Tag: Accomack

By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools’ financial outlook has appeared to improve since about two weeks ago, when Finance Director Beth Onley announced that the fiscal year 2021 budget could experience a shortfall of up to $1.6 million. Multiple revenue losses were predicted due to the economic impacts...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton County Public Schools combined will receive more than $2.3 million in financial relief through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), according to a May 1 press release from Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. Accomack will get about...
By Bill Sterling Special to the Eastern Shore Post Arthur King Fisher, the consummate wordsmith who combined a deep scholarly interest with a great wit, died April 10 in Davidson, N.C. Fisher, 84, had spent most of his life on the Eastern Shore until he and his beloved wife of 47...
By Connie Morrison — As the Accomack County Board of Supervisors closed out its monthly meeting Wednesday night, April 15, Supervisor Donald Hart gave them some breaking news: “While we’ve been at this meeting, I just was notified that we’ve had five new cases of the coronavirus today in Accomack...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton County Public Schools were unprepared when Gov. Ralph Northam announced last Friday, March 13, that all Virginia public schools must close for at least two weeks, starting Monday, March 16, in response to COVID-19. This week, both school districts have rolled out plans...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition met March 6 at the Historic Onancock School, where participants shared insights on why the Shore lacks affordable housing and what must be done to fix the problem. Ramona Chapman, of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, facilitated. David...
By Stefanie Jackson – Repeated, unexcused school absences violate state law and can lead to court dates, fines, and even jail for parents or juvenile detention for students, an Accomack school administrator has cautioned. “Today, in fact, one of our little people was sentenced to 10 days in juvenile detention...
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,...