United Way of Erie County and Erie’s Public Schools are partnering up to create a new community school model to better address the needs of students and families.
Five Erie schools will become community schools including, Edison, Emerson-Gridley, McKinley, Pfieffer Burliegh and Wayne schools.
Each school will have a community director, funded by corporate partnerships from GE Transportation, Hamot Health, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and an anonymous donor.
The schools will partner with United Way to offer social services and basic needs to all students.
“It’s designed to become a hub so that there are ways for different community agencies and so on to use the school as a place to make sure that all students have everything they need as far as pre-conditions for learning,” Superintendent Jay Badams said.
The new initiative aims to help educators focus on curriculum while meeting the basic needs of students.