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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Canyon knocks off Rangers keeps second place See Pago 6 New Braunfels Herald 410 M016 187 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHINO 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 20 pages in one section Wednesday April Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home ol ASHLIY KAUFMANM Vol fe No 112 SLimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Chad L Sibley Terry Moreno Ashley Kaufmann Dorothy Schultz Clarice Stange Lauren Bryann Dominguez four and Alma Escamil la To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Not Available Grass NA Oak NA Ash NA NA NA Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Coma 219 cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 from yesterday The Time of Your Life Awardwinning talent takes to the New Braunfels High School stage Thursday April 18 when the NBHS actors per form The Time of Your a oneact play that takes place in 1939 on the San Francisco waterfront This entertaining by William ay at 7 the NBHJS Cafetorium Admission will riot be charged although donations would be welcome Garage sale benefits St Judos Ranch for Children The Friends of the Ranch will hold a garage sale April 20 from 9 to 2 at the former Bargain Box building at Castell and streets Plaza Nites series continues Plaza Nites will be present ed Thursdays in April on the Plaza at 7 Bring lawn chairs and a picnic or eat at one of the downtown restau rants Bands left in the series are April 18 Matt Toon and the Big Deals April 25 Mariachi Ecos de America For informa tion call 6082100 Donate to the Salvation Army To support the work of the Salvation Army Service Unit of New Braunfels gifts may be mailed to Salvation Army 304 Cardinal Drive New Braun fels TX 78130 Be a tutor NBISD students need your help One hour a week the ability to read and love and concern for children are the only requirements Call Linda at 6207533 for information on how to volunteer for the Help One Student To Succeed pro gram Drive for ACS The American Cancer Soci ety Road To Recovery pro gram is a volunteer driver pro gram Volunteer drivers take patients for cancer treatments To volunteer call Bob Peter son 6253252 Drivers are always needed This newspaper is printed pn recycled newsprint agrees to work with locals to save power plant ByMELANEGERIK Staff Writer photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Fire guts Cibolo mobile home A quickmoving fire gutted a mobile home last night at 214 Douglas St In Cibolo destroying the structure and leaving two animals Injured Department was called to the home at Vals mobile home oark at about Two cats were inside the home meowing so loud that fire department personnel thought chil dren were inside When they entered the trailer they found two house cats suffering from smoke Inhalation No cause has been determined and the home was Just moved Into the park last week School board vote means students will cheer rahrah Rahe next year By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Bulverde Primary will change its name next school year to honor a fam ily of educators with close to 200 com bined years of teaching in Comal County The Comal Independent School Dis trict Board of Trustees unanimously approved the name change to Rahe Primary School at the workshop meet ing Monday night by a 60 vote Thomas Bruce was absent The change came after LaVerne Welborn and others asked the board to change the name of the school at a March 28 meeting The Rahes deserve more recogni tion than they got by having a wing named for them in the new Spring Branch Middle Weibom said in a prepared statement presented to the district The Rahe family includes William Rahe who taught from 1900 to 1950 his three sons two grandsons arid his greatgranddaughter WilHiams son Ernst was principal at Bulverde Mustang Hill for 25 years from 1947 to 1972 Twenty years ago the building was dedicated to Ernst Rahe The entire Rahe family was hon ored at the dedication ceremony The Rahes were nominated to have one of the four new west side schools named after them but were not chosen by the selection committee members Welborn thanked the board Mon day night for changing the name of Bulverde Primary I represent many of the oldtimers in Bulverde who had the Rahes as teachers and we feel they deserve to be she said Board President Jim Middleton said the costs of the name change should be 1V The only costs will be the block letters and the he Stationery with the Bulverde Pri mary letterhead will be used until the supply is exhausted Middleton said Jerry Major district superintendent said the school will be mentioned as the old Bulverde school in literature for some time in addition to the Rahe name The school will celebrate its 50th anniversary at 2 April 25 in the schools front lawn More than 100 people attended a public meeting Tuesday to begin work ing out their dreams of turning the LCRA power plant into a multicultur al center castle Lower Colorado River Authority representatives and division directors were at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter to listen to the citizensideas about the fate of the 70year old build ing Pix Howell office manager in the LCRA engineering department said after the meeting the Board of Direc tors are definitely gonna try to keep the building in LCRA estimates it would cost million to either demolish the building or to remove the equipment boilers and other items from the building leaving a clean LCRA spent more than mil lion for asbestos removal in 1989 and 1990 and has pledged an additional million for repairs on the exterior Howell said small amounts of con tamination have been found in the building and in the soil but most has been removed LCRA is working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife to make sure no contamination reaches the water he added An ad hoc committee which has met twice has been formed by LCRA to determine whether the building would be left standing Recommen dations should be made by the fall said Donna Brasher manager of LCRA Land and Environmental Ser vices After that Howell said LCRA is hoping that the community will help determine the future uses for the pow er plant Betty Lou Rushing has organized many volunteers into what unofficial ly has been dubbed as the Power Plant Were just going to make sugges Rushing said Were not assuming any decisionmaking Jo Ann Aniol president of the Mid Texas Symphony Society said she would like to see part of the plant used as an auditorium used for childrens symphony performances With auditorium facilities children can enjoy the symphony much better than in the current Civic Center loca tion