4th Middle School

At their June 7, 2016, Work Session an update on the JBMS project was presented to the WJCC School Board by Howard Collins, president of architectural firm Waller, Todd & Sadler, and Michael Hall, president and educational facility planner at Fanning Howey.

Mr. Collins said the project was on schedule to follow the below timeline:

Phase 1a (parking lot & new entrance for Central Office)May – August 2016
Phase 1b (JBMS design & construction) May 2016 – September 2018
Pre-final Design Documents (90%) May 20, 2016
Owner Review May 23 – June 6, 2016
Final Design Documents (100%)June 15, 2016
Permit Review June 15 – July 15, 2016
Bid PhaseJuly 1 – August 4, 2016
AwardAugust 16, 2016
ConstructionSeptember 2016 – June 2018
OpenSeptember 2018

At their April 19, 2016, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board awarded the Partial Demolition of the current James Blair building to Ritchie-Curbow in the amount of $1,106,742.00.


At their April 12, 2016 Work Session the WJCC School Board discussed the Invitation to Bid for the partial demolition of the current James Blair building.


At their March 15, 2016, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board awarded Construction Management Services for James Blair Middle School to MBP in the amount of $558,300.


At their March 1, 2016, Work Session the WJCC School Board discussed Construction Management Services for James Blair Middle School.


At their January 19, 2016, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board received an update on value engineering and preparations for the new middle school. JBMS Update 01192016


At their December 15, 2015, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board received an update on project milestones and traffic studies for the new middle school. School Board Update 12152015


At their September 15, 2015, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board received an update on the new middle school’s proposed site and floor plans. The concept for the school’s instructional wing was also reviewed. School Board Update


At their August 18, 2015, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board received an update on the progress of the New Middle School Conceptual Designs.


At their April 21, 2015, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board voted to select Waller Todd Sadler as the firm that will provide Architectural Services for the Design of Middle School Facility.

Selection Process for RFP 15-6921: Architectural Services for Design of Middle School Facility


At their October 21, 2014, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board voted 6-1 to accept the Superintendent’s Recommendation to build a two-phase fourth middle school on the James Blair property. The first phase of the project would construct a 600-student middle school through a three-story classroom wing addition and renovation of portions of the existing building. The Central Office would remain in the two-story section of the existing building and in the James Blair Annex. The second phase would demolish the two-story section of the building and the Annex to make way for construction that would house an additional 300 students.

To be open in fall 2018, the project would need to follow the below timeline.

MS Timeline

The School Board Approved proposal has been forwarded to James City County and City of Williamsburg administrators and elected officials for funding.


By the 2018-19 school year, WJCC middle schools will be at full capacity. By the 2023-24 school year, Berkeley Middle School will exceed capacity by 307 seats, Hornsby Middle School will exceed capacity by 138 seats and Toano Middle School will exceed capacity by 108 seats. This total deficit of 553 seats (in 2023-24) must be addressed to ensure WJCC meets the learning needs of students.

The conversation about a fourth middle school in WJCC has stretched over several years. Most recently, a Middle School Committee was formed in January 2013 and charged by the School Board to: research, determine and advise on the future learning needs of middle school students; review and confirm middle school student enrollment projections and capacity needs; and, review available research on the impact of school size on student academic performance and school climate. The committee recommended building a new school on the James Blair site or redesigning and expanding the present James Blair Middle School building. The committee’s report is posted on this page.

Since that time, several options have been reviewed and discussed by the School Board. Additionally, a facility assessment study was conducted and city and county planning staff presented a study on where future enrollment will be concentrated within the localities.

In fall 2014, an architectural firm reviewed enrollment projections and conducted a 10-Year Master Plan Study. That study and a new proposal for the construction of a two-phase middle school was presented to the School Board on October 7, 2014. The presentation is posted on this page.

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