The following were among actions the Nov. 6 meeting of the Prince William County School Board. For more information call 791-8720.
SIX-YEAR PLAN -- The School Board revised the school system's six-year educational plan, postponing several programs and new positions because of expected school budget constraints over the next few years.
Unlike the long-range school capital improvement program, the six-year plan is not a budget document, even though fiscal realities may affect its timetable. The plan spells out school system goals, such as raising student scores on standardized tests and eliminating "any measurable difference in academic performance" between white and minority students on those tests.
The board's revisions include postponing the allocation of funds for several projects, including:
$400,000 for construction of a teacher resource center from the fiscal 1992 and 1993 budgets to fiscal years 1995 and 1996;
$32,000 for a demographic specialist from fiscal 1993 to 1994, to help project growth in the student population;
and $106,000 for creation of an information system from fiscal 1992 to 1993, to improve the system of gathering information and data needed to make administrative decisions.
The board also deleted plans for a student "citizenship credit" program, which was to have been implemented in the next school year at a cost of $2,000. Under the program, high school students would have been required to accumulate "credits" for good citizenship in areas such as regular attendance and appropriate classroom behavior; the credits would have been needed for graduation.
Despite delays in the various projects, the six-year plan maintains plans for spending about $5 million on new academic programs, as well as millions of dollars in funding for facility improvements and construction of 14 new schools before the 1997-98 school year, for which funds were earmarked in the capital improvements budget.
New items in the six-year plan were incorporated into fiscal year 1997. The major additions include $500,000 for replacement of school and office equipment and $1 million for new school buses and additional bus drivers.
City of Manassas Park
The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Manassas Park School Board. For more information, call 335-8850.
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION -- Four students are currently enrolled in the school system's new alternative education program for middle and high school students with attendance and behavioral problems, Bernard Hatcher, associate superintendent of schools, said in a report to the School Board.
The program, which started Nov. 1, can accommodate 10 to 12 seventh- through 12th-grade students with attendance or disciplinary problems. Housed at the Independence school building on Colfax Road, the program incurs no additional cost to the school system.
Students in the program are taken out of Manassas Park Intermediate and High School with their parents' permission and enrolled for a minimum of 20 days in the program at Independence. Although the students miss regular class lectures, they continue their regular school work under the supervision of one teacher.
The structure of the program is based on the theory that isolating students from their peers will give them greater incentive to improve their behavior and academic performance, school officials said.
A school staff committee, which includes a student's in-school counselor, determines which students could benefit under the program and when a student is allowed to leave the program. If students are still having problems after 20 days, they will be required to stay for another 20-day period.
Hatcher told the board that the parents of the four students now enrolled in the program "are cooperating beautifully," said School Board Clerk Lois Steele.