Superintendent updates WJCC school board on district construction

Jamestown High School is on schedule to be ready when school begins next week and the parking lots at several schools have been fixed.

Over the summer, the district's large renovation project at Jamestown High School included renovating the second floor, putting in new floors, painting classrooms and updating the school's media room.

The work is mostly complete, Williamsburg-James City County schools superintendent Dr. Steven Constantino told school board members during a Tuesday evening work session.

The superintendent updated the board on several projects during the meeting.

Two outside projects at the high school, the resurfacing the track and replacing the tennis courts, were based on the weather and are a little behind schedule, but should both be complete by the spring practices for these sports, the superintendent said. 

School board members also discussed a public school foundation that would provide funds for learning opportunities for students and teachers.

The WJCC Schools Foundation was formed and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity established for the purpose of promoting, aiding and encouraging educational activities and endeavors connected with the Williamsburg-James City County School Division, according to district officials.

York County School district has had a similar foundation since 1994, York Foundation for Public Education, Inc., which provides scholarships for teachers and funds for new kinds of learning programs, its website states. 

At its Aug. 20, meeting, the Board of directors for the WJCC Schools Foundation unanimously approved an agreement between it and the district to send to the school board for approval.

"We're very happy about this foundation and excited about it," board president Jim Kelly said. "It will be just another tool in our arsenal to help our students."

Board member Ruth Lawson said school district officials and committees have done detailed research on similar foundations, and that it was time for Williamsburg and James City County schools to have a foundation and its benefits. 

The school district plans an official launch for the foundation in October. 

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