Over the past couple weeks the administration has been gathering feedback on five elementary attendance zones options. A special Board meeting was held on Monday, February 13th at which Davis Demographics presented five options to the School Board. On Tuesday, February 14th a stakeholder’s meeting was held to gather input from members of each elementary PTO, borough and township officials, the mayor, our transportation provider, etc. Lastly, on Thursday, February 16th a town hall meeting was held to gather feedback from the community.
During last night’s regularly scheduled Board meeting, the School Board voted unanimously to approve Option E as amended for transportation considerations.
Approved Option E with adjustments for transportation efficiency:
Full view of Option E Attendance Zone:
A special thank you to everyone that contributed by providing feedback for this very important decision.
As publicized, on Thursday, February 16th a Town Hall Meeting was held in the Middle School Auditorium. The purpose of this meeting was for the Board and District Administration to gather feedback from the community on the five attendance zone options presented at the Special Board Meeting on Monday, February 13th.
Below is a compilation of frequently asked questions and shared concerns from the Town Hall Meeting.
As a reminder, the Board is scheduled to vote on the attendance zone option at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Middle School Auditorium.
Manheim Central School District
Elementary Attendance Zones
Frequently Asked Questions
What was the process for determining the proposed attendance zone options?
The district hired Davis Demographics to consider enrollment projections, potential growth and density in the district, transportation options given traffic flow and the geographic layout of the district, and student demographics. The district administration and Davis Demographics worked together to provide five options for consideration. Please refer to the previous construction blog post for much more detail on this process as presented at the special Board meeting on February 13, 2017.
Was consideration given to keep Stiegel open until the town school is completed to avoid having some Stiegel students change locations twice in two years?
Yes, much consideration was given and a final decision has not yet been made. However, in an attempt to improve efficiencies district wide and reduce operating expenses, the district is proposing to close Stiegel Elementary School at the end of the 2016-2017 school year as there will be capacity in both the Doe Run Elementary School and HC Burgard Elementary School to educate all elementary students.
What will happen to the staffs that currently work in the Stiegel Elementary School Building if that building closes at the end of this school year?
A team of district administrators has been, and continue to, work on the strategic staffing plan for the elementary consolidation. Determining the attendance zone option is one piece that will be beneficial for the administrative team when finalizing staffing decisions. Once staffing decisions are finalized, district staff and parents will be notified of those assignments.
Several of the proposed options could result in long bus rides for students. How will this be addressed?
Once the attendance zone has been voted on, district staff responsible for transportation will work closely with the bus contractor to develop the best routes possible to minimize travel time.
What is the maximum walking zone (distance) for students?
The maximum walking distance for elementary students is 1.5 miles; the maximum walking distance for secondary students is 2.0 miles. These maximum distances are established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Can you define the “demographic breakdown” percentage?
The demographic breakdown percentage is the percentage of students in a school building that qualify for free/reduced meals.
What is the demographic breakdown percentage for each of the options presented?
Last evening, during a Special School Board Meeting, Davis Demographics gave two presentations:
Demographic and Enrollment Presentation, linked below:
Elementary Attendance Zones Presentation, linked below:
The link to the live interactive map of the five attendance zone options is pasted below:
As a reminder, there will be a Town Hall Meeting held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Middle School Auditorium. This meeting will provide community members an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns regarding the five proposed attendance zone options. The Board is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zone option at their next regularly scheduled Board Meeting, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Middle School Auditorium.
We are pleased to provide you with a few highlights from the new elementary school project on Doe Run Road:
All areas, A, B, C, & D have been erected, masonry block is 98% or more complete on each area, roofing is 98% complete on each area, and internal walls in sections of Area A are being painted.
The construction of the new elementary school on Doe Run Road is progressing nicely. As you can see in the pictures below, they began rough coat paving this week. In addition, the steel is being set on classroom wing "D" this week.
The link below will download a PowerPoint that was presented at the facilities committee meeting on Thursday, September 22nd. The presentation provides a detailed update on the elementary school construction project on Doe Run Road.
Click Here to View Presentation!
Classroom Wing Area A and the Gymnasium Floor
Inside Area A
Standing on the stage looking out over what will be the cafeteria
Second floor of Area A Classroom Wing
Inside a classroom in Area A
The new elementary school project is coming along nicely. Right now, it is a lot of the same; pouring slabs and building foundation walls, in preparation for steel framing. As you can see from the pictures below, Area A is an example of the aforementioned process that will take place in each section.