and can have a place to perform for their own organizations Cristina AguilarFriar board mem ber the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said a multicultural center could reflect the diversity of New Braunfels citizens We are a little slice of AguilarFriar said A center like this can portray us as we Other citizens expressed interest in providing some indoor recreational facilities for the students Although the ideas are plentiful money is not Financial estimates and details have yet to be ironed out although a committee has been formed from the unofficial Power Plant Pro tectors Although the process may take a while County Judge Carter Casteel said she feels the community will come together to find a solution to save the LCRA building People usually at war with each other are here Casteel said We may argue about how it should be done but we wont argue that it needs to be Parents cram NBHS cafeteria to debate high school schedules By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Concerned parents faculty and administrators filled the New Braunfels High School cafeteria to discuss what they perceived to be the benefits and drawbacks of accelerated block sched uling Several of those present felt there may even be room for some form of compromise Assistant Principal Judy Seifert said 10 percent of schools in the nation are on block scheduling and more will go to it in the future We have never done something exactly the same way for two years in a Were open to sugges she said In accelerated block scheduling the school year is broken down into two terms Students take four 90minute classes during each term and the class es are completed by the end of the term dont want to make it easier on We want to make it harder so they will do Loddie Roeder Opponents of this schedule said stud ies have shown it results in poor test scores They said it is good for classes with labs but not for English and math which are the focus of tests such as the TAAS SAT and ACT For better retention in these subjects the students need it every day they said When it comes to math and Eng lish I have a problem It seems like were short changing our said parent Chris Woods Another drawback they said was that the total teaching time for a subject is cut by about six weeks so teachers are going at a quicker pace to cover less material Opponents also argued that the students are not able to remain focused for that length of time it requires an 11 percent increase in sonnel to implement it properly and there is a watering down of basic We dont want to make it easier on We want to make it hard er so they will do said parent Loddie Roeder Master Sergeant Steve Norns told students youre going to need a lot more for college Youre going to need a lot more for the Air Force Youre going to need a lot more for any job to go Advocates of the scheduling said students are given more time per class to discuss the topic and it allows more one on one time with teachers They also added that it gives students more time to focus and concentrate on those Give it a chance to Garden four subjects Teachers present told parents that the students are still receiv ing a quality education and math and English are being reinforced through other subjects What you have is said narent Olea Sf What von have is dynamics between the student and teacher that comes out of having the extra If you believe like I did that this is a superior school you have to believe in the administration and you have to believe in the said Butch Carden Give it a chance to Chemistry teacher Holly Stretz said her students already deal with using their math and English skills Howev er she said more could be added if that was what parents wanted You ask for it well have so much math in that class their heads will be she said In all about 20 people spoke on accelerated block scheduling and it was almost split down the middle in terms of which side they were on An additional 10 to 12 were not able to speak due to time constraints but will be contacted by the faculty to discuss their concerns Principal John Turman said the com ments and questions raised at the meet ing will be reviewed and the faculty will see what can be done to address the concerns Superintendent Charles Bradberry said groups with a variety of opinions will take part in a twoday workshop with a consensus building facilitator He said reaching a solution everyone can be happy with is the ultimate Wendy Gramm comes to town to discuss bill to track sex offenders By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Wendy Lee Gramm talked to local law enforcement officials Tuesday to grasp their input of a sex offender tracking bill proposed by her husband Sen Phil Gramm RTexas introduced the bill in March The bill would require those convicted of sex ual assault or violent crimes to chil dren to register with the FBI after cross ing state lines The bill is patterned after what are called the Ashley laws in Texas The laws were named after 7vearold Ash ley Estell who was abducted from a soccer field then murdered The man convicted of her murder had a record of sexual offenses The state law which went into effect Sept I requires sexual offenders to register with local law enforcement authorities after their releases from prison Wendy Gramm said the national bill would prevent sexual offenders who move into states without tracking leg islation from falling through the cracks The gap was if someone crossed state lines then they might not have to she said Wendy Gramm said the proposed legislation cosponsored by Sen Joseph Biden would not stop firsttime offenders but it would make it a little easier for law enforcement officers and citizens to get informa tion about sexual Det Sgt Basel Boatright said many sex crimes are committed by repeat offenders Our problem is knowing that theyre there and the proposed legis lation will take care of Boa tright said Once the offender registers with the FBI the bureau would in turn inform the local authorities The information also would be entered into the FBI files and any law enforcement agency can access that data Gramm said If offenders do not register then they can be forced to pay up to on the first offense if they have one prior conviction If they fail to register with more than one conviction the offend ers could face up to a year in prison in addition to the fine Failing to register more than once can result in the in fines and up to 10 years in jail Wendy Gramm said the timetable Wendy Gramm on voting on the bill is just a matter of the legislative The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee Affirmative action just another way to discriminate See Opinion Page 4
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