County Conducts School Census

The Prince William County School Board mailed more than 100,000 census forms to local households this week to try to ensure that the school system gets as much state sales tax revenue as possible.

Each child counted in the census translates to about $500 for the county, so it's important for as many people as possible to fill out the form, planning analyst David Beavers said. Translators for Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean speakers will be available at 791-7312 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this week to answer questions.

The survey is conducted every three years. Families without children in the home who received the survey should fill it out so they can be taken off the rolls, Beavers said. Families also can respond through the Internet, using a special code and Web site address provided on the census form.

The information is confidential and will be reported only to the State Department of Education in a summary form. The deadline to return the forms is Friday.

Commencements Commence

The county's seven high schools will hold graduation ceremonies tomorrow and Friday, inviting speakers from a variety of backgrounds to address the seniors.

The first graduation will be at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Nissan Pavilion for Brentsville District Middle/High School. Belle Whelan, president of Northern Virginia Community College, is the speaker.

The other graduation ceremony dates and speakers:

Hylton High School: 7:30 p.m. tomorrow on campus, Leonard Downie, executive editor of The Washington Post.

Stonewall Jackson High School: 8 p.m. tomorrow at Nissan Pavilion, Belle Whelan.

Osbourn Park High School: 6 p.m. Friday on campus, Circuit Court Judge Frank Hoss Jr.

Gar-Field High School: 7 p.m. Friday on campus, Sandy Queen, founder and director of Lifeworks, a training/consulting firm.

Potomac High School: 7 p.m. Friday on campus, motivational speaker Donna Tyson.

Woodbridge High School, 7 p.m. Friday, Virginia Attorney General Mark L. Earley (R).