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PRTC Asked to Explore Consolidation

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — There are four transportation organizations that help govern how some commuters travel in Northern Virginia. Now there is a renewed call to consolidate them.

A total of 22 elected legislators in March sent a letter to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, one of the four transportation groups on the list that was asked to explore consolidation. PRTC operates OmniRide and OmniLink bus service in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

For the past two sessions of the Virginia General Assembly, there have been failed efforts to consolidate PRTC, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Authority, and the Northern Virginia Regional Alliance.

The PRTC Commission is lead by several elected officials who meet on a monthly basis. Prince William Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe Chairs both the NVRC and the NVTA.

“We ask you as chairs of NVTA, NVRC, NVTC, and PRTC, to engage your organizations in an effort to determine whether consolidation and/or improved coordination would improve regional planning, including transportation planning and services,” the letter stated.

Delegates from the Potomac Communities who signed the letter include Richard Anderson, R-Prince William, and Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge.

PRTC commissioners are scheduled to take up the matter at tonight’s regularly scheduled commission meeting.

 

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Brush Fire Takes 2 Acres in Dale City

DALE CITY, Va. — Fire crews were called to a wooded area in Dale City to douse a brush fire that claimed two acres of land.

Crews were called about 4 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Mapledale Avenue and Mahoney Drive after a fire was found in a wooded area behind several homes. The woods sit adjacent to Andrew Leitch Park, home of the Prince William County Park Authority’s Waterworks Park.

Crews on the scene said they initially were called to Mahoney Drive but could also access the burning brush from Rapshody Court. A creek lies in the woods where the blaze was found and flames burned brush all the way up to the creek, an incident official said.

This is the latest in a series of brush fires in this area, the official added.

 

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$90,000 Dale City Water Improvements Begin

Virginia American Water today announced the start of water main replacement on Castle Court in Dale City to enhance water quality and improve service reliability. The cost of the water system improvements is approximately $90,000.

Beginning the week of April 2, Virginia American Water will replace approximately 500 feet of aging two-inch cast iron water main with six-inch double-cement-lined pipe on Castle Court, located in the Cloverdale Community. The company is replacing pipe that dates back to 1967 and has a history of leaks. These improvements are part of Virginia American Water’s long-term strategy of ongoing capital investment in its water systems.

Crews will work weekdays between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The estimated duration of the project is four weeks. During the project, some residents of Castle Court might experience limited inconvenience as the construction crews work near their driveway entrances. Crews will work as quickly as possible to shorten the length of any temporary inconveniences.

Virginia American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to more than 300,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to

an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting amwater.com.

-Press release 

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Early Work Slated for 95 Express Lanes

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — While final plans are not yet in place for High Occupancy Toll lanes on Interstate 95, transportation officials will begin preliminary work on the project next week.

Drivers will notice the work taking place on the highway shoulders on I-95 between Springfield and Dumfries, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The proposed toll lanes, if approved, will be a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and private construction firm Fluor-Transurban. Taxpayers are expected to foot $97 million while the private firm is expected to fund $843 million.

In December, officials said construction could begin as early as this spring. But no formal announcement has been made. According to vamegaprojects.com, the work scheduled next week is utility work.

Once known as HOT lanes, the project has apparently been rebranded 95 Express Lanes to match its counterpart toll lanes on the Capital Beltway, the 495 Express Lanes which are scheduled to open late this year.

Work schedule:

I-95 north from Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) to Springfield Interchange – Mobile right shoulder closures Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for utility work.

I-95 north from Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) to Springfield Interchange – Mobile single lane closures Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for utility work.

I-95 south from the Springfield Interchange to Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) – Mobile right shoulder closures Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for utility work.

I-95 south from the Springfield Interchange to Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) – Mobile single lane closures Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for utility work.

I-95 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes from Springfield Interchange to Dumfries Rd. (Route 234) – Mobile alternating shoulder closures Monday through Thursday from 7 am. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to noon.

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Pr. William Sups Expecting Comments on Budget

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William County officials tonight will hold a public hearing on a proposed $912.6 million budget for 2013.

The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. at the Prince William County Government Center on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.

The new budget includes, among other items, funding for 12 new police officers, two new arson investigators within the county fire department, five new 911 operators, upgrades to the security system at the county’s juvenile detention center, more cash for the county’s gang response team, and a new center for economic development concentrated on redeveloping the U.S. 1 corridor in eastern Prince William.

