W-JCC School Board to approves end of the year spending plan

aheymann@vagazette.com

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board approved the district’s 2018 end-of-year spending plan at its Oct. 16 meeting.

According to the plan, W-JCC will end the year with a surplus of $2,735,392.54, or 2.06 percent of the division’s total operating budget.

The district will return $683,924 to James City County and Williamsburg for future Capital Improvement Plan projects, which leaves W-JCC about $2 million, or 1.5 percent, of the division’s total operating budget to spend.

The current plan would use the money to:

  • Redesign Matthew Whaley Elementary School’s entrance for $15,000.
  • Redesign Jamestown High School’s entrance for $128,600.
  • Replace Warhill High School’s track for $509,250.
  • Replace Toano Middle School’s bleachers for $49,994.
  • Remove a well on Berkeley Middle School’s property for $79,414.
  • Purchase 10 new portable field lights for $80,000.
  • Purchase67 new cafeteria tables for $87,100.
  • Replace a box truck the maintenance department uses for $48,056. The current truck is rusting and only gets 6 mpg.
  • Purchase snow removal equipment for $60,000.
  • Expand the central office parking lot by six spaces and paving 10 existing spaces for $28,500.
  • Purchase six replacement school buses for $660,000.
  • Purchase new textbooks for a variety of subjects and grade levels for $305,554.88.

Some of the items on the list are proposed for the 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan, such as repairing Warhill’s track and redesigning Jamestown High’s entrance.

Before the regular board meeting started, a public hearing for the proposed Capital Improvement plan was held.

The CIP was presented to the W-JCC School Board at its work session Oct. 2. The proposed plan includes a 10th elementary school and expanding Jamestown and Lafayette High Schools.

However, no one from the community spoke. James Beers, Roberts District, said he was disappointed and thought there would have been more citizens out to express their thoughts on the plan.

"I was also disappointed more people were not interested in how their tax money is spent," said Sandra Young, Berkeley District.

Kyra Cook, Williamsburg, and Holly Taylor, Toano, said members of the community had reached out to them individually about their thoughts on the CIP. Cook and Taylor encouraged citizens to continue to reach out to their School Board representatives on the subject.

You can find board members’ contact information online at wjccschools.org/school-board/members. There will also be a second public hearing on the CIP at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Want to attend the next school board work session? box

The School Board work session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the School Board and Central Office Annex in room 300 on 117 Ironbound Road.

On Nov. 13, the School Board will begin to prioritize CIP items, and another public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27; the board will approve the Capital Improvement Plan on Dec. 11.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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