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School board, residents urge city council to ‘get on board’ with new school construction

After discussing the addition of more mobile units in Harrisonburg High School’s parking lot to ease overcrowding, several school board members on Tuesday called on the city council to more fully commit to re-starting the new high school’s construction.

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School board addresses inclusivity, racial issues and oppression

Hours after a jury in Minnesota found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on three charges in the killing of George Floyd, the Harrisonburg City School Board acknowledged the verdict at its meeting.

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City and school division bank on federal funds to restart high school project, make up for revenue decline

Money that Congress approved last month to help local communities in the wake of the pandemic could help restart construction on the new Harrisonburg high school soon and is expected to fill revenue holes in the city’s budget. Money from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law in March, could reach Harrisonburg in the coming weeks in time to resume building the high school even before the city approves its budget for the coming year, said Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Michael Richards.

School board to send more students back to class next month

More elementary and middle school students will be back in city classrooms in a month, after the Harrisonburg School Board voted unanimously in a special meeting Tuesday to approve the next phase of the division’s reopening plan.

Harrisonburg prepares for students’ return and potential restart of the new high school

When school bells ring Monday morning, they’ll signal the beginning of in-person classes for the most students inside Harrisonburg school buildings since the pandemic began.

More state and federal dollars could mean more Hburg teachers and school counselors

The Harrisonburg City Public Schools district could hire additional teachers, elementary school counselors and a division-wide equity coordinator with an expected increase in state and federal funding for fiscal year 2022, according to Superintendent Michael Richards’ proposed budget he presented Tuesday.

Thomas Harrison Middle School wins improvement award

By Kate Szambecki, contributor When Harrisonburg schools went online last spring due to the pandemic, several teachers from Thomas Harrison Middle School continued to meet with students – outside and socially distanced – in the school parking lot or outside the kids’ houses. One of these teachers was Heather Kimberlain, who teaches English as a …

District wants public input on the future of school resource officers

The role of school resource officers in Harrisonburg City Public Schools will soon be up for debate in the public sphere, as a task force the district established to examine its contract with the Harrisonburg Police Department is planning a “listening tour” to gather community input. After providing opportunities for public input, the group will present a recommendation to the school board in May.

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