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Rockingham Schools superintendent seeks to quell concerns over student survey

After hearing some concerns from parents and grandparents of children in the Rockingham County Public Schools, Superintendent Oskar Scheikl on Monday sought to clear the air regarding a youth data survey going out to middle and high schoolers, as well as continuing objections to policies regarding transgender students.

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Efficient buildings and encouraging electric vehicles on city’s next environmental to-do list

With the city’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory now in hand, members of the Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee are itching to connect community resources to start enacting the Environmental Action Plan’s next phases. Coordinating efforts to weatherize Harrisonburg homes and buildings, install more electric car charging stations and replace combustion engine school buses with cleaner versions are all on the to-do list. 

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Instead of switching its leaders each year, school board mulls changes

In a move billed as a way to promote stability, school board members Deb Fitzgerald and Andy Kohen on Tuesday proposed changing the city’s school board handbook to extend the terms of board chair and vice chair to two calendar years, up from one year. Also at Tuesday’s work session, school staff explained the implantation of new policies for transgender students.

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While talking with student voters, 26th District candidates differ on environmental, union issues

fered similar philosophies about parents’ involvement in their children’s education but disagreed over a law regarding union dues as well as over government’s role in spurring environmental changes. 

City’s greenhouse gases dropped, but council wants specific targets to cut future emissions

Harrisonburg’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly 9% over a three-year period, according to a new city report, and now the council wants its environmental committee to review ways to reduce pollutants — such as with more trees — and set targets to further cut those emissions. 

Delegate candidates find agreement on helping those with disabilities

Area candidates for the House of Delegates agreed that Virginia needs to increase funding to help those with developmental disabilities, including for housing subsidies, Medicaid waivers and general services and care. The challenge, they said at a virtual forum Monday, is finding funding and how best to prioritize it.

Area farmers ask federal lawmakers for help with worker shortages

Harrisonburg-area farmers told U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, along with the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s top Republican, that one of the biggest challenges they face is a worker shortage — and one way to address it could be changes to the temporary and migrant worker visa programs. 

Schools select company for Bluestone solar project; Teachers ask for keeping the shorter school day

Harrisonburg City Public Schools will enter contract negotiations with a Madison Heights-based solar company to construct new solar panels on the roof and campus of Bluestone Elementary, which the school board decided at Tuesday’s meeting.  

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