Tag: Harrisonburg school board
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.
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.
A month before school lawsuit reaches court, arguments fly in media appearances and affidavit
As the Harrisonburg City School Board and a group of parents and teachers prepare to go to court over interpretations of teacher training materials given last year, Superintendent Michael Richards filed a sworn statement that counters some of what one of the teachers has been saying to media.
U.S. school shootings prompt discussion about security changes at Harrisonburg schools
A new digital mapping technology could help Harrisonburg City Public Schools prepare and respond in the event of an emergency.
By sifting through surveys and looking for common ground, school board prepares to make its decision about SROs
After the School Resource Officer Task Force returned from 10 months of work with essentially a hung jury on the issue of keeping police officers in schools, Harrisonburg’s school board members are now parsing the various recommendations to find a path forward.
February 8, 2023
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.