The two bodies met jointly to discuss budget problems and the future of the city schools. The school board presented its long range plan to council and told them they would need a new school.
City council members seemed concerned about the additional costs and whether there is another alternative. One council member says he needs to know the city people want to spend money on a new school.
"I'm all for it," said Hugh Lantz, Harrisonburg City Council. "If the people want it, I'm all for it. But, there's no way we can take on more debt without raising taxes. It just can't happen."
Lantz asked the board about their back up plan, in case a new school isn't approved. School Board Member Cathy Slusher says there isn't one in her opinion, at least not one that will suit the needs of the community.