Tag: Schools

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 Stefanie Jackson – The public hearing on the annual update of the Northampton County Public Schools comprehensive improvement plan prompted discussion of a wide range of topics, from everyday matters like class schedules to hot-button issues like school discipline. “Each child is important and entitled to the opportunity to...
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 – The Northampton school board voted unanimously Feb. 13 to pilot a restorative discipline program in kindergarten through second grade, but a former school board member questioned whether the decision was informed enough to ensure the program’s success. Restorative discipline is an alternative to traditional school discipline...
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 retired judge from Machipongo wants to start a new mentoring program for Northampton third graders with the help of Sheriff David Doughty. “It’s so rewarding to see the changes. So many of the students came from tough homes,” said Joe Canada, who was a mentor...
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 – Northampton supervisors are considering raising the local sales tax by one cent, collecting up to $1.4 million a year to repair and rebuild public schools. “A lot of that sales tax would be paid or generated by people who are moving through here and stop for...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Public Schools was one of three school divisions chosen to pilot a new early childhood education program, Director of Special Programs Keren Plowden announced to the school board Dec. 12. “I was really honored. … We were picked out of all the divisions...