Independent School System Feasibility Study

On Thursday, June 8, 2023, the Williamsburg City Council voted unanimously to launch a feasibility study regarding the possibility of running its own school system, separate from James City County.

The study will take place through January 2024. The City will then offer multiple opportunities for public input based on the study’s findings. Any implementation of recommendations from the study would take place, at the earliest, in the 2025-2026 school year.

In launching this feasibility study, the City is taking its first step to fulfilling its initiative to “consider alternatives to the traditional K-12 education model for improved pathways to higher education and certificate programs through coordination with local institutions,” as stated in the City’s 2023-2024 Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes (GIO), adopted in November 2022. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The City of Williamsburg has the obligation to periodically evaluate the best possible educational opportunities and outcomes for our students and how to achieve that educational environment in the most fiscally responsible manner for our taxpayers.

This is the right time to conduct a study of this nature for multiple reasons. As many know, Williamsburg and James City County have run a joint school system for the last 72 years. The agreement between the two localities must be renewed every five years. Therefore, it is constantly being evaluated. At this moment, specifically, there are some pressing fiscal questions regarding the future of this joint arrangement and its fairness to the taxpayers of Williamsburg that make this study both timely and necessary.