Tuesday, January 26, 1993

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels llR Tuesday January Serving Comal Home of Mattie Ott 49 Daily 50 Sunday 75 cents CISD meeting draws teacher responses Hays says each case will be dealt with separately at renewal time By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Last night about 25 of the more than 350 attendees at the Comal Independent School District CISD board meeting spoke up on the discrimination charges facing some district We are supportive of the boards statement that racial discrimination in our schools will not be said Linda a counselor at Mountain Valley Those who know Dees Leigh Ann principal of Mountain Valley Elementary know that she is a dedicated professional educator and is fair to all faculty and Dees was reprimanded by the board in the actions taken on January Robertson said as far as she knew the allegations against Dees were based on a single The incident happened Dees alerted a patron of the whos attention the board was trying to get by saying to They want you to make a twenty minute The implication was that someone overheard the remark and misinterpreted her The majority of the speakers were district employees supporting their school Some CISD students also spoke in support of the Among the speakers supporting the administrators were some One Hispanic questioned the motivation of many of the other It seems to me that now that they see that the school has decided to take some positive they if that can happen to it can happen to said Domingo On 25 the Comal Independent School District Board voted not to extend the contracts of three high ranking district issued a directive of reprimand to another and a notice of proposed termination to another after the discrimination investigation which began last The charges of racial discrimination were made in the summer of In the board received the final report on the investigation and took action in January after legal requirements for personnel action were in Among the speakers last night Council seeks ways of stabilizing budget By GARY CARROLL Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council convened Monday night among other agenda reviewed the citys annual financial report for the fiscal year which ended 31 Darrell New Braunfels finance told the council members that although the city gained revenue with the sale of the old City it lost money in other One of the big losers has been the Safe Sollberger One of the grants we were anticipating this year didnt come Sollberger said with waning interest rates on the city did what it could to maintain them at 4 but the market simply was not Another area in which the city lost money was in collections for the ambulance The city had budgeted to collect for usage during the fiscal and only was Another thorn in the side of the citys budget was the removal of gasoline tanks from the old city Sollberger called for an extra be transferred from the citys contingency budget to the funds allotted for the tank Sollberger did say that some an estimated may be reimbursed to the city from the Texas Water Wo are In compliance with TWCs requirements for but when the funds would be available Is the big Sollberger He added that the amount of the reimbursement would depend upon the condition of the soil with regard to possible chemical content as a result of sanitation trucks being parked on the he expects to at least have 50 percent of the funds The fiscal year ended with the city increasing revenue by due fa part to the sale of the old City Hall but extra expenditures along with in outpaced the revenues and left the city with a Mayor Clinton Brandt said the city may have to take action to prevent future budget I think one of the things were probably going to be faced with is the inevitable and that might be a tax in order to do some of the things that need to be and basically shore up the Brandt Councilmember Rudy Seidel suggested other means of stabilizing the citys We should figure out some way to put pressure on people to where they have to pay for services such as ambulance Seidel The Council then entertained a notion to have a pointofservice payment system for services rendered by the ambulance service which City Manger Hector Tamayo said Is being looked In other the council received the New Braunfels Utilities financial audit for the fiscal year ending July Eugene chairman of the NBU board of told the Council that the utility enjoyed a successful year and because of customers would bo reaping the He announced that the utility would be returning to Its customers In the Form of a refund applied to the February Mornhlnwog said the refund was a one shot occurrence because it is BM Page 2 included a parent of a child involved in a specific The parent said one of the incidents which had been described as an but nothing more than a had involved more than just the reported pinch on the buttocks and deserved to be Her testimony gave credence to many of the speakers claims that the whole story had not been told in some Among the Hispanic patrons defending the actions of the board was a woman who said her children are good students and not the disciplinary problems alluded to as the main reason for actions that were being described as She said despite the excellent records of her children in the she had to fight to assure that they were treated Prior to the audience participation section of the CISD board president Bill Hays made the following Before final action is taken at contract renewal time each administrator will be given an opportunity to fully discuss all concerns as well as their versions of the said No discrimination was I must emphasize no individual was found to display an evidence of It is unfortunate that the public perceives this is a racial discrimination There were areas that were substantiated that caused the board to take We cannot disclose specific findings for legal reasons and providing the areas of concern are we will not disclose these findings in the In a memorandum issued by the CISD administration The investigation initially began as one dealing with but discrimination is only oneof the various allegations being The memo was issued January two days after the news reports based on the actions taken by the The Herald had requested a clarification from the district to include