By 3-2 vote, council approves Plan A for the new high school design that includes athletic facilities
The Harrisonburg City Council narrowly approved the construction of the new high school as originally designed on Tuesday evening – with the athletics facilities included — allowing builders to break ground in time for the $87.2 million building to open in fall 2022.
It all comes down to tonight. Council’s decision on new school will decide when it opens and how it’s built.
To stay on schedule for opening the new high school in fall 2022, the City Council will have to authorize Nielsen Builders, Inc. to break ground this month. That has raised the stakes for tonight’s public hearing and vote — potentially the last chance for council to approve a design so that the builders can proceed on time or risk delaying the new school’s opening by a year.
If you’ve driven north on Route 42 from Harrisonburg, you might have noticed a large farmhouse with fading yellow paint on the right side of the road in Linville, about halfway between Harrisonburg and Broadway. Or maybe you’ve caught a glimpse of a historical marker in the overgrown brush as well.
A series of unfortunate surprises caused considerable delay to the East Market Street construction project, ranging from extensive rock just below the old asphalt to an unexpectedly shallow gas main laid atop an old sewer line, not to mention some abandoned coal chutes and an improperly installed telecommunications duct bank.
More students are expected in Hburg schools, board learns. What will that mean for a new high school?
While the fate of the proposed new high school rests with the City Council, the Harrisonburg school board members learned Tuesday they should brace for a larger-than-expected influx of students over the next five years.
Chris Barcomb wrote the “extreme” page of his high school yearbook — metaphorically and literally.
Harrisonburg city leaders are working to solve the complex problem of Harrisonburg High School overcrowding. The school board, working with limits set by a previous city council, is proposing that a second high school open for the 2022-23 school year (Plan A). The city council vote is anticipated on December 10th, after a public hearing.
The Harrisonburg Police Department has a new Wanted list featuring zero people suspected of committing crimes. Rather, after a recent ordinance amendment by city council, the police auxiliary is expanding from 25 to 35 officers.