Erie’s community school initiative moves forward

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ERIE, Pa. – It was all smiles at Emerson Gridley Elementary School as the United Way and the Erie School District announced the community schooling initiative will be off the ground this school year with the announcement of community partners on Wednesday.

GE Transportation, Hamot Health Foundation, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Lord Corp. will be corporate sponsors.

The initiative will make social services available to students outside of school hours so teachers can focus on curriculum instead of outside needs.

There are also five lead partners who will provide all of the services the schools need.

The Achievement Center will assist Edison Elementary, Gannon University will work with Emerson Gridley, Sarah Reed Children’s Center will assist Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School  and Safe Harbor Behavioral Health will work with Wayne Middle School.

“It places the services our children so badly need right there in the building,” Superintendent Jay Badams said.

Lead partners are currently looking to hire five new directors to manage these services, if you or anyone you know is interested can apply for the position at the Erie School District website

Anyone with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work or education and three years of management experience.

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