Us: Virginia Beach School Board Member Victoria Manning

BY VICTORIA MANNING As a parent, I continue to be actively involved in my sons’ education. I have volunteered in their classrooms, chaperoned field trips, assisted in Scouts and other activities. In my community, I have been active in my… Continue Reading


2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Princess Anne District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked announced candidates for the Virginia Beach School Board Princess Anne District seat to answer an initial set of questions about issues. This appeared in print on Friday, May 25, during the edition distributed at this… Continue Reading


Retired city police officer Day launches challenge for Princess Anne District School Board seat

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A retired city police officer who works as a substitute teacher is running for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board. Paul Day, 59, will challenge incumbent Kim Melnyk, a… Continue Reading


Melnyk seeks reelection in Princess Anne District, aims to continue work in ‘top notch’ Virginia Beach schools

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Kim Melnyk, a small business owner and former elementary school teacher who lives in Christopher Farms, is seeking a second term representing the Princess Anne District on the Virginia Beach School Board. Melnyk, 51,… Continue Reading


Column: In the wake of Florida shooting, a promise to act in the name of preventing gun violence

Ed. – The following is adapted from remarks delivered last month at Town Center during a vigil organized by local members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School… Continue Reading


2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for Virginia Beach School Board, Centerville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked School Board candidates to send information about their campaign organizations and priorities. School board candidates were not included in the print edition, and, given this, one candidate responded. Responses have not been edited. This will be updated… Continue Reading


New principal for Creeds Elementary School announced

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Casey Conger, assistant principal at Point O’View Elementary School, will be the next principal at Creeds Elementary School. Conger will follow Robin Davenport, who is retiring.  “She is a dynamic leader,” Superintendent Aaron Spence said during a… Continue Reading