Prince William County

The following were among actions taken at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Prince William County School Board. For more information, call 791-7200.

JOB RECLASSIFICATION -- The board unanimously approved a new pay scale plan for 1,800 support personnel employed by the school system whose job classifications will change Feb. 1.

The plan affects school bus drivers, clerical workers, mechanics, custodians and cafeteria workers.

Under the plan, 351 employees will get pay raises beginning Feb. 1. The remainder will see no change in their pay while 13 workers whose classifications were downgraded will have their pay frozen for one or two years until their grade step increases.

Altogether, classification for 1,190 jobs, including 300 cafeteria personnel, will be upgraded, 94 will be downgraded and 506 will remain unchanged.

Classroom aides, who number about 250 and are considered classified employees, will not be affected by the change. Their pay is tied to the teacher pay scale.

The reclassifications were recommended by a McLean-based consulting firm, Public Administration Service, which was hired at a cost of $100,000 to do a two-year, classified-employees study. The study was done to help simplify the complicated pay scale system and to raise salaries for jobs with high turnover rates, to make them competitive with similar jobs in neighboring jurisdictions.

WOODBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL ROOF -- Calling it an "emergency situation," several members of the board asked Superintendent Edward L. Kelly to draft plans to replace the rapidly deteriorating roof over Woodbridge High School and present it to the board for action at the Feb. 3 meeting.

The board also asked Kelly to find money from the current operating budget to fund the replacement as soon as possible. The cost of replacing the leaky roof is estimated at $1.2 million.

"The conditions of the school is really a disgrace," Board Member Ilona Salmon from Occoquan said. "I think we have to consider it an emergency situation."

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors rejected a request by the School Board two weeks ago to apply for an $8.4 million Virginia Public School Authority bond to fund the replacement of the leaky roof and other improvements to schools in the system.

SUMMER SCHOOL -- The board unanimously approved the curriculum and schedules for the county's summer school program slated to begin July 5 and end Aug. 15.

A variety of courses for grades 1 through 12 will be offered in the program. The program, which is split into two three-week semesters, is offered for students who wish to make up courses or take additional courses. The tuition varies depending on the course from $40 to $170 for residents. Nonresidents pay a slightly higher tuition.

The site for the summer programs are: Osbourn Park and Potomac high schools for high school courses; Parkside and Godwin middle schools for middle school courses; and Parkside and Bel Air elementary schools for elementary courses.