Thursday, September 28, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY PRCA rodeo bringing thrills and spills to the county fair Se MOJ The Hummel Museum New Braunfels Herald E VANDELL JDR PASO TX 79903 12 Pages in one section Thursday September Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of DR HENRY SOECHTING Vol 143 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Tiffany Meek 18 and Dr Henry Soechting 40 River and aquifer information Cdrtlal River 270 cubicfeetper sec sambas Edwardi feet sea down Quadalupe River 4170 V 4d V HeraldZeitung office closed tomorrow morning The HeraldZeitung office will be closed Friday until noon in observance of Comal County Fair Parade Day County Fair schedule The 102nd Comal County Fair runs through Sunday at the County Fairgrounds on Common Street Events include Thursday Sept 28 Rodeo 8 Southbound 8midnight Friday Sept 29 Pet Parade downtown Fair Parade 10 down town Local High School Bands 1 Dan McCoy 46 Jay Eric and Blieders Creek 8midnight Rodeo 8 Saturday Sept 30 Chili Cookoff 9 Dan McCoy 13 Wimberley Fire Ants 36 Kinder Tanzen Sue Schwab 67 Quarter Moon 9 Rodeo 8 Sunday Oct 1 Childrens best western dress contest Jazz Cowboys 13 Ed Kadlecek the Village Band 35 Carlene Walker 711 Livestock poultry baked goods canning preserving clothing art and crafts and photography will also be on display and judged during the fair There will be a carnival games food and drinks avail able throughout the fair for everyone to drop by and enjoy German choral groups to gather here More than 300 singers from around the state will gather for the 1995 Saengerfest at 2 Sunday Oct 1 at the Saenger halle The Gemischter Chor Har monie of New Braunfels wel comes German choral groups from around the state to this Sesquicentennial event Hermann Sons Lodge to meet The New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will have its meeting Oct 1 at 3 at the lodge hall Meat furnished Mem bers bring a covered dish The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot rTEXBSr LOTTERY CISD may go yearround if bonds fail By MELANIE GERIK Staff writer Students may have classes yearround at dif ferent times of the day or in more portable class rooms if the Comal Independent School District October bond election fails The board of trustees unanimously but grudg ingly approved the threeoption contingency plan at its regular board meeting Wednesday night We need to say if the million bond issue is not going to pass this is what were going to said Trustee Dan Krueger But Dennis Quick an Association of Citizens for Education founding member said the board may have broken the law because tax bonds can not pay for renovations and athletic facilities the funding for these must come from general revenue bonds The tax bond will fund a new 800srudent mid dle school expansions at Canyon Middle Smith son Valley Middle Canyon High and Smithson Valley High schools electrical and mechanical improvements Americans with Disabilities Act and safety code renovations Quick said his main concern was the scare tac tics used by the board to force people to pass the bond issue What is going to defeat the bond issue is the way youre approaching the Quick told the trustees The yearround school system divides the standard school calendar into different tracks according to information from the dis trict The system eases the overcrowding of facil ities because not all students are in school at the same time In the splitshift system classes would start at different times of the day with the possibility of evening classes Trustee Derald LaRue called this plan bad news because students would have to travel on rural highways at night and extracurricular activities would be disrupted The district would move portable buildings to overcrowded campuses in the third option Roy Linnartz director of maintenance for the district said 20 to 25 of the portable buildings that would be available after the three new elementary schools open next year would be put into imme diate use leaving approximately 25 But he added that some of those 25 buildings which house two classrooms each would fall apart if moved In other business the board unanimously approved the implementation policy for a momen of silence at the beginning of the school day According to the policy the period of silenci will be an individual private activity There shall be no attempt by any district employee to influence in any way another per sons thoughts regarding the period of thi policy states Caroline Werni director of Superintendent Jerry Major will issue a memo t principals immediately leaving the implementa tion of the policy up to the individual schools The board approved the tax rate of pe 100 of property by a vote of 61 Although the tax rate is lower than last year rate of land appraisals in the district wen up by percent So many homeowners wil actually pay more in school taxes this year New addition to take squeeze off Marion schools HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DAR A betterthan fair time The 102nd Comal County Fair one of the largest and best attended county fairs in the region runs through Sunday at the county fairgrounds on Common Street Above the carnival is just one of the attractions At right Buggy the Clown paints Madison Kellys face By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer Marion School District Superinten dent Craig Stockstill is anticipating the opening of a new foot addition to Krueger Elementary School which should be completed by This new addition will do several things for Stockstill said It will put most of the elementary campus under one The new million addition which is paid for by a bond issue that was passed during the 199394 school year will be added on to the North Campus of Krueger Elementary The North Campus was completed in 1986 to create more class space for an increasing student population The North Campus is located across from Krueger Elementary To meet the increasing number of children coming to Krueger over the past few years the district has had to place portables on the campus Cur rently K3 is housed at Krueger 4th grade at the North Campus and 5th grade at the portables The addition to the North Campus will enable the dis trict to house PreK4 in that build ing The 5th grade will move into