Lafayette Gym architect may be selected Tuesday

WILLIAMSBURG- The Williamsburg-James City County School Board will discuss the first steps toward building an auxiliary gym at Lafayette High School at the School Board's work session on Tuesday. 

Superintendent Steve Constantino is recommending for the board to reward a $222,151 contract for architectural services to HBA Architecture and Interior Design, based out of Virginia Beach.

The administration is requesting for the Board to take action in order to speed up the process of getting the gym built. 

The gym at Lafayette was one of the most contentious portions of the budget process. Parents of Lafayette students spoke at several School Board meetings, arguing that, because of the imminent destruction of the gym at James Blair, Lafayette students needed a practice facility. 

At last week's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board voted unanimously to use excess funds from the fourth middle school project to build the auxiliary gym. 

Under the agreement, James City County will contribute $1.25 million, WJCC Schools will contribute $1 million and the city of Williamsburg will fund the remainder. 

At Tuesday's work session, the Board will also discuss a new process for submitting capital improvement projects funding requests to the Board of Supervisors. This year's CIP process was marked by confusion among some of the board members and frustration from the Planning Commission. 

The new process is designed to develop clear criteria for CIP requests and encourage transparency. 

Three community members will be part of a newly-formed CIP Committee, under the proposed plan. The community members "will provide insight and critical feedback to ensure an objective and thorough evaluation and prioritization process," according to a draft of the planning process. 

The Board will also discuss a special education request for federal funding and evaluate a bid from Edmentum - a company the district may hire to develop curriculum for on-line classes. 

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