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In its return to in-person meetings, council officially un-pauses new high school

Harrisonburg City Council members met in person for the first time since 2020 and revisited key issues from that time: the new high school and a housing crunch.

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City news roundup: New school’s cost expected to go up; HEC to end electric rate discounts

Because of building materials’ rising costs, Harrisonburg’s second high school could cost an additional $7.7 million, according to an estimate presented to city and school district leaders Tuesday.

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City schools to update U.S. history lessons to more clearly spell out slavery’s role

The city schools will update textbooks and curriculum this fall to more directly acknowledge slavery and white supremacy in U.S. history — changes that a state commission had recommended last year.

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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.

Council approves 4-cent property tax increase for new high school; Mayor says MRRJ expansion is ‘off the table’

The Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday approved a four-cent increase on the real estate tax rate, which will help restart construction of the new high school — all part of the final version of the city’s nearly $295 million Fiscal Year 2022 budget. Also in Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Deanna Reed announced why a proposed expansion of Middle River Regional Jail is a no-go.

School district in final stages of revising ‘healthy life skills’ curriculum

A group charged with reviewing changes to the Harrisonburg City Public Schools sexuality and family life curriculum will be surveying parents about proposed revisions, which include emphasizing topics such as pregnancy prevention, gender identity and sexual consent.

Council moves to add funding for local organizations, leaves open debate over taxes

The Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday approved adding $100,000 more than originally proposed to local organizations as part of the first reading of the city budget for Fiscal Year 2022. Meanwhile, the council will pick up a debate at its next meeting about potentially increasing the real estate tax in order to help cover bond payments on the new high school. And the mayor made an announcement about potential next steps with construction at Middle River Regional Jail.

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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