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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 – 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 – At Arcadia High School, two alleged threats of violence made recently by students prompted local members of the activist group, Virginia Organizing, to speak at the March 19 Accomack school board meeting to raise awareness of a bill passed by state legislators that may help...
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 Stefanie Jackson – Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Lawrence’s proposed the annual school calendar again include an extra 45 minutes of instruction per day, and school board members are in a quandary. The proposal was made at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting. The state requires at least 180 days...
By Linda Cicoira -- Accomack supervisors voted Wednesday to refund nearly $91,000 in overpaid taxes due to erroneous assessments made on local property. Commissioner of the Revenue Debbie Midgett certified that refunds are due to four companies. The supervisors followed the recommendation of county staff and directed Treasurer Dana Bundick to...
By Linda Cicoira -- On the isolated Eastern Shore of Virginia alone, the federal government shutdown means 122 Coast Guardsmen have been working without pay, about 1,700 employees and contractors associated with NASA are without work, federal approvals for other programs and answers to proposals are unavailable, and funds...
By Stefanie Jackson-  A presentation on Accomack schools’ success implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in its elementary and middle schools escalated into a debate over whether the school division should continue with plans to implement the program at the high school level. Coordinator of Student Services Chester Hall...
By Stefanie Jackson-  Since Northampton supervisors made the commitment earlier this summer either to renovate or rebuild Northampton High School, which will cost millions of dollars no matter what option county and public school officials agree upon, supervisors have been keeping an extra close eye on every dollar of...
  By Stefanie Jackson — Accomack schools Director of Accountability and Curriculum Sandy Drummond updated the school board on the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments and the new standards of accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) on Aug. 21. “We have shown great success this year and a lot of...