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Plans and Reports

Making Progress

Our Goals

Historic Onancock School is on a quest to establish the old high school and the 13 acre grounds as a vital and vibrant cultural and community center to benefit the Town of Onancock and the citizens of the entire Eastern Shore of Virginia. To date, much work has been accomplished to stabilize and improve the school building and to enhance the condition of the grounds. 

Strategic Plan 2018-2021

A three year strategic plan was completed and approved by the Board in 2017. This plan will guide our efforts to improve the building and open spaces and to increase the value of the Historic Onancock School as a cultural and community center. Major goals include:

  • Continue to improve the building and open space of the Historic Onancock School
  • Ensure sufficient income to cover operational expenses and to increase contingency/capital funds
  • Increase the usage of the building space and open space
  • Establish an identity which will capture the essence of who we are and what we do

We share it with you here in full, and welcome your input.


Annual Report 2016

Presented to Onancock Town Council Feb 27, 2017

Building Improvements

  • Replaced old HVAC system in main conference room with mini -split units.
  • Removal of the old system from the roof allowed for repairs to that section of roof and subsequent rental of the classroom impacted by leaks.
  • Completed repairs to several areas of the building that suffered from water damage.
  • Completed the renovation of an unused restroom into a service kitchen which    has increased the use of the conference room for community and family  gatherings.

 Financials

  • Revenue in excess of $71.4K, including $44.3K in studio rentals, $10.3K in  fundraising income,
  •  $4.6K in Special Event income and $12K in donations and grants income.
  • Expenses of $79.3K, including almost $27K in building maintenance and enhancements, some of  which were to have been completed in 2015, but were not accomplished then.  Also included $18.3K in payroll expenses and $13K in utilities costs.
  • Bank balances in excess of $61.1K at end of 2016.
  • 2017 budget approved with balanced revenues and expenses.

Building and Grounds Use

  • 100% of first floor studios rented; 60% of basement rented.
  • In excess of 7,800 people visited or attended functions on the grounds or in the Historic Onancock School building during 2016.

Organization Development

  • Completed a review of and updates to By Laws, and increased effectiveness of the Board.
  • Increased hours and responsibilities of Office Manager.

Annual Report 2017

Presented to Onancock Town Council February 26, 2018

    Building and Open Space Improvements

    • Using the Engineering Study recommendations, improvements were made to interior and exterior spaces, and needed roof repairs were completed
    • The back of the shop building was removed and the back of the building sealed, eliminating a safety hazard on the grounds.
    • The lower level/basement was cleaned and painted, allowing three new tenants to move in.

    Financials

    • Revenues of $87.9K, a 23% increase over 2016. Includes $45.4K in studio rentals, $18.9K in fundraising income, $4.9K in Special Event income and $18.7K in donations and grant income.
    • Expenses of $80.4K, including $23.5K in building maintenance and enhancements, $28.6K in payroll expenses and $8.5K in utilities costs.
    • Net Income of $7.5K. Bank balances of $67.9K at end of 2016.

    Building and Grounds Use

    • 100% of first floor studios rented; 90% of basement rented.
    • In excess of 6,400 people visited or attended functions on the grounds or in the Historic
    • Onancock School building during 2017, including 350 alumni for a multi-year Reunion.

    HOS Identity

    • Developed and approved a new logo for Historic Onancock School.
    • Began planning for a marketing campaign.

    Organization Development

    • Promoted Joani Donohoe to Executive Director.

    A seven minute summary of who we are and our plans for the future. Filmed in 2013.