Manassas Park Course Praised A six-week pilot Family Living course recently concluded at Manassas Park's Conner Elementary School was innovative, teacher Karen Hunter said, because boys and girls shared the class and were encouraged to discuss the moral aspects of the facts of life they were learning with their parents.
The course was designed and sponsored by the state board of health and its success will be evaluated by Prince William Health Director Dr. Jared Florance.
The course may be implemented next fall in county and City of Manassas schools.
It was introduced into the Manassas Park School first, Florance said, because "everything was right in Manassas Park. They had the facilities and the parents' committee had said years ago they needed this sort of thing in the schools as part of the curriculum and not an after-school course like so many of these things are taught."
Hunter said, "One of the reasons parents so often object to sex educational courses is that they don't instill moral values or the parents are afraid the values that may be taught won't match their own.
"In this course, I taught the sixth grade class facts on body changes during adolescence and on reproduction and then told them to talk it all over with their parents."
The students were "giggly" at first but learned to sympathize with each other's puberty problems, Hunter said.
Parents were enthusiastic about the course, she added, and on the evaluation sheets given out when the course was finished, students said, "They wouldn't have changed a thing." Manassas School Budget Vote The Manassas School Board is expected to vote this week on Superintendent Brent Sandidge's $18.7 million budget, which is $3.3 million over the current budget.
The 1987 fiscal plan, a 22 percent increase, includes an average 10 percent raise for teachers and a $17,392 salary for beginning teachers, a raise of $1,000.
After the School Board vote the budget will go to the City Council for two public hearings before the council gives final approval.
Seven percent of the budget increase is due to the necessary teaching staff, administrators and employes needed for the George C. Round Elementary School scheduled to open in the fall in the southern end of the city.
The $1.7 million school was built to relieve overcrowding in the city's three other elementary schools as well as provide for the city's future growth. It will have a 750 student capacity, Sandidge said. Easter Bunnies, Horses Coming Horses and Easter bunnies are coming to Occoquan -- but not necessarily in that order.
Saturday two big Easter bunnies will hop into town carrying jelly-bean filled baskets about 11 a.m. and will stay until the jelly beans, which will be handed out to children, are gone, a spokesman said.
According to council member Chuck Pugh, the Town Council recently issued a business license to Robert Boyd, a Stafford County businessman who wants to put a horse-drawn carriage on the streets of Occoquan for the purpose of conducting tours through the historic town.
The firm, called "Wheels Across Virginia," already runs such a service in Fredericksburg and Norfolk, Pugh said. The driver will wear an 18th century colonial costume and in the interest of esthetics and cleanliness, the horses will wear diapers, he said. The service will begin May 1 and will run through early fall. Planners Oppose Crematorium The Prince William Planning Commission last week unanimously recommended that a Dale City funeral home located on three acres off Dale Boulevard not be allowed to install a crematorium "by right" of its business zoning.
Instead, the commission said, the Cunningham-Mountcastle Funeral Home should seek a special exception from the Board of Supervisors, something John Jenkins, whose district includes Dale City, said he hopes will not happen.
Many of the 140 residents in the town house complex adjacent to the funeral home have mounted a campaign against a crematorium, citing possible air pollution.
At Jenkins' request the state Air Pollution Control Board has set an April 10 hearing on the issue.
The Board of Supervisors had already approved the crematorium in December when it was discovered that the planning commission's public hearing the month before had been improperly advertised.
In addition to the air pollution, Jenkins said, Dale Boulevard is so heavily traveled -- about 45,000 vehicles a day -- that increased traffic is another community concern. Scholarship Committee Formed Prince William County public schools recently established a central scholarship committee to solicit scholarship funds from local businesses and organizations and offer guidance in setting criteria. Its members also will serve on a selection panel to determine winners.
For information, call committee Chairman John Scott at 594-2161. To offer scholarships to a particular school, contact the financial aid counselor at that school.