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Harrisonburg City And Rockingham County Public Schools Start New Year

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Posted: August 20, 2014

Carol Fenn, superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools, visits third-grader Hunter Ward at Mountain View Elementary School on Tuesday morning during the first day of the new school year. Karen Thomsen (left), principal of the school, looks on. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Skyline Middle School principal Joe Glick greets students on the first day back to school on Tuesday morning.
Harrisonburg school buses drop off students at Skyline Middle School on the first day back to school Tuesday morning. More than 16,300 students are enrolled in city and county schools.

HARRISONBURG — Gary Painter’s seventh first day as principal of Smithland Elementary School was a rare one.

Painter said he didn’t think he saw any teary-eyed parents at all, and he didn’t need…

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