Harrisonburg School Board Approves Boundary Changes for Middle Schools

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

The Harrisonburg School board voted to change school boundaries for middle schools next school year. The change, will mean some students will go to Skyline instead of Thomas Harrison Middle School. Board members said this will help with overcrowding.

Right now, Thomas Harrison Middle School has 889 students. The school's capacity is 890.

Around 60 rising fifth graders from Spotswood and Waterman Elementary will be attending Skyline Middle School.

Harrisonburg School Superintendent Dr. Scott Kizner said this will only help avoid overcrowding for about two years.

Virginia Healy is a teacher and mother at Thomas Harrison and she said she sees the problem first hand.

She said she is glad to see something will change.

"The last time we had this many students at Thomas Harrison, we had and since then, we've built a brand new middle school so it doesn't make sense that one school will be so overcrowded and the other one has room," Healy said.

Students from Waterman and Spotswood who have siblings at Thomas Harrison Middle School will have to go to Skyline, if parents want to keep them together. Otherwise, they will have to go to separate schools.

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