Erie City School District, Pennsylvania

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Erie City School District
Erie, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Jay D. Badams
Graduation rate:81.5%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $162.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John Harkins
Board members:9
Term length:4
Erie City School District is a school district in Pennsylvania that serves the city of Erie. It is the 8h largest school district in Pennsylvania, serving 12,324 students in nine schools with an operating budget of $162.1 million.[1][2]

About the district

Erie City School District is located in Erie County, Pennsylvania
Erie City School District is located in Erie County in northwestern Pennsylvania. According to the 2010 United States Census, Erie County is home to 280,646 residents.[3]


Erie County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.6% of Erie County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 27.0% for Pennsylvania as a whole. The median household income in Erie County was $44,503 compared to $52,267 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Erie County was 15.8% compared to 13.1% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Erie County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 89.2 83.5
Black or African American 7.4 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 1.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 18.8 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.8 40.9
2008 59.0 39.0
2004 54.0 45.6
2000 52.9 43.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]


Dr. Jay D. Badams is currently the superintendent of Erie City School District. Badams previously served as superintendent of the Wattsburg Area School District from September of 2007 to January of 2009. He has had a fifteen year career with the Erie School District, serving as a special education teacher, an assessment specialist, the Associate Dean of Collegiate Academy, a curriculum coordinator at both elementary and secondary levels and the Director of High Schools. Badams is originally from Rochester, NY, and earned his B.A. from Allegheny College, his M.Ed. and Superintendent’s Letter from Edinboro University and his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a medic in the U.S. Army and as an account manager with Eastman Kodak Company.[6]

School board

The Erie Board of School Directors is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.[7]

Pocono Mountain School District
John Harkins At-Large 2015
Frank Petrungar, Jr. At-Large 2015
Edward Brzezinski At-Large 2017
Mary Frances Schenley At-Large 2017
Angela Euell-McNair At-Large 2017
Linda Aleksandrowicz At-Large 2015
Tom Spagel At-Large 2017
Robert Casillo At-Large 2015
Robbie Fabrizi At-Large 2015

School board elections

See also: Erie City School District elections (2013)

Members of the Erie City Board of School Directors are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Five seats are up for election in November 2015 and four seats are up for election in November 2017.


The table below displays the budget for Erie City School District:[2][8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $143,055,753 74.6% $13,149,745 6.9% $13,656,183 7.1% $7,173,799 3.7% $14,719,352 7.7% $191,754,832
2011-2012 $125,092,721 70.9% $13,133,915 7.4% $12,979,546 7.4% $12,063,878 6.8% $13,240,991 7.5% $176,511,051
2012-2013 $105,211,048 64.9% $11,488,646 7.1% $27,186,636 16.8% $8,324,812 5.1% $9,915,172 6.1% $162,126,314
Averages: $124,453,174 70% $12,590,768.67 7% $17,940,788.33 10% $9,187,496.33 5% $12,625,171.67 7% $176,797,399

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the current salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Erie Education Association:[9]

Erie City Teacher Salaries
Salary structure Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 36,224 60,241
B.A. + 6 36,561 60,758
B.A. + 12 36,898 60,915
B.A. + 24 37,235 61,587
B.A. + 30 47,907 61,924
MA 39,526 65,291
MA + 6 39,872 65,291
MA + 12 40,217 65,982
MA + 24 40,563 66,328
MA + 30 41,742 67,784
MA + 48 42,792 68,833
MA + 54 43,140 69,182
MA + 60 43,490 69,532
D 43,840 69,881

Schools in Erie City School District


The district served 12,324 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 1.44% decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:

Total enrollment[10]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 12,504
2008-2009 12,400 -0.83
2009-2010 12,423 -0.19
2010-2011 12,452 0.23
2011-2012 12,324 -1.03

District schools

Erie City School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Erie City School District
Central Tech
Diehl Elementary School
East High School
Edison Elementary School
Emerson-Gridley Elementary School
Grover Cleveland Elementary School
Harding Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
JoAnna Connell Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
McKinley Elementary School
Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy
Perry Elementary School
Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School
Strong Vincent High School
Theodore Roosevelt Middle School
Wayne Elementary School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance statistics for the district are available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports provide measurements defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine the academic performance of every public school and school district across the country. In Pennsylvania, AYP measures student results for three indicators: attendance (for schools without a high school graduating class) or graduation rate (for schools with a high school graduating class), academic performance on standardized tests and test participation.

