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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Microfilm Box45136 May 164 Pages 25 Cents New Texas Parents want closed CISD classrooms By Wanda Lasater A group of Bulverde parents want to change the school least that part affecting their Bulverde Parents Concerned for a Better Education organized about two weeks ago and met with three of the Comal Independent School District trustees to air concerns about the grading system and open At the board meeting this a group asked trustees to place a discussion item concerning the Bulverde schools on the agenda for the meeting in two Claudia Lawson read a letter outlining what the group feels is in need of change at Bulverde Elementary Bulverde Middle School and Smithson Valley High It is not our goal to oppose our teaching or the individualized instruction our purpose is to propose changes that would enhance teaching and render more ef fective learning under the present Lawson She defined three areas of con of the grading construction of walls or partitions and promotion of a more structured teaching Problems with the grading system in the elementary schools of the district were first brought up by trustee Carey Me Williams who attended the organizational meeting of BP CBE two weeks The present system of using A2 and A3 to indicate at or below gradelevel work was devised by a committee of teachers and administrators in October 1977 and approved by trustees in the spring of Problems begin to arise for said many when they go into high school which uses the numerical Following the meeting two weeks CISD James Richardson said a committee will be appointed to review the grading system and make a recommendation for the coming school year since it is apparently confusing to some parents and Lawsons letter asked to set grading stan dards to elevate achievement and incorporate gradings in all three school levels by changing the elementary and middle schools to the numerical the system would be less vague and deceiving and would promote The numerical system would also prepare students for high school and she The second request of the group is to con struct walls or partitions in the elementary school to improve the noise con consideration of time on task and to give the teachers more one of the mothers in the group said the open classroom concept is not necessarily if it can keep up with the The problem with noise and lack of concentration i See Page 2A Crushed rock sites opposed Staff photo Scenes like this one south of New Braunfels concern the chambers board of directors Foundation dissents Industrial group favors individual decisions By a vote of seven to New Braunfels In dustrial Foundation voted Friday not to support the Chamber of Commerces position on rock crushing The vote came three days after the chambers board of directors voted to oppose any additional rock crushing operations along the Balcones Escarpment in Comal Foundation member Herb Schneider made the motion not to support the After a second by Ed Nolte and a secret the motion The majority of the foundation disliked the idea of a blanket policy against one type of foundation president Merritt Schumann He felt each industrial prospect should be considered on its The minority was concerned about protecting the green areas along the escarpment from being turned into a long strip of member Joe Faust The foundation is concerned about the welfare of the and is not planning on encouraging rock crushing operations to locate Schumann Were not mad at the Schumann I dont want people to think we He said he also had a problem with preventing or discouraging companies from using land which they bought for quarrying in the first Stating the land along the escarpment gets its value from the limestone beneath he felt landowners should have the freedom to sell it as they A portion of the chambers objection was that more rock crushing operations would mean more train traffic blocking streets in New Schumann suggested the railroads be approached about eliminating grade crossings in the downtown He felt the railroads would lend an ear whereas they may not have Last both the foundation and the chambers Industrial Council approved an economic development policy which called for the en couragement of clean industry to New It also stated industries which might spoil the natural resources and the beauty of the area should be Unlike the current that policy didnt single out any one class of industry to Schumann It was a positive The chamber position also touched upon dust problems and scarring of Several foundation members felt state and federal regulations would give adequate protection against dust and that quarries could be put in a less visible location so no one would see the Others pointed out the tax revenues these quarries would generate could pay for im provements they would Schumann said he didnt agree with the chamber boards contention that too many quarries would turn New Braunfels into a mining Indicating quarried areas will be he I dont think were going to be a ripped apart mining Noting the chamber boards emphasis on the fact that McDonough Brothers of San Antonio planned to begin a rock crushing operation on acres off Hunter Schumann said only a small portion of that area would be quarried at any one