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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                Insight 1987 New Texas Pages Comal Independent School Districts Nine Goals for the Nineties Nine Goals for the Nineties In order of priority Superintendents Administrative Cabinet Goal 1 More compelive teacher and support staff salaries Where are we now Career ladder is up in the air pending legislation The district is inthe process of revising job descrip tions for stipends There is a salary schedule for all employees other then certified teachers based on evalua tions and cost of living increases Where do we want to go We need to develop two local pay scales one to in clude career on without We need to look at above base local supplements to en tice teachers to this district Keep the support salary schedule in place How do we get there Consolidate two Hill Country middle creating fewer staff positions Create guidelines for improving uniformity and considering number of students supervised and number of hours worked Goal 1 More comprehensive vocational training program encompassing a larger variety of occupations Where are we now Texas Education Agency is cutting programs State funding is threatened Lack of work stations at Smithson Valley High School Recognize that two unique situations exist at Canyon and Smithson Valley high and each must be dealt with separately Where do we want to go Need more programs such as auto health building food service Must meet needs of at risk students who cannot function in regular program at high school and middle school levels How do we get there Perform a job survey for training stations for Smithson Valley High School Share some Canyon High teachers with New Braunfels ISO More teaching diversity Need more active vocational advisory council and a vocational coordinator Goal 3 Continue and emphasize drug awareness program Where are we now Drug awareness programs are in place on all grade Student councils at both high schools are involved and working with the superintendent Materials are begin previewed for use next year Health and home economics classes are addressing the issues Speakers and programs have been used this year throughout the district CISD is working with NBISD Where do we want to go Eliminate drugs from campuses Educate and counsel all students and parents Continue practice of limited media coverage of expul Work from within to strengthen policies Improve teacher knowledge of reasons for drug emphasizing positive selfconcept as strength lo withs tand the temptations and peer pressure Bring more programs lo elementary and middle schools How do we get there Formulate strong supportable policies at the district level to keep drugs off campuses Contract with reputable drug dog firm Encourage teachers to help police when on at lunch and in parking lots Continue dialogue between administrators and students Encourage more activities to offer students a healthy social outlet Purchase materials for teachers to use to better understand and deal drug problems Bring motivational speakers to open and close our an nual teacher Staff needs to feel more positive about initial classroom entry each Eliminate use of all tobacco products on campus en force stiff penalties Goal 4 Utilize and implement proven effective learning models or programs in each in cluding science education Where are we now Mathematics Teachers have been trained in the Math receiving Advanced Academic Training credit teachers have attended the Mathematics In stitute CISD has hosted at Mathematics Institute CISD participated in a Mathematics Institute in San training all secondary teachers Arts Numerous training sessions have been held and approved for AAT credit teachers have participated in Great Books the Hill Country Writing attended the Texas Joint Council of Teachers of English workshops a program was instituted at Mountain Valley WritingtoRead labs have been established at Comal Elementary and Good win Primary schools honors programs have been writ ten for English III and IV and Advanced Placement English I and Science Efforts have been made to improve safety and equipment cited by TEA a Science Institute was of fered for teachers grade K through 6 University of Texas consultants visited campuses lo make recommen dations for improvements monies have been budgeted to purchase more science equipment training for Ad vanced Placement Biology was completed by instructor and materials purchased science fair was reinstituled a summer science was held at Smithson Valley High School for middle school Social Sludies Social Sludies Institutes for teachers on all levels have been offered and approved for AAT but received minimal teacher participation Ron Hayworlh and Kathy Simmons is scheduled lo receive advanced placement government Where do we want to go Mathemalics Retrain teachers in the mathematics institute during the including special education teachers Language Arts The HoughtonMUflin basal reader for grades K through 8 will be an improvement for the program and should alleviate loo many management Science Purchase additional supplies and equip ment attempl to schedule another science institute coordinate program with special especially at middle schools have program evaluated by a consul tant Social Studies Coordinate social studies more effec tively with special espcially at middle school level stress content skills development and content area reading skills How do we get there Mathematics