ERIE, Pa (June 24, 2016) -- Erie Next and the Erie Times-News hosted a community forum focusing on the financial state of the district and ways to bring the district back financially. The forum's panel included EPS superintendent Dr. Jay Badams, General McClane Schools superintendent Rick Scaletta; Frederick Johnson, executive director of the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit and John Evans, a certified financial planner and member of the Superintendent's Financial Advisory Committee. Nearly 70 people attended the open forum. Read the full article here.
ERIE, Pa (June 23, 2016) -- Lincoln Elementary School will receive a school-wide makeover thanks to ServErie, a faith-based volunteer effort of Erie churches and social service organizations. Over 1.000 volunteers will help renovate the school from July 15 through July 17. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (June 8, 2016) -- More than 100 students, staff and community members traveled to Harrisburg, Pa to rally at the State Capital yesterday in the name of fair funding for public education. Speakers at the rally included Sen. Sean Wiley, Erie County Exec. Kathy Dahlkemper, Rep. Flo Fabrizio, Rep. Pat Harkins, Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams, as well as EPS students, faculty and community members. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (June 3, 2016) -- Erie County legislators gathered at Lincoln Elementary School yesterday in an effort to draft solutions to help Erie's Public Schools and the current budget crisis. Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper assembled the meeting that was attended by Sen. Sean Wiley, Rep. Pat Harkins, Rep. Flo Fabrizio and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (June 2, 2016) -- Congressman Mike Kelly visited four EPS schools on June 1 as a part of his Public Buildings Renewal Act of 2016. Kelly, along with some of his staff, were guided by Dr. Badams and student/faculty representatives from each of the schools. Read the Erie Times-News article here.
Pictured above: Lincoln Elementary School principal Carla Johnson meets with Congressman Mike Kelly during a tour of the school.
More photos from the tour are available to view here.
ERIE, Pa (June 2, 2016) -- Big Smiles Pennsylvania will spend the week at Pfeiffer-Burleigh School this week set up with a mobile dentistry unit used to provide dental care to students in need. Read the Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (May 27, 2016) -- Third grade students at Edison Elementary School displayed their annual rain forest project this week, which they have been working on for at least a month. The students and staff worked in teams to research rain forests and the plants and animals that inhabit them. The students then served as tour guides to rain forest visitors. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (May 26, 2016) -- At EPS' School Board meeting on May 25, the Board unanimously voted to pass the 2016-17 preliminary budget with a $4.3 million deficit instead of voting to make more cuts to the district due to lack of funding. The Board also voted to assemble a task force to investigate the process for possibly closing all four Erie high schools in the 2017-18 school year. Read the full article from the Erie Times-News here.
ERIE, Pa (May 19, 2016) -- After Superintendent Badams announced the possiblity of closing all four Erie high schools for the 2017-18 school year due to the district's ongoing budget deficit, he presented the possible idea to the Board of Directors at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on May 18. The district is facing a $10.3 million dollar deficit going into the 2016-17 school year. Read the article from the Erie Times-News here.
Additional cuts include cutting out full day kindergarten, athletic and arts programs and more. $6 million in cuts have already been made, and the Board will vote on other cuts to be made at the Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 25.
ERIE, Pa (May 10, 2016) -- Students from Grover Cleveland Elementary and Strong Vincent High School share kind words about their mothers in honor of Mother's Day. Read the Erie Times-News feature and view video footage here.