The Clear Choice for Teachers

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

Harrisonburg School Board takes comments on its K-8 configuration controversy. Several teachers and parents came out to endorse their plan of choice.

Many teachers are concerned about breaking up the middle school concept, which the final two plans on the table do.

One includes upper elementary schools that would be fourth through sixth grade. The other a city-wide fifth and sixth grade and seventh and eighth grade. There was an overwhelming majority in favor of one plan.

"The supportive environment of the elementaries that we have so appreciated with the leadership we see, it's just crucial to maintain for those 4th graders," said John Dowdy, parent. Katherine Bremner, teacher, agrees. "We believe we can best recreate what we're losing through the creation of a 5-6 school."

The school board did comment that they'd like to make a decision sooner than anticipated.

It could come as early as March.

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