Teachers in Prince William County who have been clamoring for pay raises got work last night they would receive them, but announced they would appear at the meeting in mass to urge the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to maintain the proposed tax rate of $1.215 per $100 of the assessed property value.

“Any lowering of the tax rate will directly impact public education as the Superintendent’s current proposed budget is based on the advertised tax rate,” stated Brandie Provenzano in an email to PotomacLocal.com.

Provenazno has said teachers will organize outside the government center to urge county supervisors to approve the proposed tax rate.

Tonight’s public hearing comes as county staff in recently years has trimmed $140 million from its budget, and has passed on more retirement costs to their employees, officials said.

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$5 Million in Cuts to Fund Teacher Pay Increases

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The Prince William County School Board approved an $861 million operating budget Wednesday night, directing the Superintendent to find $5 million in new spending cuts to cover the cost of providing a step increase to employees on the current pay scale.

Budget approval came a week later than originally expected, as Board Members debated how best to afford enhanced pay increases. The new plan builds on the foundation of the spending reductions originally proposed to pay for an across-the-board raise in the budget plan rejected during last week’s Board mark-up session.

By a 5-3 margin, Board Members voted this time to provide the widely sought step increase based on a 7.5 hour instructional day. The step will provide an average 2.85 percent pay hike, but actual amounts will vary according to each employee’s position on the current pay scale. In addition, all employees will receive an added one percent increase to offset the cost of a new state mandate that will require each PWCS employee to make a one percent contribution to the Virginia Retirement System over the upcoming school year.

Board members also approved an amendment directing the Superintendent to use any additional funds that could be received toward reducing class sizes and/or adjusting the budget-diminished Capital Improvements Program, according to future Board directions.

The immediate challenge for the School Division will be finding $5 million in cuts beyond those already included to fund pay increases in the Superintendent’s previous proposal. Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven L. Walts conceded that it will not be easy to find those additional cuts but noted, “We will make every effort not to lay off any employee.”

Though passed, the Budget is not yet final. It immediately goes to the Board of County Supervisors for their approval. Additionally, the county has yet to finalize the tax rate on which the budget revenues are based; the tax rate advertised last month can still decrease, but not increase, meaning PWCS could face further shortfalls. The state budget picture is uncertain as well. Clarifying legislative action could come as early as Friday, but might still require adjustments to the spending plan.

-Press release

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Sexual Battery, Abduction Charges Filed

DALE CITY, Va. — A Dale City man faces sexual battery and abduction charges.

Police were called to a house the 4500 block of Kentland Drive on Sunday where a 12-year-old girl said he was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance while inside a house, police documents state.

Through their investigation police charged 26-year-old Jonathan Alexander Carriveau with aggravated sexual battery and with abduction, according to police documents.

He was held without bond and his court date was marked unavailable.

See more police reports.

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Pr. William Schools Set Graduation Dates

Adult Ed & Summer School Thursday August 2 7:30 p.m. Stonewall Jackson HS Gym

Battlefield HS Friday June 8 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live

Brentsville District HS Saturday June 9 10 a.m. Jiffy Lube Live

Forest Park HS Saturday June 9 2:30 p.m. Patriot Center

Freedom HS Saturday June 9 7 p.m. Patriot Center

Gar-Field HS Friday June 8 7 p.m. Patriot Center

Governor’s School Awards Ceremony and Banquet Saturday, June 2 4 p.m. Kelly Leadership Center

Hylton HS Saturday June 9 9:30 a.m. Patriot Center

Independent Hill School Thursday June 7 1 p.m. IHS Gymnasium

New Directions Alternative Ed Center Senior Awards Thursday June 7 5:30 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center

Osbourn Park HS Friday June 8 6 p.m. Osbourn Park HS

PACE East Senior Awards Friday June 1 9:15 a.m. IHS Gymnasium

PACE West Senior Awards Luncheon Thursday June 7 12:30 p.m. PACE West Gymnasium

Potomac HS Saturday June 9 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live

Practical Nursing Program Friday June 1 6:30 p.m. Osbourn Park HS Auditorium

Stonewall Jackson HS Tuesday June 12 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Saturday June 16 7 p.m. Patriot Center

Woodbridge HS Saturday June 9 9 a.m. Woodbridge HS

-Press release 

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Revised School Budget Fails

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. –– A proposed measure that would have given all Prince William County Public Schools employees a raise has failed.

