Community Schools Information Page
Due to the reconfiguration of the district in 2017, and the closing of Emerson-Gridley and Wayne, two of these pilot sites were moved to newly named community schools at East Middle School and Strong Vincent Middle School.
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 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 (East Middle School), Highmark (Strong Vincent Middle School), 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 (East Middle School), Edinboro University (McKinley Elementary), Gannon University (Strong Vincent Middle School) and Family Services of NWPA (Pfeiffer-Burleigh School).
Community School Director Contact Information
Amy Grande, Community School Director of McKinley Elementary
Katrina Byrd, Community School Director of Strong Vincent Middle School
Meghan Easter, Community School Director of Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary