• Central Tech students demonstrate business skills during ACES Business Week

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/30/2015 2:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 30, 2015) — More than 240 Central Tech juniors are participating in ACES/Pennsylvania Business Week this week. As a culminating activity, students today showcased their new companies and products during a trade show at the school.

    Sponsored by Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System (ACES), Pennsylvania Business Week is a one-of-a-kind, one-week, in-school program for high school students with a challenging hands-on curriculum that teaches students about the American economic system.

    Students were divided into management teams that run their own company through the equivalent of 12 business quarters. According to organizers, key to the success of the program is the opportunity for business people to participate as business advisors, expert speakers, and competition judges or through prize donations and financial support of the program.

    Participating students exhibited their companies Friday afternoon during a trade show attended by fellow students, teachers, parents, business leaders and community members in the school’s gymnasium.

    This exciting entrepreneurial program is administered by the Americans for the Competitive Education System (ACES), sponsored by GO College-Erie and supported by several local companies including: Marsha Marsh Real Estate, SCORE, Kingsview Enterprises, Northwest Savings Bank, Fortis Institute, Thomas Lee Printing & Mailing, Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership and more.

    Learn more from WICU-TV below:

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  • Harlem Globetrotter visits Harding School, offers laughter, tricks and bullying advice

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/27/2015 1:05:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 27, 2015) — Harlem Globetrotters rookie Julian “Zeus” McClurkin today presented the Globetrotters’ "ABCs of Bullying Prevention" program during a visit to Harding School.

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    Known worldwide as the "Ambassadors of Goodwill"™, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters designed the program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV).

    McClurkin, who admitted to being bullied in school himself, discussed the three key words in the ABCs and tools that kids can use on a daily basis to reduce bullying: Action, Bravery, and Compassion. The Globetrotter equated what it means to be part of a team to how kids can offer support to one another to help stop bullying.

    The important message of bullying and violence prevention was conveyed with participation from the students and teachers – and the team’s signature ball handling skills and humor.
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  • EPS begins annual budget development process

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/21/2015 10:25:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 21, 2015) — Erie's Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams tonight provided a preliminary update on the district's 2015-2016 budget during a meeting of the Board of School Directors.

    The starting point for the 2015-2016 budget, required to be approved by June 30, is a projected deficit of approximately $7.4 million. The initial budget projections assume no increase in revenue from state or local sources and required, mandatory increases in costs such as charter schools, state-mandated pension obligations, health insurance and other increases in the costs of goods and services:

    • Required Increases in Charter School Costs: An increase of $3.45 million to approximately $20 million annually. Charter schools now drain off nearly 1/3 of the district's basic education subsidy annually.
    • Required Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) Pension Contributions: An increase of $2.9 million in mandated pension contributions (now at 25.84% of district payroll).
    • Increases in Health Insurance Costs: The cost of health insurance for district employees continues to rise and is projected to cost $500,000 more in 2015-2016.
    • General Increases in the Costs of Goods and Services: General increases in the cost of goods and services the district purchases are projected to be $500,000 in 2015-2016.

    The Board and district administration will continue to work to identify adjustments that can be made to the revenue and expenditure lines. Governor Tom Wolf is expected to announce his state budget proposal on March 3 providing insight into anticipated state funding for 2015-2016.
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  • Precautionary Lockdowns Lifted at JoAnna Connell School and Diehl School

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/13/2015 10:35:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 13, 10:36 a.m.) — JoAnna Connell School and Diehl School were in lockdown as a precautionary measure as police were in pursuit of an individual in the area of 43rd and McClelland and East Grandview Blvd. & Koehler Road. The suspect is now in police custody.

    While the search for this individual was focused in areas more than one mile from each school, the safety of our students is our first priority – always. As such, an overabundance of caution was appropriate.

    Earlier Statement (9:46 a.m.)
    JoAnna Connell and Diehl School on Precautionary Lockdown
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 13, 9:46 a.m.) —
    JoAnna Connell School and Diehl School are currently in lockdown as a precautionary measure as police are in pursuit of an individual in the area of 43rd and McClelland and East Grandview Blvd. & Koehler Road. Students will not be permitted to go outside and no visitors will be allowed to enter the building during the lockdown. Classes will resume within the buildings as scheduled.

    While the search for this individual is focused on an area more than one mile from either school, the safety of our students is our first priority – always. As such, an overabundance of caution is appropriate.
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  • Jefferson students win annual Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Essay Contest

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/13/2015 6:20:00 AM
    MLK Awards ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 13, 2015) — Students from Erie's Jefferson Elementary School took home first, second and third place this year in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Essay Contest, sponsored by the Erie Martin Luther King Center.

