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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                at Farmers Market See more photos on PagelB Congratulations 95 Seniors A special Graduation section is featured in todays HeraldZeitung Leadership change at NBHS See Page 8A for more on the new AD Head coach named for Unicorns Inside Letters to the Sports Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Diana C Rodriguez Steve Serna Stefany Serna Bonnie Moreno Elton Rosales 21 Amber Duncan 15 years and Cheryl Koepp tomorrow and Dolly Havekost Happy belated birthday to Silvia Morales Russell and Delana Rae Watson and happy anniversary to Mr and Mrs Manuel Camareno Good morning Todays weather Partly cloudy skies high around 90 low in the mid60s Lotto Texas Saturday nights winning numbers ESI million E X fl iackpot LOTTERV More than 15O positions available at Target A New Braunfels Target job fair will be held from 8 to 8 May 2224 8 to 6 on May 24 at the New Braunfels Civic Center More than 150 man agerial supervisory and guest ser vice positions will be filled There will be free refreshments enter tainment and videos at the fair Department to hold summer tennis lessons New Braunfels Parks and Recre ation Department is offering sum mer tennis lessons for youths Pee Wee Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes are offered for children age 15 Classes begin June 5 and June 28 Registration for the classes beginning June 5 will be accepted at the Landa Recreation Center through May Registration for the classes begin ning June 28 will be accepted through June 23 For information call 6082167 Best Boss Award Jaycees Banquet set for JuneS The New Braunfels Jaycees will host the 1995 Boss of the Year and Jaycees Awards Banquet on June 8 The banquet will be held at Capparellis Restaurant at 1561 IH35 K exit 189 Any employee within Comal county is eligible and all you need to do to enter your boss is to write a few lines indicating why you think your boss should be the Boss of the Year Entries must be mailed to PO Box 310432 New Braunfels TX 78131 by May 31 Treat your boss out for the night For more information or for nomination by phone call Sue Kolath at 6206349 or Debbie Lopez at 6259232 Eagles Auxiliary to install new officers The Past Presidents of the Eagles Auxiliary will meet at Laurel Plaza Monday June 12 at 6 Instal lation of new officers Evelyn Schwab and Lorene Hollowell chairmen The Eagles Auxiliary will meet Wednesday June 21 at Officers to meet at 7 This newspaper is print ed on recycled newsprint New Braunfels 4io HeraldZeit SUNDAY AMDELL PASO TX 79903 46 Pages in four sections Sunday May Serving Comal County lor more than 143 years rfHome of DIANA C RODRIGUEZ Vol 143 No 136 A time to mourn Friends and family of Lyndsay Keith 17 a Smithson Valley High School junior who died Wednesday in a onecar accident in Canyon Lake gathered for a memorial ser vice in her honor Saturday morning at Canyon Dam The service allowed Lindsays closest loved ones the chance to mourn togeth er and honor her memory At right Zandi Harris front holds Dee Keith Lyndsays mother Below Bob Harris wipes a tear from his eye during the emotional morn ing gathering HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Union Street tuber exit nears finish By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Union Street tuber exit wont be finished by Memorial Day weekend but Comal River tubers wont have to wait too long after that to use the new exit ramp Were shooting to get it done in the next couple of a D M Construction official said D M won the contract bid to construct the ramp for the city Although the concrete portion is finished the ramp is still off limits a D M official said The no trespassing signs are still he said As far as were concerned its still a construction site No one should be using that Neither the city of New Braunfels nor D M will be liable if anyone is injured using the ramp while still under construction he said The ramp will have rails and will be landscaped before it is open for public use D M is waiting for the metal railings to be delivered the offi cial said Many factors beyond the contractors control affect the com pletion of construction jobs he said The city is building the wheelchair accessible tuber ramp to comply with the American Disabilities Act The cost will come in at around County veterans services get boost with court action By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer County veterans wanting assistance in filing for benefits from the federal gov ernment will be able to get it on a full time basis beginning Monday Comal County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a request to extend the hours of the Veterans Service Office to a fulltime position Gus Culwell veterans service officer said the extended hours resulted from a need in the veterans community 1 am busy enough where we can justify staving open fulltime Now well be available Culwell said Culwell said he sees about six to 10 people a day and with extended hours