New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 16, 1991 : Front Page

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung April 16, 1991

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Lucy DeLeon, Joseph Quinn, Guadalupe Castillo, Sylvia Coronado, Lupe Catillo, Ted Watts and Johnny Guerrero. Belated birthday greetings to Alonzo and Alfonso Soliz and Ida Burkholder. “Happy anniversary” today to Jerry and Melva Fernandez and Clarence and Norma Zinkgraf. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings. Street closings Closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for street construction are Live Oak Avenue from San Antonio to Stonewall streets, Lee Street from Hackberry to Orange avenues and Cross Street from Hackberry to Plum avenues. Gosed until futher notice is Unicom Avenue from U.S. Highway 81 to the Interstate 35 access road. Meet the candidate District 4 City Council Member Eddie Temple, running for reelection, invites the public to a “meet the candidate” reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at 605 Ridgecrest off Common Street. Music Boosters Canyon Music Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. today at Canyon Middle School. Order of business will be to elect officers for the 1991-92school year. Rotary program John P.Toeller, waste water superintendent for New Braunfels Utilities, will speak at the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club at 6 p.m. today at Oma’s Haus restaurant. His topic will be innovative biological waste water treatment. Newcomers’ Club All new residents of New Braunfels are invited to an activity of the Newcomers’ Club at Landa Park Pavilion No. 16 on Thursday. Bring musical instruments and games for a 4 p.m. entertainment time and a covered dish for dinner at 5:30. For more information, call Shirley Kellerman at 629-6916. Project Graduation There will be a very important Project Graduation meeting for all parents of juniors and seniors at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Commons of Canyon High School. Even those who haven’t attended past meetings, and especially the parents of juniors, are encouraged to attend, said Paula Spitzer. Patriot pep rally At 2 p.m. Friday, New Braunfels Middle School will host a Patriot Pep Rally. Desert Storm veterans and other former service members are invited. For more information, call Sue Hayworth at 625-7728. Rummage Sale The ladies’ circles of Cross Lutheran Church will sponsor the 9lh Annual Rummage and Bake Sale at the church gym, comer of Cross Street and Hickory Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Old photo contest The deadline for submitting photos for the Kindermaskenball Old Photo Contest is April 22. Any old picture taken from prior Kindermaskenball events may be entered. Submit pictures to the Sophien-burg Museum, 401 W. Coll. Judging begins the week of April 22 See STAMMTISCH, Page 2 Humid, cloudy conditions and warm temperatures should find a high today near 88 yielding to an overnight low of only 68. Monday’s high in New Braunfels was 81 and the overnight low was 60. For more weather information, please see Page 2A. Inside: CLASSIFIED........................8-10 COMICS....................................0 CROSSWORD..........................9 DEAR ABBY............................4 HOROSCOPE...........................4 SPORTS.................................7-8 TV LISTINGS............................4 WEATHER................................2 CISD considering challenge Rogers shares views on Senate Bill 351 •By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor The school-finance reform plan signed into law Monday could cost Comal Independent School District about $1.5 million in state revenue in the coming school year, prompting local officials to consider a legal challenge. Rogers made the announcement after a “Meet the Candidate” forum Monday night at Smithson Valley High School, hours after District Judge F. Scott McCown postponed a judicial takeover of the school funding system. Gov. Ann Richards signed the $1.3 billion school finance bill earlier in the day accepted by McCown. Property poor districts, along with property-rich districts across the state are considering legal challeges to the finance bill. McCown said any challenges to the law would be considered. Rogers said some parts of the bill “are very disgusting. Some parts of it are more disgusting.” “If there is a coalition of so-called rich or wealthier school districts ... it behooves us in the best interest of our patrons and our students to join this, because when they are going to take away that much from our students well then we just simply can’t roll over and say we give up,” Rogers said. Rogers said Comal ISD, considered a property-rich district, did not receive the best representation in Austin. “They voted for the majority of the people,” he said about the representatives and senators that represent Comal County, “...the heck with the others — it’s that simple.” Rogers said the administration will investigate the costs of possibly joining a coalition and then bringing that to the board of See FINANCE, Pag# 2 ‘We will probably join a coalition of so-called rich schools to join a suit against the state. We 're going to be looking at it. I won’t say we will, but I'm saying we're certainly going to investigate every avenue to protect our students and our patrons. * — CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers Photo by Stephanie Ferguson) Kuempel says bill not ‘perfect solution’ The passage of the latest school finance plan is not the “perfect solution" but it is a measure to prevent court takeover of the Texas school system, says State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin. “With the governor’s signature on Senate Bill 351, another chapter of the Texas school finance saga has been completed,” Kuempel said. “Given an April 15, 1991, deadline by the courts, the Legislature desperately needed to complete a workable plan.” Weeks ago, the Texas House of Representatives voted down an earlier version of SB 351. “We believed that there was time to work out a fairer education funding bill,” he said. “After our vote, it became apparent the courts would not tolerate further delays.” The Texas Education Agency was ordered to revive a court master’s plan which would take all existing revenues and