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Instead of switching its leaders each year, school board mulls changes

In a move billed as a way to promote stability, school board members Deb Fitzgerald and Andy Kohen on Tuesday proposed changing the city’s school board handbook to extend the terms of board chair and vice chair to two calendar years, up from one year. Also at Tuesday’s work session, school staff explained the implantation of new policies for transgender students.

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City schools require staff to be vaccinated or face testing

After a debate regarding protection against the spread of Covid, city school board members voted at Tuesday’s meeting to require public school employees to be vaccinated, unless given a religious or medical exemption. 

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New high school might open in 2023. But could a funding source make the price go up?

Harrisonburg’s second high school could open its doors in the fall of 2023, if school district administrators, city staff and the contractor can all agree on terms to restart construction in the next two to three months.

21 questions for Harrisonburg in 2021

Yes, we have lots of questions about how Harrisonburg will emerge on the other side of this pandemic. But there’s a lot more to ponder in the new year as well.

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.

Board delays new high school project

Harrisonburg’s new high school will not open by fall 2022 as planned. In light of local revenue lost because of the pandemic, the Harrisonburg School Board voted unanimously in a virtual meeting Tuesday to suspend the project until the city attains the necessary funding.

Friday Update: School board to reconvene next week about high school’s timeline; Hburg’s COVID-19 cases increase

The timeline for building the new high school remains uncertain after the Harrisonburg School Board met in a special meeting on Thursday.

More students are expected in Hburg schools, board learns. What will that mean for a new high school?

While the fate of the proposed new high school rests with the City Council, the Harrisonburg school board members learned Tuesday they should brace for a larger-than-expected influx of students over the next five years.

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