Public meeting scheduled on 12th High School graves
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The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., on Dec. 16, in the board meeting room of the Edward Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas.
Prince William County Schools have modified the site discovery time line to reflect that possible evidence of the graves was found by contracted surveyors in 2008, but not shared with the school division until 2013.
The removal of the 13 graves began the week of Nov. 11.
The schools have said that among the artifacts discovered is a very small amount of human bone fragments.
Archaeologists and others have completed studies of the fragmentary remains from the graves which were previously hidden beneath trees and brush that had grown for decades.
Insights and historical information will be presented so local residents can weigh in on appropriate ways to recognize and reinter the historic discoveries.
Individuals interested in addressing the school board are asked to notify the board clerk in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703-791-8709; or by email at email@example.com prior to noon on the day of the board meeting to be placed on the list of speakers.
Those wishing to speak may also sign up prior to 6:55 p.m. on the list of speakers maintained at the entrance to the school board meeting room.
Please provide your name, address, phone number.
In keeping with Board policy, all registered speakers will receive three minutes to present their views, which will be considered in subsequent board deliberations.
Prince William County Schools say the exhumation and relocation of the graves was necessitated by timing and budget for school construction, combined with the unique site attributes that restrict the flexibility of the project.