Dear EPS Families,
Last year was challenging in so many ways, for our staff and our students and for you, but it reinforced so many important lessons that we will carry with us into 2021-22: How to quickly adapt to challenges. The importance of patience. The need to work in community for the health, safety and happiness of all. I want to thank you again for your help in making the 2020-21 school year a success in the most trying of circumstances, and thank you in advance for your support in doing the same in 2021-22.
To say that I am looking forward to the year ahead of us is an understatement. Thanks to an infusion of roughly $90 million from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, we will be able to make much-needed investments throughout the district, including limiting class sizes, expanding our summer and afterschool programming, and enhancing our Student Assistance Program through the addition of case managers at schools, among other exciting changes. We’ve also spent more than $1 million to upgrade curriculums and purchase instruments, supplies and equipment for the arts, music and physical education – classes that we know keep students engaged in school, inspire their creativity and help them become well-rounded graduates that go on to inspire others. That investment follows on the heels of the recent introduction of new math and English Language Arts curriculums.
As outlined in our strategic plan, we’re also continuing the critical work of breaking down any barriers to learning our Black and Brown students face and ensuring equity, fairness and justice for all learners. That includes fulfilling the promise we made to review the operations and purpose of our district police department.
Great things are happening in Erie’s Public Schools every day thanks to the tireless efforts of our administrators, teachers, support staff and, of course, you, the parents and family members who help lift our students to success. Please remember that our district is here to support you, too. Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to my office at 874-6002.
Here’s to creating more success stories in the year ahead!
Sincerely,Brian J. Polito, CPASuperintendent of SchoolsErie's Public Schools148 W 21st StreetErie Pennsylvania 16502Telephone:(814) 874-6001Fax:(814) 874-6010