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School board proposes $6.5M budget increase; will discuss with city, county Friday

Legacy Hall will host a joint meeting between the Williamsburg James City County School Board, city council and the James City County Board of Supervisors on March 16. (Courtesy of Troy Jefferson)
Legacy Hall will host a joint meeting between the Williamsburg James City County School Board, city council and the James City County Board of Supervisors on March 16. (Courtesy of Troy Jefferson)

The Williamsburg James City County School Board is meeting with Williamsburg City Council and the James City County Board of Supervisors to discuss the upcoming budget — and a requested $6.5 million funding increase.

The two localities will meet with school officials at 9 a.m. Friday at Legacy Hall, located at 4301 New Town Ave.

Superintendent Olwen Herron is proposing a fiscal year 2019 budget totaling $137.8 million, an increase of $6.5 million, or five percent above the 2018 budget.

The $6.5 million increase accounts for a 3 percent raise for teachers, administration and support staff and increased staffing for James Blair Middle School, which will open in September.

The fiscal year 2019 budget spans from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

This year is Herron’s second budget season since being appointed superintendent in February 2017. Last year’s budget totaled $131.3 million.

At the beginning of last year’s budget season, Herron requested a nearly $5 million increase in funding.

The 2018-2019 budget also includes funding to add four special education teachers for $300,000, a behavioral intervention specialist for $75,000 and three English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers for $225,000.

“As has been our goal in the past, our aim is to strike a balance between available resources and support of important division priorities. Our focus continues to be on student achievement, equity, and a quality workforce,” Herron said in a Feb. 20 memo to the school board.

The James City County Board of Supervisors, Williamsburg City Council and Williamsburg-James City County School Board discussed the superintendent's proposed FY2017-2018 budget March 17,2017. (Sarah Fearing/WYDaily)
The James City County Board of Supervisors, Williamsburg City Council and Williamsburg-James City County School Board discussed the superintendent’s proposed FY2017-2018 budget March 17,2017. (Sarah Fearing/WYDaily)

Because the WJCC school division covers both Williamsburg and James City County, both localities fund the school budget. WJCC is comprised of nine elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools.

The City of Williamsburg will fund about 9 percent of the budget and the county will cover the rest. The localities’ funding amount is determined by the student population breakdown between the city and county.

After the joint work session, the school’s budget will be sent to the county Board of Supervisors and City Council for approval. From there a final version will be approved by the school board in May.

Troy Jeffersonhttp://wydaily.com
Troy Jefferson is the city of Williamsburg and James City County reporter for the WYDaily. Jefferson graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Maryland. When he is not writing stories, he enjoys romantic comedies.

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