Take action to support Lafayette

The Virginia Gazette

This letter requests your support for Lafayette High School's urgent facility needs.

Our community's strong outreach to the WJCC School Board and administration, and to the James City County Planning Commission, was initially successful. Three key Lafayette facility needs were included in the Schools' proposed Capital Improvement Plan, most immediately the auxiliary gym in FY17. The County's Planning Commission elevated the ranking of the auxiliary gym to #5 from #14.

Unfortunately, the first draft of the county budget does not include funding for the gym, even though James Blair, the off-site gym space on which LHS depends, will be demolished soon.

Here's how you can help:

•Sign the petition at LHSRamSupporter.com, asking the Board of Supervisors to put the auxiliary gym back into the FY17 county budget.

•Email County Administrator Bryan Hill and our elected officials on the Board of Supervisors, urging them to put the Lafayette facility needs in the budget:

bryan.hill@jamescitycountyva.gov, michael.hipple@jamescitycountyva.gov, john.mcglennon@jamescitycountyva.gov, sue.sadler@jamescitycountyva.gov, kevin.onizuk@jamescitycountyva.gov, ruth.larson@jamescitycountyva.gov

•Join us Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 at the public hearing on the budget at the James City County Government Center, 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building F.

A reminder of why this is so important: nearly half of LHS sports teams must travel off campus for games and practices. This creates unnecessary risks to our student athletes, additional time away from their studies due to travel and late practice times, a logistical burden on parents and coaches, an inconsistent environment for activities to take place, significant timing challenges to see an athletic trainer, additional transportation/fuel costs paid by taxpayer dollars, and an extraordinary responsibility to the school system.

We continue to encourage collaboration among our local leaders to remedy the existing inequities and safety concerns at LHS. Fulfilling the long standing needs at Lafayette benefits us all. As the saying goes, "a rising tide lifts all ships."

Kathy Wool lum

President, LHS Athletic Boosters

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