Dear EPS families:
It’s an exciting time to be a part of Erie’s Public Schools! Thanks to a historic $14 million state investment in our district, the 2017-18 school year is shaping up to be a year of positive change. I am honored to be leading the district during this critical time and I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you in person over the course of this year.
After nearly a decade of financial crisis and budget cuts, I am pleased to report that the district is finally on a path toward stability and growth. We are excited to watch our high school students come together at the new Erie High this year, and are looking forward to new opportunities at our elementary and middle schools. These include:
- High School: With the consolidation at Erie High and the implementation of a magnet-based secondary experience, we have embarked on an innovative plan to completely reinvent our high school programming by offering career-aligned choices for all students. The course offerings in magnet programs located at both Erie High and Collegiate Academy will be specifically aligned to career pathways and include options for all students, regardless of their post-secondary plans.
- Middle School: As a result of the district’s reorganization, we will now be able to provide all students with a true middle school experience. This will include enhanced elective opportunities and additional career exploration experiences so that students will be better prepared to select a magnet pathway in high school. We are also implementing a new mathematics curriculum that is aligned to PA Core Standards in order to increase student achievement in math and better prepare students for high school.
- Elementary School: For the first time, we will have Pre-Kindergarten classrooms in all of our elementary buildings to ensure that students are socially, emotionally, and academically ready to learn. We are also taking additional steps to improve learning outcomes for our youngest students with a focus on early literacy and the implementation of targeted interventions for grades K-2 in all buildings.
Above all, we look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure your child’s success this school year. Please remember that school begins on August 28th. On behalf of the Board of School Directors and our entire team, I wish you and your family a successful and rewarding school year!
Brian J. Polito, CPA
Superintendent of Schools