Day school drama in Philly

Courtesy of the Jewish Exponent:

The executive committees at both Perelman and the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy had separately approved an agreement that, starting in September, would have created a new unified middle school under Barrack’s auspices at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Radnor campus.

After several months of intense negotiations that until the past week had been known to just a few insiders, the executive committee of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School reversed course and nixed what had appeared to be a done deal to close its eight-year-old Robert Saligman Middle School.

The full boards of both institutions were expected to okay the merger Tuesday night, but hours before both meetings, Perelman’s executive committee decided to rescind its own approval of the memorandum of understanding, a three-page document that outlined the conditions of the proposed day-school merger.

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