An educator for 34 years, Cynthia Prieto has been at the helm of Harrisonburg High School for the last five years. During that time the school has grown to 1,860 students from about 1,460, causing classes to spill out into auxiliary trailers and some teachers to pack their supplies into mobile carts in lieu of their own classroom.
The Harrisonburg City School Board now must interview and choose from three contractors vying to oversee the design and construction of the new high school to open in 2022, Interim Superintendent Patrick Lintner announced in Tuesday’s meeting.
Applause rained repeatedly down at Tuesday night’s unusually jovial school board meeting, where the city’s new schools superintendent was announced and raises for all city schools staff were proposed. The board voted unanimously to hire Michael G. Richards as superintendent, starting May 1.
The next superintendent of Harrisonburg City Schools is expected to be named at the school board’s next meeting in two weeks after board members ended their meeting Tuesday in closed session to hash out details of the job’s contract. “We are targeting March 5 for the announcement” of the new superintendent, said Deb Fitzgerald, the board’s chairwoman.
The Harrisonburg City School Board is considering increasing the amount retired teachers could receive for unused sick days but will continue to debate the merits of the proposal during a future work session.