Dr. Jay D. Badams Erie Public Schools 148 W 21st Street Erie Pennsylvania 16502 Telephone: (814) 874-6001 Fax: (814) 874-6010 Email
As we get set to begin a new school year together, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of Erie’s Public Schools. As I reflect on the district’s recent successes and challenges, I am confident that we have made significant progress on the three goals we outlined in this space last year and look forward to building on this momentum in the year ahead:
• Continuous Improvement of Teaching and Learning: The heart of any school system, naturally, is teaching and learning. Students in Erie’s Public Schools benefit every day from a truly outstanding team — teachers, principals and support staff dedicated to student achievement and success. Erie also continues to lead the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Pennsylvania, providing students, teachers and families a better understanding of what our students are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level. Our intense focus on teaching and learning allows us to deliver an education that is robust and relevant to the real world and reflects the knowledge and skills our students need to graduate ready for success in higher education or the workforce.
• Continuous Improvement of Culture and Climate: We have also made significant progress in areas that positively impact the culture and climate in our schools and support departments. From a strong commitment to increased transparency and communication to continuous leadership and professional development for our staff, we continue to build a culture and climate that promotes the dedication and involvement of all employees, parents, students and community members — a climate in which our students can succeed.
• Continuous Improvement of Organizational Effectiveness: The more effective and efficient we are as an organization, the better positioned we’ll be to provide students with a world-class education. After tackling significant budget deficits over the past few years, we have all accepted and embraced the challenge to do more with less. Becoming a more effective school system in the face of these obstacles has required bold and innovative ideas and I thank you for your patience and flexibility over the past two years. While change is not always easy, our financial recovery and optimization recommendations have brought us closer to becoming the public education system our students deserve. Above all, we look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure your child’s success this school year.
On behalf of the Board of School Directors and our entire team, I wish you and your family a successful and rewarding 2013-2014 school year!