Open Campus

Secretary of Education Previews Open Campus PA Initiative

The Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Ron Tomalis, visited Hempfield SD on Tuesday, January 29 to observe students and educators demonstrating the Open Campus PA program, a unique collaboration between Penn Manor, Manheim Township, and Hempfield School Districts. Joining Tomalis were Representatives Ryan Aument, Keith Greiner and Steven Mentzer as well as Hempfield School District Superintendent Dr. Brenda Becker, Manheim Township School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Freeman and Penn Manor School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Leichliter. The superintendents explained the Open Campus PA initiative that allows students to take online classes offered by any of the three school districts. Students have more choices in the courses available to them and may choose a flexible schedule that fits their needs with Open Campus PA. Mr. Tomalis and the legislators were able to talk with students and teachers currently involved with courses through Open Campus PA.

Following the demonstration, Tomalis held a press conference highlighting Governor Corbett’s education priorities in the 2013-14 state budget. For more information on Open Campus PA visit