Name that school! — District seeks input on name for new elementary school

By on July 11, 2018

Construction continues at the student and faculty entrance of the elementary school being built at 123 E. Gramby St. What will the new school be called? The school is taking suggestions at (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)

Manheim Central’s newest elementary school is currently under construction. It’s being built on the site of the former middle school at 123 E. Gramby St.

For working purposes, the school has been known as the Gramby Street Elementary School, but that’s not necessarily the name it will carry.

To help name the school, the district is seeking input from residents via a link on the district’s website:  Deadline to take part in the survey to name the school is Friday, July 20.

Superintendent Peter Aiken said they survey will be open for about three weeks. The names submitted by residents will then be reviewed by a group of teachers, community members, and school board members. The group will make a recommendation to the school board in August. The board will then take action on the recommendation.

Aiken said the district followed a similar process for the naming of Doe Run Elementary which opened to students in September 2017. It was built on the site of the original Doe Run Elementary, which had structural issues and was closed in Oct. 2014.

“Obviously, (the new Gramby Street School) is a community building, thus, we want input from the community. Since it’s literally a brand new building with no previous name), we believed it to be even more quintessential to have a naming process,” he said.

Aiken said the $17.792 million project is on track to be completed in spring 2019. It will welcome students for the 2019-2020 school year. The 86,000 square foot building takes some design cues from the new Doe Run Elementary. Both schools were designed with input from teachers and administrative staff. In an October 2017 interview district business manager Bryan Howett said the district wants students to have similar experiences in both elementary schools. Interior spaces will have a similar look and feel, however, the Gramby Street School’s exterior has been designed to fit in with the existing neighborhood.

The focal point of the new Gramby Street building will be the one-and-a-half story high media center’s tall glass windows at the corner of Hazel and Gramby Streets. The school will house up to 500 students in grades K to 5. It will feature 25 classrooms on two floors, a gym, cafeteria, the 2655-square-foot media center as well as music and art rooms, large group instruction areas and administrative areas. A stage area will be located between the cafeteria and the gym. This configuration allows seating to be places in either area. State-of-the art technology will be installed, and furnishings will be similar to what’s in the new Doe Run.

Updates on the progress of the construction are posted on the construction blog on the district’s website: CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

Howett said Section A is along Gramby Street and is the eastern-most point of the building. It includes administrative offices and the cafeteria on the first floor, with classrooms on the second floor. Section B is the center of the building and includes the gym, music, art, and the media center, as well as classrooms on the second floor. Section C is along Hazel Street and contains classrooms on both floors.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at


  1. Ken

    July 12, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Same as the Burgard library….Robert P Eshleman elementary

    • mhunnefield

      July 18, 2018 at 6:56 am

      Be sure to post your suggestion at

  2. Megan Stewart

    July 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Baron Elementary

    • mhunnefield

      July 18, 2018 at 6:56 am

      Be sure to post your suggestion at

  3. Steph Newswanger

    July 14, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Baron Stiegel Elementary

    • mhunnefield

      July 18, 2018 at 6:55 am

      Be sure to post your suggestion at

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