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Author: Randi B. Hagi

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School board selects new leaders, takes steps toward SRO decision and harassment policy

To open 2021, the Harrisonburg School Board selected Kristen Loflin as its new chairwoman and Nick Swayne as vice-chairman, then moved forward Tuesday with efforts to further define roles for school resource officers and to prevent harassment in schools, among other business.

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Reed and Romero return as city leaders. Now comes the hard part of leading Hburg’s recovery.

After the Harrisonburg City Council re-elected them to their positions for another two years on Monday, Mayor Deanna Reed and Vice-mayor Sal Romero outlined in interviews with The Citizen their shared priorities for the coming months, including recovering economically from the pandemic, encouraging affordable housing and building the second high school.

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Hburg schools plan for outdoor classrooms this spring and ‘major summer program’

Midway through the pandemic-marred 2020-21 school year, the Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ leaders are again looking to adjust by establishing outdoor classrooms on school campuses and seeking to bring roughly 975 more students back into schools and away from online learning.

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McAuliffe highlights Lucy Simms as part his campaign proposal for education

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat running for that job again in 2021, is naming a key piece of his education plan after one of Harrisonburg’s most prominent historic figures: educator Lucy Simms.

Local artisans find ways to flourish amid adversity

In this photo essay, Harrisonburg-area artists and artisans offer a glimpse at how they’ve adjusted to adversity and harnessed creativity amid the pandemic.

City gets good news about shelter pets; Council praises Baugh for his service (then appoints him to do more)

In its last meeting of 2020, the Harrisonburg City Council bid farewell to Richard Baugh, the veteran council member and former mayor who will be replaced by newly-elected member Laura Dent starting in January.

A crowded Middle River jail tries to stem COVID outbreaks as a third of inmates test positive

More than a third of Middle River Regional Jail inmates and dozens of its employees — several hundred people total — have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few weeks, forcing the jail to apply a tiered system to try to limit the spread in different sections.

Virginia’s new policing laws follow Harrisonburg’s lead on some policies

While local and regional activists have applauded law enforcement reforms the state legislature passed in October, those new measures might not change much for officers and residents in the Harrisonburg area because similar policies are already in place.

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