THE DEADLINE for receiving at least $50 million in funds for the school district passed yesterday, and schools are in the process of recalling 1,000 laid-off employees, with call-back letters expected to be sent within the next two weeks.
That means district schools will be open Sept. 9.
Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. had said last week that if the district didn't receive the funds, it would have difficulty opening safe schools for the district's 137,000 students.
Mayor Nutter and City Council tried to come up with ways of securing the $50 million this week. On Thursday, Nutter proposed that the city borrow the money through a general-obligation bond. That would require Council approval and cost city taxpayers $60 million over four years.