March 5 WJCC school board meeting to talk budget

Staff writer

The March 5 meeting of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board will include a full public hearing of the Superintendent Herron’s proposed 2019-2020 operating budget, in addition to the planned work session.

At the W-JCC school board’s last meeting, the proposed budget was presented and included major items such as a planned average 4% salary increase for school employees, revisions to employee benefits, and greater resources for school guidance counselors.

As written, there would need to be an additional $710,406 in funding needed for the school division to be funded in full, a figure that may change depending on the final state education budget, figures that will be included as the budget moves forward.

Though not finalized, several board members expressed their support for the budget, with W-JCC school board chair Lisa Ownby praising how it tackles special educational needs in particular.

“People need to realize that this is a multi-year approach … and that this is a group of kids unlike any we’ve ever taught,” said Ownby. “We need to be prepared to handle the challenges that they bring, and the creativity that it may take so they receive the very best education that they can.”

For the work session that will follow, discussion topics include repaving the track at Warhill High School, approval of WJCC Schools Foundation Donation for Innovative Learning Grants in the amount of $34,575.77, and revising the retirement policy for full-time staff members, which was last revised in 2010, and must be kept up-to-date.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. March 5 in the School Board & Central Office, 117 Ironbound Road, Room 300.

Sean CW Korsgaard can be reached at 757-968-1529, by email sean.korsgaard@vagazette.com, and on Twitter @SCWKorsgaard.

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