Nickols to Seek Re-election to WJCC School Board

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Jim Nickols (Courtesy WJCC Schools)
Jim Nickols (Courtesy WJCC Schools)

A Williamsburg-James City County School Board member is seeking a third term in office.

Jim Nickols (Stonehouse) announced Tuesday he is running for re-election as the Stonehouse representative on the School Board.

Nickols, a Lutheran minister, was first elected to the school board in 2007 and currently serves as its parliamentarian.

Nickols said he was running for another term to continue improving student learning and performance outcomes in a changing global marketplace.

“During the past eight years, the School Board, the administration, faculty, staff, students, families and the community have weathered the financial crisis better than many school divisions in the Commonwealth,” Nickols said in a news release.

Nickols also touted the school division’s ability to be fiscally responsible as enrollment has grown over the past six years while financial resources shrank.

“While we have been challenged, our vision and fiscal responsibility have allowed us to remain forward thinking,” Nickols said.

Nickols is the first board member facing re-election to announce his candidacy. The terms of Ruth Larson (Berkeley) and board Vice Chairwoman Heather Cordasco (Roberts) are also up at the end of the year.

The three county seats will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Larson has not announced whether she will seek re-election. Cordasco is running as a Republican for the Roberts seat on the James City County Board of Supervisors, which is currently occupied by John McGlennon.

Grove resident Petra Nadal filed paperwork earlier in the month to run for the school board in the Roberts District. Elise Emanuel (City of Williamsburg) has said she is unlikely to seek reappointment to the board when her term ends Dec. 31.

The WJCC School Board is a nonpartisan board consisting of seven members – five from James City County and two representing the City of Wiliamsburg. The county’s representatives are elected to four-year terms representing geographic districts, while Williamasburg’s representatives are appointed by the City Council.

The board makes financial, operational and curricular decisions for the school division. Candidates have until June 9 to file paperwork to be included on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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