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The Northampton County Education Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual State of the Schools
Eastville, VA
10/17/2018 09:44 AM

The Northampton County Education Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual State of the Schools on Tuesday, October 16. Where last year’s event was to solicit community input, this year’s was more of a report of the system and individual schools to community stakeholders. Approximately 120 attended.

First to speak was Superintendent Eddie Lawrence who reported scores, attendance and accreditation of the County’s schools were all moving in the right direction. Since last year, attendance at all the county’s schools are up between 6-10%. Lawrence likened the progress being made to a mountain climbing trip, he said “we have left camp, but still haven’t reached the summit.”

Lawrence pointed out highlights of the schools this year. Some of them were that Northampton Middle School is now officially accredited with conditions, graduation rates at Northampton High School are up, Occohannock Elementary School is now fully accredited for a second year and Kiptopeke Elementary School was named a PTA National School of Excellent.

During a Q&A session, Lawrence addressed teacher pay. He said Northampton County lost their teach of the year last year to Virginia Beach. She still lives on the Shore, but was able to make more money even after the expenses incurred by a daily commute across the bridge. He also addressed the need for a new school. Lawrence said he was pleased with the progress being made to develop a plan with the Board of Supervisors. He added while he hated to see his own taxes go up, the expense of a new school was an investment in the future of the County.

The Principals of Northampton High School, Occohannock Elementary School and Kiptopeke Elementary School also addressed the crowd.

The Northampton Education Foundation also presented awards at the end of the State of the Schools. Each person who spoke awarded one individual or business for above and beyond service to their school. Superintendent Eddie Lawrence recognized Therapeutic Interventions for their service to the school system and to him. Lawrence said whenever he had a problem, Wayne Bell and the folks at T.I. were always there to offer help and guidance. Mike Myers, Northampton High School’s Principal, awarded Waterford Printing for their help in printing new banners for the school. Kiptopeke Elementary School Principal Subrina Parker awarded Bill Prosise, for dedicating hours upon hours constructing various facilities in the school. Jason Kirby was the recipient of the award from Occohannock Elementary School.

More information about the Northampton County Education Foundation and ways to get involved can be found at ncedufoundation.com.

 
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