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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                New Braunfels w 4 4 rm HeraldZeitung April Serving Comal County Home of August and Hilda Zlmmermann i Zlmmermann 50 Cents 75 Cents Sunday 108 Babbitt offers calls for disclosure By ROSE MARIE EASH Robert Brockman the embattled principal of Canyon Middle has asked the Comal Independent School Dis trict board of trustees to disclose a portion of a controversial inves tigative report which led to disci plinary actions against The CISD board had voted not to extend Brockmans contract this spring after an investigation into racial discrimination charges brought by some parents in the Repeating the boards state ment that no evidence of inten tional racial discrimination and no evidence to show that Rusty Brockman has acted in an inten tional discriminatory manner 1 against minority students was the letter said the board is perpetuating both the cloud of racial distrust that hangs over the district and the perception of racial bias that unjustly enshrouds The letter asks that the board release the portion of the inves tigative report they have pre sented to Brockman and identify any other charges which may not have been disclosed to Brockman or his law firm of Davis Adami and Cedillo prior to any other public According to Ricardo Cedil who signed the the boards stand that they will not the report to protect the rights of those accused when they have said they found no evidence of discrimination is confusing and According to the letter sent to William Hays president of board of the board had ample opportunity to act in response to a report by Dora Gfon a CISD patron and that a Canyon Middle School teacher had used the term Aztec The letter states that the board did not act and or provide any direction on how to handle the matter to The letter goes on to say The reality is that not until the so called Letter of Directive given to Brockman last month has the board cared enough about problems of racism in the district to formulate express policies con cerning the discipline of employ ees who make improper racial Cedillo also said in the letter that although matters discussed in executive session were assumed to be Eva wife of board member Tom has been privy to highly confidential information concerning the controversy and has been discussing the matters in The letter said Brockman did hot want the kind of protection the district was offering and that the firm was requesting the opportunity to be heard on behalf of Brockman concerning the mat ters addressed in the letter and other issues affecting him at the upcoming April 26 board meet Pictured with their students are Carl Schurz Elementary School teachers Vicky and Lin da have been honored as 1993 Readers Digest American Heroes in Teachers named American heroes By ROSE MARIE EASH HeraldZeitung At Tuesdays New Braunfels Independent School District board Superintendent Charles Bradberry announced that Linda Bing ham and Vicky two of the districts ele mentary were named Readers Digest American Heroes in Education for The NBISD team was chosen from more than 650 nominations submitted by fellow educators in private and parochial schools nationwide for their outstanding efforts in Bingham and Krejci recruited hundreds of com munity volunteers to launch a oneonone tutoring program that has dramatically improved their schools academic In the team launched the Help One Student to Succeed pro gram to help their fourth and fifth grade remedi al reading These tremendous teachers exemplify the said Knowing Linda and Iknow they feel rewarded daily for their hours of hard work and effort on the behalf of their stu dents and the HOSTS program by the gains seen in their students the reading the social skills and the increased HOSTS requires community volunteers to tutor Bingham and Krejci went to their churches and searched the community to find the There are now 480 HOSTS volunteers in five of Board member Page NBISDs The improvements have been dramatic dreds of children have improved their reading level by a grade or more and attendance has Other recognition received for these efforts have included the Governors Award of Excellence in 1990 and innovative grants from the Texas Edu cation Agency and The Meadows Foundation of Dallas for Carl Schurz Still amazed that they both teachers were quick to praise their We thought it was a said When she called me on the telephone I just screamed this cant be true But it is really an Its an award we both accept on behalf of our the faculty at Carl Schurz the tutors that have help so many Its were very Bingham But it just shows what all the teachers in this district We all work really hard so we were just fortunate to get this The winners of the Readers Digest American Heroes in Education awards and their school will share a of which is awarded to the team for their personal use and will go to Carl Schurz Elementary to support the HOSTS help to resolve aquifer fight Miller says Interior Secretary to act as referee Staff and wire report A New Braunfels water reprsentative hails Interior Sec retary Pruce Babbitts offer to help to resolve a yearslong feud in the region over the Edwards Aquifer and recently has dragged the federal Endangered Species Act into the Implicit in Babbitts offer of made in a letter to Texas is that if they dont solve the tangled the fed eral government will step Prom our perspective hoar in New its accord ing to Doug water repre sentative for Comal the city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels what hes saying is that we need to resolve this If it takes the federal government to be the Tieavy