Prince William Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts put forth a revised budget that included a two-percent raise for all school employees. But the county’s School Board denied passage of the newly proposed budget in a meeting Wednesday night.

Instead, At-large School Board Chair Milton Johns called another meeting next Wednesday where the Board is expected to explore more ways to cut spending in order to fund pay raises, said Prince William County Schools Communications Director Philip B. Kavits.

The Board has until April 1 to approve a new spending package.

This latest move comes after teachers in Prince William County have staged protests and so-called “work to the rule” campaigns in order to draw attention to the lack of pay raises over the years.

Teachers say they would like at least a three-percent increase in pay, as many have gone years without a salary increase. Teachers also said they dip into the own pockets to pay for supplies, and work evening and weekend hours just to meet the demands of the job.

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County Adds New Parks Department

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William has a new Department of Parks and Recreation after officials voted Tuesday to merge county government with the Prince William County Park Authority – an independent corporation in continuous existence since 1977.

The merger puts control of all 67 properties owned by the Authority in the hands of the county government, under the leadership of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. The independent parks board will now be merged with the county to become a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

The merger is expected to be complete by July 1 and is not expected to cost the county any additional funds than what has already been budgeted for parks and recreation services over the next year. Currently, county parks in Prince William generate 44 percent of their revenue through user fees, according to county documents.

Employees of former Park Authority – the largest employer of youth in Prince William County through a summer jobs program – will all become county government employees.

Apparently, some Park Authority employees were concerned they would lose their jobs, prompting County Executive Melissa Peacor to address the matter before the Board of Supervisors’ voted unanimously to approve the merger.

“The efficacies that we will gain are synergies… we both have fleet operations, however, they take of mostly equipment, we take care of mostly vehicles. Perhaps there’s an opportunity for them to do all of the equipment and we do all the vehicles and we get work done more quickly,” said Peacor. “They are hiring hundreds and hundreds of folks for the summer. They need their [human resources] people. We have four folks who folks for the county, and they can’t take on their work for the Park Authority. So I think there was some worry in the beginning that some folks would lose their jobs…but we don’t see a major ability to cut jobs because they become a department.”

Representatives with the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition and the Arts Council, groups that have close working relationships with the Park Authority, urged Supervisors to maintain those relations as the members of the new Parks Department are put in place.

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Check Cashing Store Robbed

DALE CITY, Va. — A check cashing store in Center Plaza in Dale City was robbed early Monday.

Police were called at 8:49 a.m. to Ace Check Cashing at 4337 Dale Boulevard after an employee told police a man walked into the lobby just after he had opened the store, displayed a handgun, and then demanded cash, according to police reports.

The suspect tied together the woman’s hands and then took cash from the store.

Police surrounded the area in an attempt to locate the man but they were unable to locate him.

The woman was not injured, according to police.

The suspect was described as black, between 28 and 30-years-old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a medium build, black hair and green eyes. He was wearing dark pants, black shoes, a blue jacket, black mask and gloves.

See more incidents as reported by Prince William police:

Burglary
On March 13 at 3:07 a.m., police responded to the Linden Park Apartments rental office located at 3600 Jurgensen Drive in Triangle for an alarm. Police arrived and discovered a side window which had been broken out. Entry is believed to have been made, however no items were reported missing. A perimeter was established and a police K-9 was utilized in an attempt to locate a potential suspect. No one was located.

Attempted burglary
On March 11 at 11:04 p.m., police responded to the 15700 block of Tassia Ln in Woodbridge for a burglary in progress. Homeowner reported to police that she was in her bedroom when she heard the sound of glass breaking. The homeowner fled the residence and contacted police. No entry is believed to have been gained into the residence and no items were reported missing. The homeowner never saw the potential intruder and was unable to provide police with a description.

Attempted burglary
On March 12 at 4:48 p.m., police responded to the 16600 block of Geddy Court in Woodbridge for an attempted burglary. Homeowner reported to police that between 2 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., an unknown person(s) attempted entry into the residence through the front door which was damaged. No entry is believed to have been gained into the residence and no items were reported missing.

