The Williamsburg James City County School Board voted February 6, 2018, to approve the middle school attendance zone four map, effective with the opening of James Blair Middle School in 2018-19.
Options two and four were the last two maps being considered by the School Board. The main difference between the two options was four had better socioeconomic balance, while option two had a better longevity outlook.
Some board members were swayed to vote for option four because it had a better overall neighborhood proximity than option two. The main flaw with option two’s proximity was some students who were within walking distance of James Blair Middle School would be going to Berkeley Middle School.
However, since the space utilization for option four was less favorable than that of option two Lisa Ownby, Powhatan, voted against option four.
On top of redistricting, next year may also have more course options for middle schoolers. As part of the superintendent’s recommended program of studies, seventh graders would be able to take a “world language sampler” class, where they could explore different foreign languages before deciding on which to take in the eighth grade. Eighth graders would be able to take high school level one foreign language, and algebra one.
Also in the recommended program of studies, AP environmental science, principals of biomedical science, human body systems, introduction to engineering design and computer science principles would be available at all high schools. Jeff Carroll, WJCC assistant superintendent for school leadership, said these high school classes would only be available if enough students signed up for them. The minimum amount of students for each class would be 15. However, Carroll added high school principals may use their own discretion when deciding to offer a class if the number of students who sign up does not meet the minimum.
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