School Board Updates
To be open in fall 2018, the project would need to follow the below 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.