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Tag: Schools

By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton school board members failed to find common ground on issues at an Aug. 8 work session that left one member, Nancy Proto, “mystified” and “outraged.” “I pretty much can guarantee you, you don’t like me on this board, you’re going to really hate me off...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton schools received preliminary data from the Virginia Department of Education on Standards of Learning (SOL) test performance in the 2018-2019 school year, showing both success and room for improvement, but Superintendent Eddie Lawrence was encouraged by dropping rates of chronic absenteeism. “I do think, in...
By Stefanie Jackson – Nancy Proto, a member of the Northampton County School Board, recently reacted to the school board’s unanimous approval of her request to form a committee that will research how other school divisions have implemented restorative discipline – an alternative to traditional school discipline methods such...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton schools attempt to manage student behavior using a broken discipline system that simply needs “restoration,” not a complete transformation, according to one school board member. “We have challenging students, and we need to be responsive because that’s the hand we were dealt,” said school board...
DollarSigns
By Stefanie Jackson – After the Accomack school division received negative feedback over the new teacher salary scale the school board approved last month, Superintendent Chris Holland sent teachers a memo explaining the details that Director of Finance Beth Onley spent countless hours hammering out. “We spend a lot of...
LittleKids
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Director of Elementary Schools Maribeth Haines updated the school board on June 4 about changes the Virginia Department of Education is making to the Virginia Preschool Initiative that will require more pre-K classroom observations. Through the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Accomack schools get state...
SchoolBus
By Stefanie Jackson – The Accomack school board unanimously passed a budget for fiscal year 2020 on May 7, but not without a few major cuts. Almost $565,000 was cut to balance the nearly $52 million budget, Director of Finance Beth Onley said Tuesday night. Teacher raises were on the table...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton Director of Finance John Chandler proposed increased county expenditures of more than $2.6 million in fiscal year 2020, including an additional $345,000 for public education. Among Northampton school division’s top funding priorities are a social worker, teacher pay increases averaging 2.5 percent, raises for school...
By Stefanie Jackson – At Arcadia High School, two alleged threats of violence made recently by students prompted local members of the activist group, Virginia Organizing, to speak at the March 19 Accomack school board meeting to raise awareness of a bill passed by state legislators that may help...
By Stefanie Jackson – At a Feb. 26 public hearing on the Northampton County Public Schools budget for the 2019-2020 school year, the proposal that garnered the most public support was the addition of a school social worker. “The key for you to improve is going to be the social...