Penn Manor School District has scheduled a public information meeting for Dec. 16 to discuss proposed redistricting changes scheduled to take effect for the 2014-2015 school year. The changes, which must be approved by the school board before being implemented, would affect about 60 students attending district middle schools and Central Manor, Hambright, Eshleman and Pequea elementary schools. Parents whose students will be impacted by the changes have been notified via letter.
Considerations for redistricting included changing student enrollments, inequitable student distribution in some school buildings and the impact on class sizes at several schools. In addition, the construction and relocation of Hambright Elementary School to the Manor Middle School campus will impact transportation routes.
During recent months, superintendent Mike Leichliter consulted with district administrators and the transportation coordinator to consider various options that would redistribute student populations. The goal was to develop a plan that minimizes the impact on students and their families.
The public information meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Penn Manor High School auditorium. If you are unable to attend the meeting but have specific questions regarding the redistricting plan, please feel free to contact the superintendent’s office at (717) 872-9500. The proposal will be formally presented to Penn Manor school board at the board’s Jan. 6, 2014 meeting.
A summary of the proposal is included below. Using the highlighted links below, you may also view and print a PDF version of the letter sent home to parents, along with the plan summary.
Proposed Redistricting Plan Summary
2014-2015 School Year
- Central Manor: Georgetown Hills is considered a “swing area”*. These students are currently transported to Hambright, Central Manor and Eshleman. Under the redistricting proposal, we are recommending that students residing in Georgetown Hills will remain at Central Manor. New families who move to the area and enroll in the school district will attend Hambright. (The change does not impact students’ current building assignment.)
- Eshleman: The redistricting proposal recommends that all Georgetown Hills students currently attending Eshleman would attend Hambright beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Current 5th grade students/families will have the option to complete 6th grade at Eshleman. (The change will impact existing students.)
- Hambright: The redistricting proposal recommends that existing boundaries will move to Donnerville Road. This will make the Woods Edge development a “swing area” for two schools, Hambright and Central Manor. (The change does not impact students’ current building assignment.)
- Pequea: The redistricting proposal recommends that the boundary between Martic and Pequea will be changed to the Martic Township line. Students living in Lakewood Estates as well as those who live south of Silver Mine Road who currently attend Pequea, will move to Martic beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Current 5th grade students/families will be given the option to complete 6th grade at Pequea. (The change will impact existing students.)
Pequea’s northern boundary will include Crossgates. (The change does not impact students’ current building assignment.)
Middle Schools: These changes will impact students and their future building assignments.
- Marticville: The redistricting proposal recommendation is that the boundary will be moved north to Brenneman Road/Indian Run Road/Stehman Church Road. This change will impact transportation so that approximately 50 percent of the students in the Letort elementary boundary will attend Marticville in 7th and 8th grades. The current 7th grade students living in this area will remain at Manor for 8th grade.
- Middle school students who live in Springdale Farms/Manor Oaks/Crossgates will attend Marticville Middle School. Current 7th grade students/families will remain at Manor Middle School for 8th grade.
- September – November 2013: Develop redistricting plan
- December 16, 2013: Invite specific families impacted by the proposed changes to a meeting at Penn Manor High School
- January 6, 2014: Present proposed plan to the Penn Manor Board of School Directors
*Note: “Swing area” is defined as a geographical flex area within the school district. Students residing in a “swing area” may be routed to various elementary schools dependent upon current class size and enrollment.