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School budget cuts were ‘painful’ but preserved pay raises

Harrisonburg City Public Schools will forgo hiring 12 new positions and will dissolve or delay several programs to make up for a $1.17 million reduction in funding from the state’s final budget. 

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Harrisonburg schools to make masks optional for students; Board moves toward naming new high school

Masks will be optional for students in Harrisonburg City Schools starting March 1, Superintendent Michael Richards said Tuesday.

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Harrisonburg could benefit from tweak to new law about room taxes

The Virginia General Assembly created a new law last year to ensure travel and accommodation intermediary sites — like Expedia, Travelocity and Kayak.com — pay the proper local tax rates on lodgings to cities like Harrisonburg. But the law left something out: a requirement to tell localities how much of the bill goes to local taxes.

A divided Capitol ‘forces you to the table, to be more reasonable and then negotiate’

With the Virginia General Assembly more than a week into its session, Republican Del. Tony Wilt said he’s hopeful divided government can yield legislative results and even some toned-down rhetoric. Wilt, who represents Harrisonburg in the House of Delegates, answered a range of questions in this in-depth Q and A.

Proposed redistricting maps lump three state senators into city’s district, redraw House lines

Draft maps of new state legislative districts for Virginia propose changes to both the Senate and House of Delegates districts that include the City of Harrisonburg – and may affect who represents it in the General Assembly. 

Delegate candidates find agreement on helping those with disabilities

Area candidates for the House of Delegates agreed that Virginia needs to increase funding to help those with developmental disabilities, including for housing subsidies, Medicaid waivers and general services and care. The challenge, they said at a virtual forum Monday, is finding funding and how best to prioritize it.

Now that marijuana is legal to grow in Virginia, some in area are trying it

Two tiny marijuana seedlings poke out of the soil in pots outside of Patrick Fritz’s home in Broadway. For him, they represent more than just relaxation – both the act of growing and smoking marijuana have been deeply healing.

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.

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