Supervisors to Discuss

Hearings on School Pay

The county Board of Supervisors has agreed to discuss whether to support state legislation requiring Virginia school boards to hold public hearings before raising superintendents' salaries or extending their contracts.

The bill stems from the Fairfax School Board's decision last year to boost the pay of Superintendent Daniel A. Domenech. Republicans on the School Board criticized the panel's Democrats for conducting what they said were secret negotiations over Domenech's $30,000 raise.

Del. Gary A. Reese (R-Fairfax), a former School Board member, has introduced a bill that would open salary talks to the public. Democrats and Domenech have said Reese's bill would intrude on the board's right to negotiate contract matters privately.

At Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) said he supported Reese's proposal and would like the supervisors to back it. They agreed to take it up as early as tomorrow at a meeting of the board's Legislative Affairs Committee.

Schools Seek Reaction

To Social Studies Books

The county school system is asking for public comments on proposed social studies textbooks for grades 4 and 8.

The recommended textbooks will be available at eight county libraries from Feb. 10 through March 10. Completed comment sheets will be forwarded to the School Board before it selects social studies books for the 2003-04 school year.

A textbook review committee of community members, school administrators and teachers has been meeting throughout the school year to review numerous fourth- and eighth-grade social studies texts. In early February, the committee will make its recommendations to the School Board.

The recommended texts will be available at the Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax City, George Mason, Pohick, Reston, Sherwood and Tysons-Pimmit regional libraries.

For more information, contact Sara Shoob at 703-846-8647 or by e-mail at sara.shoob@fcps.edu.

Room, Board Rates

May Rise at GMU

The cost of room and board at George Mason University could go up this fall. The Board of Visitors is scheduled to consider the rates at today's 1:15 p.m. meeting at Mason Hall.

Current room rates range from $2,770 to $4,500 a year, and a meal plan costs as much as $2,480 a year.

The Board of Visitors also will approve new degree programs and review the south sector plan, a building program that includes six additions to the university's Fairfax campus.

The meeting is in Room D-23 of Mason Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax.

Panelists to Discuss

Effects of Sprawl

An Oakton church is bringing together a panel of "smart growth" analysts, including former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman Audrey Moore, Feb. 9 to discuss sprawl.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax says the panel will discuss the impact of sprawl on the quality of life and what county residents can do about it.

In addition to Moore, the panel will include Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Roger Diedrich, chairman of the Great Falls branch of the Sierra Club.

The forum will begin with refreshments at 12:30 p.m, with the discussion starting at 1 and ending by 3. The church is at 2709 Hunter Mill Rd.

Alternative Schools

Set Feb. Graduations

Bryant Alternative High School, Mountain View School and Pimmit Hills School will celebrate their first graduation ceremonies of 2003 in February, school officials said.

Mountain View will graduate 65 students at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Fairfax High School. Pimmit Hills will hold commencement exercises for 39 graduates at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the school. Bryant will graduate 55 students, including seven from Landmark Career Academy, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Bryant.

The three schools are fully accredited alternative county high schools.

Career and learning scholarships as well as citizenship, personal achievement, faculty and academic achievement awards will be presented to graduates.

NRA Foundation

Endows Post at Mason

The Fairfax-based National Rifle Association Foundation has committed $1 million to the George Mason University School of Law to create and endow a professorship at the Arlington County campus.

The Patrick Henry Professorship of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment will be filled by Nelson Lund, professor of law and an analyst on constitutional law.

"This professorship will be dedicated to exploring the ideas and impact of the Second Amendment," GMU President Alan G. Merten said. "The ability to think critically is the traditional goal of a college education and has never been more crucial. . . . This appointment will stimulate timely debate on important constitutional issues."

Lund has written widely in the field of constitutional law, worked as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served in the White House as associate counsel to former president George Bush from 1989 to 1992.

Since joining GMU's law faculty, he has taught constitutional law, legislation, federal election law, employment discrimination law, state and local government and a seminar on the Second Amendment.

Health, Beauty Expo

Coming to McLean

The McLean Community Center will hold a health and beauty expo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8.

Those attending can learn about the latest developments in plastic surgery, dental implants, laser hair removal, vein removal and liposuction. Information will also be available on drug and alcohol treatment programs, independent and assisted living and health and life insurance.

Admission is $5. The community center is at 1234 Ingleside Dr. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

-- Compiled by Diane Mattingly

and Stephen C. Fehr