Construction continues on new Hambright Elementary School

Construction workers put together what will soon be the fifth and sixth grade hallway (Photo provided by Brian Wallace, district community relations coordinator)
Construction workers put together what will soon be the fifth and sixth grade hallway
(Photo provided by Brian Wallace, district community relations coordinator)

By Lauren Hillegas

If you’ve recently driven by Manor Middle School, you’ve probably noticed the construction site of the new Hambright Elementary School. Currently, the school is scheduled to be finished on August 16, 2014 and will hold students for the 2014-2015 school year, according to Mr. Denny Coleman, the district’s manager of buildings and grounds.

“We’re certain we’re a week ahead of schedule, but we don’t know what winter will bring,” said Coleman.

With an average of 80 workers on the job daily right now, the gym and the fifth and sixth grade wing are both under construction. Once December and January roll around, the site is expected to hit its peak at an average of 130-150 employed workers.

“We are sequencing the construction of the building from the back to the front,” said Coleman.

According to superintendent Dr.  Mike Leichliter there are several benefits for the elementary school being so close to the middle school. For those students involved in accelerated math, they have access to classes at the middle school.  Also, shared parking will generate more options for times of overflow.

The Hambright gym was one of the first things to be constructed. (Photo provided by Brian Wallace)
The Hambright gym was one of the first parts of the building to be constructed.
(Photo provided by Brian Wallace)

The new school will accommodate 440 students with four classrooms for each grade level and it will also offer greater capacity.

“There is a possibility of an increase in enrollment,” said Dr. Leichliter.

And as for the old Hambright building? A commercial real estate business is selling it for the district. Private schools to apartment contractors have looked at the school so far.

Class of 2013: what’s next?

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The 381 students of the Penn Manor class of 2013 attended graduation at Franklin & Marshall college on June 4. Below is a list of some of the students and their plans are for life after high school.

  • Lauren Ali, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Julie Andrusisin, South Carolina
  • Jonathan Bitner, Cedarville University
  • Molly Black, Millersville University
  • Caleb Bolinger, Penn State University
  • Aaron Brown, Lebanon Valley College
  • Patience Burd, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Zac Burke, Coastal Carolina University
  • Brady Charles, Jacksonville University
  • Nick Charles, Temple University
  • Cari Concini, HACC
  • Mark Dano, University of Alabama
  • Kate Destafano, Shippensburg University
  • Maggie Dubbs, West Chester University
  • Mike Eshleman, Millersville University
  • Mac Evarts, Washington & Lee University
  • Sarah Evarts, St. Lawrence University
  • Ryan Flexman, Bloomsburg University
  • Morgan Flood, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kelsey Fulton, University of Delaware
  • Andrew Glick, Millersville University
  • Erica Goulet, West Chester University
  • Jason Green, West Chester University
  • Jessie Greenslade, George Mason University
  • Taylor Hager, HACC
  • Tim Harris, Lebanon Valley College
  • Matt Hatch, James Madison University
  • Jillian Heckman, Emory University
  • Lake Heckman, Notre Dame College
  • Mike Helwig, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Brooke Hemcher, Penn State University
  • Abigail Henry, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
  • Adam Hess, Virginia Tech
  • Dustin Hornberger, Millersville University
  • Lindsay Hutchinson, Stony Brook University
  • Katie Irwin, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Eleni Jones, Penn State University
  • Doug Kyle, Millersville University
  • Amber Kuhns, Ohio University
  • Jena Lacock, The Art Institutes
  • Elena Lajuett, Bloomsburg University
  • Danielle Landis, East Stroudsburg University
  • Josh Lefever, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Cooper Lindsley, Seton Hall University
  • Allen Markes, Millersville University
  • Ian Martzall, Penn State University
  • Emily McCoy, Boston College
  • Eryn McCoy, Boston College
  • Becky Miller, Bloomsburg University
  • Deryk Morales, West Chester University
  • Kyle Musser, Kutztown University
  • Addison Myer, Oaksteram University
  • Ian Noll, West Chester University
  • Lindamarie Olson, South Carolina
  • Daulton Parmer, Lycoming College
  • Cayla Pavlovec, Millersville University
  • Natalie Pavlovec, HACC-Lancaster Campus
  • Anthony Polaski, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Alex Quinn, West Point
  • Jamie Reel, West Chester University
  • Kevin Reinhart, Millersville University
  • Samantha Ressler, Millersville University
  • Austin Rineer, Drexel University
  • Erik Robison, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Joziah Rodriguez, Temple University
  • Melanie Rupp, Millersville University
  • Adam Sahd, Richmond University
  • Harrison Schettler, Shippensburg University
  • Zach Sinz, Shippensburg University
  • Taylor Skelly, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Jake Spencer, Millersville University
  • Brandon Stone, Penn State University Park
  • Nick Tulli, Penn State University
  • Darren Weidman, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Travis Wells, Bloomsburg University
  • Nakeisha Woolery, Penn State University
  • Carolyn Zimmerman, Penn State University

If your name and plans are not included on this list and you would like to be added, please use the contact us page located above or email


(Coral Consylman, Damon Cummins, Alexis Cunningham, Gavin Freeman, Lauren Hillegas, Brandon Kauffman, Greta Lindsley, and Kyle Lively contributed to this story.)