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By Stefanie Jackson – The Accomack school board unanimously passed a budget for fiscal year 2020 on May 7, but not without a few major cuts. Almost $565,000 was cut to balance the nearly $52 million budget, Director of Finance Beth Onley said Tuesday night. Teacher raises were on the table...
By Stefanie Jackson – It’s budget season, and Exmore Town Manager Robert Duer is committed to keeping pace with Northampton County in the salary race. Northampton County employees will get a 3 percent raise in fiscal year 2020, and so will Exmore town employees, Duer announced on Monday. But Duer went...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton Director of Finance John Chandler proposed increased county expenditures of more than $2.6 million in fiscal year 2020, including an additional $345,000 for public education. Among Northampton school division’s top funding priorities are a social worker, teacher pay increases averaging 2.5 percent, raises for school...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 is around $28.5 million, an increase of about $378,000, or 1.34 percent, and even though Director of Finance John Chandler said the budget has grown a little more than 15 percent over the past five years – not...
By Stefanie Jackson – At a Feb. 26 public hearing on the Northampton County Public Schools budget for the 2019-2020 school year, the proposal that garnered the most public support was the addition of a school social worker. “The key for you to improve is going to be the social...
By Connie MorrisonThe takeaway from Sen. Lynwood Lewis’ Dec. 18 town hall meeting was this: election years are difficult ones for progress, but certain things must get done.The difficulty with election years is that even the most routine legislative matters can become mired in politics. All 100...
By Stefanie JacksonIn a cooperative effort with Accomack supervisors, Northampton supervisors voted on Nov. 20 to re-establish the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission after a controversy put the organization in jeopardy.Accomack supervisors threatened to defund the tourism commission after discovering its executive director, Kerry Allison, opposed...