Tag: Northampton

By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton schools Director of Special Programs Keren Plowden has proposed a more inclusive educational program for toddlers, partly in response to an increasing number of referrals the school division is receiving for special education services for 2- and 3-year-olds. Virginia is the only state that requires...
By Stefanie Jackson – The design phase of Northampton’s high school and middle school building project has reached 45% completion, with construction expected to be finished three years from now. Both the Northampton board of supervisors and school board were updated on the project’s status last week by Dane Seagle,...
By Stefanie Jackson – When the Northampton planning commission held its regular meeting July 6, it received a memo that raised concerns about the new comprehensive plan and its recommendation, or lack thereof, on mobile home parks. The planning commission declined to read the memo because the deadline to...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton planning commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a zoning text amendment that will allow double-frontage lots in certain circumstances, which commissioners agreed would help those who wish to build homes in Northampton but whose land may not conform to the standards set...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Accomack and Northampton school divisions each will receive $25,000 for the purchase of technology to be used by students and teachers in the classroom, through the cooperation of an anonymous donor and local public broadcasting station WHRO. Accomack schools Superintendent Chris Holland and WHRO representatives...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Public Schools summer programs are underway to help students recover learning losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, and administrators are hammering out the details of a plan that will allow all students to return to school in person five days a week in the...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton supervisors approved the county’s tax rates for the 2021 tax year Tuesday night, including a decrease in the tax rate for farm equipment, which one supervisor had proposed during a previous meeting. The farm equipment tax rate fell from $1.20 per $100 of assessed value...
By Stefanie Jackson – A quorum of three Northampton supervisors approved the county’s new comprehensive plan Tuesday night after making several changes based on recommendations submitted in writing by all five supervisors. Many of the comprehensive plan changes recommended by supervisors concerned easily corrected factual or grammatical errors, but others...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist property owners in assessing if there are any environmental issues on their property prior to a sale – also called a brownfields grant. What is a brownfield? The EPA defines...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton citizen Ken Dufty has advocated for a group of his peers who believe their concerns were ignored in the drafting of the county’s updated comprehensive plan, and he has made a last-ditch effort to make their voices heard as supervisors prepare to take final...