Virginia General Assembly

Board reviews first draft of school budget

A proposed 2017 budget for Williamsburg-James City County Schools funds more teachers, pay raises for teachers and staff and pays more money into the Virginia Retirement System.

It delays replacing several school buses that will be 15 years or older, purchasing new middle and high school science textbooks and does not pay the cost for high school students taking AP exams.

Superintendent Steve Constantino presented his proposed fiscal year 2017 budget to the school board this week.

The total proposed budget is $128.2 million or $4 million more than the division's previous $124.2 million budget, an increase of 3.2 percent, according to the budget's summary.