Category: Harrisonburg Issues

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New draft of Westover Skate Park designs to be unveiled soon

Harrisonburg officials have received American Ramp Company’s proposed designs for the new Westover Skate Park and will unveil the designs to the public in the next couple weeks, following controversy with last year’s original design.

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City leaders mull 8-cent property tax increase to pay for new school’s opening, other services

The City Council is considering a proposed increase in the real estate tax next year, which would be the largest single increase in recent years and would take that tax rate to $1.04 for every $100 of assessed value on property. 

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City schools implement restorative approaches to move beyond detention and discipline

With student behavior remaining a key factor in teacher morale, Harrisonburg city schools’ Restorative Practice Coordinator Isaiah Dottin-Carter said Tuesday he’s trying to use restorative approaches to address conflicts while ensuring that all voices are heard.

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County and city school boards agree on how to pick MTC’s attorney

After exchanges between Rockingham County School Board and Harrisonburg City School Board members, the two entities came together Monday night and voted to allow the two systems’ school superintendents to each propose new legal representation names for Massanutten Technical Center. 

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Council denies townhomes development, allows for bow-hunting of deer

The Harrisonburg City Council turned down a rezoning request to construct several dozen townhomes off Port Republic Road in a rare 3-2 vote. The council also amended an ordinance to grant some leniency to bow hunters who plan to hunt deer and other game within the city limits during archery seasons.

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Rockingham Co. school chair claims ‘there is no conflict’ with attorney, suggests he might not show up to April 1 emergency meeting

What had otherwise been a low-temperature Rockingham County school board meeting ended with a lengthy speech by board chair Matt Cross addressing questions about RCPS’s new legal counsel after The Citizen and the Daily News-Record reported on a potential conflict of interest. In his remarks, he suggested he and other county board members might not attend an April 1 emergency meeting about the issue. 

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Rockingham County schools hire lawyer who’s suing Harrisonburg school board. And both boards share oversight of Massanutten Technical Center. Is there a conflict of interest?

Following the Rockingham County School Board’s firing of its longtime attorneys in a closed-door meeting last Monday, Harrisonburg City School Board members have called for an emergency board meeting of the Massanutten Technical Center on April 1 to discuss potential conflict of interest issues concerning the Rockingham County board’s new attorney. 

Spring arrives in the Valley with multiple wildfires

The first full day of spring in Rockingham County arrived with beauty, warmth, wind, and wildfires.

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