City of Manassas Park

The following was among actions taken at the Aug. 1 meeting of the Manassas Park School Board. For more information, call 361-9107.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL -- The School Board formally appointed Ralph Moore as principal of the city's only intermediate school. Moore's new title is effective immediately, but contingent upon completing by December state-required courses for principals.

Although Moore was officially an administrative assistant, he has been acting as the principal of Manassas Park Intermediate School, for seventh and eighth graders, since January 1989, when the board relieved then principal William M. Minehart of his responsibilities.

The board reassigned Minehart to administrative tasks pending a planned investigation of complaints from parents and teachers that Minehart verbally abused teachers and discriminated against special education and minority students. Minehart resigned in March before the investigation was conducted.

Because Moore did not meet state educational requirements for principals, he kept the title as administrative assistant and worked under the supervision of Manassas Park High School's principal.

Moore is expected to complete a master's degree in administration and supervision in education at George Mason University by December. His annual salary is $48,535, under a new salary scale for the intermediate school principal position. The board, which revises salary scales annually, has not adjusted the scale for the intermediate school principal position since Minehart left.

Although Moore acted as principal, he received his administrative assistant's salary of $37,000 during fiscal 1990, which ended June 30.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING -- The board scheduled an Aug. 22 work session to review a progress report on the city's schools since the spring of 1989.

At the board meeting, Superintendent of Schools James Moyers presented to the board an eight-page outline of the school system's progress, which includes a short description of accomplishments in areas such as facilities, equipment and curriculum.

The board will study how those accomplishments fit in with the board's short- and long-term goals of improving education and school facilities, according to Moyers.

One of the board's main objectives is to have adequate facilities to reorganize grades into the conventional system of kindergarten through fifth grades in one building and sixth through eighth in a separate building.

Because of space limitations, kindergarten, first through third grades, fourth through sixth grades and seventh through eighth grades are currently located in four different buildings.

The work session will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, One Park Center Court.