in the because they are required to be by he is ready to accept that Miller In the April 16 letter to Ann Bob Bul lock and House Speaker Pete Babbitt urged legislative action in advance of a federal judges June deadline for resolu tion of the aquifer I am writing to offer my assis tance at this critical juncture to take whatever steps are neces sary to protect the resources of Edwards Babbitt I know you agree as the current regular session of the Texas Legislature nears adjourn it is vitally important that the state of Texas pass legisla tion to provide for conservation and management of the he Absent state legislative reso lution of the problem of over drafting of the the Endangered Species Act and the courts require that certain steps be taken to protect the federally listed Miller said Babbitts letter assures Richards that the Interi or Secretary does not want the Fish and Wildlife to play a central role in what is clearly a state and local But he will institute actions that constitute federal Miller Miller said Babbitts role will play like that of a an umpire and a little bit of someone who would force us to a And I expect that something will happen in the next 60 Miller Im very but there are still some people who are very solid in their position and do not seem ready to Thats because were going to have federal inter vention if they dont he The fight over the aquifer has been brewing at the local and state levels for But the dispute gained new urgency when District Judge Lucius Bunton ruled in Febru ary that unrestricted pumping leads to declining levels of Comal Springs in New Braunfels and San Marcos Springs in San Mar That ruling exacerbated the battle between San Antonio which draws on the aquifer for its drinking water and cities and other users Sev eral measures that would impose an aquifer management plan are being considered by the Legisla Enmeshed in the battle is the Endangered Species which Bunton used as the basis to order aquifer pumping T he judge found that the foun tain darter and other endangered or threatened species are in dan ger when spring flows Babbitt endorsed legislation that would create a new regional groundwater district to imple ment the management plan developed by the Texas Water A San Antonio official said the city concurs with the Water Com mission management plan in the spirit of The Texas Department of the Texas Farm Bureau and a coalition of indus trial water users are appealing Buntons City officials contend Buntons order would reduce San Antonios pumpage from the aquifer by 60 Opponents contend the city is addicted to cheap water and is unwilling to conserve and find other Local officials inspect countys five flood control dams By ROSE MARIE EASH HeraldZettung On county officials inspected the five flood control that prevent possible damages of over million from occurring during 100year flood condi tions in New The which incidently provide for increased recharge in the Edwards protect people and property along the Dry Comal and Blieders creeks whenever 10 inches or more of rainfall is received with in a 24hour period commonly known as the 100year flood Damag ing floods caused by such conditions have occurred seven times since Although built with federal main tenance of the dams is the responsibility of the The inspections are done annu ally to determine maintenance require Commissioners Neil Craigmile and Carl USDA district Tom county Larry assistant opera tions manager for the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and Michael grounds maintenance chief for GBRA par ticipated in the The maintenance consists mainly of clearing brush and trees from the banks of the structures and the The county will clear out any obstructed drawdown tubes which allow water from the high side of the dams to drain out slow ly below the The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority will be contracted to clear away the brush and trees from the The brush clearing is done to maintain the integrity of the core of the Craig mile They were put in for flood con but they serve the dual purpose of flood control and aquifer The five structures control runoff from 57 percent of the Comal River Watershed and provide ground water recharge increases at an average of acre feet annually into the Edwards One acrefoot is equal to gallons of Inside LOOKING WATER Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German Stammtisch represents a sit ting place reserved for a group of special people or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the days happen We invite you to share with Best Wishes The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung sends Birthday wishes to Diana Pineda Dorothy Angie Theresa Werner and Elgon Anniversary wishes go to Ann and tlphn Lea and Frank and Mona Belated Anniversary wishes go to August and Hilda Celebrate Texas Music The Celebrate Texas Music evening concert series on the Main Plaza continues at 7 Thursday with Savannah a local country and western band popular throughout the Other aspects of our musical heritage will be celebrated in the series throughout For call Penelope Church at Candidate forum The Republican Business Women of Comal County will host a Meet the Candidates forum at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium at 7 The forum will feature three rounds of involving select panelists and questions from the The public is Sports Unicorn win Canyons Marty Robles walked New Braunfels1 Jaye Garza with two outs In ttie bottom of the seventh to score Jeff Juarez for an 11 10 Unicorn For a complete report of the 7error game between the innercity See Page P   

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