WJCC School Board to get public input on capital improvements

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board will have its first meeting with its newest member, Lisa Ownby, Tuesday.

Ownby, elected to the James City County Powhatan District seat on Nov. 8, will join the six other board members in a closed session to discuss personnel issues before a 6:30 p.m. public hearing on the proposed capital improvement plan. A regular meeting will immediately follow the hearing.

Board members discussed the improvement plan at their last board meeting Oct. 18 and again at their work session Nov. 1. Anyone with comments or questions about the plan are welcome to voice those during the hearing.

The board has a full plate during the regular meeting.

Members will hear the financial report for October 2016 before they revisit and revise or retire 11 division policies. They are also scheduled to vote on revised standard operating procedures for the board.

A presentation and discussion about projected enrollment figures for the division is on the agenda. The figures may have an impact on the CIP, which will be discussed again later in the meeting.

One project within the 10-year plan is the expansion of Jamestown High School cafeteria due to it, and the school, being at overcapacity. The project, planned for fiscal year 2019, was ranked as the second most important capital project in the plan at the Nov. 1 work session. It's projected to cost more than $2 million.

There hasn't been much opposition to the expansion plan yet from board members, but Ownby said during her campaign that she does not agree with expanding the high schools; she'd rather build another one if enrollment rates are projected to continue growing.

The board won't vote on the plan until Dec. 13. Once passed, it will go the county and the city, both of which fund the plan.

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

Want to attend?

What: W-JCC School Board public hearing on CIP and regular meeting

When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Where: James City County Government Center, Building F, 101-F Mounts Bay Road

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