Second Candidate Joins Race to Replace Cordasco on WJCC School Board

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James Beers
James Beers

A second candidate is running to represent the Roberts District on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board.

James Beers announced he is joining the race to replace Heather Cordasco as the Roberts representative on the Board.

Beers said WJCC Schools are among the best in the region, and he is running to improve upon excellence.

He outlined four key areas of focus in a news release announcing his candidacy:

  • Academic excellence for all students
  • Accountability at all levels from families to teachers to administrators
  • Accessibility for students and parents
  • Affordability and stewardship of division resources

Beers said community experience would be an asset on the school board.

Beers is an emeritus professor of education at the College of William & Mary School of Education and serves as the director of the Eastern Virginia Writing Project at William & Mary. He is married to former WJCC superintendent Carol Beers.

Beers is the second candidate to jump into the race to replace Cordasco, who is running for the Roberts seat on the James City County Supervisors against incumbent John McGlennon.

Petra Nadal, a resident of Grove, has also announced she is running for the Roberts District seat on the School Board.

Two other seats on the board will also be up for re-election in November — the Berkeley seat, currently occupied by Ruth Larson, and the Stonehouse seat, currently held by Jim Nickols.

Larson is not seeking re-election, as she is running for the Berkeley District seat on the James City County Board of Supervisors against incumbent Mary Jones. William & Mary Latino Studies professor John “Rio” Riofrio has announced he will run for the seat currently held by Larson on the school board.

Nickols announced in April he will run for re-election.

The WJCC School Board is a nonpartisan board that makes financial, operational and curricular decisions for the school divisions and consists of seven members. Five are elected to represent geographic districts in the county, and two are appointed by the Williamsburg City Council to represent the City of Williamsburg at-large.

Board members serve four-year terms.

The term of board member Elise Emanuel (City of Williamsburg) is up at the end of the year. Emanuel has said she will not seek reappointment to the School Board.

Candidates have until June 9 to file paperwork to be included on the Nov. 3 school board ballot.

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