distribute them evenly to all school districts in the state. The courts ordered a freeze on all state money to the districts starting April 26. “Since the courts have no taxing authority, the burden of cost of the court plan would have fallen upon local property taxpayers,” Kuempel said. Forced consolidation of school districts was another real threat, he said, adding the courts could consolidate school districts at will and in effect, shift authority from local citizens and school boards to the state. “A true ‘Robin Hood’ plan, the court master’s solution would have been devastating,” he said. “Senate Bill 351 is not the perfect solution. Yet, the Legislature could not take the risk that the courts would shut down Texas schools.” Hummel effort updated By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher A meeting tentatively set for May 13 is expected to see New Braunfels community leaders talking with a key member of the family that owns the collection of Hummel paintings a local group is working to bring here. Jacques Nbuer, members of the board of the treater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce were told Monday at a noon meeting, is planning to be in New Braunfels on that date. Attorney David Lamon, who is heading the committee working to make New Braunfels the home of the prestigious collection, said potential sites for the display have been prioritized. The preferred area for the building to house the artworks, he said, is “generally in the downtown area.” “This is still a long shot,” Chamber President Tom Purdum told the group, “but the odds are getting better.” Sue Hahn, who chairs the Chainsaw CHAMBER, Page 2 Members of the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council give a report Monday on the upcoming Small Business Week May 5-11. From left is Rosemary Allen, subcommittee chair; Manard Ivy, chairman of the board; and Cash Hermes, chair. (Photo by Francis Bridges) NBISD expected to name coach this week By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maws Editor An athletic director/football coach for New Braunfels Independent School District is expected to be hired Thursday by the board of trustees. District officials say board members will meet twice this week before announcing their decision. On Wednesday Superintendent Charles Bradberry is expected to sit down with trustees Margie Rabom, who sat out on a briefing session last week, and Nayo Zamora, who was absent the night of the session, to discuss the persons being considered for the position. Then at 4 pjn. the entire board is expected to meet in executive session to interview the candidates for the position. They will then reconvene in open session to take action of routine personnel matters. trustees will meet in a bnef executive session and then reconvene in open session to announce their decision of athletic director/football coach. At that lime the board also is expected to take formal action tm naming Bill Hollas as the principal of the new OakRun Sixth Grade Center. Hollas is assistant principal at New Braunfels Middle School and was recommended for the job last week.Good Day On Thursday at 7 p.m. the board of The meetings this week are being extended from a briefing session held among board members last week, that was expected to be an executive session. The briefing session occurred after Rabom questioned whether the agenda for an executive session that night had been properly worded and posted. Upon advice from district attorneys, board members met in a “briefing session” to ask Bradberry questions about the candidates. They were not allowed to discuss the candidates amongst themselves, as they would have been able to do in an executive session. Board members did emerge from the briefing session and Bradberry announced Hollas was the person recommended to be principal at the new school. There was no discussion on who was being considered for the athletic director/football coach position. County appraisal district’s budget down from last year By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor The preliminary 1992 budget of the Comal Central Appraisal District is coming in $10,000 less from last year’s budget. Acting Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers presented the $619,450 budget to the board of directors during a regular meeting Monday. Last year’s budget was $629,196. “It’s very preliminary,” Rodgers said. “I think there’s going to be some actions taken that will change this number. I don’t think we'll see any kind of substantial increase from last year’s budget.” The preliminary budget factors in a 5-percent cost-of-living raise for district employees. A 2-percent merit raise is also included. One of the factors expected to affect the final budget total is hinged on what decision the board will make in hiring a permanent chief appraiser and what that person will be paid. Richard Rhodes, the former chief appraiser, took a position in Ellis County earlier this year. Then deputy chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers was named acting chief appraiser. ‘Get out and    votCISD superintendent urges county By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor Comal Independent School District Superintendent Joe Rogers is encouraging registered voters lo get out and vote May 4 as a host of candidates are running for a position on the school board. “Get out and vote,” said Rogers at a “Meet the Candidates” gathering Monday at Smithson Valley High School. The forum was sponsored by Friends of Education. Four positions are open on the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees. And 13 candidates are on the ballot. Twelve of those men and women discussed their platforms Monday night. Clay George, an employee of PeJemales Electric Co-op, and Connie Cantu, a CISD school volunteer, are running for the one-year unexpired term of former trustee Carter Casteel. The other 11 candidates are running for three-year terms on the board. • School board President Lee Ikels is running for reelection. He is director of technical services at West Point Pepperell and has lived in New Braunfels for 26 Bee FORUM, Page 2 Tuesday April 16, 1991 25 Cents One Section, 10 Pages New Braunfels avo so Vol. 139, No. 107 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: April 16, 1991

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