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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY AllStars fairy tale season comes to an Sports Page 5 50 CENTS Comal County Courthouse New Braunfels Herald 8 Pages in one section Tuesday August Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ANGELA SYLVESTER Vol 143 No 192 Inside Sports Day Stammtiscn Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Angela Sylvester Donna McSchmidt Michael Luna four Mary Isabel Bar boza 17 and Paul Borsch River and aquifer information Comal River 258 cubicfeetper second down 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 02 Guadalupe River 179 Concert in the Park Painted Pony will perform the free concert this Thursday at at the dance slab in Landa Park Aggies ice cream social The Comal County Aggie Moms Club invites all Comal County Aggies and their fami lies to an oldfashioned ice cream social Thursday Aug 10 at Area 16 across from the pool in Landa Park beginning at This new Howdy Night is an opportunity for all Aggies from brand new fish to graduating seniors to former students and their families to get to know each other and share that great Aggie Spirit There is no charge for the event HOPE to hold end of summer dance Hispanic Organization for Public Education announces an end of summer DJ dance fundraising event with DJ Kenny Longoria The dance will be Friday Aug 11 at 7 to 11 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall 138 St Canyon High School to hold Fish Camp The student council invites all incoming freshmen to its first annual Canyon High School Fish Camp Tuesday Aug 8 from to The camp begins at the Cougar Den main gym with signin and ends with refresh ments in the student commons area in the main building A fun and informative after noon is planned to introduce the Class of 1999 to key peo ple and traditions A campus tour and information to help freshmen have a successful high school experience are also planned Call student council advisors Betty Kyle or Lilly Barucki at 6256251 for information Lone Star Primary sneak preview A sneak peek for first and second graders at Lone Star Primary will be held Aug 11 from 3 to Come put away your school supplies and meet your new teacher Canyon Music Boosters to meet Canyon Music Boosters meet Thursday Aug 10 at in the Canyon High School Band Hall All parents of band choir and drill team members of Comal Elementary Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School are encouraged to attend CISD looks at bigger budget smaller tax rate By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Truck crashes and burns in Spring Branch Yesterday afternoon around 4 Spring Branch Fire Department was called out to extinguish a burning truck on FM 306 about two miles east of Highway 281 The vehicle was wrecked and engulfed in flames when fire and EMS personnel arrived at the scene Sources indicate that the vehicle may have been involved in a carjacking in San Antonio Missing girls found along river From staff reports Three missing 11yearold girls from the Corpus Christi area have been locat ed after spending much of Sunday night and the early Monday morning hours on the shore of the Guadalupe River near the Guadalupe State Park The three who were camping at the park with a church group had gone tub ing with the other members of the group when they got separated around on the Kendall County section of the river The parents of one of the girls notified the Kendall County Sheriffs Office and Guadalupe State Park Rangers The rangers began to search the river When the girls had not been found by 1 the Comal County Sheriffs Office was notified and emergency per sonnel from the Sheriffs Department Fire Marshalls Office and other depart ments were dispatched to assist The Sheriff s Department asked tor help from the Baptist AirLife helicopter at about The helicopter equipped with search lights and para medics came and picked up Deputy Ron Wommack the area district officer The helicopter sighted the girls short ly after it took at about They were sleeping about oneanda half miles up river from the park on the county line They had abandoned their tubes and walked about 50 yards before falling asleep The AirLife crew checked to see that the girls were all right then flew them back to the park There they were reunited with their group The board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District has been presented with a million budget for the 199596 school year and current estimates show there may be a decrease in the total tax rate Abel Campos CISD director of business operations said the pro posed budget which includes salary increases for many positions is a lit tle over million dollars which is up from the almost million bud get last year Campos said the Texas Educa tion Agency still has not given him a firm formula to use to figure out the tax rate so he can only estimate what it will be He said he expects the total tax rate to be in the neighbor hood of This is a decrease from the current rate which is Its embarrassing not to be able to present the board with firmer num bers but TEA hasnt given me the numbers to work with he told board members This years budget has seen several large increases The largest proposed increase is in the area of staffing plans which is a million increase The board has approved 70 positions of which 42 are teachers The next largest increase was in the area of pay raises which is a pro posed increase Health insurance also has a proposed increased of Another increase is in the area of the alternative education center which was first created this year CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the decrease in the tax rate is a result of two factors He said the first factor is that there has been a slight increase in state funding He said the second reason is that appraisal values have increased and more homes and businesses have moved into the dis trict However the growth is also a rea son the tax rate cannot be lowered more The district has to take into account expanded staff facilities and