• Community Schools Information Page
     
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    In 2016, Erie's Public Schools, in partnership with United Way of Erie County, announced the pilot of Community Schools at five EPS sites: East Middle SchoolEdison Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Pfeiffer-Burleigh and Strong Vincent Middle School. Since the initial community schools pilot in 2016, Diehl Elementary, Harding Elementary and Perry Elementary have all been announced as community schools. Diehl was announced in November of 2018, and Harding and Perry Elementary Schools were announced in May of 2019.
     
    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. 
     
    Each community school has a corporate partner who provides financial resources to support the hiring of Community School Directors at each location. The Corporate Partners for the eight community schools are: Wabtec Corporation (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), and Eriez Magnetics (Harding and Perry Elementary Schools). Diehl Elementary School has the corporate partner support of multiple local businesses: Accudyn Products Inc., American Tinning & Galvanizing, Custom Engineering, Lincoln Recycling, McInnes Rolled Rings, Reddog Industries, Inc., Smith Provision Company, Inc. and Team Hardinger.
     
    Erie's Public Schools and United Way of Erie County are also pleased to announce the selection of Lead Partners for each 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 district's community 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), Family Services of NWPA (Pfeiffer-Burleigh School) and Mercyhurst University (Diehl Elementary). The Lead Partners for Harding and Perry Elementary Schools have not yet been selected.
     

    East Middle School
                                                                
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                        Lead Partner                                                                              Corporate Partner
     
    Edison Elementary School
    achievement center logo                                  Wabtec logo
     
     
                    Lead Partner                                                                            Corporate Partner
     
    Diehl Elementary School
     
     
     
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                      Lead Partner                                                                        Corporate Partners
     
     

     
    Harding Elementary School
    Perry Elementary School
     
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    Lead Partner - To Be Determined                                                 Corporate Partner             

    McKinley Elementary School
     
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     Lead Partner                                                                                  Corporate Partner
         
    Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School
     
     
     
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                   Lead Partner                                                                         Corporate Partner
     
    Strong Vincent Middle School
     
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                     Lead Partner                                                                            Corporate Partner
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Community School Director Contact Information
    Tami Krzeszewski-Conway, Community School Director of Edison Elementary 
    Jamilia Gates, Community School Director of East Middle School
    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
    Karen Donnelly, Community School Director of Diehl Elementary 
    Community School Director of Harding Elementary School - To Be Determined
    Community School Director of Perry Elementary School - To Be Determined