Board Delays Decision on Plans for New Elementary School

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. On Tuesday, the Harrisonburg City School board announced it will not choose a plan for a new elementary school yet. It said it wanted to take more time to review all options and determine the best one for the students and the community.

The school board will look into alternative locations for the school and will hire an architectural firm to assist with evaluating properties. In addition, the architects will provide new designs options for the school.

At the previous school board meeting, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects presented four design options for consideration. Some of the options could cost up to $44 million. However, the board has not taken any action on any of them.The architects proposed for the school to be built near the high school on Garbers Church road.

Board Nick Swayne said moving forward with the plans requires consensus and the board is not at that point yet.

"We want to consider all of our options and making sure that is the right thing and that it would withstand the test of time," said Swayne.

Parent Jeffrey Tang applauded the board's action to look into all the options before making a decision.

"I encourage you to think about energy efficiency if you go back to architecture firms, think about those who can really build the right school for the long term that is going to minimize operating costs," said Tang.

The school is expected to open no later than 2017.


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