The Manassas Park School system, which will lose its superintendent, Gary Smith, June 30, has been told that it will lose two more of its top administrators. Assistant superintendent Crayton Buck resigned three weeks ago and has already left to take a similar post in Buffalo, N.Y. In addition, special and alternative education director Cathe Hockenberry, will leave June 30 to complete work on her doctoral thesis at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Newly assigned assistant superintendent Jimmy Stuart, formerly principal of Manassas Park Elementary School, said he plans to make his term of office a peaceful one by "bringing stability to the position." The School Board has asked the state for a 60-day extension from the state-imposed Feb. 28 deadline to fill the superintendent's position.
The board recently approved the showing of the play "Hugs and Kisses" in its elementary schools in September. The play depicts the difference between "good and bad touching" in order to prevent child sexual abuse. Director of social services Noreen Slater said she will apply for a $6,000 state grant to set up a child protection program in Manassas Park.
Two area students have been chosen to perform with the Westminster College Symphonic Band in New Wilmington, Del. Both freshmen, they are Erin Day, a Manassas resident who plays percussion and keyboard percussion, and Manassas Park resident Rebecca Bates. Another Manassas resident, Cynthia Ayers, a music education major at Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, N.J., has been chosen to appear in the 1984 edition of Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges.