WJCC School Board to Hear Community Input on Capital Improvement Plan

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The Williamsburg-James City County school board will hold a public hearing on Oct. 19 to receive community feedback and input on the Capital Improvement Plan Committee’s FY23 recommendations. (WYDaily file photo)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) School Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 19 to receive community feedback on the fiscal year 2023 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Marcellus Snipes, senior director of operations for the district, presented the FY23 Ten-Year CIP Committee Recommendations during the Oct. 5 board meeting.

The CIP committee, which is made up of internal WJCC school staff and outside community members, met on two separate occasions to review historical data on enrollment, enrollment projections for the next 10 years, current academic use of space, anticipated programmatic changes, administrator requests, and the facility condition index information.

The division’s CIP is part of both JCC and the City of Williamsburg’s Capital Improvement Program that reflects the capital projects the division plans to pursue.

Prior to the CIP’s review and approval in December, the first public hearing and community input will be held on Oct. 19, and the superintendent will form the Superintendent’s Recommended CIP to present to the board on Nov. 9.

Snipes said that the estimates for all projects in the CIP include 10 percent for architect and engineering/design, five percent for contingency funding and three percent for escalation rate annually. 

The FY23 CIP includes the second phase of the replacement of an HVAC system at Berkley Middle School for $3 million, a cafeteria expansion at Jamestown High School for $2 million,  and renovation of the 900 building space at Lafayette High School for $3 million.

The board will next hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stryker Center to receive community feedback and input on the recommended capital projects.

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