Harrisonburg School Administrators Learn from Other Divisions

HARRISONBURG-- City school administrators are meeting with officials from other school divisions to get ideas on the best practices in building a proposed new middle school.

The superintendent, Dr. Scott Kizner, said there a multiple ways to build a new school under state law. He is hoping to learn about how other school systems did it.

The meeting is with school officials from Henrico, Prince William, Roanoke, and Montgomery counties. They are talking about things like picking an architect, choosing a construction team, and gaining an understanding of how the building will be built.

Another issue that has come up recently is when the new school should open. The school board recommended 2016 based on population estimates. The following year, 2017, has also been mentioned.

"The good news is that in our city, in Harrisonburg, there's terrific and honest communication between the council and school board, and the superintendent and city manager, so I think there's a consensus that 2016 obviously meets the needs of the school division," said Kizner.

The location of the school still needs to be determined, as well. Kizner said it will either be on the street of Harrisonburg High School or across the street. They will decide once an architect has been chosen later in the summer.

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