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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Have p happy Thanksgiving from the staff of the fferaldZeitling Netor Biau 50 CENTS The Mergele House 708 W Mill 16 Pages in two sections Thursday November Serving Comal County and sufrounlding areas for more than 144 years Home of LORINE STARTZ Vol 144 No 8 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lorine Startz Rob Clark DePrice Marie Martinez one year Christian Camareno Raven Gomez Hilda Hernan dez and Linda Shydel Snider Holiday schedule at HeraldZeitung The HeraldZeitung office will be closed Thanksgiving Day The Thanksgiving Day newspaper will be delivered by Thursday A cir culation department phone line will be open Thanksgiving Day however from 7 to 9 St Johns offers Thanksgiving meals St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther will host a community dinner Thanksgiving day from 11 to 2 If you need assistance getting there call 6252532 or 6063408 St Johns will also have a joint Thanksgiving Eve service tonight at 7 with the members of St Pauls Luther an Church The service will be conducted at St Johns Church 312 S Guenther with desset to follow in the Parish Hall Friends of the Library need storage space The Friends of Dittlinger Memorial Library have sent out a call for help The group needs a clean dry place to sort and store donated books for next years book sale If you have storage space or warehouse space you can spare call 6292359 Optimists selling trees The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christ mas Tree lot at the same loca tion as last year The lot is on Seguin St across from the Post Office Hours of opera tion are 9 to 9 Come early for the best choice of trees Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities Womens Shelter Christmas Auction The Womens Shelter Christ mas Auction will take place at Landa Station Tuesday Nov 28 at 8 Admission is toys canned goods or a cash donation There will bean auction and live blues by Monty Tyler If you have something to donate for the auction call 6293311 Tree lighting on the Plaza Tuesday The Tree Lighting on the Plaza and arrival of Santa Glaus sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Associa tion will be held from 6 to 9 Tuesday Nov 28 on the Plaza The courthuse bells begin ringing at and San tas Parade will run from the Central Fire Station to the Main Plaza There will also be food drinks musical enter tainment and buggy rides This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint GROWING PAEVS Teacher Debbie Wilke teaches her class at Comal BementeU School in Is a book room an office and a classroom Growth puts strain on Bill Brown Elementary By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Special Report The principals office used to belong to his secretary His office now is a teacher workroom filled with staplers paper and copy machines Students now have class in the old teacher work room Computers are spread across the before the change a years after the fifth a are no longer on Its real hard to pu effects of overcrowc tainly is a Pre lab A fewcomputers are grouped together in a room that used to store textbooks But Tripp Presley principal at Bill Brown Elementary School in Spring Branch said he thinks that probably the most inconvenient rearrangement is the teachers lounge Air conditioning ducts hang low from the ceiling and the floor is hard cement not covered by linoleum tile or carpet Teachers must climb a steep flight of stairs into an attic storage area during their breaks Im afraid Im going to lose one of my teachers on these stairs one Presley said Bill Brown Elementary like many of the schools in the Comal Independent School District is teaching more stu dents than it was meant to handle The school was almost full when it opened in 1991 and enrollment on Oct 4 was 917 students 118 more than the schools 799 capacity Even with 250 students moving from the school next year to the three new fifth and sixth grade campuses Presley said he expects the school to operate under capacity only for a short amount of time What the opening of the new schools will do is give us an opportu nity at least for a year or so to use this facility the way it was Pres ley said Along with the rest of the district the school will grow by 10 to 16 percent each year at least until 2000 Bill Brown Elementary enrollment may reach the same number of students as taxes everyone Porbfcfc problems In addition to the 13 classrooms work rooms offices and lounge six fifthand sixthgrade class rooms have been held in portable build ings for the past two years Vivian AndrewsB es social studies readi arts to sixth graders in ing said her room us 25 students is too c dents to do many acti ative education Instead of straight le Burke said she tries learning centers in her next to impossible t everyday in her portal You dont get a fe around being able to she said Theres re this room to go and distract other Nowhere to put trade Storage is also a pi students and teachers Instead of lockers lik rke who teach Its real hard to put a value on the effects of It just taxes ng but it cer Tripp Presley soon as three d sixth graders is a value on the ey said It just g and language portable build ally filled with owded for stu ities of cooper tures Andrew to incorporate essons but it is use the centers e classroom ling of moving e on the ly no room in ork and not to tools of the blem for both n the portables students in the main building students must keep all their supplies at their desks They have no cubbyholes to stor any extra sup plies Teachers also must arry their tools of die trade from home to school each day said Kenn Suttcn a multiage classroom teacher for fifth and sixth graders in the portables Except for a few metal cupboards and shelves the teachers do not have any storage space Insufficient restrooms I jSutton said the students in the porta least 100 yards to the nearest restrobms The students do not have a covered walkway and get cold and wet on badweather days Sutton added the nearest restrooms have only two boys stalls and four girls Restroom breaks for his entire class of 50 are unfeasible so students must go to the restroom during class time But then you have big kids run ning around he said The excess students have put a strain on the restrooms and other core facil ities such as the cafeteria and library Presley said Kids wait in lines a lot of time is he said Keeping the restrooms clean and sanitary is a major The school has expanded the main sewer line twice in its five years Pres ley said Next North Presley said he expects the growth to continue from the metropolitan San Antonio area into the Comal district area Were the next North East school he said In the Cypress Springs subdivision more than 600 lots have been sold Thats a whole school right Presley said Sutton also said he expects a big