If there is one thing I know about the Manheim Central School District, it is the ability to come together as a community and assist in providing our students with an exceptional educational experience. Along with that support comes very strong emotional ties to the school district and many times to buildings. Not too long ago, we celebrated the 100-year anniversary of an elementary school where many generations shared priceless experiences that have turned into cherished memories. While it is important to memorialize and honor those memories, we can also appreciate that change is a constant, and in order to continue progressing as a district, change is inevitable.
The proposed plan, as we know it today, is to change from a three elementary school configuration, to a two elementary school configuration in August of 2017. As a result of this reconfiguration, we must go through the process of redistricting. Redistricting is the drawing of district attendance zones to determine which students will attend which school. Redistricting is strategic in nature and results in streamlined transportation and preparedness for future growth and enrollment. We appreciate that this process may cause feelings of excitement and concern of community members patiently waiting to learn where their child(ren) will attend school in the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.
At their September meeting, the Board of Directors approved Davis Demographics to provide demographic and enrollment projections and to provide consulting services related to the process of redistricting. Once Davis Demographics has completed the project, there will be a public Board workshop where multiple options will be presented to the Board. We anticipate this occurring during the month of February. Approximately a week after the Board workshop, there will be a town hall meeting where members of the community will have an opportunity to share their comments and concerns regarding the options presented at the Board workshop. Finally, the Board will vote on a recommendation at their regularly scheduled Board meeting. The day after the Board meeting, the final decision will be communicated to the community. This communication will enable community members to understand where their child(ren) will attend school.
As you are aware, many questions will remain unanswered at that time. For example, staff assignments, transportation details, etc. District Administration will work as efficiently as possible to make those strategic decisions and communicate outcomes with the community in a timely fashion.
Thank you for your ongoing, unwavering support as we continue through this process of reconfiguring from three to two elementary schools. If you have any questions or concerns, please attend one of our regularly scheduled public Board meetings, or contact the district office at 717-664-8540.
Yours in Education,
Dr. Peter J. Aiken
Manheim Central School District
H.C. Burgard Elementary School
"Preparing Responsible Citizens, Who Are Lifelong Learners."