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. The survey is available online at www.eriesd.org/survey, and is open until Friday, October 28. 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.
As a part of the lead partner announcement, it was also revealed that each lead partner is now accepting applications for the Community School Director position. Details and application information for each position are available 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.
ERIE, Pa (September 8, 2016) -- While Erie's Public Schools managed to make ends meet for the 2016-17 school year budget, the same overall financial crisis still lingers, with the district facing an $8 to $10 million budget deficit for the 2017-18 school year. Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper organized a task force meeting for Thursday, September 8 that hosted the region's public school superintendents and state legislators to discuss the district's budget crisis and the tough choices ahead for the district and how they will affect the region. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (August 30, 2016) -- Erie's Public Schools welcomed 12,000 students back to class on Monday, August 29. GE Transportation held a "red carpet" welcome for students at Wilson Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School. Read the Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (August 23, 2016) -- Erie's Public Schools and United Way of Erie County held a press conference to announce corporate sponsors for the community schools pilot that will be taking off in five district schools (Edison, Emerson-Gridley, McKinley, Pfeiffer-Burleigh and Wayne) starting in September. GE Transporation, Hamot Health Foundation, Highmark, LORD Corporation and an anonymous donor will each be sponsoring a school. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (July 25, 2016) -- On Friday July 22, 900 volunteers from GE Transportation and Erie Insurance all worked together at Wilson Middle School for a volunteer day. In addition to cleaning and landscaping, 84,000 square feet of the building was painted from head-to-toe. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
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