Budget, fourth middle school, board member raises all on agenda for Tuesday

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board could be making a final decision on Superintendent Steve Constantino's $128 million budget on Tuesday night. 

The board has hammered out the details of the budget in meetings, work sessions and a public hearing since Feb. 2 when Constantino unveiled the proposal.

The budget includes an average 1.5 percent pay raise for teachers and funding for five new teachers. 

School Board Clerk Janet Cerza said that although a recommendation to vote on the budget is on Tuesday night's agenda, the board could go another route and decide to extend discussion before making a decision. 

Once the budget is approved, the board will pass it along to the James City County Board of Supervisors and Williamsburg City Council for consideration.

The board will potentially take a major step forward in the fourth middle school project by selecting a construction management firm at Tuesday's meeting. 

Constantino is recommending for the board to select MBP’s $558,300 bid to oversee the construction of the school at the James Blair site. According to the agenda, the school district received six proposals and interviewed three vendors. 

The School Board will also convene for a special call meeting at 5:30 p.m. to discuss giving themselves a raise. 

Vice-chair Kyra Cook brought up the issue in February after seeing an article in the Daily Press with data on Hampton Roads' school board salaries. 

W-JCC board members currently earn $5,500 annually. Board Chair Jim Kelly earns an additional $1,100. The last time board members received a raise was in 2005.

According to the Daily Press article, enrollment in York County exceeded enrollment in W-JCC's district by about 1,400 students, but board members in York earn $3,500 more. 

Both the special call meeting and the regular school board meeting will be held in building F of the James City County Government Center. 

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