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School board elects Kohen as chair and Phillips as vice chair for 2024

With the start of a new year comes new leaders of the Harrisonburg City School Board. During its meeting Tuesday — which lasted less than half an hour — the board unanimously elected veteran school board member Andy Kohen to serve as the chair this year. Emma Phillips, who is starting her second year on the board, will be the vice chair throughout 2024. 

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Two school board members announce that next year will be their last

School Board Chair Deb Fitzgerald has told The Citizen that she will not seek another term on the school board in 2024, ending over a decade of service to the Harrisonburg community. And Tom Domonoske, who was appointed to fill the school board seat vacated by Nick Swayne and is currently running unopposed to finish the remainder of that term, also told The Citizen that he will not seek reelection once his term is over in 2024.

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After state report says schools are being shortchanged, Harrisonburg board calls on General Assembly to act

Virginia’s legislative watchdog agency launched a scathing report on the state’s K-12 public school funding midway through the Harrisonburg school board’s month-long summer break. At Tuesday’s business meeting, the board unanimously took a stand.

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Harrisonburg school employees to decide whether to seek collective bargaining power

The Harrisonburg Education Association is taking steps to potentially bolster its power as a union and pursue the right to collectively bargain — joining a growing list of teachers’ organizations in Virginia.

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.

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