Author: Randi B. Hagi
Harrisonburg City Public Schools will receive an additional $1.1 million in federal CARES Act funds to recoup costs incurred during the pandemic, as Chief Finance Officer Tracy Shaver announced to the Harrisonburg School board in a work session on Tuesday.
4 school board candidates. 3 spots. And a new high school, education changes and school officers to consider.
The four candidates for Harrisonburg’s school board are running in a time when education as a whole is under pressure by the COVID-19 pandemic. School leaders everywhere must navigate public health concerns, technological inequities among students in accessing virtual learning and huge shifts in how to teach, feed and generally look after young people in public schools.
A vision for revitalizing Purcell Park is starting to take shape, as the Harrisonburg City Council heard a presentation Tuesday about the park’s master plan that has been in the works since last spring. As of yet, there is no timeline set for the updates, which would include an entirely new playground, flooding mitigation, longer walking trails and an outdoor event space.
George Hirschmann, the city council member running for re-election as an independent, cast one of the two dissenting votes when the council narrowly approved the high school’s construction in December. And while he said he’d rather see the city build an annex than a separate new high school, it’s not that he’s against investing tax dollars in the community.
Almost six months since construction on Harrisonburg’s second high school was suspended, the project remains in limbo, with no timeline yet established to resume work. COVID-19, though, has prompted competing takeaways about the wisdom of moving forward.
Harrisonburg City Public Schools are fine-tuning virtual learning, but officials are also laying the groundwork to bring more students — particularly the youngest ones — back into school buildings, perhaps next semester.
A handful of farmers within Harrisonburg city limits grow produce and meat to sell directly to consumers. And unlike many businesses, the pandemic has actually driven up sales – exponentially so, for some.
HHS will be closed on Friday to allow the health department to conduct contact tracing after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.