Prince William County
The following were among actions taken at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Prince William County School Board. For more information, call 791-7200.
SCHOOL BOUNDARIES -- The board, by a four to three vote, adopted changes to high school attendance boundaries for next fall, ending a month long debate that had pitted neighborhood against neighborhood and board member against board member.
Under the approved plan, students from neighborhoods south and west of Lake Ridge will be sent to Gar-Field High School, located near Potomac Mills Mall, beginning in September. Those residing in Woodbridge neighborhoods east of I-95 would continue to attend Woodbridge High School in Lake Ridge.
About 85 ninth graders scheduled to attend Osbourn Park High School and 76 ninth graders slated to attend Woodbridge would also go to Gar-Field in September.
The boundary changes, the first in more than a decade, were necessitated by overcrowding at Woodbridge and Osbourn Park high schools, school officials said.
Two weeks ago, Superintendent Edward L. Kelly recommended the plan adopted by the School Board, inciting protests from parents of students affected by the changes. School officials had considered four plans.
Board members Ilona Salmon, Odis Price and Patricia L. Cusey voted against the new boundary plan.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN -- The board unanimously approved a $193 million, six-year capital improvements plan that calls for building 12 schools in addition to the four new schools approved by voters last November.
In the first year, beginning in July, the plan proposes construction begin on three elementary schools and a middle school north of Dale City, all to be completed by 1991 or 1992. Land for an additiaonl elementary, middle and high school also would be purchased next year. Next year's construction and land costs are expected to be about $36 million.
SEVENTH SCHOOL PERIOD -- The board also approved a six-year instructional plan which would add a seventh period to the high school day this September. The seventh period is expected to add $3.3 million to next year's budget, which would pay for additional staff to implement the expanded school day.
ASBESTOS -- The board voted to remove asbestos from all county schools by 1994, as required by the federal government. The total cost has not been estimated. The amount of asbestos varies from school to school but a recent survey concluded that in no school was the level considered dangersous.
LYNCH SCHOLARSHIP -- Parents of Kim Lynch, a Stonewall Jackson High School student who died last September of cancer, donated $10,000 to the school board to establish a scholarship fund that would award $1,000 annually to a student graduating from the high school.
Members of the school's faculty would select the recipient of the scholarship.
City of Manassas Park
The following action was taken at the Feb. 18 meeting of the City of Manassas Park School Board. For more information, call 361-9107.
SPECIAL ADMISSIONS -- Superintendent Jimmy R. Stuart informed the board that parents of students expelled from another school system will be required to sign an authorization form allowing the school staff to look through the student's records prior to admission.
In the past, school staff called the prinicipal of the student's previous school to seek information about any disciplinary actions taken against the student. With the new procedure, which is being instituted in other school jurisdictions, more specific records could be obtained to determine eligibility.