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March 1,  2011

District will retain Hanby
name for the new school

The school being built to replace Brandywood Elementary on the site of the former Hanby Middle will be Hanby Elementary School. Result of a three-month name-selection process was announced at a school board meeting on Feb. 28. Superintendent Mark Holodick said 1,350 people participated in the poll. Board president Olivia Johnson-Harris posed Academy Award-style suspense, handing  a sealed envelope to two Brandywood fourth-graders who announced the decision. But she did so in the presence of James Hanby, a sixth generation descendent of the pioneer Brandywine Hundred family. He then told the meeting that his distant ancestor donated land for the first school in the area. Bush Early Learning Center, which will share the new building, will keep its name.

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