First, the remarkable progress of Terry Lang and his team has not gone unnoticed. We believe there is no more exciting story in the entire community and apparently our allies and financial supporters agree; student enrollment has grown. Secondly, we have added new Board members, which will provide more depth in our fundraising efforts as well as advising Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School. We plan to continue to strengthen our board and those currently serving are extraordinarily committed to expansion. Finally, the very difficult economic environment makes the work at ERLACS more important than ever. We acknowledge that our families bear the brunt of hard times disproportionately, and we are committed to continue, and accelerate our fight against under achievement of students attending our charter school. The challenge ahead is formidable, but with support we are confident we will exceed our goals. I want to convey just how grateful we are for that support, and assure you that we are more enthusiastic about ERLACS than any time in its history.
Constance M. Ratcliff, Chair