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 a student, parent or guardian, family member, or as a resident of the City of Erie. Your commitment to public education is helping to ensure that our students graduate READY for success in higher education or the workforce.
The 2014-2015 school year was a positive one here in EPS as we celebrated numerous student and staff achievements — I invite you to visit the District News section of this site to see all that we have accomplished together.
As I reflect on the district’s recent successes and challenges, I am confident that working together we can continue to move forward on our three school system goals 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. I am also encouraged that our legislators in Harrisburg are beginning to work together to solve some of the issues facing public education here in Erie and across the Commonwealth.
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 2015-2016 school year!
Dr. Jay Badams