The halls are now filled with high school students, but if JMU and Harrisonburg City Council gets their way it could be seeing the footsteps of college students. JMU has approached the city council to lease the old Harrisonburg High School for academic space.
"We're always having to deal with the state telling us to grow because there are simply more students in the state," said Andy Perrine, JMU Spokesperson.
Harrisonburg City Mayor Larry Rogers sees this as a way for the city to get money for a new building and keep the favorable K-5, 6-8 grade system.
"This is just another opportunity to be sure we have our school system the best it can possibly have without putting a heavy burden on the taxpayers," said Larry Rogers, Harrisonburg City Mayor.
But before leasing agreements can be drawn up the school board must agree to give the building to the city. If the school board approves the plan, Superintendent of Schools Don Ford says they would like to see a new school in the northeast part of the city. And the city is ready to go.
"The city council is prepared to move forward with the school board's support," said Rogers.
The school board will be meeting on this issue this tuesday. A public hearing will also take place to get public input.