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Community School Directors Announced

L to R: Katrina Byrd, CSD for Emerson-Gridley Elementary; Sonia Rios, CSD for McKinley Elementary; Meghan Easter, CSD for Pfeiffer-Burleigh School; Tami Krzeszewski-Conway, CSD for Edison Elementary and Jamilia Gates, CSD for Wayne School

At the press announcement, officials from United Way of Erie County and Erie’s Public Schools will announce and introduced each of the hired Community School Directors for the Erie region’s community schools initiative. The community schools model, launched earlier this school year, is a strategy for organizing school and community resources around student success. A community school is both a place and set of partnerships that help address health, wellness and the social needs of students and their families.

Community-based organizations serve as Lead Partners in community schools, helping to mobilize community assets and coordinate resources, in cooperation with school staff. Each community school’s Lead Partner employs a Director who works in close relationship with the principal and the Community School Leadership Team. The hiring of each Director is made possible through Corporate Partner support. Each community school director will engage with the entire school community – students, parents, teachers, administrators, service providers and neighbors – to identify the most pressing needs, and work with service providers and social service agencies to bring targeted resources directly into the school. Thank you to corporate partners LORD Corporation, Hamot Health Foundation, Erie Insurance and GE Transportation for making the hiring of these individuals possible!

Below are details about each pilot community school, the Corporate Partner, Lead Partner and Community Based Partner:

Tami Krzeszewski-Conway, Edison Elementary School

  • Corporate Partner: GE Transportation

  • Lead Partner: The Achievement Center

  • Community Based Partner: Urban Erie Community Development Corporation

Katrina Byrd, Emerson-Gridley Elementary School

  • Corporate Partner: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Lead Partner: Gannon University

  • Community Based Partner: Martin Luther King Center

Sonia Rios, McKinley Elementary School

  • Corporate Partner: LORD Corporation

  • Lead Partner: United Way of Erie County

  • Community Based Partner: John F. Kennedy Center

Meghan Easter, Pfeiffer-Burleigh School

  • Corporate Partner: Erie Insurance

  • Lead Partner: United Way of Erie County

  • Community Based Partner: Booker T. Washington Center

Jamilia Gates, Wayne School

  • Corporate Partner: Hamot Health Foundation

  • Lead Partner: Safe Harbor Behavioral Health at UPMC Hamot

  • Community Based Partner: Eagles Nest Leadership Corp