Author: Randi B. Hagi

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The Harrisonburg debt capacity primer

With funding decisions for the new high school now being debated by the school board and city council, the term “debt capacity” is getting a turn in the limelight. It refers to the city’s ability to borrow money, which, like personal lines of credit, has a limit.

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School board OKs alternative high school plan that delays athletic facilities

An alternative construction plan for the new high school that would delay building most athletics facilities won approval from the Harrisonburg School Board in a meeting on Thursday evening.

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More than just a hardened target, new high school will feature broad approach to security

While Ronald Requeño generally feels safe walking through the halls of Harrisonburg High School, a bit of unease nags at him.

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New high school faces scale-back after city leaders balk at school’s cost

The new high school’s plans are headed for more revisions — potentially delaying construction of many athletics facilities — as a result of Tuesday’s city council meeting when city officials expressed their concerns about the building’s $87.2 million cost.

School board signs off on new high school’s final design and $87 mil. price

Harrisonburg’s new school will cost no more than $87.2 million, the school board decided in a unanimous vote at its meeting Tuesday, as it recommended updated designs to go to the city council for its final approval.

City leaders look into tweaking ways to regulate Airbnbs

Less than a year into regulating Airbnb properties and other “short-term rentals,” Harrisonburg might soon see changes to that system, including making it easier for those who operate “homestay” rentals out of their house.

Council narrowly approves mixed-use development in Reservoir St. neighborhood

A multi-story, mixed-use apartment complex planned on Reservoir Street is moving forward after a series of close votes by the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday.

After 9 months under new management, SPCA’s matchmaking on the rise

Fred is an affectionate, inquisitive fellow — energetic despite some ongoing health struggles. This isn’t a personal ad, although Fred is looking to meet the right person. He is a five-year-old dog, named after the teen sleuth from Scooby Doo, and he’s a current resident of the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA animal shelter.

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