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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas                                CISD ponders flsxaa 73231 ility needs Should the Comal Independent School District proceed with classroom construction to ac commodate an expected increase in student enrollment Or should the district sit tight and make minor building modifications when needed because an uncertain home market will mean fewer new students These are only two of the many questions plaguing the Comal district planners as they enter And finding the answers is proving harder than predicting the economy or the Sprawled over 589 square miles of developing the district has to serve students in five Most of its area is in Comal Students are divided into three distinct There are those who call New Braunfels there are the Bulverde area youngsters and there are those from Canyon The large land area has already resulted in the with only having nine school including two high School plants are expensive to run and result is budget expenditures higher than most school districts In the But with 589 square miles of the alternative to having fewer campuses would be to bus students unreasonably long distances to Expected growth patterns of the district may mean still more or expansion of those already in James Richardson says the economy is the big factor in district planning for Lower home interest rates in the near future could result in quite a bit more home bringing new students to our he The districts enrollment has not changed much since the fall of probably as a result of the economy and high interest rates for home Complicating the picture is the fact the districts nine facilities are now generally at in some cases slightly over capacity in growth A sudden lowering in interest rates resulting in more home construction could bring new students in quicker than the district could build new It takes about two years to get a school into taking into account obtaining construction and The superintendent sees two main growth one in northern New Braunfels and the other in the Bulverdearea south to just north of San Main area of futurd development is the Encino Park just north of San Antonios Outer or FM in Bexar The newly named 5lSD Facilities Studies Committee recently fcotired the growing sub division and found hoSie building already going on in the Families are due to move into these homes beginning next and the first student from the area will be entering CISD classrooms in September Encino Park has acres in the Comal district being turned into developers have told the district they expect IfiiOOO people to be living there within the next five Another seen only as an extreme would be to go on splitday school Part of the students would go to class in the morning and the rest in the having existing facilities do double Though not the best approach this could work for a short time and allow the district some time to have building catch up with Part of this approach would be moving the fifth grade from Bulverde Elementary to Bulverde Middle using available space more the district is now looking at building out current tax a type of pay as y6U go building New legislation has made this alternative easier for school allowing even longterm leasing of Though not being considered another alternative would be having a bond election to build new buildings and improve those already in This approach would require more and a better indication of what growth is Developments of the next few months will decide what will according to The district will continue to what is in question is how Will the growth be as in the past year and a or will it become explosive due to sudden decrease in interest rates and fast moving home construction Were looking into this and to have some answers Richardson Wednesday Taylor Communications Inc 25 cents December 125 32 Pages 2 Sections USPS 377880 New Texas Gas priority tough choice New Braunfels Utilities employees work on the lines early on a chilly December morning By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer Texas railroad commissioners decided Monday to postpone a decision whether to change natural gas The issue is simple who gets gas first in case of a heavy winter demand And who gets it last utilities that burn natural gas to produce such as the Colorado Which supplies New enjoy a higher curtailment priority than private industrial gas including some prominent local But that may depending on what the Railroad Commission Since an examiner from the commissions Gas Utilities Division has been conducting hearings on a proposal submitted by Valero Energy a major Texas gas that would alter priorities away from electric companies in favor of industrial who at the moment are first to be cut off in case of That proposal has Bob Sohn As New Braunfels Utilities general he testified against the proposal If we lose this and go on a low priority and a gas curtailment occurs during the LCRA gets cut Sohn said in an And that means falling back on fuel oil to turn LCRAs generators an expensive Fuel oil costs three times asmuch as natural It costs 20 times more in light of maintenance Since were paying for if we switch to customers are going to get hit with very high fuel costs on their electric Sohn electric utility custfrmersY including according to an Austin American Thats not exactly what corrected Billy Thompson