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Erie’s Public Schools and United Way Announce Lead Partners in Community Schools

Erie’s Public Schools and United Way Announce Lead Partners in Community Schools
Initiative to hire five full time directors in the City of Erie


Erie, PA – October 5, 2016 – At a press conference today, officials from Erie’s Public Schools in partnership with United Way of Erie County announced the Lead Partner organizations selected for Erie’s community schools initiative as well as plans to hire a full time director for each of the five pilot schools.

The community school 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 its students, their families and the surrounding neighborhood. The goal of community schools are to address non-academic barriers to learning and increase community engagement in the success of the school. United Way and Erie’s Public Schools have already announced GE Transportation, Hamot Health Foundation, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and LORD Corporation as corporate partners.

Another critical component to the community schools strategy is the selection of a Lead Partner for each of the five pilot schools. The Lead Partner is the organization that joins the school to manage and lead the work of developing and sustaining the community school.

By coordinating and aligning community school activities with core instructional programming, Lead Partners have a direct connection to positive student and family outcomes. These organizations are also able to build stronger connections to students and families for programs happening outside of the school. The Lead Partner contributes to the creation of a school culture that is nurturing for students and families and hospitable to school/community partnerships.

After a review process and months of planning Dr. Jay Badams, Erie’s Public Schools Superintendent, revealed the following organizations will be aligned with the selected pilot community schools.

1.     Achievement Center - Edison Elementary School (PreK-5)

2.     Gannon University - Emerson-Gridley Elementary School (PreK-5)

3.     Sarah Reed Children’s Center - Pfeiffer-Burleigh School (PreK-8)

4.     Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot - Wayne School (PreK-8)
The Lead Partner for McKinley Elementary School is still in the process of being confirmed.

Officials also shared that each of the community school Lead Partners is seeking a Director who works in close relationship with the principal and the Community School Leadership Team.

A Director’s primary responsibility is to identify and coordinate resources and services to meet the needs of the community school. Interested candidates are encouraged to read specific job description details online at

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • Experience living and/or working in one of the pilot community school neighborhoods is preferred

  • A master’s degree in education, public health or social work is preferred

  • A minimum of three years management experience

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills

  • Adept in the use of technology

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The deadline for interested candidates to apply is 4:00pm on Friday, October 21, 2016.