ERIE, Pa (November 14, 2016) -- Paula Madura, a fourth-grade teacher at Pfeiffer-Burleigh School, shares her story of leaving the district after two years to teach in Millcreek Township, only to return back to Erie's Public Schools after a few weeks. Read the full Erie Times-News story here.
ERIE, Pa (November 4, 2016) -- According to Pennsylvania School Performance Profile data released last week, Pfeiffer-Burleigh's academic performance ranked 57.6 on the 100-point SPP scale in 2015-16, the fourth-best among the district's 14 elementary and middle schools. As a result of the success of the improvement program, the Department of Education has extended the special improvement grant another two years. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (November 1, 2016) -- Erie's Public Schools, in partnership with United Way of Erie County, has officially announced Erie Insurance as a Corporate Partner in the community schools pilot. Erie Insurance will serve as an additional Corporate Partner to Pfeiffer-Burleigh School along with the previously announced anonymous donor. To date, the following additional Corporate Partners have been confirmed: GE Transportation, Hamot Health Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield. So far, total funds committed from all corporate partners exceeds $900,000 over three years.
Pictured from left to right: Shantel Hilliard, Booker T. Washington Center Associate Director, Karin Ryan, Pfeiffer-Burleigh Principal, Ann Scott, Erie Insurance Community Outreach Manager and Gary Bukowski, Sarah Reed Children's Center Associate Vice President of Development.
ERIE, Pa (October 26, 2016) -- Erie's Public Schools' newly founded middle school football program has shown great success so far with its students. The program is comprised of about a total of 100 seventh- and eighth-graders that are each affiliated with one of the city's three high school sports programs. PEPS is fully funding the $60,000 program. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (October 24, 2016) -- EPS is continuing to develop its state-mandated financial recovery plan that Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams wants to submit to the state Department of Education by the end of November. At the last School Board meeting on Wednesday October 29, Dr. Badams updated the Board on the development of the plan and said that it will include at least four scenarios of how the district can stabilize its finances. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (October 12, 2016) -- Erie's Public Schools is in early stages of developing its state-mandated financial recovery plan due at the end of November, and more than likely a tax increase will be proposed as part of it. Superintendent Badams says that while a small tax increase is more than likely to be proposed in the recovery plan, the focus will remain on state funding. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (October 10, 2016) -- On Friday October 7, Erie's Public Schools launched a community survey to gather information to help develop its financial recovery plan. The survey seeks input on such topics as school funding, taxes and educational opportunities. Results from the survey will be shown at a public forum in early November. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (October 6, 2016) -- Erie's Public Schools and the United Way of Erie County announced the lead partners for the community school program at a press conference at Emerson-Gridley Elementary School. The lead partners are the Achievement Center, Sarah Reed Children's Center, Gannon University and Safe Harbor Behavior Health. There is one more lead partner that has yet to be announced. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (September 19, 2016) -- EPS, in partnership with Metz Culinary Management, has received a “District of Distinction” award from District Administration magazine for the Breakfast in the Classroom (“BIC”) program that is utilized in 13 of the district’s schools. The “District of Distinction” award is published by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with innovative ideas and programs for its students. Watch the video coverage from WICU-12 here.
ERIE, Pa (September 12, 2016) -- National Public Radio (NPR) featured an article/audio piece on Erie's Public Schools and the district's sturggle with funding inequality in the state of Pennsylvania. Read the full article here.