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Harrisonburg school workers call for collective bargaining at Tuesday’s hearing

A sea of red T-shirts met the Harrisonburg City School Board at its Tuesday work session as the Harrisonburg Education Association rallied for collective bargaining for the school district’s employees.


Duck trails: City gets a sneak peek at new downtown art that will double as a scavenger hunt

Explore More Discovery Museum will continue celebrating its 20th birthday this year with another artistic addition — the installation of bronze duckling statues spread throughout downtown Harrisonburg, which will create an immersive scavenger hunt for all ages. 


Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

After state report says schools are being shortchanged, Harrisonburg board calls on General Assembly to act

Virginia’s legislative watchdog agency launched a scathing report on the state’s K-12 public school funding midway through the Harrisonburg school board’s month-long summer break. At Tuesday’s business meeting, the board unanimously took a stand.


‘When did Harrisonburg become cool?’ Students spearhead community mural project

The school year might be over, but students already have homework for the 2023-24 school year: creating a community mural downtown that will be called  “Intertwined.”


Spotswood Elementary teacher named city’s Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year

Through teary eyes, Daniella Buenaventura made her way through the crowded city hall chamber, where audience members had by that point risen to their feet. They applauded as Buenaventura made her way to the dais to accept the city school district’s Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year award. While the board’s meetings are typically quiet, a chorus of cheers rang through the room on Tuesday.

Harrisonburg science teacher with a ‘coaching mentality’ is up for national award

Erich Sneller, assistant director of the governor’s STEM academy and teacher at Harrisonburg High School, is up for a national teaching award. As for what got him here, he attributes it to this: “I think it’s my nature and how I was raised. Whatever you do, give it all you can. And that’s what a meaningful life is.”

‘We want to embrace their kid-ness, but we also want to honor their adultness’

Harrisonburg educators are seeking to provide more flexibility for older teenage immigrants and refugees to navigate school or pursue other options. 

School board budget calls for raises of 5% or more

Harrisonburg teachers are in line to get a raise in the proposed budget the school board approved Tuesday and sent to the city council — the only question is how much.

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