Manassas Park, Virginia's smallest city, is one of 550 jurisdictions nationwide that were awarded a certificate of conformance for excellence in its fiscal reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for the U.S. and Canada. According to City Manager Jerry Davis, the certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting. "Out of the 80,000 governmental bodies eligible, it is an honor to be one of those chosen," he said. "Naturally we're very pleased." To win, a government must submit its annual financial report to the GFOA, which has strict standards, a spokesman said. Each year nearly 900 governments compete for the award. Manassas Park won with its 1984 financial report.

The Manassas Park School Board will consider raising nonresident tuition rates, which are the lowest in the Prince William area, at its regular meeting tonight. Current nonresident tuition is $950 for grades 1 through 12 and $475 for kindergarteners. Board member and former chairman Alma Dunn recommended the rates be increased to $1,000 for grades 1 through 12 and $500 for kindergarten pupils. In addition the board will consider whether there will be a fixed rate for children of school staff living outside the city who wish to attend. "We've been deciding their rates on a case by case basis," School Superintendent Jimmy Stuart said. I think we ought to encourage staff to enroll their children; it's a real boost to the system when the employes think enough of it to send their kids here."

At a recent meeting the School Board approved a chemistry course for high school students who do not plan to attend college. Called "consumer chemistry," the course will provide students with a practical knowledge of chemistry.