W-JCC School Board to hear from public on proposed budget

WILLIAMSBURG- Tomorrow night's Williamsburg-James City County School Board work session will begin with a public hearing on the proposed budget for 2017.

The budget, which Superintendent Steve Constantino unveiled at the Feb. 2 school board meeting, funds a 1.5 percent average pay raise for teachers and staff and the cost of five new teachers. The total proposed budget is $128.2 million, a 3.2 percent increase over last year. 

At Tuesday night's work session, public comments will begin at 6:30 in Building F of the James City County Government Center.

Public comments are typically limited to three minutes per person, but if a large number of people want to speak the school board chair can adjust the time limit, said Betsy Overkamp-Smith, spokesperson for W-JCC schools. 

The budget must be approved by the school board in March, and in April it will be brought before the county's board of supervisors and the city council. The localities must approve the budget by May 15. 

After the public hearing, the board will move into a work session. On the agenda are several purchases for review, including funding for literacy materials and tutors and a request for funding to install security cameras at three schools. 

The board will also discuss a pay raise for board members. School board members currently make $5,500 annually, and the board chair makes an additional $1,000.

The last time the board's pay was raised was on June 29, 2005. 

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