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On 1st day of school, Medicaid change results in tenfold decrease in Harrisonburg High students approved for key mental health and behavior program

Harrisonburg students attended their first day of classes Tuesday, but because of a change in Medicaid approvals, some of them walked into school with less support than they had last year. 

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Before a new season of college parties, city council tightens noise ordinance

In time for college students’ return to Harrisonburg for the fall, the city council on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the noise ordinance aimed at massive parties. The new amendments include tightening restrictions on party organizers from getting a new permit if they become repeat offenders — either for noise or underage drinking.    

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Parents of special needs students hope schools’ focus on inclusion will increase — especially once new high school opens

Oliver Stephan is a 17 year old who enjoys biking, has a knack for algebra, and recently studied cell biology with a local college graduate. He also has a non-speaking form of autism, so he communicates in other ways – he spoke to The Citizen by pointing out letters on a board to spell out sentences.

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One high school will focus on STEM, the other on fine arts. Here’s how plans for a new high school are taking shape. 

Harrisonburg’s new high school will be built with an eye toward providing a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while the existing high school will emphasize fine arts, school officials announced Tuesday. 

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FUEGO group seeks to thaw ICE’s chilling effect on immigrants in Harrisonburg

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has worked its way into the consciousness of Harrisonburg in a way that few federal agencies have, especially among those concerned that immigrants’ rights are being violated.

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With no secure place for homeless people to sleep, city council and residents again grapple with how to help them

Council members, local nonprofit staff and residents aired their concerns Tuesday over where Harrisonburg’s homeless residents spend their nights. 

Council navigates through next wave of Airbnb requests and hears more concerns about downtown

The group of city-approved short-term rentals continues to grow in Harrisonburg, as the city council approved eight of nine such special use permits in a meeting on Tuesday evening. This was the second city council meeting during which these permit applications were reviewed since the council established the permitting process in March. The council approved the first three applications last month.

Nationally recognized principal to take over Harrisonburg High School, two assistant principals promoted at Keister and Spotswood elementary schools

By Randi B. Hagi, senior contributor A trio of new principals — two who are being promoted and one who’s returning to her native county — will take over at three Harrisonburg City Public schools after the school board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve their hirings.  The three new principals are:  Melissa Hensley, who grew up […]

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