WJCC School Board discusses redistricting and approves this year’s Innovative Learning Grants donation


The Williamsburg James City County School Division’s School Board discussed middle school redistricting and approved of this year’s Innovative Learning Grants donation at the Jan. 16 meeting.

At the previous work session on Jan. 2, the board had narrowed down the redistricting options to two maps, options two and four. The main difference between the two redistricting options are option four has a better socioeconomic balance but a worse longevity outlook than option two.

Public input was taken on the two maps through an online survey that started on Jan. 4 and lasted for 10 days, with a total of 249 community members who provided input. At Tuesday’s meeting, Board members were shown the results. The survey showed mixed opinion, with option four more supported in one question, and option two in another.

The middle school redistricting map will be decided at the next School Board work session on Feb. 6., the predetermined deadline set for the final decision.

Also that night the Board unanimously approved of the WJCC’s School Foundation’s donation of more than $39,000 for the Innovative Learning Grants.The WJCC School Foundation is an organization comprised completely of volunteers from the community. The foundation’s goal is to help the success of students and educators in Williamsburg and James City County. Clarence Wilson, president of WJCC Schools Foundation, said the organization exceeded their fundraising goals for the grants by 15 percent this year.

Innovative Learning Grants are given to teachers to help promote and fund a higher level of education. Grant recipients are given up to $2,000 to implement their proposals. The money is given under the condition that it is only used for the recipient’s proposed idea.

This year 27 Innovative Learning Grants will be given to 45 teachers from 14 different schools at the grant awards celebration on Feb. 2.

The School Board Meeting will meet for their work session on Feb. 6, in room 300 at 117 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg at 6:30 p.m.

Amelia Heymann can be reached by email at aheymann@dailypress.com, or on twitter @HeymannAmelia.

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