I hope you and yours had a very happy and healthy summer! As we look forward to a new school year, I want to thank you for your continued enthusiastic support of the staff, faculty and students of Erie’s Public Schools.
The 2018-19 school year saw each of our schools begin the hard but necessary work outlined in our district’s six-year strategic plan, including improving academic achievement for all students. To that end, the district purchased new math and language arts curricula that will be introduced in our elementary schools this fall, part of a five-year, $6.7 million plan to upgrade curriculum across the district.
As part of our ongoing efforts to expand innovative educational opportunities for all students, we also launched three exciting initiatives: the Eagle’s Nest Program of Academic Distinction, a secular, Afrocentric academic program for fifth- and sixth-grade students, and a second campus of our Accelerated Learning Academy at the Booker T. Washington Center. Students also had the unique opportunity to participate in a new free summer coding camp offered in partnership with Mercyhurst University.
Finally, the district began the first phase of a three-year, $81 million facilities improvement plan that includes renovations and repairs to all 16 of our schools.
I hope you share in my pride for all that we’ve accomplished together thus far and my excitement for what lies ahead in 2019-20. Don’t forget to mark your calendars: The new academic year starts the day after Labor Day, on Tuesday, September 3.
Sincerely,Brian J. Polito, CPASuperintendent of SchoolsErie's Public Schools148 W 21st StreetErie Pennsylvania 16502Telephone:(814) 874-6001Fax:(814) 874-6010