Why is ForHHS2 still a group?

In January of 2018, Harrisonburg City Council voted for a second high school to be built in 2023. Since our group’s objective is to have a second high school (it is our name), people have been wondering why we are still here. Didn’t we get our way? Shouldn’t we disband and go on our merry little ways?

The short answer is no.

ForHHS2 still exists because a second high school has not been built. Though the vote happened in January, land wasn’t formally purchased for this high school until July. An architect still needs to be selected, and the plans and expenditures need to be approved by the City Council. The second high school will cost more than $76 million (the proposed price if the high school was built in 2021). This proposed cost will be highly debated. The incoming City Council members will not only decide the timeline (before, after, or in 2023) but the final cost of the new high school as well.

Two City Council seats are on the November 6th ballot. Harrisonburg residents need to know where City Council candidates stand on the issues of a new high school, the current overcrowding, and the future support of our city’s public schools. To that end, ForHHS2 has asked all five candidates a series of questions about their views on the current overcrowded high school and the possibility of a second high school. We will publish each of their answers starting next week (Sept. 3rd). So stay tuned; this isn’t a done deal. #dealisnotdone #forhhs2 #govote2018

What are ForHHS2’s priorities moving forward?
When will the HHS2 debate end?
How much could taxes increase?
What is the “6th/9th grade shuffle” about?
Didn’t we just spend a lot of money on Bluestone Elementary?
Aren’t you rushing into this? What’s with all the urgency?
How overcrowded is HHS, really? Can’t we just make classes a little bigger?


We are a local group of Harrisonburg residents who are concerned about overcrowding at our high school. We are citizens, homeowners, parents, grandparents, educators, aunts, uncles, and taxpayers. We are a community. We are the friendly city. We are close-knit neighborhoods. We believe it’s important for the people who live and work in our community to speak out about what they believe is best for our future.

Many of us have lived here for decades, even more have recently made the Valley our home. We choose to live in Harrisonburg because we want to be part of a local community with friendly people. We take great pride in our city, the quality of life, and we love Harrisonburg City Public Schools.

We appreciate our teachers and the daily connections they make with each and every child. We donate our time and money to the many activities and events that support our schools every day. We believe that growth is good for our friendly city. And we support the construction of a second high school in Harrisonburg.

Expanding the amenities and facilities in our city will increase accessibility to quality education and develop a valuable asset for this special community that we all call home. We are ForHHS2. We are for the Future of Rocktown.


Candidate Sal Romero, Jr. responds to ForHHS2 survey

Describe your background in education, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, and public education. I attended school in the Shenandoah Valley between 8-12th grade.I attended Broadway High School, BRCC, JMU, and Shenandoah University. I have been working in education since 2004. For the past 12 years, I have worked at Harrisonburg City Public Schools in the following …

Candidate Paloma Saucedo responds to ForHHS2 survey

Describe your background in education, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, and public education. I began my career as an educator in Mexico. I taught English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language at all levels (K-12 and post–secondary) in both the public and private sectors. I was also a teacher trainer for Secretaria …

Candidate Carolyn W Frank responds to ForHHS2 survey

Describe your background in education, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, and public education. I attended public schools in Rockingham County, graduating from Elkton High School in 1971. I attended the current Massanutten Technical Center as an adult student at night to prepare myself for an opportunity to advance my career with Verizon phone company.  My two …


We are locals. We are Harrisonburg. We are accessible. We are a community, and we welcome you to join us.

Email: forhhs2@gmail.com
Facebook: @forhhs2
Twitter: @ForHHS2