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2017 Erie Strong Campaign
Did you know that Erie's Public Schools spends only $11,890 per student in our district? That's less than 80% of districts in Pennsylvania and well below the Erie County and state average for per pupil spending!
In 2017, the district is facing a $9.5 million budget deficit and has repeatedly petitioned the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for assistance in order to avoid additional program cuts and eventual insolvency.
In April 2017, EPS announced a massive reorganization of its schools in order to address budget shortfalls and improve academic programming for middle and high school students. The keystone of this reorganization plan is the consolidation of all high school students from four high schools to two, affecting more than 3000 high school students. On Friday, May 26, the district experienced an additional setback to its plan when a major fire occurred at Central Tech High School (soon to be re-named Erie High School), where most of its secondary students will be placed in 2017.
The Partnership for Erie's Public Schools, in cooperation with the Erie Stadium Commission and ServErie, is stepping up to support the district during this critical time. Erie can no longer wait for help from Harrisburg to save our schools. We, as alumni, parents, business owners and community members must come together to support our students during this reorganization effort.
The rebranding of Erie High School as part of the reorganization of Erie’s Public Schools represents an opportunity for the entire community to support the city’s one major high school. The slogan for this campaign is Erie Strong, indicating that students, staff and families are coming together to build this new community. They can and should inspire the rest of our city to do the same.
Total Project Cost: $1,000,000
$100,000 to support items needed for the ServErie volunteer project at Erie High School scheduled for July 20-23
$125,000 to underwrite new uniforms for all consolidated sports teams and the Erie All City Marching Band
$600,000 to replace turf, re-brand the field at Erie Vets Memorial Stadium and provide upgrades to the stadium locker room facilities
$125,000 to replace and re-brand basketball court and locker rooms at Erie High School
$50,000 to support school and district rebranding
Send a message to our kids that we are "Erie Strong!"