of the RRCs information services division Wed The examiner said she found a legal hitch in one part of the com The commission did not a A little history helps to understand the gas Back in the RRC required Valero then called Lovaca Gathering along with other in state gas to file a cur tailment priority list for Residents and small commercial customers have had the highest priority because they represent human and larger industries have had the lowest priority and oc casionally suffered cutbacks in their See Page 16A must meet Soviet challenge is Haigs position WASHINGTON AP Retired Alexander named by Presidentelect Ronald Reagan to be the new secretary of says the United States must exercise firm but pragmatic world leadership and cannot recoil from challenging illegal Soviet intervention wherever it a former NATO com manderinchief and Richard Nixons last White House chief of comes to his new post after years of experience involved with issues closely tied to foreign He has been outspoken in urging increased defense spending and other steps by the United States and its allies to deal with the relentless growth of Soviet military strength and Moscows increased activity in the Third Here is a sampling of his views EastWest cpuapetitioo Haig gays Soviet proxy in terventions in Ethiopia and South Yemen as well in Afghanistan have demonstrated the failure of policies that sought to combine detente with the maintenance of basic Western In his speech at the GOP con Haig called for a new twin pillar policy involving reciprocity and NATO According to the United States needs to provide assertive but sensitive leadership within Free of bullying Washington must urge and cajole the other NATO nations to make the hard decisions that will undoubtedly be required to cope with Soviet Haig wrote Human Rights Haig told the GOP convention America must be the vanguard of the search for social justice not only here at home but globally as But he criticized policies under the rubric of human rights which have the practical consequence of driving authoritarian traditionally friendly to the into totalitarian models where they will remain in a state of permanent animosity to the American people and our Inside GERONIMO PUBLIC TV Judge issues last resort charge for Veverka jury to reach verdict SAN ANTONIO AP Jurors deliberating the fate of former Florida police officer Charles Veverka in his federal civil rights trial were told today to try to agree on a Veverka is charged in connection with the beating death a year ago today of a black man in A state trial last May ended in acquittal of other officers connected in the case and was followed by the Miami District Judge William Hoeveler of Miami today delivered the socalled Allen charge or dynamite charge to jurors after the panel sent him a note Tuesday afternoon saying it was hopelessly deadlocked 11 to Other deliberations would be It was not known if the majority was for acquittal or The Allen charge is generally a judges last resort to avoid a hung Hoeveler called jurors into the courtroom and said no one should stubbornly adhere to a position without listening to the view of other Prime rate escalation housing industries hurt NEW YORK AP The upward march of interest now at record is crushing any hope of recovery in the beleaguered auto and housing industries and is threatening to plunge the nations economy back into a analysts Major banks led by Morgan Guaranty Trust the nations fifthlargest commercial raised their prime lending rates to a record 21 percent on Wall Street analysts see little chance of rates peaking before years in predict the rates will continue rising early next breaking the economys sluggish revival and sending it into another There is a reasonable possibility of the prime rate going up to 25 said Sung Won chief economist at Northwestern National Bank in Min the states But even a 21 percent prime rate for a sustained period will put intense pressure on much of the most notably the housing and auto analysts Just last banks raised their rates a full percentage point to 20 matching the peak reached in April when high rates and the Federal Reserve Boards tightmoney policies helped push the economy into a steep but quick I wonder how it could hurt said Gerald chairman of American Motors Its almost ridiculous to say that 21 percent hurts more than 20 With interest rates this potential car buyers are finding it more difficult to get and limited in most cases by state law on the rates they can charge are shying away from loans because they often are unprofitable at per missible The housing after a minor recovery in late summer when mor tgage rates also is suffering from the rising Housing starts last month declined the first irop stace the government reported With mortgage rates reaching W percent in some singlefamily housing starts fell a seasonally ad justed percent last month after a percent decline in the Commerce Department Only continued strength in multi family housing starts kept the home industry from a greater setback last said Michael chief economist of the National Association of While many economists predict another some think a weak recovery may particirtarly if the Fed eases its policies in response to complaints by troubled The prime rate is the rate of interest banks charge on loans to their most creditworthy corporate   

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