Northampton County Public Schools, Virginia

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Budget N
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Academics Y
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Northampton County Public Schools is a school district in Virginia (Sunshine Review).

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • School board meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[1][2]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[3][4]
  • Academic performance information is available on the division website.[5]
  • Section K: School-Community Relations of the Northampton School Board Policy Manual includes Request for Information procedures in compliance with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Section D: Fiscal Management includes information regarding audit requirements and Section G: Personnel includes hiring and evaluation procedures.[6]
  • The School Board’s financial information is included in the Northampton County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.[7]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[8]

The bad

  • Budget information is not included on the division website.
  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • The website does not include the results of audits.
  • Teacher contracts are not available on the school website. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[9]

School Board

The Northampton County School Board is comprised of eight members appointed by the County’s Board of Supervisors. The Board is responsible for preparing the annual budget for submission to the Board of Supervisors.[4]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Kristin Holland Webb, Chairperson
Mickey Merritt, Vice Chairman
Calvin Brickhouse
Richard Bland
Jill Combs
Dr. Richard Drury
Patrick Hand
Ann Terry

The current division superintendent is Richard Bowmaster.

The Virginia Public School System is supervised by a Board of Education, comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Virginia General Assembly. Members serve staggered four-year terms.

The Board of Education is responsible for dividing the Commonwealth of Virginia into school divisions and reviewing existing divisions to ensure standards of quality are being met. The Board makes annual reports to the General Assembly regarding public education in the Commonwealth and is further charged with certifying to the school board of each division a list of persons for the office of division superintendent of schools, one of whom the school board ultimately selects to fill the position. The Board also approves all educational materials used in the public schools. Supervision of school divisions is conducted by individual school boards.[10]

Current Board of Education Members[11]

Name Term Term Expires
Eleanor B. Saslaw, President 2nd January 29, 2012
Dr. Ella P. Ward, Vice President 2nd January 29, 2011
Elizabeth D. Beamer 1st January 29, 2014
Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Jr. 1st June 30, 2011
Isis M. Castro 2nd January 29, 2012
David M. Foster 1st January 29, 2014
David L. Johnson 2nd June 30, 2011
K. Rob Krupicka 1st January 29, 2013
Dr. Virginia L. McLaughlin 1st January 29, 2013


The division website does not include budget information.

Academic Performance

The Commonwealth of Virginia assesses schools based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments; schools receive two accountability ratings a year based on student performance on these assessments. SOL tests assess student performance in English, math, science and history. Ratings are also given based on school and school division adherence to the goals of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014.

School's state accreditation is based on performance in English, history, mathematics and science.

Schools and school divisions, as well as the State, are rated as achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if they meet or exceed annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics.[12]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Northampton County Public Schools as having a student population of 1,799 and 3 schools in the division.

Northampton County Public School Division did not make AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[13]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Kiptopeke Elementary Pre-K –7 581 No
Northampton High 8 - 12 626 No
Occohannock Elementary Pre-K – 7 592 No


The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[14] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (Sunshine Review) (NEA).[15]

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