Item Coversheet

Action Item - 23.

Title: Contract with School Specialty Inc. - Classroom Modernizations - Early Literacy Initiative ($4,454,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration


The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows:



School Specialty, Inc. 



Procurement of furniture and equipment for classroom modernization  projects supporting the District's early literacy initiative 


Start Date: 3/36/21


End Date: 11/02/21


Compensation not to exceed: $4,454,000



Anderson, Add B. School; Blankenburg, Rudolph School; Bregy, F. Amedee School; Carnell, Laura H. School; Cramp, William School; Houston, Henry H. School; Longstreth, William C. School; Sheridan, Philip H. School; Vare-Washington School



The approved and adopted FY21 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) includes funding for  classroom modernization at nine schools identified as a part of the District's Early Literacy Initiative. The Office of Capital Programs works in collaboration with the Office of Early Education to select schools for the annual modernization projects.  Schools are prioritized for participation based upon three main variables: (1) low reading proficiency levels as measured by 3rd grade PSSA-ELA scores; (2) effective implementation of the comprehensive early literacy framework; and (3) condition/readiness of facilities for modernization. The project budget includes the purchase of new furniture and equipment. The new furniture will support modern teaching and learning centers such as listening, writing and reading centers, and small group and large group instruction. Furniture will be procured from vendors who are a part of the PA Commonwealth Cooperative Program. By using the identified vendors, we are guaranteed the lowest, most competitive price. The Office of Capital Programs will establish a delivery deadline to ensure all spaces are furnished in time for the opening of the new school year. This work is in support of the Operations goal to provide, safe and healthy learning environments for all students. 


Goals and Guardrails 

Guardrail 1: Welcoming and Supportive Schools - Every school will be safe, welcoming and healthy place where our students, staff and community want to be and learn each day. 

 Office Originating Request: Operations - Capital Programs