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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday Communications 25 cents 1980 Dallas Tx 75235 HeraldZcituno USPS317SS6 Mew Texas It adds up to better mathematics scores A plan that improved basic math scores in Austin schools by 15 to 50 percent in a year has been adapted for use by the New Braunfels Independent School NBISD trustees heard Bonnie a mathematics teacher at New Braunfels High report on the plan at a special meeting late Were very excited by Its a great op portunity for us to do what weve always wanted to It not only raised scores in but changed the classroom decorum as she The as outlined by in volves testing high school freshman with the Texas Assessment of Basic Skills which was developed a year The TABS test would determine if the student could handle minimum Out of 11 different categories of basic math he or she would have to pass seven of The categories consist of such areas as working with problems of per sonal whole and so The test was not designed to fit a grade but to determine if the student had reached exit level proficiency in Leitch If a freshman fails the a letter will be sent to parents detailing two alternatives when the test is taken a second as a those who fail can enroll in tutorial classes to improve the skills that are or parents can sign a letter of release stating they understand their child does not meet the minimum Board President RudyReimer did not like the escape Im a little uncomfortable with If we set a standard it should be for every child in the he Austin Independent School District added the clause on the advice of its Leitch but as it turned parents refused to sign the The pressure was put back on the and the scores went Assistant Oscar Smith suggested the district could try the escape clause for a and if we get a lot of then we could close the I dont think we would have Wed certainly discourage a parent from Hendricks Leitch said the plan was a convenient starting Theyve done all the work tor All we have to do Is implement And since the tests will be given to not it will mean The kids will have to live with the results of the If theyre deficient in some we can work with she I I Carters explanation not Billy case end WASHINGTON AP President Carters extraordinary defense of his handling of brother Billys Libyan connection doesnt close the case that has rocked his presidency and his party in the final days of his race for nomination to a second The presidents own account Monday night to the public and the Senate investigating the affair acknowledged that it is not definitive or Members of the panel in dicated they would withhold judgment until their probe is And in the highly charged at mosphere of an election Carters opponents could hardly be expected to let the matter But in his 99page report and the hourlong nationally broadcast news conference that the president that although he may some mistakes Hi getting in formation about the case out in the none of his actions in dealing with Billy and the Libyans was illegal or The president said and excerpts from his personal diary confirm that he tried if to dissuade his headstrong brother from making a return trip to Libya last Im not trying to make the older brother But anyone who knows Billy knows that no one can push him The president defended using Billy to get to the Libyan government in the early days of the Iranian hostage crisis and said the mission was at least partly successful in obtaining the support of the radical Islamic regime for efforts to free the American He that it may have been bad judgment to have enhanced Billys stature in4hc minds of the 7 In his Carter reiterated I can state categorically that my In the field County officials inspect a Sattler drainage cul The culvert structure backed up water runoff in flooding area Left to right Stuff photo are Charles Monroe Orville District Conservationist Carl Richard Odmark and Max Schertz may annex more land in Comal Drainage problem aired By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer Comal County commissioners took a hard look Monday at Sattler Village flooding problems caused in part by a county Area homeowners asked the county to condemn part of a strip of land bordering Guadalupe just off River Road near its fourth crossing of the Guadalupe The road crosses a stream carrying water runoff from the Sattler area to the Heavy rainfall in May and July 1979 caused two 36inch concrete culverts to act as a forcing water out of the stream across the road and into the garages and living rooms of two homes built next to the Orville Heitkamp said county efforts to correct the problem were hampered by a chainlink fence run ning along the downstream side of the covering part of the culvert Earlier efforts by Heitkamp to obtain the cooperation of the owner of the Lloyd Rathburn of in removing the fence were in so he joined homeowners See Page 16 Schertz City Council is thinking about annexing a tract in Comal and a public hearing on the matter will be held today at 7 at Schertz City 1400 Live The tract extends 750 feet on both sides of IH 35 from Schertzs