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W-JCC School Board begins to plan next year's budget

aheymann@vagazette.com

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board began looking at the calendar for the 2019-20 budget and voted to allow assistant superintendents to sign documents for Superintendent Olwen Herron in her absence at their Tuesday night work session.

The School Board discussed a timeline calendar for completing next school year’s budget. The board must approve a balanced budget on or before April 1. According to state code, after the localities approve the budget, adjustments can be made in May. The calendar being discussed would have the budget adopted by the board on May 21, or at the latest May 28.

One change from last year’s calendar is the inclusion of two days for the board to consider initiative priorities rather than its usual one-day budget retreat. Monique Barnes, chief financial officer for W-JCC, said during the first day the board will look at the governor’s budget and what initiatives the district has to consider. On the second day, Barnes said, the board will be able to make more informed decisions on initiatives it would like to prioritize. The calendar will be voted on at the board’s meeting on Aug. 21.

The board voted to authorize Monique Barnes, the chief financial officer, and Scott Thorpe and Cathy Worley, both assistant superintendents, to sign State Department of Education documents when Herron is out of the office. This item would stay in effect through Aug. 15, 2019. The board has traditionally authorized the assistant superintendents and the chief financial officer to sign these kinds of documents in the absence of the superintendent.

The board also voted to increase out-of-district student tuition by 3.26 percent. W-JCC has one tuition-paying student this year.

Want to attend the next one?

The School Board will meet again at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, at the James City County Complex in building F on 101 Mounts Bay Road.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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