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September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA

Gov. Wolf Announces Removal of Erie's Public Schools from Financial Watch Status

Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership.

"I am immensely proud of Erie's Public Schools, and the years of work leaders have dedicated to improving their financial health," said Gov. Wolf. "Their removal from this designation today marks the first time in the commonwealth a district has been removed from Financial Watch status. It is a monumental accomplishment. Erie has demonstrated its ability to maintain a structurally balanced budget, and made strategic investments in students, staff, and programs that previously struggled due to financial challenges. Through strong partnerships and oversight locally - and additional education funding from my administration - the district was able to stabilize its finances. Their recovery process should serve as a model for other school districts that are struggling financially."

EPS Superintendent Brian Polito joined Governor Wolf in celebrating the announcement and highlighted the district's ability to establish and maintain its hard-won financial stability.

List of Speakers
Brian Polito, Superintendent
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
Representative Pat Harkins
Senator Dan Laughlin
Jim Ohrn, Financial Administrator
Rep. Bob Merski
Secretary Eric Hagarty, PDE



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_01.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_02.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_03.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary Eric Hagarty, PDE speaks with the press.    Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_04.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_05.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary Eric Hagarty, PDE signs a document representing the official removal from Financial Watch status.  Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_06.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary Eric Hagarty, PDE and Jim Ohrn, Financial Administrator sign a document representing the official removal from Financial Watch status.  Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_07.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_08.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senator Dan Laughlin speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_09.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_10.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jim Ohrn, Financial Administrator speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_11.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_12.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_13.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Brian Polito, Superintendent speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_14.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_15.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Representative Pat Harkins speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_16.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_17.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Brian Polito, Superintendent speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_18.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Rep. Bob Merski speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_19.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jim Ohrn, Financial Administrator signs a document representing the official removal from Financial Watch status.  Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_20.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_21.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senator Dan Laughlin speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_22.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jim Ohrn, Financial Administrator speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_23.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary Eric Hagarty, PDE speaks with the press.   Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22220_gov_eriesd_dz_24.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf greeting   Representative Pat Harkins.    Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Education Acting Secretary Eric Hagarty at Strong Vincent Middle School to announce Erie's Public Schools (EPS) official removal from Financial Watch status, following more than five years of recovery efforts by district leaders and increased education funding under Governor Wolf's leadership. September 29, 2022 - Erie, PA