While one area was being another would be he He felt the chamber and the foundation could continue to work together despite the differences over the new We have always worked together and I think we can continue to work he By Robert Johnson The Chamber of Commerce doesnt want to see any more crushed stone operations locating along the Balcones Escarpment in Comal President Elliot Knox announced Passed at a board of directors meeting May the chambers position was made public at Mondays monthly The position was taken less than two weeks after chamber officials were notified McDonough three is planning to open a crushed stone operation on a site on Hunter Road adjacent to the Texas cement McDonoughs notification to the chamber that it had applied for a permit from the Texas Air Control Board to emit participates at its planned Comal County plant forced the chamber to make a Executive Vice President Tom Purdum Last the chamber passed an economic development policy which focused on attracting light and clean industry to the New Braunfels It also Discouragement will be given to those industries which might spoil the natural resources and beauty of this The chambers latest position is an extension of that Purdum ex A copy has been mailed to McDonoughs offices in San he Noting several crushed stone and aggregate companies have leased or bought land along the Knox said the drawbacks of these operations far outweigh the He listed seven objections to these types of operations Increased dust emissions and scarring of Increased train necessitating construction of un derpasses or overpasses to avoid traffic congestion and danger to life and All or most of the cost would be borne by local the chamber board Increased truck resulting Cement plants not addressed The chambers policy of opposing new crushed stone operations does not deal with cement Tom chamber executive vice The policy deals only with companies which quarry for Purdum We havent taken a position on cement The policy came as a considering building a cement plant south of New Ideal has not yet purchased any land nor begun to seek permits from the Texas Air Control Board or Environmental Protection Purdum Cement plants dont have all the drawbacks of crushed stone he They normally have a capital investment of at least four to five times that of a crushed stone and provide a greater boost to the tax rolls of local political sub divisions as a Because it is shipped in powdered it takes fewer railroad cars to ship cement than it would the same amount of he Fewer railroad cars mean less train traffic in the Purdum in increased road maintenance Removal from the market of large land areas which might otherwise be used for residential development or for more desirable industrial or com mercial Valuable natural resources would be depleted for their least valuable Potential discouragement of the clean industries the chamber See Page 2A Utilities plan to cooperate Comal County com missioners and New Braunfels Utilities will be cracking down on subdivision developers who are not complying with county road Some time commissioners and the Utilities agreed that electrical lines would not be run into subdivisions which are not approved by the After confering with Utilities Manager Bob Sohn sent a letter to commissioners recently saying that the Utilities must nave official written action citing the legal basis for each subdivision to be refused electrical Although the item was listed for action this week by they agreed to delay action until it could be determined which of the subdivisions are not in That said County Judge Max we can do it all in one resolution instead of one this week and one next week and another one the next It is felt this regulation will help keep some developers in line with the regulations governing the building of roads which are turned over to the county for But Precinct 4 Orviile Heitkamp pointed out Pedernales Electric Cooperative has not been as willing to Fall from rail trestle is fatal for teenager a i STEVEN WEEKLEY fall A 17yearold senior at New Braunfels High School fell to his death from a train trestle Monday Steven Keith a vocational was to graduate next It is still undetermined whether or not a slow moving train bumped the young man or if he jumped to keep from being hit on the trestle in Preiss Heights An autopsy by the Travis County medical examiner is expected to determine if the train did hit the young of 1390 Mary Preiss had been walking on the trestle when the train came into sight and ran toward instead of away from the Sheriffs investigator Ed Murphy said the train slowed to two or three miles per hour after the engineer spotted the young But because Weekley apparently ran toward the train it was unable to come to a complete Murphy The high school senior fell some 40 feet to the Guadalupe River He was pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital at Born in Weekley and his family moved here three years Funeral services will be conducted by Unwood Kennedy at First Protestant United Church of Christ Burial will be in Comal Zoeller Funeral Home is in charge of Survivors include his Chief Master and George Weekley Suzette Weekley and Melanie all of New Braunfels and Hugo Jonas of New Brauafels and Ruth Weekley of
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