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Dowell, Beers Elected New Chair, Vice Chair of Williamsburg-James City County School Board

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board elected its new chair, vice chair and advisory positions for the 2022 school year. (WYDaily file)

WILLIAMSBURG-JAMES CITY COUNTY — The Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) School Board elected its new chairman as well as other advisory roles during its Tuesday, Jan. 4 meeting.

Board member Greg Dowell, who represents the Stonehouse district, will serve as chairman for the 2022 calendar year. Dowell replaces Jim Kelly, the former Jamestown district representative.

“I’m very grateful to this board for your confidence that you found in me and my ability to trust you, and hopefully we can work together,” he said.

The board elected Roberts District Representative James Beers as the new vice chair. Beers replaces Dowell in this role.

The board nominated both Beers and City of Williamsburg Representative Kyra Cook for vice chair, with Beers elected in a 4-3 vote.

City of Williamsburg Representative Julie Hummel will serve as the board’s parliamentarian.

The members were also chosen for their advisory roles.

Board Member Sarah Ortego was elected to serve on the 21st Century and Career Ready Advisory Committee, which advises on the division’s career, technical programs and curricula for students.

Kimberly Hundley will serve on the Special Education Advisory Committee, which furthers the education of students with disabilities through general education programs and more.

Hundley and Ortego were chosen to serve on the Student Advisory Committee, which serves as a liaison between students and the school board.

Hummel and Sandra Young will serve on the Policy Committee, which reviews draft policies before they are brought to the school board.

Cook and Dowell will serve on the School Liaison Committee, which shares information with two members from Williamsburg’s City Council and James City County’s Board of Supervisors.

Young will serve as Trustee on the New Horizons Board, which brings specialized programming to schools.

Beers will serve on the WHRO board, which has a member represent the school board each year. He has served as the board’s representative each year since 2016.

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