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Survey reveals ‘vibrant’ opposition to proposed school schedules

As the Harrisonburg City School Board considers new school day times, the early returns from a survey of the district’s staff and community members show that a lot of people aren’t fans of the proposal. Board members said the pushback wasn’t a surprise, but when presented in color, the strength of that opposition was striking. 

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Surveys and meeting on Monday to allow for parents, students and public to weigh in on proposed school times

Harrisonburg City Public School leaders are inviting parents, teachers, students and the public to a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Skyline Middle School to discuss potential new start and end times in the city’s schools.

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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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Nick Swayne left Harrisonburg last summer to run a college. Instead, he walked into political and legal sagas that have engulfed a community.

Nick Swayne, the former Harrisonburg School Board chair and former director of JMU X-Labs, has been embroiled in a months-long fight to save a community college in Idaho from losing accreditation after a right-wing takeover of the college’s board of trustees.

Group of teachers’ complaint against Harrisonburg schools can proceed, judge rules

In a setback for the Harrisonburg School Board, a judge on Tuesday denied its request to throw out the legal complaint several teachers are pursuing in connection with the district’s policies regarding transgender students. The judge also imposed a 28-day deadline for the school district to provide documents the teachers’ attorneys have requested. 

Superintendent pledges to propose funding for ways to ease teachers’ burdens

Superintendent Michael Richards told city public school staff in an email Tuesday morning that he will propose money in next year’s budget to fund ways aimed at improving teacher morale in the district. 

Officials investigate ‘non-credible’ threat at high school; Board explores ways to improve teacher morale

School officials and police determined that a threat of a student bringing a gun to Harrisonburg High School on Tuesday morning was “non-credible,” but not before it caused “disruption”and “nervousness,” Superintendent Michael Richards said. Also at Tuesday’s school board meeting, district leaders outlined six ways to help address issues that have sunk teachers’ morale.

New school board picks familiar faces as leaders, while superintendent lays out goals for 2023

Harrisonburg’s school board will revise its public comments process in 2023 and draft programming for Rocktown High School. Meanwhile, the board unanimously elected Deb Fitzgerald as chair and Andy Kohen as vice-chair Tuesday night at their yearly organizational meeting at Harrisonburg City Hall.

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