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Parks Merger: ‘Citizens Need and Expect More’

By Uriah Kiser

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The largest employer of youth in Prince William could today become apart of the county government.

The county’s Board of Supervisors at 2 p.m. will hold a public meeting to discuss dissolving the Prince William County Park Authority and replacing it with a county parks and recreation department. The independent Authority’s Board, which was first created in 1971 and is responsible for managing 67 properties over 4,000 acres, voted Feb. 7 that it wanted to be enveloped by the county government.

Prince William officials in documents related to the merger state times have changed since the inception of the Park Authority, whose job back then was to manage just three properties.

“The Park Authority merger into the county government structure reflects the growth and changes in the community since the Authority was formed in 1971…since then Prince William has grown tremendously in population and diversity,” stated Prince William Deputy County Executive Susan Roltsch. “Our citizens need and expect more and more types of recreation services and the provision of these services requires a significant outlay of funds from the taxpayers of the county.”

The county would assume ownership of all park properties and obligations, including debt.

Last year the Authority went into debt after developing golf courses. County officials stepped in and helped refinance their debt, and then reduced the amount of money regularly transferred to the Authority from the county’s general fund in lieu of making payments directly for the Authority, documents state.

Currently, 45 percent of the Park Authority’s funds come from monies generated internally, but the larger remaining portion comes from the county and the general fund, according to county documents.

The Park Authority employs more than 500 full-time or full-time equivalent positions, as well as 1,900 part-time seasonal positions making it the largest employer of youths in the county. If the merger is approved, those employees would become county government employees, but documents do not state if the new parks department would maintain its current staffing levels.

If the merger is approved, management of the parks would transfer from its current eight-member to a newly formed Parks and Recreation Advisory Board by July 1.

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Water Rates Could Skyrocket

DALE CITY, Va. — Water and sewer rates could be going up for customers in eastern Prince William County.

Virginia American Water wants to raise rates by 15.9 percent for customers in the state. Customers in Prince William County could be hit hard by the increase, as the utility wants to raise rates in the portion of the county it serves by nearly 25 percent, according to a press release from the Prince William County government.

“The Board of County Supervisors opposes this rate increase and encourages all affected residents to voice their opposition, as they had great success last year when VAW attempted to substantially increase their rates,” the press release states.

Customers who would be affected live in the Dale City area, and those residents are also urged to share their concerns with thier county supervisors Marty Nohe and John Jenkins.

The utility has set a public hearing on the proposed rate increase in Richmond on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., in the State Corporation Commission’s Tyler Building, at 1300 East Main Street.

Residents who wish to participate in the public hearing but cannot attend the meeting can also submit comments online.

 

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Clinic Offers Free Shots in Late Flu Season

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — With the latest start to the flu season in two decades, the Greater Prince William Community Health Center just made getting your flu shot easier and more affordable than ever.

The Health Center is offering two flu shots for just $19 during all open hours. When one adult purchases a flu shot for $19, a related family member age 18 or under can get a free flu shot.

Get Your Flu Shots at Ridgewood Center on Prince William Parkway. The Health Center is located at 4379 Ridgewood Center Drive, Suite 102, near the intersection of the Prince William Parkway and Old Bridge Road. No appointment is necessary to get your flu shot. Walk-ins are welcome between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Most private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid recipients are welcomed.

Is It Still Flu Season?

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s flu season did not officially begin until the first week of February. Given this unusually late start to the flu season, the CDC is reminding people they can still gain protection by getting a flu shot, which is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

An Ounce of Prevention

“No one wants to deal with the misery of the flu, and one of the most important steps you can take is to get a flu shot,” said Dr. Rashid Mohiuddin, the Health Center’s Medical Director. “Flu shots are particularly important for young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma and diabetes, and people over age 65.”

The Health Center provides integrated and coordinated primary, prenatal, dental and behavioral health care for the entire family under one roof. To make an appointment, please call our Appointment Line at 703-680-7950 or visit us at gpwhealthcenter.org.

The Greater Prince William Community Health Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit health facility serving the Greater Prince William Area. The Health Center provides integrated and coordinated care across four practices–primary, prenatal, dental and behavioral health care–all in one faciity at Ridgewood Center in Woodbridge. The Health Center serves all, regardless of age, income or insurance status.

