Tag: Northampton

By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton Middle School teacher Jessica Merando and Principal Ron Yorko are making a difference at their school by introducing a new program that gives students incentives for good behavior and having a positive influence on school climate. Handing out referrals and punishing bad behavior used to...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton public school officials spoke with parents and community members Oct. 10 to make it easier to swallow the decision not to give all students free breakfast and lunch this year through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). “We want...
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...
Story by Stefanie Jackson – Photo by Angie H. Crutchley – Participants in the Eastern Shore Regional Jail’s new re-entry program are growing into productive citizens, but that’s not all they’re growing. The participants attend classes every day, but they also get to go outside, breathe fresh air, and get...
By Stefanie Jackson – It was a “dream come true” Tuesday night for Northampton school board chairman William “Skip” Oakley when county supervisors unanimously approved borrowing nearly $29 million dollars to renovate Northampton High School and build a new addition. “Let’s have a state-of-the-art school,” said David Kabler, a District...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton schools Chief Financial Officer Brook Thomas will speak publicly about a program that would provide free breakfast and lunch to all public school students in the county, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m., in the Northampton High School library. The Community Eligibility Provision is a program...
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 – The Virginia Board of Education’s revised accreditation system provides new insights into student performance. Understanding how test results and new types of data affect accreditation ratings can prove challenging without some background information, even for educational professionals. A Guide for Understanding SOL Passing Rates and...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board has written its wish list for state funding in 2020, and money for competitive teacher salaries, called the Cost of Competing Adjustment (COCA), is the top priority, Superintendent Eddie Lawrence said Sept. 12. “If Accomack’s pushing for it, we need to push...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County has restarted the process of updating its comprehensive plan with greater emphasis on citizen input – Sept. 9 kickoff meetings were open to the public at five locations, one in each voting district – but one citizen felt shut out when he wasn’t...