Allocate money for teacher training make attendance mandatory Language Arts Conduct writing institute for elemen tary grades expand WritingtoRead labs to Bulverde Elementary and Mountain Valley Elementary schools when space allows conduct HoughlonMifflin inservice training Science Continue upgrade of science supplies and equipment schedule 1988 science institute schedule consultative services from TEA Studies Schedule content area reading skills training sessions emphasize special education coordination in curriculm offerings Goal 5 Meet or exceed state personnel and staff ing guidelines Where are we now Have requested waiver from TEA for 221 ratio in grades K2 Have weakness in some areas and some discrepancies from campus lo campus Where do we want lo go Try to have intervenlion pre kindergarten and prefirst grade even smaller than state guidelines Need truant officer Need ESL floating teacher from campus to campus to meet bul would not count against staffing formula on any particular campus Develop plan for all campuses to have advantage of more counseling services Have curriculum specialist halfday teacher on elementary campuses How do we get there Slay within state staffing at least Recommend dislrict develop own staffing formula Goal 6 Provide alternative programs for those who do not do well in regular classes Where are we now Elementary Prefirst program in place some schools have intervention remedial classes or groups all schools have either Chapter I or SCE programs Bulverde Elementary has development kindergarten summer school is provided for those who are retained or barely promoted tutoring is available Middle school SCE summer grouping are provided High school Remedial math and language arts are some vocational classes are available Where do we want to go Elementary Maintain Chapter sum mer tutoring expand and improve developmen tal Chapter SCE expand remedial in tervenlion classes give all students opportunity to work with students of other ability levels offer midyear pro molion if possible with group size Middle school Maintain programs now in place offer transitionalindividualized time oul sevenlh grade pull out for special help students repeat only subjects failed train teachers in learning modalities and variations of materials peertutoring and networking hire parttime staff or share with other campus for alternalive school study remedial programs High school Maintain remedial classes maintain and increase number of vocational classes offer classes in how to provide counseling activities to motivate students to exit remedial classes How do we get there Elementary Differentiated staffing teacher would serve special group and regular group examine schedul ing and departmentalize teacher serve mulliple grade mulliage grouping for language arts and solicit parent and grandparent volunteers hire aides for remedial groups rewriteexpand special program Chapter l and SCE campus instructional facilitation ihalftime curriculum facilitator Middle school Differentiated staffing teacher would serve special group and regular examine scheduling and departmentalize teachers serve multiple grade and multiage groups High schools Provide better alternative school pro gram that addresses needs of students in discipline and program Goal 7 Place compatible computers at each campus with central system at administration building Where are we now District has been utilizing services of Region XI11 Education Service Center for administrative computer including accounting services to central office and grading services to two high schools AIDS in infants spreading WASHINGTON AP Cases of AIDS in Wants are suddenly appearing with black babies be ing times as likely as whites to the researchers Until AIDS in infants occurred almost ex clusively in New New Jersey and where drug ahws6 te 3 common source of AIDS infec tion in JWtbers who then pass it on to said Margaret of the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta jjofant now has been reported in 26 the Pisfcrict of eoiwnbja and Puerto with a total of m cases tallied as of May said Thursday at the Third international Conference on of new cases dftuWJJJg every H nxon percent of the infants have died have very few longtefin Ox tobysaid Oxtoby noted that no case of infant AIDS has been that was acquired through household contact or through routine contact in 3 school or daycare Children diagnosed with AIDS before they are a old fare much worse than children detected after one year of she Those discovered early survive for a median of fowr monUis after Those identified after 3 year of age live for 9 niediafl of 23 months after Qxtoby Seventynine percent of the eases were acquired by the froni their moihers at or before and 17 occurred W heuwBhiJiSkC infants or otters who had received Wood before blood was screenftd for thg AIDS Tie 4 percent ojt the cases of Oxiohy said Ujireefoujths of the cases are a result oJ toig abjise boib of the Marts Cost of this services has been steadily increasing A technology advisory commltlee was formed in 1984 lo address the use of computers in Ihe district Two committees now exist to study the fulure use of compulers in the districl one made up of teachers and principals whose expertise is in instructional one made up of principals and central office ad ministrators who are looking at the computer as a business tool for data data retrieval and other laborsaving applications Where do we want to go Need lo use computers as an instructional