-Submitted

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Pr. William Hires New Economic Development Director

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — After a nationwide search, Jeffrey A. Kaczmarek has been named the Economic Development Director for Prince William County because of his expertise, experience and documented successes in local economic development efforts. The Board of County Supervisors approved his hire during a special meeting on March 5, 2012, and he is expected to begin work April 2, 2012.

“Economic Development is a key strategic priority for the Board of County Supervisors,” said At-large Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart. “We have become one of the top areas for job growth in the country, and Mr. Kaczmarek has the talent and proven track record to allow us to continue our success.”

Kaczmarek comes to Prince William County from Kansas City, Mo., where he served as the President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City from 2005-2011.

During his time in Kansas City, Kaczmarek had several accomplishments:

-Announced 135 projects with $2.1 billion in private sector investment and 14,000 new jobs;
-Oversaw a $4 million budget, with a 30-member agency;
-Helped to develop a new marketing brand for Kansas City – “America’s Creative Crossroads;”
-Developed a life sciences cluster in Kansas City, including the creation of an animal health corridor;
-Provided technical support to technology driven projects, including animal health, alternative energy and information technology;
-Facilitated the opening of a biotechnology micro-incubator;
-Launched the KCBizCare initiative to retain existing businesses and increase job growth; and
-Worked to develop partnerships with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Council of Kansas City.

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Schools Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Neighbors and politicians took time out of their schedules to visit with students on this 15th annual Read Across America Day.

Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-Fairfax, Prince William, read Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to students at McAuliffe Elementary School in Dale City on Friday morning.

“The kids are quick to correct me if I get something wrong. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s worth it if it gets students more interested in reading,” said Connolly.

Read Across America Day is celebrated each year on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.

An avid reader, Connolly says he reads about two books per week.

“Reading is critically important to a child’s education,” said Connolly. “Growing up I loved to read. I try my best to bring that same passion and enthusiasm for reading to today’s students.”

At nearby Marumsco Hills Elementary School, Prince William Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi also read to students there.

In Stafford County, students from Brooke Point High School traveled to area elementary schools and performed a rendition of Dr. Seuss’ “ I wish I had Duck Feet” – a story about a he had different animal body parts.

Brooke Point’s “Learn and Serve” students also promoted the virtues of gratitude along with literacy, said Stafford County Public Schools spokeswoman Valerie Cottongim.

Dr. Seuss, a cartoonist known most notably for his childrens books, would have turned 108-years-old today.

Prince William Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi reads to students at Marumsco Hills Elementary School.

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Victims Share Ordeal in East Coast Rapist Case

The alleged East Coast Rapist arrives at Manassas Regional Airport on Tuesday afternoon. (Prince William police)

Manassas, Va. — The alleged East Coast Rapist appeared for a preliminary hearing in court Thursday.

Aaron Thomas, 40, sat and listed to the testimony of two young women who, in 2009, were rapped behind Glendale Plaza in Dale City.

The Washington Post reported details of the testimony, in which the victim confronted her alleged attacker for the first time.

Thomas was captured last year in Connecticut after a series of billboards with his likeness was erected along the East Coast. He’s wanted in connection to at least 17 cases along the East Coast that involve rape or robbery – the last two are believed to have happened in Dale City.

Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert to the Washington Post he expects Thomas’ case to go before a grand jury in April, and that Thomas is facing life in prison if convicted.

 

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Teachers Plan Protest on Highway

Prince William County, Va. — Teachers are expected to take to the streets Friday afternoon in protest.

Educators said they will gather at Va. 234 Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road near the Prince William County Public Schools administration complex to once again let school leaders know they’re not happy about the prospect of not receiving a raise.

The rally, sponsored by Concerned Teachers of Prince William County, will gather between 3 and 6 p.m. with hopes to draw commuters’ attention to their plight.

“The teachers of Prince William County are coming together to Rally for Education. We want to draw attention to the current budget situation – and the overall lack of support financially for education and educators in Prince William County,” stated an email notifying media of the event.

The group stated they’re not involved with any political organization.

Prince William schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts’ $932 million proposed budget does not account for any new teacher pay raises for the next three years but will keep staffing levels the same.

