Tag: Accomack

By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack schools’ proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 prompted public comments Tuesday night supporting the funding of four additional special education teachers and one additional school psychologist. “We appreciate your recognition of their importance to our children,” said Eileen Holcomb, of Chincoteague, who is the parent...
By Stefanie Jackson – A concerned citizen advised the Accomack school board Tuesday night to reconsider how the school division treats its special needs students, after one such student was given a 45-day suspension. “I am standing here tonight in a bit of frustration with the processes of our administration,”...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton County officials and community leaders have come together to take action on the Eastern Shore’s lack of affordable housing. The initiative began at a September housing summit organized by Ava Wise and sponsored by Sen. Lynwood Lewis. The group committed itself to quarterly meetings,...
By Stefanie Jackson – An Accomack school board policy, intended to give students a voice in district matters, narrowly missed the swing of the axe Tuesday night. “The opinions and concerns of the students in Accomack County public school division are important to the Accomack County Public School Board. Therefore,...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton leaders are working to rebuild a foundation for affordable housing opportunities on the Eastern Shore. Ava Wise, president of the United States Sustainable Development Corporation, recently organized a housing summit on the Shore, with the encouragement of Ramona Chapman, from the Virginia Department...
By Linda Cicoira -- Harris Phillips was victorious in his quest for reelection to the Accomack Board of Supervisors at the polls Tuesday. The District 5 supervisor received nearly 56% of the votes winning over challenger James Rich.  Phillips got 524 votes to Rich’s 416. “Thank you so much to all...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools will partner with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore this year to provide free, fresh produce to Accomack students and their families, school social worker Tysha Chambliss announced at the Oct. 15 school board meeting. “Last year, Metompkin’s teachers...
Story by Stefanie Jackson – Photo by Connie Morrison – The lack of affordable housing on the Eastern Shore has long been acknowledged by Accomack and Northampton elected officials, yet a regional housing needs assessment has not been conducted in nearly 20 years, attendees learned during a housing summit...
By Stefanie Jackson – A valuable resource for small-business professionals and budding entrepreneurs is coming to Exmore, a town at the crossroads of Accomack and Northampton counties. It’s called a “business incubator,” and it’s part of the Eastern Shore’s economic development plan that was written in part by the Accomack-Northampton...
By Stefanie Jackson – During a round of questioning for Accomack school board candidates at a forum held Sept. 30 in the Nandua High School auditorium, the forum’s leader, President James Fedderman, of the Accomack Education Association, handed out random questions submitted by community members. Gary Reese, of District 4,...