community meeting in our Schoolhouse Watch project. Come share your ideas at 4 p.m. May 15 at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 3500 Baring St.

The forum will bring together neighbors, leaders, experts and other stakeholders to discuss the closing of University City High School and strategies for the future use of the building. The school is slated to be closed at the end of the 2013 school year, along with 22 additional school buildings across the city of Philadelphia.

Forum participants will engage a panel of community leaders and experts in a discussion on the school’s future, which will be moderated by Solomon Jones of AxisPhilly and filmed by NBC 10.

Panelists will include:

  • Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
  • Algernong Allen, Baltimore Avenue Business Association
  • DeWayne Drummond, Mantua Civic Association
  • George Poulin, Powelton Village Civic Association
  • Emily Dowdall, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Allan Domb, President Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors

The forum is part of Schoolhouse Watch, an online community delivering comprehensive information and providing a place for neighbors to have a voice in determining the future of each closing school building. In addition to NBC 10, partner organizations include PlanPhilly and the Public School Notebook.

To register for the forum, go to