Outraged, some Prince William teachers protested inside the Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chambers, and some began “working to the rule” – only working the mandated seven hours per day that’s mandated by their contracts.

In response to the “work to the rule” protests, Walts sent a letter to teachers reminding them strikes are not allowed in Virginia, and that teachers, per their contract, must participate in afterschool activities.

*This story has been corrected. Original information provided to PotomacLocal.com noted the planned rally’s location on Va. 234 near The Prince William County Public Schools Administration Complex.

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Transit Strike Looms

Woodbridge, Va. — Transit officials in Prince William County are bracing for the impacts of a possible bus operator strike.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission located in Woodbridge said Wednesday that its contracted operator, First Transit, Inc., is negotiations with unions that represent its bus operators, and stated a current contract is set to expire at midnight Friday.

PRTC, which operates OmniLink and OmniRide bus services in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park, didn’t note what operators are seeking in their new contract.

With a strike looming as early as Saturday, the transit agency did release details of three possible scenarios the agency will use in an attempt maintain service in the event of a strike.

Scenario 1

All bus services operate regular service using PRTC buses, but OmniLink off-route trips may be suspended. This option could require using bus operators from other transit providers to supplement existing personnel. Operators will have turn-by-turn instructions, but we ask passengers to please offer directional assistance if required. Regular fares will be charged on all buses.

Scenario 2

OmniLink and Cross County Connector local buses operate regular service using PRTC buses and existing personnel, but OmniLink off-route trips may be suspended. Regular fares will be charged on local buses.

OmniRide and Metro Direct buses operate regular service using PRTC buses and existing personnel, supplemented as necessary by buses and bus operators from other transportation providers. Since some non-PRTC buses will be used, riders should look for signs in the windshields of other buses. Operators will have turn-by-turn instructions, but we ask passengers to please offer directional assistance if required. Fares will be free for OmniRide and Metro Direct passengers.

Scenario 3

OmniLink and Cross County Connector local buses operate regular service using PRTC buses and existing personnel, but OmniLink off-route trips may be suspended. Regular fares will be charged on local buses.

OmniRide and Metro Direct buses operate on the Emergency Service Plan (ESP), with service only to/from the Franconia-Springfield and West Falls Church Metro stations. Buses and bus operators from other transportation providers may be used to supplement existing personnel. Since some non-PRTC buses may be used, riders should look for signs in the windshields of other buses. Operators will have turn-by-turn instructions, but we ask passengers to please offer directional assistance if required. Fares will be free for OmniRide and Metro Direct passengers.

Transit officials said they will use several methods of updating riders if drivers decide to strike, including posting information about any service changes on their website. PRTC and First Transit, Inc. gave apologies in advance if a driver strike impacts passengers in the coming days.

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‘Send A Kid to Camp’ Campaign Begins

Dumfries, Va. — On March 1, 2012, the Prince William County/Manassas Branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington are kicking off their local “Send A Kid to Camp” campaign for the next 100 days. The three clubs, located in Dale City, Dumfries and Manassas, hope to raise $40,000 for camper scholarships by June 7.

All three clubs will offer various programming for ages 5 – 17 that cover Sports, Youth and Teen Camps. All camps will take place the months of June through August. The Club’s programs reflect their FORMULA FOR IMPACT; a personalized formula that assists members in achieving personal growth in academic success, good character & citizenship and healthy lifestyles by mixing in key elements of outcome-focused initiatives.

While a $150 donation may mean a 100 percent scholarship for one child for one week of camp, club officials plan to stretch donations even further by offering partial scholarships of 25 percent, 50 percent and 75 percent to families who meet the challenge of raising the rest. That means even more children and youth will be afforded the opportunity to attend camp.

“For some parents, $25 to $75 is the difference between their child being apart of the summer camp experience or being unsupervised at home,” says Boys & Girls Club Regional Director Glenn Vickers. “Generous donations will fill that gap, and 100 percent of the funds raised over the next 100 days will go directly to the youth of the Greater Prince William County region who attend the clubs. Our motto is ‘great futures start here’ and your involvement will help that come true.”

All scholarships are based on need and are processed on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to new applicants.

CHASE, the Prince William County/Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs’ new large and friendly dog mascot, is the face of the Send A Kid to Camp Campaign.

-Press release

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