    Chloe Ruark, 4th grade, earned first place for her essay and will present her winning work at an event held in Gannon University's Yehl Ballroom following the Annual MLK Memorial Mark on Monday, January 19. Ruark will also receive a certificate and a $200 prize from the MLK Center.

    Lauren Adamski, 5th grade, won second place and will receive a certificate and a $150 prize.

    Christopher Shepard, 5th grade, won third place and will also receive a certificate and a $100 prize.

    "I am very proud of the students and teachers who worked so hard to help commemorate this important event," said Diane Madara, principal of Jefferson. "It was great to see them focus on the project and I'm impressed at what outstanding writers they are becoming."
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  • In the News: Grant brings a focus on fitness to Erie schools

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/12/2015 7:15:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 12, 2015) — The Erie Times-News today featured a story on the district's three-year, $1.2 million Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant.

    Read the full story here.

    Pam Wiley
    SARAH CROSBY/Erie Times-News Photo
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  • Weather Information: Friday, January 9

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/9/2015 1:55:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 9, 2015) A band of heavy lake effect snow is hitting the downtown area at this hour, reducing visibility and covering city roadways.

    Buses are running on schedule and arrived at schools on time, but please be advised that school buses and student EMTA dropoffs may be delayed today due to traffic congestion and weather conditions.
    Posted: Jan. 9, 1:52 p.m. ET
    Updated: Jan. 9, 2:22 p.m. ET
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  • Roosevelt art teacher's work on display at International CES® in Las Vegas

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/8/2015 2:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 8, 2015) Nearly 200,000 attendees are gathered in Las Vegas for the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show, a global event that has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years and the stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

    Amid all of the technology, at booth #74658 in The Sands Expo Hall on the Las Vegas Strip, stand two clay sculptures created by Roosevelt Middle School art teacher Marie Peterson that serve as "charging stations" for wireless SleepPhones® and RunPhones®, on display by Erie-based
    AcousticSheep LLC.

    Peterson, one of four artists asked to develop display artwork for the show, created the running leg and rabbit sculptures for AcousticSheep after meeting representatives from the company at "The Made in Erie Marketplace" held at the Masonic Temple in Erie in November.

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    "They asked me if I would be interested in being a designer for them and I accepted," said Peterson who has taught in Erie's Public Schools since 2000. "It was a lot of work, but very interesting and I had a lot of fun!"

    CES® is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, and attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.
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  • EPS families reminded of inclement weather policy

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 1/5/2015 4:35:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (Jan. 5, 2015) — With cold temperatures and snow showers and squalls in the forecast, Erie's Public Schools are reminding parents of the district's school closing and delay procedures. This information is also communicated to families annually in the Family Information Guide document, mailed or given to all families before the start of school and available online at www.eriesd.org/familyguide:

    School Closing and Delay Information
    Decisions regarding closing or delaying school due to severely inclement weather or other emergencies will be made as early as possible (usually before 6 a.m.) and communicated to Erie’s news media immediately. Notification will also be posted on the front page of the school district’s website (www.eriesd.org).

    Schools will be closed only in the event of a declared city-wide emergency or if current or forecasted weather conditions are so severe as to potentially place children in clearly dangerous or unhealthy situations (such as completely impassable streets and/or sidewalks, extremely cold temperatures, dangerous wind chill, or loss of utilities to buildings).

    All district activities, including individual school programs, athletic events, and community events being held in Erie School District buildings will be canceled the day of the closing. In situations where a closure is announced, parents are not required to send a written excuse for their child’s absence.

    For some children in the city, school may be the safest place for them to be during inclement weather. If weather is inclement, but not severely so, schools will be kept open to serve students and families. Parents are advised to use discretion in sending their children to school. If parents/guardians think conditions in their area are hazardous to their child, they should keep their children at home. In such cases, absences will be excused when verified by a note from parent/guardian that the absences are weather related.

    Note: Schools will not be dismissed early because of inclement weather unless there is a declared city-wide emergency. If schools are dismissed early because of emergency conditions, district employees will remain at work to assist children.
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  • Happy Holidays from Erie's Public Schools

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 12/23/2014 1:15:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Dec. 23, 2014) — Holiday break begins after dismissal on Dec. 23. Erie's Public Schools will observe the holidays Dec. 24 through Jan. 2, with school resuming Jan. 5.

    Have a safe and happy holiday!
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