Manassas Park Schools Seek $550,000
Manassas Park school officials will present a $550,000 budget request to the City Council in March to equip the city's high school with a new food preparation/cafeteria area that can also be used as a stage and auditorium, according to City Clerk Lana Conner. City officials have expressed doubts that the request will be honored because the school system continues to lose students. According to City Manager Jerry Davis, the shrinking student population, now at fewer than 1,500, is the main reason the city wants to annex 674 acres it owns in Prince William County. "If we could build houses on that land we could fill our schools," Davis says. The city held several annexation negotiation meetings with the county last year but no more are scheduled, leaving the future of the parcels of land -- and the schools -- in doubt.
According to School Superintendent Jimmy Stuart, the Manassas Park Education Association's 101 teachers have requested salary parity with teachers in adjacent Manassas within three years. The request includes paying beginning teachers with a bachelor's degree $16,393, a 5.5 percent increase. Teachers also asked for reimbursement for recertification course work but Stuart said the school system will continue to offer such courses in night classes at the high school with University of Virginia instructors. University Offers Funds to Quantico
Quantico Mayor Lively Abel reports that Hampton University official Ernest Morant has offered the town an undetermined amount in federal funds that the university has to "give away" to qualifying jurisdictions, and which can be used for technical assistance with capital improvements. Abel said he hopes to use the money to begin making plans for a marina at the Riverfront Park given to the town in August by the federal government. "Mr. Morant left me an application to fill out," the mayor said. "We're enthused about this and looking forward to working with him." Dumfries Slates License Hearings
The Dumfries Town Council has scheduled two public hearings to hear residents' views on whether people who operate businesses out of their homes should be required to buy licenses and whether the town should raise the fee for town property tax stickers from $8 to $12. Vice Mayor Marjorie Davis said there is no urgent need for the money but the council, eyeing the town's growth, is looking to the future. According to state law, an incorporated jurisdiction with 3,500 residents must take responsibility for maintenance of its roads. Davis said that Dumfries, with its 3,400 residents, is sure to exceed the required number by the 1990 census. The town sold 2,600 car stickers last year. Leesburg Crimes Drop in 1985
In an annual report for 1985 to the Leesburg Town Council last week, Police Chief James Kidwell said that all types of felony crimes except assault and larceny theft numbered fewer than in 1984. According to the report, there were 311 thefts compared to 257 in 1984. In addition there were three assaults compared to two in 1984. With two robberies there were two fewer than in 1984, at 12, one less car theft and 28 burglaries compared to 32 in 1984. There were no homicides or forcible rapes reported in either year, the report said. The complaints for all types of crimes to the department increased significantly, however, with 17,733 in 1985; 14,799 were reported in 1984. The department employs 19 uniformed officers and operates around the clock on an annual budget of $709,881. Happy Birthday in Haymarket
The Haymarket Town Council took time out from official business last week to congratulate Terri Freeborn on the birth of a daughter. Freeborn, who was recently appointed to the council to fill an unexpired term, is expected to be back in her council seat at the Feb. l7 meeting. Pr. William School Survey on Tutoring Prince William County schools are distributing survey forms to determine interest in a tutorial program for reading, writing and mathematics this summer, according to school spokesman Kristy Larson. Cost of the program would be $8 an hour for a minimum of 15 hours of instruction; three students would be tutored by one teacher. Larson asked that survey forms be returned to the schools by Feb. 12. Round Hill Completes Sidewalk
Sidewalk construction on 500 feet of High Street in Round Hill was completed recently, pleasing officials and parents who had been concerned for the safety of pupils who walked to Round Hill Elementary School on High Street. Because the school is on a hill, residents worry that drivers coming up the incline on either side might not see a child walking in the street, Mayor Jeff Wolford said.
Hank Romberg, chairman of the Greater Round Hill Area Planning Council, said the land use plan his group has been working on since 1979 will be submitted to the Loudoun County Planning Commission "some time this week." The plan outlines development for approximately 21 square miles outside the town. Before the plan's submission to county officials, however, town historian Ann Thomas will work with the council to ensure that the plan accurately details Round Hill's historical sites, Romberg said. On its acceptance by county officials, the plan will be dedicated to former county schoolteacher Milly Stup who, Romberg said, was instrumental in getting the plan started but died before it was completed. Purcellville Land Use Plan
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors last week unanimously agreed to work with the Purcellville Town Council on its own area land use plan, according to Mayor Ron Masters. Because of "outside pressure for development in and around Purcellville," Masters said, the board will work with the Town Council to develop an interim plan for guidance while the longer range document is being written. The board agreed to appoint an ad hoc committee to develop both plans, Masters said. While neither the Round Hill nor the Purcellville plans will be binding on the Board of Supervisors, officials of both towns hope the documents will serve as guidelines regarding the type of development residents want around their towns. The land in question is outside town lines in both cases and is not legally under the jurisdiction of the towns.