City of Manassas

The following were among actions taken at the Aug. 21 meeting of the Manassas School Board. For more information, call 361-0166.

BUDGET -- Superintendent of Schools James Upperman informed the School Board that city schools may be opening their doors Sept. 4 to 200 fewer students than were anticipated, resulting in even greater potential reductions in state funding for the city's school system.

Based on projected enrollments of 4,992 students, Manassas schools anticipated receiving about $6.6 million in state funding -- about 20 percent of the schools' $31.4 million fiscal 1991 budget.

But a 200-student drop in expected enrollments would automatically lower state funding to Manassas by an undetermined amount, said Upperman. The amount of state funding a local school system receives is largely based on the size of its student population.

State financial support for all local school systems was already threatened earlier this month when Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder proposed cutting $173 million in state aid for local schools to help offset a projected $1.4 billion state budget deficit by July 1993.

Wilder is not expected to specify how local school systems in the state could be affected by the proposed cuts until September.

In an effort to establish a $1.2 million reserve fund, Upperman has frozen hiring for nearly 28 vacant teaching and staff positions and $180,000 in spending on capital expenditures such as office equipment. In addition, he has proposed 10 to 20 percent cuts in other areas of the schools' budget.