Community Schools Information Page
Community Schools are a strategy for organizing school and community resources around student success. Each Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become centers of the community, open to everyone, all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
In August 2016, Corporate Partners for the five pilot community schools were announced. Corporate Partners will provide financial resources to support the hiring of Community School Directors at each location. The Corporate Partners for the five pilot schools are: GE Transportation (Edison Elementary), Hamot Health Foundation (Wayne School), Highmark (Emerson-Gridley Elementary), LORD Corporation (McKinley Elementary), an anonymous donor and Erie Insurance Group (Pfeiffer-Burleigh School).
Erie's Public Schools and United Way of Erie County are also pleased to announce the selection of Lead Partners for each pilot site who will employ the Community School Directors and lead the work of organizing services through the community school strategy. These Lead Partners were chosen through an open RFQ process and were matched with schools based on student/family needs and identified services. The Lead Partners for the five pilot schools are Achievement Center (Edison Elementary), Safe Harbor Behavioral Health Of UPMC Hamot (Wayne School), Edinboro University (McKinley Elementary), and Gannon University (Emerson-Gridley Elementary). The Lead Partner for Pfeiffer-Burleigh School has not yet been finalized.