Councilman wants to lease city-owned luxury boxes to help fund schools

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City Councilman Jim Kenney has a proposal for the mayor to close the gap in the city’s education budget.
Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

After Mayor Michael Nutter last week announced the creation of the Philadelphia Educational Supplies Fund and issued a call for private donations to pay for city public school supplies, Councilman Jim Kenney is calling on the mayor to put his money where his mouth is.

Kenney on Tuesday delivered a letter to Nutter urging him to lease the city’s luxury boxes – commonly called “the Mayor’s Box” – at local stadiums Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center to help shore up the Educational Supplies Fund.

“We can lease these boxes for up to $30,000 for an Eagles game, and $3,000 for Phillies, Flyers and 76ers games,” Kenney wrote.

“Large concerts, like this past summer’s Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert, could generate additional revenue. While it is not a solution for our overall school funding crisis, based on conservative estimates, we could generate more than $1 million a year for this school supply fund.”

Read the full text of the letter below:

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Credit: Courtesy Councilman Jim Kenney.

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