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What it takes to change W-JCC schools

What it takes to change W-JCC schools

Opinions abound and emotions run hot when school redistricting comes up in conversation.

With James Blair Middle School opening in 2018, the Williamsburg-James City County School Board has to redraw middle school attendance zones to fill it. That means redistricting will be on nearly every meeting agenda for the next year.

"If you were to pick any random school district in the county and look at the minutes from the board meetings, it's inevitably a controversial topic because parents have so many legitimate, competing interests," said Salvatore Saporito.

Saporito is a College of William and Mary sociology professor who directed the School Attendance Boundary...