the old campus The new addition wil include 22 classrooms an ESL classroom a com puter lab library a cafeteria and offices for the principal nurse counselor and assistant principal Seven classrooms in the North Campus have had renova tions done to the catpeting painting sinks and storage area to make it look like the new addition Stockstill said The new building should make life convenient for both students and teach ers Stockstill said 1 think what it will do is make r safer for the Stockstill said Presently the kids have to cross the street to get to the library which is across the street from Krueger and tc go to class at the old gymnasi Second it will enable the teach ers to work together as a team because they will be closer together Third the principal will be in the same building which will give her an opportunity tc supervise her students better Fourth when the kids switch for classes it wil not have to be time consuming going from one building to another Fifth when the parents pick up their kids it will be better When the portables are left vacant Stockstill said the district would look into using the added space for both high school and middle school classes We are excited to be under one Krueger Elementary Principal Kathy Dittrich said It will give stu dents the freedon to move on our cam pus The kids will be safer moving from within one building instead ol moving from one portable to another The pickup driveway at the new addi tion will make it safer for the parents to pick up their Dittrich said Krueger has 530 stu dents for the 199596 school year com pared to 510 for 199495 She said the elementary needed the additional space especially for its third and fourth grade classes Because of the new space we will be able to comply with the state ratio ol 22 teacher in those Dittrich said Election to decide whether GVEC will set its own rates By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The members of the Guadalupe Valley Elec tric Cooperative Inc GVEC will soon have a chance to vote to return rate setting to the board of directors taking it out of the hands of the Public Utility Commission of Texas Marcus Pridgeon general manager of the GVEC said the GVEC was formed in 1939 and serves meters The GVEC stretches from the eastern boundary of San Antonio to Ezzell southeast of Hallettsville Pridgeon said that the Public Utility Commission of Texas was formed in 1975 when the state legislature passed the Public Utility Regulatory Act and has set the electric rates ever since Pridgeon said members of the commission are appointed by the governor He said this means the commission changes as the political philosophy of the governor changes He went on to say that it is costly and time consuming to appear before the commission for rate inter Our last rate case intervention cost us about in legal fees That may not seem like a lot of money to some people but its a lot to a company our he said However Pridgeon said Senate Bill 1227 which was passed during the last legislative ses sion gives the public the option of having the local board of directors establish rates The board of directors consists of nine elected members Its a chance to return power to a local board It lets a locally elected board set the rates instead of one appointed by the said Pridgeon He said deregulation from the Public Utility Commission of Texas would be best for GVEC because it would allow the board of directors to establish the rates He said this would cause a slight decrease in rates because there would not be large regulatory costs such as in the last rate intervention case He also said local electric rates would become more competitive He said no immediate change in rates would be seen In the long run rates would be more com petetive because theyre not being driven by political he said Ballots will be mailed to each GVEC member on Oct 2 and must be ruturned to GVEC by Nov 1 All members are encouraged to vote on whether they want the commission or the board of directors to be have the authority to set rates The results of the election will be canvassed by the PUC and if deregulation gets the majority of votes it will become effective immediately after the canvassing is certified Pridgeon said the commission has not yet developed the rules for the election canvassing so he does not know how long it will take Hispanic Chamber makes plans By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Com merce of Comal County GHCC kicked into high gear with it slate of plans as it held its first general meeting Tuesday night at Lone Star Elementary Feb 10 the GHCC will send a delegation to the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce TAMACC quar terly meeting in Monterrey Mexico This is primarily a trade said GHCC Chair Ron Gonzalez We are asking any area Businesses with an interest in buying ojc product in Mexico to contact us so we cap take their goals and questions with us to Net surfers can find information about the GHCC on the TAMACC Homepage at Tlie last period isnt part of the Homepage The GHCC Sw Mar cos Hispanjc Chamber it holds the November meeting in San Marcos Nov 17 ffie Ixpeujjve House Hotel Leo Gomez chair sf SAJI Antonio His panic Chamber of toWthe grojup how the San Antonio over the years Basically they have decided to hold hands and work together on Gonzalez said The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber has a staff employee who works in Mexico to serve as a trade link Gonzalezsaid Primarily it fol lows along the same line as how were trying to open the Mexican market he said Joe Morin TAMACC president encour aged and inspired the GHCC with his speech Gonzalez said Joe Morin is the newest appointee to the state lottery he said Mayor Paul E Fraser opened the evening with welcoming remarks Gonzalez said Some who attended were Councilman Ray Schoch Justice of the Peace Diana Campos NBU trustee Castillo school bognl trustee Sylvia Sanchez Commissioner Cristi na Zamora and Nathajj Gonzalez said The meeting was opportunity and betterment for the whole Gon zalez opportunity whether it be business educational pr leadership oppor tunity especially for For information the GHCC contact Nora Morales at 6S753 or Mike Cruz at 6061805 Slashing college loans may save money now but will leave America weaker See Page 4