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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ERIE, Pa (July 25, 2016) -- Pension pay-outs have tripled in the last three years, adding to the dire financial state of Erie's Public Schools. Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams was featured in a Wall Street Journal article regarding pension pay-outs and its nationwide effect on schools. Read the full article here.
ERIE, Pa (July 21, 2016) -- Kevin McCorry, a reporter from WHYY Philadelphia, reports on the state budget inequality that Erie's Public School faces and the possibility of closing all four high schools in near years if the imbalance is not addressed. Read the two-part article here and here.
ERIE, Pa (July 18, 2016) -- From Friday July 15 through Sunday July 17, over 1,200 ServErie, EPS and community volunteers spent the weekend giving Lincoln Elementary School a much-needed makeover. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
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ERIE, Pa (July 14, 2016) -- On Wednesday July 13, Gov. Wolf signed the 2016-17 Pennsylvania state budget, which included an additional $200 million in basic education money. The budget also included a $20 million increase for special education and an increase of $30 million for early childhood education. Erie's Public Schools received a $4 million cash infusion, allowing the district to close its $5.5 million deficit for the school year. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (July 1, 2016) -- With the help of United Way of Erie, four of our district schools will launch as "community schools" in the fall. Under this program, social services will be brought directly into the schools, making their services convenient to students and their families. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (June 30, 2016) -- The Erie School Board on Wednesday passed a $185.8 million final budget for 2016-17 that holds the line on taxes and relies on the extra state revenue and emergency funding to erase what had been a $5.5 million deficit. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
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.