Amanda Williams

Writer

Amanda is the education reporter at the Virginia Gazette. She was previously the evening breaking news reporter at the Daily Press. She is a 2016 graduate of William & Mary and spends most of her time hanging out with her dog, Chaco.

Recent Articles

  • Jamestown Day celebrates 410 years

    Jamestown Day celebrates 410 years

    Four centuries ago, a boat full of people landed on a spit of land in a world far away from where they set sail and named it after their king. Jamestown was the first successful English settlement in the U.S.; it's still being celebrated 410 years later. Festivities at Jamestown Settlement and Historic...

  • School board prepares to hire consultant for redistricting

    School board prepares to hire consultant for redistricting

    Redistricting dominated the conversation at Tuesday evening’s Williamsburg-James City County School Board meeting. The board decided at the start of redistricting discussions in April to hire a consultant to do the work of redrawing attendance zones ahead of James Blair Middle School opening in...

  • Interactive map: Williamsburg-James City County Middle Schools

    Interactive map: Williamsburg-James City County Middle Schools

    As the Williamsburg-James City County School looks to redraw attendance zones ahead of opening James Blair Middle School in 2018, we looked at the make-up of each of the current school zones. Data from the Virginia Department of Education gives us rates of minority, homeless, and English Language...

  • W-JCC schools begin to look at middle school redistricting

    W-JCC schools begin to look at middle school redistricting

    Last spring, as 273 of their classmates prepared for freshmen year at Warhill, 12 Toano Middle School eighth graders were on a different path. Their attendance zone directed them to Lafayette High School instead. This split has occurred for years. From 2014 through 2016, an average of 4 percent...

  • Rawls Byrd teacher named W-JCC Teacher of the Year

    Rawls Byrd teacher named W-JCC Teacher of the Year

    A fifth grade teacher at Rawls Byrd Elementary School took top honors at the division’s Teacher of the Year ceremony Wednesday evening. After being chosen as most outstanding at Rawls Byrd, Lauren Efird was named Teacher of the Year of all nine elementary schools last week and, on Wednesday, of...

  • Williamsburg-James City County renew schools partnership

    Williamsburg-James City County renew schools partnership

    Five-year contract extends agreement between city, county

  • Jamestown High School ranked top 30 in state

    Jamestown High School ranked top 30 in state

    In its 2017 list released Tuesday, U.S. News and World Report ranked Jamestown High School in the top 30 public high schools in Virginia. The organization looks at overall standardized test scores, graduation rates, college-readiness and how well schools help disadvantaged students by looking at...

  • Kelly files for school board reelection

    Kelly files for school board reelection

    A familiar face on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board filed for reelection Thursday. Jim Kelly holds the James City County Jamestown District seat. He turned in his petition Thursday with more than 150 signatures, adding his name to the Nov. 7 ballot. "For me it was really affirming...

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