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Developer's confidential proposal roils James City County board

Developer's confidential proposal roils James City County board

JAMES CITY — A politically connected developer quietly floated a confidential proposal to partner with James City County in a $30 million-plus deal to build a new middle school – but left some of the elected officials who would have to come up with money, and the public at large, in the dark.

Word of the proposal only leaked out several days after developer Chris Henderson tipped James City County Board Chairwoman Mary Jones and Supervisors Michael Hipple and Kevin Onizuk about his plan in an email labeled "highly confidential."

Jones, Hipple and Onizuk — three closely allied Republicans — constitute a majority on the five-member Board of...

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