Jim L. Kelly

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Jim L. Kelly
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Board Member, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Jamestown District
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUnited States Merchant Marine Academy
Master'sFlorida Institute of Technology
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Jim L. Kelly is the current seat holder of the Jamestown District on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board. He was re-elected in an unopposed race on November 5, 2013.

Kelly was previously the seat holder of the Berkeley district, however voting district maps were redrawn for James City County in 2011. Kelly was then appointed to the Board in 2012 to serve in the Jamestown District.[1]


Kelly graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering Systems and from Florida Institute of Technology with a Master's in Engineering Management. He is licensed professional engineer, and the Manager of Crane Engineering and Quality at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Kelly and his wife, Kelly, have three children, two of which are in the Williamsburg-James School District.[2]



See also: Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools elections (2013)


Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Jamestown District, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJim L. Kelly Incumbent 97% 4,106
     Independent Write-in Votes 3% 126
Total Votes 4,232
Source: James City County, Virginia, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Kelly was not endorsed in this campaign.


Kelly reported $750 in contributions and $720.22 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $29.78 on hand.[3]


Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Berkeley District, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJim L. Kelly 97.2% 4,072
     N/A Write-in Votes 2.8% 119
Total Votes 4,191
Source: James City County, Virginia, "November 2010 General Election Official Results," accessed October 15, 2013

Campaign themes

Kelly stated the following in an October interview as the major issues facing the district:[2]

Every year I have been on the School Board (Jan. of 2010) the school board has been forced to make budget reductions. I think it is important to note that these problems are not generated from the local funding bodies. The Board of Supervisors and the City Council have done all that they can to fund our schools and make up the funding shortage of the General Assembly. The funding of our schools from Richmond has been significantly reduced while WJCC has continued to gain students, year over year. While the General Assembly has reduced funding, they have increased the level of unfunded mandates and have issued rhetoric critical of public schools and public school teachers. This double standard is not helpful towards the goal of assisting our teachers improving the outcomes of our students. I hope in the coming years, the General Assembly can take a more considered approach and put the political differences aside and do what is right for our children.

Long Term Planning
The School Board is continuing a discussion and making progress towards a decision on the issue of our middle school capacity problems, and the subsequent decision with the Administration Facility. The decision I will make on this issue, and the decision which I believe the School Board will reach, is the decision which is in the best interest of the tax payers. If we make a decision which is in the best interest of the tax payers, it will, by extension, be in the best interest of our school children. The decisions which have been made to this point, has been in the best interest of both the tax payers, and the children. Working with the Administration and in consultation with our funding partners, I have confidence will we get the best outcome.

Implementation of the Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan is an important guidance tool for the way we provide for our students and ensure they are Career and College ready. The School Board and the Administration need to use the Strategic Plan as we make programming and curriculum decisions in how we deliver education to our students. We have developed a five year plan for outcomes and have used progress on these outcomes, current measures, and plan to develop other metrics to measure progress towards those goals. Funding these initiatives may require us to make difficult decisions, but the strategic plan will be an important part of our vision going forward.

What was at stake?

Two seats were up for election on the Williamsburg-James City County Public School Board on November 5, 2013. Both incumbents sought re-election and retained their seats.

About the district

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools is located in Williamsburg, VA
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools is located in Williamsburg, Virginia. It serves both the city of Williamsburg and the county of James City. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Williamsburg is home to 14,068 residents.[4]


In terms of average household income and poverty rate, Williamsburg underperformed in these areas. The average household income was $50,742 compared to $63,302 in the entire state. Williamsburg had a poverty rate of 16.1%, while the poverty rate for Virginia was 10.7%. In terms of graduation rate, Williamsburg overperformed with 93.6% compared to 86.6% statewide.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Williamsburg City (%) Virginia (%)
White 74.0 71.1
Black 14.0 19.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.7 8.4
Asian 5.7 6.0
American Indian 0.3 0.5
Two or More Races 3.5 2.6

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 63.3 34.6
2008 63.8 34.7
2004 51.3 47.8
2000 46.3 47.7

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