services needed the growth he said A smaller tax rate will generate the same funds We would love to drop the tax rate even more but we have to plan for those said Major Campos said he will have a com plete budget to present the board on Thursday for adoption However he will only be able to estimate the total tax rate An accurate tax rate will not be available until closer to the September tax rate hearing he said My main concern is to tell you the board what our needs are and what it will take to fund those said Campos A budget hearing and adoption will be held on Thursday Aug 10 at 7 at the CISD Central Office A meeting to establish the maximum tax rate will be held at 7 on Aug 31 and a tax rate hearing will be held at 7 on Sept 14 Both meetings will be held at the CISD Central Office hprivpr increase is in the area of the meetings will be held at the CIS me river equipped with search lights and para group M 6 f F alternative education center which Central Office CISD hires principal to get Alternative School running By DENISE DZIUK It would be a person was going to have to do Hall said his biggest goal in the However he said he hopes to Staff Writer challenge for Theyre going to have to build it from Alternative School which contains assigning students to the Alternati nut I tnf 10 to n 1 By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Dis trict has gotten one step closer to get ting its Alternative School operating by hiring a principal to take charge of it Chad Hall was chosen out of approx imately 12 applications to become the schools first prinicipal CISD Super intendent Jerry Major said Hall was chosen because he possessed a lot of good experience and committment Major said it also helped that Hall is a certified counselor and administrator It would be a challenge for any one but I think hes suited for said Major Hall said when first heard about the position it did not sound attrac tive at all Howev er after a while it Hall became an interest ing and attractive position I started to think about what that person was going to have to do Theyre going to have to build it from the ground up and theyre going to have to affect the kids that need it the said Hall Im at a point in my life where I need a challenge like Major said he would like to see Hall call most of the shots when it comes to hiring the staff as well as many of the other issues involved with getting the school up and He has a bunch of really good ideas and I think hes going to hit the ground said Major Hall said his biggest goal in the Alternative School which contains grades seven through 12 is to help the kids see how to be successful and that they can also do it He said he would have liked to see more money budget ed to the Alternative School so he would not be so constrained I just want to help as many kids as possible They all have to see they can be successful and its up to us to show them said Hall Major said the school will not be ready when regular classes begin However he said he hopes to be assigning students to the Alternative School by September 1 Hall has been an educator since 1968 and has held positions including administrative titles in elementary through high school levels He has also taught in the military Hall has been with the district for several years and is leaving the position of assistant prin cipal at Smithson Valley High School for the job at the Alternative School Halls wife Carol is the CISD Assis tant Superintendent for Instruction City advised not to pay for mayors legal fees By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Norwest Opens The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Bluecoats assist the Norwest Bank formerly Citizens Bank staff and board of directors yesterday morn ing at their grand opening ADA course offered An Americans with Disabilities Act training class will be held from 9 to 4 Aug 11 The course is an indepth look at the Americans with Disabilities Act The attendees will leave the session with quality reference material about ADA The course is approved for six hours of Real Estate Mandatory Continuing Education However you do not need to be a Realtor to take the class It is an excel lent course for businesses To register call 6256954 Seating is limited Cost is is my opinion that the city New Braunfels would be prohibited from reimbursing the expenses of an individual in an election That was the legal opinion of Susan M Horton general counsel for the Texas Municipal League Hortons opinion concerned whether the city of New Braun fels could legally pick up the tab for Gary Kahligs lawsuit against Paul E Eraser Jr Kahlig alleged that election irregu larities could be responsible for Fraser winning the race for the Dist 4 city council seat I do concur with her said Jacqueline Cullom New Braunfels City Attorney The suit named city election officials and procedures prompting a debate in city council on whether the city should reimburse the attorneys Fraser won the suit with the help of attorneys Ed Nolan and Atanacio Campos who donated a great deal of their time on the case The reason it got difficult in this situation is because the alle gations that were raised were directed at the governmental enti ty but the individual had to defend them so it created a grey Cullom said The Texas Constitution prohibits a governmental body from spending public money for a private Cullom said Horton found that private interests were also at stake in the lawsuit Fraser keeping his office thus her opinion Cul lom said Hortons memo has been given to city council members I dont think its going to come back on the Cullom said HaraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Major melon No its not the invasion of the body snatchers its an 81pound watermelon Barney Coon started the magnificent melon in his Hunter Road plot in April and weighed it in at New Braunfels Feed and Supply yesterday Coon grew his melons and two poundplus tomatoes with no fertilizers Newt Gingrich The next great American leader See Cal Thomas Page 4
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