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The City of Harrisonburg School Board has approved the redistricting plan for the City elementary and middle schools to go into effect this coming (2017-18) school year. The final public hearing took place this past Tuesday, and no members of the public spoke to provide any additional feedback about any further recommended changes.
Some excerpts from today's Daily News Record....
Read the full DNR article here.
Click here to download the proposed Elementary School and Middle School maps.
(current as of 11/7/2016, check here for updates)
If you haven't heard, Harrisonburg City Public Schools are in the midst of a redistricting process, which may change which elementary school or middle school your child will attend in the City of Harrisonburg. This redistricting is a result of the changes required by the forthcoming opening (Fall 2017) of Bluestone Elementary School on Garbers Church Road.
A few highlights to address some FAQ's....
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Dirt is moving on Garbers Church Road as the City of Harrisonburg works to construct a new elementary school -- next to Heritage Oaks Golf Course and across the street from Harrisonburg High School.
Read all about the plans for this school in this Daily News Record article from April.
Join Harrisonburg City Public Schools as they launch their first ever Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Day today.
There will be over 50 interactive exhibits, displays, hands on experiments and so much more! Bring the kids out and foster their love for fun and entertaining education.
Click here to view details of the exhibits at today's STEM day, including Wind Energy, Tower of Cards, Hovercrafts, Sink and Float, Puff Mobiles, Recycle Regatta, Robotics, Lego League, Square Wheel Bike, Ooblek Jog, Star Lab, Engineering, Chemistry Sizzles, Computer Drawing, and more!
Visit the STEM Day web site here to view a promotional video....
Do you live in the City of Harrisonburg, but want your son or daughter to attend school in Rockingham County?
Are you considering moving from the County to the City, but still want your son or daughter to attend school in Rockingham County?
Rockingham County is continuing a program that will allow students that do not live in Rockingham County to apply to attend school in Rockingham County. A few notes....
Read today's DNR article on this topic here.
Late notice, I know, but on Monday, March 31, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. the groundbreaking will take place for East Rockingham High School and River Bend Elementary School. The location (14652 Rockingham Pike, Elkton, VA) is indicated below.
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Due to a schedule conflict, I will not be able to attend. If anyone makes it, let me know how it goes, or e-mail me some photos!
If you're reading my blog in a browser, as opposed to in a rss reader, you'll always see a property in the upper right corner of my blog. It is labeled as a "Top Property" with a number beside it --- and several of my blog readers have asked what this is all about. Now you'll know . . .
Coldwell Banker Funkhouser Realtors operates over 60 web sites with property listings --- this includes our company web site, and a web site for each agent in our company. Each day, consumers perform thousands of property searches on all of these sites combined.
We keep track of which properties are being viewed, and each night we sort through all of the properties on the market to find the 100 properties that consumers have viewed most frequently in the most recent 30 days.
Curious to see how these properties rank? Visit my blog, and click on the button next to the "Top Property" section. You'll be able to see a list of the top 100 most viewed properties. Enjoy!
Continued growth in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County has brought on the construction of many new schools:
The Rockingham County Public Schools and Harrisonburg City Public Schools web sites seem to be the best source of information for keeping up to date on the redistricting.
In Rockingham County, there are four public hearings planned:
As seen below, the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County real estate market experienced a change in direction this month. October and November of 2007 showed sales quite a bit stronger than 2006. However, December 2007 numbers fell quite a bit below October '07, November '07, as well as December '06.
January sales figures should be interesting, as they have been very consistent for the past several years.
The graph above shows the number of sales per month as reported by the Harrisonburg/Rockingham MLS in all of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Five local schools were recognized by U.S. News & World Report as being amongst "America's Best High Schools." According to the report, "A three-step process determined the best high schools. The first twosteps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, usingstate proficiency standards as the measuring benchmarks. For thoseschools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessedthe degree to which schools prepared students for college-level work." (read more)
The local schools ranked in this report were:
Ft. Defiance High School (Augusta County) - view report
Buffalo Gap High School (Augusta County) - view report
Riverheads High School (Augusta County) - view report
Turner Ashby High School (Rockingham County) - view report
Wilson Memorial High School (Augusta County) - view report
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