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Question and Answer > high school overcrowding View modes: 
Julette Rush - 2/13/2017 4:14:03 AM
high school overcrowding
I understand that the school board and city council are meeting on Tuesday regarding the overcrowding at Harrisonburg High School. Although I know that money appears to be the biggest issue in this, I wonder if you or the school board have considered new school configurations. Would building a junior high with 8th and 9th grade alleviate overcrowding to the degree it is needed? I would always choose a smaller school over a larger school and this may be one way to achieve that.

HCPS - 2/13/2017 9:29:41 AM
RE:high school overcrowding
Thank you for your comment. This option has been discussed, but the major issue is that many students at all grade levels take classes with students from other grade levels. In addition, special programs such as STEM and Fine Arts Academy are 9-12th grade programs, as well as our alternative education and CTE programs. Extra curricular activities and sports would also be impacted. Operating a 9th/10th grade building would alleviate some crowdedness, but would also require the addition of many more teachers and an increase of transportation and operation costs and would not be any less expensive than the other options being considered because of the need for a cafeteria, gym, etc. The options of having a building that focuses on certain subjects or adding to the existing site are being considered as well as a second high school.  Thank you for sharing your ideas and please continue following the city council and school board discussions. If you have any follow-up thoughts please don't hesitate to share. 

-Dr. Scott Kizner, Superintendent of Schools