present city limits at Schwab Lane to the end of the citys extraterritorial jurisdic tion ETJ a mile to the If the annexation would extend Schertzs ETJ to where it would abut New The two cities have already begun preliminary talks about establishing a common ETJ boundary Schertz City Manager Jimmy Gilmore said The Comal County tract is one of three tracts the other two are in Bexar and Guadalupe counties the council is considering for Gilmore Last Schertz City Council thought about annexing acres in Comal and Guadalupe counties this the three tracts total Schertz City Council defeated last years annexation recommendation by a 32 Gilmore said both Schertz and New Braunfels should be concerned about San Antonios Noting San Antonio has a fivemile ETJ Schertz and New Braunfels have one Gilmore Id sure hate to see either one of us get Im not saying we but its a brother Billy has had no influence on my decisions or on any govern ment policy or action concerning I can also state that Billy has never asked me to take any step that would affect any of these actions or The president also made these sweeping points He never tried to influence the Justice Department investigation of Billy He did not learn until it was made public last month that the Libyan government had paid his brother He never received any of Billy Carters Libyan Initial reaction to Carters ex planation was Birch chairman of the special declined but Strom We have heard the presidents side of the matter now we will hear the witnesses and maybe hear the other Bob perhaps the presidents sharpest critic on the said there still is a lot to He expressed particular interest in a conversation between Carter and Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti in which Civiletti told the president that Billy Carter would not be prosecuted if he registered as a Libyan Inside NATIONAL 23 STATE Ill Utilities policy on water receives okay it Bob Sohns interim suggestions on water con servation became New Braunfels Utilities trustees official interim water policy The board unanimously adopted the but agreed to review it if the current water situation The which came in response to a request for stringent water conservation measures from the Natural Resources Committee of the Chamber of asks local residents to obey them volun It includes four measures No lawn watering from 10 to 5 Evenodd Under that residents whose addresses end in even numbers can water on evennumbered days of the month and odd numbers on oddnumbered Avoidance of A general awareness of water Sohn said he had no figures on water pumpage to see if the suggestions had had any but I feel like 90 percent or more of our citizens are ob serving these In I think the community is responding very he Meeting to explore problems of water By SANDY JACKSON Staff Writer With water conservation on tlje minds of more and more concerned a group is forming in Comal County to investigate the problems As yet the group is holding its Third Town Meeting on Water 12 at at Smithson Valley High School for all residents and landowners who obtain their water by well or system from the Glen Rose or Cow Creek water Two previous meetings held by the group haye teen attended by state and county officials The purpose of this meeting is to continue the process of looking into the problems and solutions to the reported limited water supply of Glen Rose and Cow Creek formations in western Comal Scheduled speakers are Dick Reeves of the Geological Survey and Leroy Goodson of the GuadalupeBlaneo River Hydrology and geology data show that ground water resources cannot be expected to continue to support the level of growth and development which has taken place in the areas of concern in the recent The state cannot control the number of private wells because in the ground water is owned by the land When the area goes through a period of deficient the problem The groups philosophy is to utilize knowledgeable and disciplined persons from every facet of county and federal commissions and persons from the business sector to deal with aspects of the total picture and to work toward a solution for now and the For further contact Betty Baker at 438 2218 or Beth Sherfy at County requests tubes be closed Commissioners Court Monday approved a New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce request that the portholes on the sides of county dam drawdown tubes be District Conservationist Carl Englerth said he would forward a copy of the courts minutes to the state Soil Conservation Service headquarters for their per It shouldnt take too he told The portholes are located about four feet below the top of the concrete and serve to keep the volume of water behind four county dams at a 200 acrefeet The chambers Natural Resources Committee concluded more water would enter the Edwards un derground reservoir if water levels behind the dams were allowed to and recommended closing the portholes as a water conservation The if would mean a difference of 500 acre feet of Englerth The on County Judge Max Wommacks was made by Harry Car with Charles Mund It passed
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