Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Virginia

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Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools is the 27th largest school district in Virginia.

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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

In 2011 the school district earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

This was last evaluated on March 5, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets, including revenue information, are available.[1]
    • Budgets are archived to 2003.
  • Meetings
    • School Board agendas, minutes, and recordings are available.[2]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 2008.
    • Meeting calendar is postd.[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for school board members is available.[4]
  • Administration
    • Contact information for district administration officials is posted. [5]
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contract bids and awards information is available[6]
    • Employee contracts are posted.
  • Audits
    • Annual audits are posted.[7]
    • Audits are archived to 2003.
  • Public Records
    • Section K: School Community Relations of the Williamsburg-James City County School Policy Manual includes Public Information Request procedures in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.[8]
    • Information on the teacher pay scales is provided.[9]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance information is available.[10]
  • Background Checks
    • Information on teacher background check policies is available.[11]

School Board

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board is comprised of seven members. Williamsburg City representatives are appointed by the Williamsburg City Council and serve four-year terms at-large. James City County members represent the county election districts.[4]

The current WJCC Superintendent is Dr. Steven Constantino.[12]

The Virginia Public School System is supervised by a Board of Education, comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Virginia General Assembly. Members serve staggered four-year terms.

The Board of Education is responsible for dividing the Commonwealth of Virginia into school divisions and reviewing existing divisions to ensure standards of quality are being met. The Board makes annual reports to the General Assembly regarding public education in the Commonwealth and is further charged with certifying to the school board of each division a list of persons for the office of division superintendent of schools, one of whom the school board ultimately selects to fill the position. The Board also approves all educational materials used in the public schools. Supervision of school divisions is conducted by individual school boards.[13]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools[14]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $85,556,270 76% $11,503,067 10.2% $10,786,983 9.6% $0 0% $4,718,094 4.2% $112,564,414
2013-2014 $88,211,112 76.1% $11,887,456 10.3% $10,914,525 9.4% $0 0% $4,863,769 4.2% $115,876,862
Averages: $86,883,691 76% $11,695,261.5 10% $10,850,754 9% $0 0% $4,790,931.5 4% $114,220,638

Academic Performance

The Commonwealth of Virginia assesses schools based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments; schools receive two accountability ratings a year based on student performance on these assessments. SOL tests assess student performance in English, math, science and history. Ratings are also given based on school and school division adherence to the goals of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014.

School's state accreditation is based on performance in English, history, mathematics and science.

Schools and school divisions, as well as the State, are rated as achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if they meet or exceed annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics.[15]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools as having a student population of 10,797 and 14 schools in the division.

Williamsburg-James City County Public School Division did not make AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[16]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Berkeley Middle 6 - 8 848 No
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary Pre-K - 5 575 Yes
D.J. Montague Elementary Pre-K - 5 614 Yes
J. Blaine Blayton Elementary N/A N/A N/A
James Blair Middle 6 - 8 643 No
James River Elementary Pre-K - 5 485 Yes
Jamestown High 9 – 12 1,232 Yes
Lafayette High 9 – 12 1,114 Yes
Lois Hornsby Middle N/A N/A N/A
Matoaka Elementary Pre-K - 5 688 Yes
Matthew Whaley Elementary K - 5 456 Yes
Norge Elementary Pre-K - 5 691 Yes
Rawls Byrd Elementary Pre-K - 5 582 Yes
Stonehouse Elementary Pre-K - 5 878 Yes
Toano Middle 6 - 8 859 No
Warhill High 9 – 12 1,132 Yes

Unions

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[17] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[18]

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