After a year of challenges and triumphs for Erie’s Public Schools, parents and their seventh- and eighth-grade students are getting a royal introduction to Erie High School.
As they toured the building, they learned about career and technical programs, including engineering, machine trades and more than a dozen more.
“I like the crime scene one. Learning about how to become a cop and stuff like that,” said Emillie Rodgers, 14, an eighth-grader at Wilson Middle School.
Bea Habursky, assistant superintendent, said they were gauging interest of students.
“Today, we have our maritime. Our hope is to see how many students are interested in that one. We have all of the ones that we’ve had this year, which is our early childhood. We have the physical trainer,” she said.
Some of the labs on display were among some of the areas that had to be renovated after the building fire in May. Habursky said more updates are planned.
“We are going to be looking at a strategic plan,” she said. “Our hope is that we can give the best opportunities and the best buildings that we have for our students here at Erie Public.”
During the open house on Thursday, current high school student volunteered as tour guides and shared their experiences of what it is like to be a Royal.
“Our sports teams? Really good. Our academics? Really good. Our teachers really care about teaching you,” said senior Gabe Martin.
Martin, 17, attended Strong Vincent High School before the district’s consolidation of high schools. He said new student will not have to worry about school pride.
“A couple of years from now, seventh- and eighth-graders coming in, they’re Royals. They weren’t a Colonel. They weren’t a warrior. They weren’t a Falcon.”