School Board to vote on new computer purchase

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board will vote on approving the purchase of new laptops for elementary school students and parts of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan at its July 10 work session.

The board is poised to approve the purchase of 2,105 new laptops for elementary student use at the cost of $749,928, which includes extended Lenovo warranty and services. This funds for this already have been allocated in the 2019 technology budget, but the School Board is required to approve any purchase more than $100,000.

Board chair Kyra Cook, Williamsburg, said the laptops would be for in-school use and not part of the one-to-one program.

The board also will consider themes and goals in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan:

  • Transform teaching and learning to ensure student success in post-secondary education and careers.
  • Foster a learning environment that respects the diversity of students and provides targeted, equitable opportunities for success.
  • Cultivate a culture of open and effective communication to inform and engage all stakeholders.
  • Ensure a fully integrated approach to safety and security that encompasses both the physical environment and the social/emotional needs of students.
  • Recruit high-quality staff and retain the division’s exemplary workforce by creating an environment where transparency and trust are the norm.
  • Optimize division effectiveness and efficiency by establishing and strengthening processes and systems

W-JCC is in the midst of rewriting its strategic plan and having the board approve the goals — developed in collaboration with Valbrun Consulting Group — keeps the strategic planning process moving forward.

“It is time sensitive in that it allows the superintendent and her team to launch the new school year with these goals,” said Cook.

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The work session will start at 6:30 p.m. July 10, in room 300 of the Annex at the School Board and Central Office on 117 Ironbound Road.

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