School Board Wants More Information on Lease

By: Chay Lee
By: Chay Lee

The Harrisonburg School Board had the job of deciding whether to delay the opening of Memorial Intermediate School and if they were going to turn it over to be leased by JMU.

The council decided to delay the opening of the Memorial Intermediate School for the fall and that they needed more time to get the details of the lease with JMU.

Scores of residents came to speak out against the deal that would have the school board turn over the old high school to the city council as surplus property.

Residents pleaded with the council to keep the children in mind and reminded the council of the history of the building.

A few teachers spoke in favor of the deal but for the most part the community was opposed to the lease.

"There are still several questions that haven't been answered and we are still waiting on some issue to be resolved from all parties," says School Board Chair Tim Lacy.

The council says it will provide extra educational space lost by the deal.

The school board plans to present more information to the public at the next meeting.

They want to have a decision made by April 15.


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