Harrisonburg High School Sale

By: Kelly Creswell
By: Kelly Creswell

The city council voted four to zero, Mayor Rogers abstained, to approve the sale of old Harrisonburg High School to JMU. But citizens at the meeting didn't let this issue go down without a fight.
"I guess I have a question for you gentlemen, is this a done deal?" says Eliza Hoover.
That's what some residents thought when they came to the meeting tonight.
"You're going to go ahead, and you're going to sell this thing," says Mike Gray. "This thing was done the day that it was leased to JMU."
Citizens say this centrally located property is important to the city and they wanted to make sure council members did the right thing.
"I think this is an extremely hasty decision," says Susan Federline. "I think it needs more public discussion, I think we need to discuss it with the school board, with the city, this is just too quick."
The general consensus was to not sell the old high school. But one resident thought it was a good idea, but wanted some strings attached.
"Let the community use it somehow," says Jessica Thompson. "And I think that's a wonderful thing as long as we can keep using it, don't just give it all to JMU. But it's going to cost just as much money to build a new middle school another elementary as it is to remodel this school again."
Vice Mayor Rodney Eagle agreed on joint use.
"We use their facilities almost on a daily basis," says Eagle. "They're open to us. I look at the sale of the high school as a way to preserve our high school. They take good care of our property. They maintain it and make it available."
Council also requested in the sale for joint use of the athletic facilities on a seasonal basis as they are available when JMU is not using them.


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