School board members to discuss new middle school, redistricting

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Redistricting and the naming of the fourth middle school are both on the agenda for Williamsburg-James City County School Board’s Tuesday meeting.

District staff expects to open the middle school prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year. Staff will open an online portal in coming weeks for suggestions on what the school should be named.

District staff will then present the community’s suggestions to the School Board during a not-yet-scheduled meeting. Once the School Board decides on a name, it will submit it to the state’s Department of Education.

In July, board members unanimously voted to hire California-based firm Cooperative Strategies to redraw boundaries pertaining to the area’s middle and high schools.

On Tuesday, the School Board will broach the criteria it wants to pass along to the firm. In its Sept. 19 meeting, the board will have a public hearing on the criteria.

In the first of two October meetings, the School Board will take staff comments and comments from the public into account as it decides what specific concerns to relay to the consulting firm concerning redistricting. At its second October meeting, the board will agree on guidance given to the consultant performing the redistricting work. All meetings are open to the public and there will be an opportunity for public comment

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.

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