he will be able to serve them better The office helps veterans file claims with the VA to receive benefits Culwell said this often means going to nursing homes or individuals homes if they are unable to come into the office to fill out the paperwork 1 try to point them in the right direc tion when they call or come by Its more of an assistance office than any he said Culwell said he does not expect his work load to increase any He said the extended hours will just give him extra time to spend with each individual 1 used to do a lot of work at home Now I can do that here and hopefully provide better he said Beginning Monday the Veterans Service Office located on the first floor of the old courthouse will be open 8 to 5 Monday to Friday For more information call 6205549 TAAS DEBATE STILL RAGES Test designed to measure student school district performance By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND StaffWriter The Texas Assessment of Academic Skills TAAS test can strike paralyzing fear in otherwise competent dedicated students It can inspire heated contro versy between education profession als It can also provide a safety net to catch students that otherwise would pass through the school system without getting the basics of education The TAAS is meant to test both the school system and the student The state defines the TAAS as a mea sure of student achievement in various academic areas and a gauge for institu tional accountability said Karen Simp son New Braunfels Independent School District Executive director of education services For individual student diagnosis the TAAS serves as a snap shot of perfor mance on a given she said A high school student in Texas may not graduate however if he fails the TAAS The TAAS used to be easier than it is now Simpson said It used to be a test of minimal expectations but now it is a test of academic she said Students take the TAAS beginning in the third grade They first take the exit level test during their sophomore year Simpson said Students can repeat por There are children that have a tough time passing any kind of SVHS Principal Joe Rogers tions of the test they dont pass several more times during high school The main thing is to make the schools more Smithson Valley High School Principal Joe Rogers said If theres a hole in a studentseduca tion the TAAS can find the problem Canyon Middle School English teacher Roger Barr said Teachers can then adjust the students curriculum accord ingly Its very fair for parents to expect us to provide a years growth in a school Simpson said The NBISD offers students tutorials in grades three through 12 in areas the TAAS shows a weak ness she said The TAAS can however stir con troversy My mother is a fifth grade Simpson said This is the one thing we have agreed we can not The first time you take the test your sophomore year the first thing the instruction says is you must receive a passing grade to graduate from high a Canyon High School student said The emphasis placed on graduating can scare students into poor perfor mance on the test the student said I just think they stress people out too If they fail a part of the sophomore year TAAS students have several chances to retake that part The student did so missing the passing grade by one question the second to last time The student failed by a much larger margin on the last testing My teacher took it to the principal and said If this isnt stress 1 dont know what the student said We cannot guarantee that any kids going to pass that TAAS Rogers said There are children that have a tough time passing any kind of The TAAS score can depend greatly on how an individual student reacts to pressure and on the circumstances of the particular testing day Barr said It is one tool of many its just one of an assortment of Barr said I wouldnt ever use it as the only tool As part of a quiver of tools it would be he said Teachers can teach to the Ban said but the best way for both teacher and student to prepare is to work hard on the curriculum throughout the whole year TAAS doesnt have to be the climax for the he said Some teachers have spoken out about using the TAAS as an exit test The state does listen to what teachers say Simpson suid State education admin istrators are considering endofcourse testing rather than comprehensive tests that determine whether or not a stu dent graduates Eventually well be out of the exit level she said The Comal Independent School Dis trict Board of Education has called a special meeting tomorrow at 6 to discuss the TAAS Landa St traffic to change May 31 Landa Street underneath the MissouriKansasTexas MKT railroad will be reduced to one lane of traffic on May 31 June 1 and June 2 Texas Department of Trans portation will be drilling test holes to check soil foundation for a new bridge at that location Road workers and a flag man will be present to direct traffic through the area Expected hours of closure are 8 to 5 Readers split on benefits of militias See the Readers Poll results page 4A   

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