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City Council, JCC Supes, School Board to Talk Budget During Joint Meeting

Members of three elected boards gathered in New Town to review Williamsburg-James City County Schools' proposed budget for the next fiscal year. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)
Members of three elected boards gathered in New Town last year to review Williamsburg-James City County Schools’ budget from last year. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)

The WJCC School Board, the James City County Board of Supervisors and the Williamsburg City Council will discuss the schools budget for next year at their annual joint meeting Friday.

The meeting, which is open to the public but will not feature a public comment period, will take place at 9 a.m. April 22 at the Stryker Center, located at 412 N. Boundary Street in Williamsburg.

The School Board will present its fiscal 2017 operating budget, which it approved March 15.

Fiscal 2017 begins July 1.

The WJCC School Division is seeking assistance from the city and the county to fund its $128 million operating budget.

If their proposed budgets are approved as presented, the city would cover $9.1 million, or 100 percent of the school division’s request of the city, while the county would fund $103,283,448, or 95.4 percent of the school division’s request of the county.

Although the county is not proposing to fund 100 percent of the request, Hill’s recommendation represents a 3.8 percent increase in county funding for WJCC schools over fiscal 2016, said Sue Mellen, the county’s director of financial and management services.

Adoption of the county’s budget is expected May 10, while adoption of the city’s budget is expected May 12.

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