Clerk: Salaries Cannot Increase for WJCC School Board Until 2018

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The WJCC School Board discusses a proposed salary increase during the March 1, 2016 Board meeting. (WJCC)
The WJCC School Board discusses a proposed salary increase during the March 1, 2016 Board meeting. (WJCC)

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board will have to wait until next year to raise the salaries of board members, as it is not eligible for an adjustment this year.

According to the Code of Virginia, “a school board serving a county having the county manager plan of government and whose membership totals five may establish a salary increase prior to July 1 in any year in which two of the five members are to be elected or appointed.”

The WJCC School Board is a joint body with five elected representatives from James City County and two appointed representatives from the City of Williamsburg.

This year, only one of the James City County members – the Powhatan representative – will be elected.

The School Board will not be able to make a salary adjustment until 2017, when the Jamestown seat and the Powhatan seat will be up for election. Any adjustment next year would not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2018, WJCC School Board Clerk Janet Cerza said.

A special call meeting was scheduled Tuesday to consider raising board member salaries by more than $1,000, but the meeting was cancelled after the state code was reviewed, Cerza said.