bunch of kids to enter his class after Christmas when families move into their finished homes in the Cypress Springs and other subdivisions such as Timberwood Park Theres just so many of them School Bulverde Primary EC3 Goodwin Primary EC2 Bill Brown Elementary PreK6 Bulverde Elementary 46 Comal Elementary PreK6 Frazier Elementary 36 Mountain Valley Elementary PreK6 Canyon Middle 78 Srnjthson Valley Middle 78 Canyon High 912 Smithson Valley High Location Bulverde New Braunfels Spring Branch Bulverde New Braqnfels New Braunfels Canyon Lake New Braunfels Spring Brunch New Braunfels Spring Bnjinch Enrollment 614 441 917 522 603 685 862 758 789 Capacity 418 515 799 365 671 589 650 613 746 Difference 74 68 96 43 106 31 T01ALS SOURCES Eroollmiml Statistics Oct Dennis D Hamer and Associates Report Jan CISD struggles to cope with influx of students By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Students are learning in closets on stages or in portables instead of tradi tional classrooms Administrators have moved into smaller offices The Comal Independent School Dis trict is building four new schools to hold the students who keeping moving into the district Enrollment numbers have grown by more than stu dents in five years almost a third of the districts enrollment for the 198990 school year The district is one and a half years ahead of projected enrollment figures with October enrollment at stu dents Jerry Major superintendent of Comal ISO said he expects the district to have an enrollment of stu dents by the beginning of the 199798 school year Buying them up like crazy The Smithson Valley area on the Highway 281 corridor is experienc ing an influx of families moving from San Antonio into the country The dis trict is growing by 13 percent in this area instead of the districtwide 10 percent growth Major said These folks are looking for a little bit of land and a little bit of space and they can find it in Comal Major said David Gale a sales representative of Timberwood Park a subdivision on the Counties border said his subdivision has led Bexar County in new building starts for the past two years He said more and more families are moving into the Comal ISO area because of the proximity of San Anto nio without the bigcity hassles The buyers in the area want to move out of San Antonio but they still want to be close to the shopping cen ters and other things in the Gale said people are buying the homes priced from to like He added 20 to 30 homes are being built right now You can drive down any street and see someone building a he said Bond issues used to combat growth problems While the number of students enrolled in Comal ISD is not as high as many other school districts around the state the projected growth mirrors that of some of the states largest districts To deal with the growth most have opted for bond issues Victor Garcia a spokesman for the North East Independent School Dis trict which borders Comal said both districts are growing so fast it makes it hard to project future enrollments with any sense of accuracy North East patrons recently passed a million bond issue which will finance two elementary one middle and one high school in the area near Comal Although the North East bond elec tion should give the district some space Garcia said the new schools will not permanently solve over crowding problems It will alleviate some enrollment pressures but not for Garcia said The district now has stu dents Enrollment probably will reach by the year 2001 Garcia said Playing catch up If the million bond issue pro posed by the Austin ISD passes in the spring it would be the largest in Texas history The bond issue would fund six new elementary two middle and one high schools renovations and expansions on existing campuses and a technology infrastructure to link all classrooms to the same computer net work In the 1980s voters rejected bond issues that would have kept the district on track for renovations to the build Special Report ings and for future growth said Mel Waxier chairman of the Austin Inde pendent School District Citizens Bond Advisory Committee Were playing catchup at a time when were experiencing historic Waxier said The district which already has an enrollment of more than stu dents is growing by to students each year and Waxier said the current bond issue should solve the school districts current overcrowding problems until 2000 Waxier said he has suggested to the Austin trustees to form a commit tee to look at growth trends and form longrange plans The million bond issue wont be the last of Waxier said Solutions for the 21st Century Two Comal ISD bond issues in the last two years totaling more than million have paid for a new middle school three fifthandsixth grade schools and additions of classrooms to most of the existing campuses Major said the bond elections should hold the students enrolled in the district for the next five years but the question of what is the most feasible solution to overcrowding will linger into the next century There are a lot of ways to deal with overcrowding but many would entail scheduling said Greenwood a Texas Education Agency Going to school yearround Yearround multitrack schools a plan which was adopted grudgingly by the Comal Board of Trustees in the contingency plan if the bond had failed have been tried by more than 55 school districts in the state including the fastgrowing Independent School district outside Houston We can open a school now but the day its open its at said Donna Schrake spokeswoman for CypressFairbanks ISD In January 1994 voters chose a million bond issue with the stip ulation of yearround schools over a million bond with regular track schools Since that time Schrake said the yearround multitrack schools absolutely have helped alleviate overcrowding situations Schrake said In multitrack schools students are grouped into four blocks and attend classes in staggered schedules using the buildings throughout the entire year You can accommodate one fourth more kids in year she said That saves you building one more Comal Trustee Thomas Bruce who has opposed the bond issues said year round school would work in Comal ISD if the option was offered on all grade levels When that choice out before the public they did not do it on all Bruce said So the voters chose the lesser of the two evils when they passed the bond But Greenwood fromthe TEA warned that yearround school sched uling is not for every district Its not necessarily a he said Down the road Major said the new schools should take the district through the year 2000 Then the district will look at other options including building more schools expanding current campyses and scheduling changes Youve got to put students some he said Well continue to look at those options down the For subscription or advertising information call the HerafdZeitung at 6259144
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