tool to help children learn Need to use compulers as an administrative tool to help teachers and administralors have more time to spend with children rather than doing paperwork How do we get there Use most costefficient and costeffective method of utilizing our current compulers and any future purchases Make instruclional computers available to every stu dent in district Network administrative computer systems between campuses and central as well as office in each building Have all systems operable by 198889 school and provide training Goal 8 Where are we now CISD has provided a wellbalanced curriculum of basic education for students seeking to terminate their formal learning witha high school and has pro vided an adequate basic education for those seeking col lege admission District ismaking necessary curriculum changes to br ing us in compliance with House Bill 72 Where do we want to go Exceed minimal requirements of the state Implement advanced placement courses with weighted grading and honors status at both high schools Offer academically challenging alternalives lo ad vanced placement courses Offer al each high school an array of stimulating and challenging elective courses tailored to the needs of each campus Appropriately modify middle school curriculum to reflect requirements of House Bill 246 and 72 Offer accelerated levels of core academic subjecls and challenging electives on the middle school level Coordinate high school and middle school programs to provide foundation Institute extracurricular activities for academic and art subjects al middle and high school levels How do we get there Designate master teachers or coaches to directo and execute these activities Appropriately reward through pro fessional monetary stipend and time allowances Actively recruit and encourage students to participate in programs through a system of rewards and honors Goal 9 Stay current with the building program and anticipate growth Where are we now By January million bond issue building pro gram will be complete Renovation on existing campuses will continue for next two years Where do we want to go Develop longrange plans for expected in cluding Change Goodwin to make Frazier grades 25 Look at another area for an additional Hill Country elementary school Build satellite transportation division in Hill Country Build central warehouse Anticipate larger growth than 5 percent in 8 percent in Hill Country How do we get there Continue building program Sell Canyon Middle School property to fund program May use CMS campus as stop gap until building pro gram is complete May use CMS campus for special education relieving classrooms on other campuses Seek passage of another bond issue in two to three years Federal agent says more police will help drug war CORPUS CHRISTUAP More local investigators and border guards are needed to fight drug a federal agent told the Governors Task Force on Drug The holding public hearings lo determine how to spend almost million in federal grant heard Thursday lhal suspects often remain free for months because pro secutors and investigators have too many cases lo Thai bothers me quite a because Ihose people are back on the streets doing their said Bill in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration office McDonald said he knows of a backlog more than 50 drug cases in his 17eounty region that cant he pro secuted because of a shortage of of ficers to conduct the And he said the secure of 415 of cocaine at a Soujtn Texas highway checkpoint early Thursday shows the magnitude of drug traffic in Federal agents sewed the worth aboujt m afeoujt a the Border Pajrtrol check m Sarita after finding a false in a pickup Iruefc driven by a h Texas McDonald Such seizures apparently are not putting much of a dent in the flow of cocaine into the state because the streel price has remained the same for several McDonald Seizures of cocaine and marijuana this year have increased dramalical partially because Ihe Border Palrol lasl Oclober slarled searching for he Availability of marijuana in his district has but cocaine remains just as he Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby told the task force that officers in his area often accidentally come across drug shipments while making traffic Theres no way of knowing how much passes but theres bound to be a judging from what we just stumble Busby He said a good use of the money would be for additional drug agents in Live Jim WeUs and Duyal through which he said most northbound Texas traffic must Drug he f Jy over the higbxvay or drive around Ujein on rural roads Melvta chief deputy for Jim he knows of landing sJUips smugglers use in his but tfeat the county does not have the personnel to watch particularly al Nueces County District Attorney Granl Jones recommended using Ihe money for peaceofficer upgrading law enforcement equip training educating the public and hiring com puter experts to design programs lo aid Intoxication with legal and illegal drugs is a major factor in crimes of all Jones He estimated that the crime rate would drop 70 to 80 percent if abuse of cocaine and other drugs were Ridjer Bill Clements general said the governors Criminal Justice Division hopes present a propel for yje tfef inoney to the Jjjstiee ta 304 receive Ilif Under the federal 4fttjprug Abjyse the sMe will receive an tional njyjion for treatment and n myiion for Ojhjsr hearings wttl M Tuesday in Arlington El   

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