In order to be proficient in attendance, schools much achieve a 90% attendance rate or meet a target set in the previous year. The graduation rate measure has a goal of 85%, or a 10% reduction of the difference between the previous year's graduation rate and an 85% rate. For academic performance, the state goals for the 2011-2012 school year were 78% of students scoring at proficient or higher in mathematics and 81% of students scoring at proficient or higher in reading. For test preparation, at least 95% of all students in each subgroup must take the standardized tests.[12] Erie City School District did not make AYP in 2011 and 2012.[13]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
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Graduation Rate Y
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Academic Performance N
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Test Preparation Y
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Contact information

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Erie City School District

148 West 21st Street
Erie, PA 16502

Phone: (814)-874-6000

Website evaluation

Taxes Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials
Public Records
Academics Y
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Background Checks Y
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Transparency grading process

Last rated in January 2013.

The good

  • Taxes
    • The school discloses a local debt report.[14]
    • Tax revenues, or rather the total budget, for each school is broken down.[2]
  • Budget
    • The most recent budget is published.[2]
    • Budgets for the past 3 years are available.[15]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are kept in Board Docs for 2011 and 2012.[16]
    • Meeting notices and locations are posted online.[17]
    • Meeting video for 2012 is archived on the site.[18]
    • Meeting minutes are archived back to 2001.[19]
  • Elected officials
    • The school board is listed with personalized emails.[20]
    • A general address and school phone number is provided on the site.[21]
  • Administrative officials
    • A staff directory provides phone numbers and emails for most of the staff.[22]
    • The Superintendent provides an email, phone number, address and fax number.[23]
  • Background checks
    • Information on hiring policies, background checks, and teacher certification is provided online.[24]
  • Academics
    • Academic reports for the school are disclosed.[25]
  • Audit
    • The most recent audit is disclosed.[26]
    • The audits for the past 3 years are available.[15]
  • Contracts
    • A school payroll database and labor contracts are disclosed.[27]
  • Public Records
    • Information is provided on how to file for public records.
    • A public information officer is identified and contact information provided.[28]

See also

External links


  1. Erie City Public Schools, "Home," accessed January 8, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pennsylvania Department of Education, "AFR Data: Summary-Level," accessed December 12, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2010 Census: Quick Facts, "Erie County," accessed October 8, 2013"
  4. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Jefferson Educational Society, "Jay Badams, Ph.D.," accessed January 8, 2014
  7. Erie City School District, "Board of School Directors," accessed January 8, 2014
  8. Erie City School District, "Erie City School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 4, 2013
  9. Erie School District, "School Payroll," accessed January 8, 2014
  10. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed January 8, 2014
  11. Erie City School District, "Schools," accessed January 8, 2014
  12. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
  13. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Pocono Mountain SD AYP Report Card," accessed January 6, 2014
  14. Amortization Schedules: Local Share Annual Debt Service, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 Budget archives, Accessed: Dec. 5, 2012
  16. Board Docs, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  17. Meeting notices, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  18. Meeting video archives, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  19. Meeting archives, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  20. School Board, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  21. Contact us, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  22. Staff Directory, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  23. Superintendent, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  24. Background Checks, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  25. Academic performance, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  26. 2011 Audit, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  27. Contracts, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012
  28. Right to Know, Accessed: Dec. 4, 2012 (dead link)