with the coverage the morning after the The public information the president of the school board and the districts attorney were Information provided by the districts attorney was but she was the only person who would go on record for the Chamber honored with Achievement Award By GARY CARROLL Staff Writer The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce was honored with an Achievement Award presented by the Texas Chamber of Commerce at its state convention in Austin last New Braunfels lead the pack in its population to picking up the award for its efforts in community and economic the first year of the The Chamber received the award for its active role in establishing and supporting the Hummel Newly installed Chamber Chairman Mike Dietert said New Braunfels had competition from numerous chambers throughout the state that submitted applications outlining the impact their projects had on their communities and their achievements during For a chamber our they thought we were the best in the Dietert referring to the Chambers work with the Hummel The Chamber was instrumental in organizing The Hummel a nonprofit organization developed to solicit funds for the general operations of the New Braunfels Chamber President Tom Purdum said that this award is an honor for the city and it is a positive reflection of the Chambers involvement with the The award is presented honoring Chambers initiating programs in their community thai have a positive civic and economic Purdum It would be a pretty tough act to Dietert but we would love to see it The New Braunfels Chamber has an active membership of almost members 30to 40 percent more than towns comparable in The State Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Don presented the award to Charles This award is just another feather in the cap for the Chamber and the Purdum We have great community Mayor Clinton Brandt presents Don Texas president of the and Bill national president of the with the Office of the Burgermelster award at Monday nights City Council The award Is a proclamation restricted to citizens outside the community who contribute to the betterment of life in Photo by Karla Wenzel Bremer suggests forming ethics committee By QARY CARROLL Stiff Wrlltr New Bruunfcls City Council Member Dan at Monday nights called for the formation of an ethics committee to establish ethical guidelines for city The committee would put together some ethical standards that wo would expect city employees to abide Bremer Bremer suggested that the committee be comprised of city community and private citizens to the ethical standards that could be n pnrt of a mandatory training program for all city All employees would need to know what we expect arid what the citizens should expect from their city Bremor Council member Paul Fruser said Bromers Idea was outstanding and volunteered to bo on the as did Mayor Clinton Bromer said the committee should be sot up to touch city including city how to deal with and handleany mid all situations they may encounter on the I think its Important that all city employees have the ethical training so that there Is no confusion as to how they should go about accomplishing their Bremor When askod If any particular Incident influenced his Idea to an ethics Bromer said simply that city employees need to know what the game Council proposes credit card system for payments By GARY CARROLL Staff Writer The New Braunfels City faced with in over expenditures for the 1992 fiscal due in part to uncollected entertained an idea for reducing uncollected funds by requiring services to be paid for at the time they are rendered including ambulance The past years budget showed in uncollected funds from ambulance and Councilmember Rudy Seidel suggested that ambulance users pay for the service when the ambulance arrives on the Seidel said that pressure ought to be applied to the people who used the service and did not and the city should actively go about collecting these They darn sure needed them they should be grateful enough that they would help and pay these Scidol He told the Council that since most everyone has a major credit the possibility exists for the user to pay for the service upon the ambulances City Manager Hector Tamayo suld the city has boon and still Is exploring the possibility of using a credit curd system for Its service and agrees that the system could help the oily reduce lost revenue duo to Counollmembor Paul Fraser agrees that stops should be taken to BM Credit 2 Index 1 10 Papo OLAtlirilD HOROBOOPI RIOORM OPINION WATIRWATCH WIATHIR 6 e 4 7 0 9 Stammtisch wlBhes The New Braunfels HoraldZeltunu sends Birthday wishes to Connie Russell Tiffany Holder and Walker Delated birthday wishes go to Kathy Brittany Couch and Melissa Anniversary wishes go to Glenn and Beverly and David and Connie Belated anniversary wishes go to Rene and Reglna Frtt parenting oliaui In conjunction with the Comal County Emergency Children11 Family Outreach will bo offering free parenting classes for parents of young children And Early childhood classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning and Teenage classes will begin on Tuesday evenings beginning Anyone interested In attending the classes ii invited to an orientation on from 7 to 9 at the Comal County Extension Service New For more call 6201200 or Mitirnlty priadmlaalon olasi MoKenna Memorial Hospital Maternity Center will be offering a preadmission class to women planning to deliver at Information about a typical patients Infant care including preparation for breast and bottle foeedlng and a Maternity Center tour be Preadmission forms will be Significant others are This class in provided a service to the Call to reserve a Clumiei will be the firm and third Wednesday of each month from 9 for those needing an evening the second Monday of each month from 7 9 Select one class eight to tenweoki prior to your due Anyone closer limn that to their due date shoudl schedule a class Comal County Alumnae Panhollenlo Comal County Alumnae Panhellenlc invites all area college sorority alumnae to lie annual membership meeting at 2 In the home of Jo Ann 667 Predrlokiburg A ihort business meeting ami Informational update on local and national ponhellenic activities will be For Home Delivery Call 6259144

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