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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Little league holds closing ceremoniesSee Paoe 5 County Courthouse 10 pages in one section Thursday June Solving Comal County arid surroMding areas forrnbre than 144 years Home of CALVW KMfrfj it Inside Market SLimmtisch WIWM9 IflNII the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Calvin Kraft 70 Pete Matemoros Annie StoeHfe Emily Loyola 19 George Lombardo Jr belated 8 and Antonia 81 Happy 60th anniversary to Hllmar and Lucille Scheel Pollen Count Oak70 Hack Pecan TO Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 8 cfs from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 16 from Wednesday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBli reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and million gallons of aquifer water Wednesday American Forum to meet tonight the American G I Forum will meet at 7 tonight at the American Legion Hall on Coll St Quilt Guild to Jau ft up1 Saturday the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild will meet at 9 Saturday at the First Christian Church on Loop 337 Pro gram will be given by Sherrie Spangler Jazz It Up Wear able Public is invited Retired Eagles to meet Sunday The Retired Eagles Activi ties Club will meet from 2 to 6 Sunday at Eagles Hall Meat will be furnished by the club Bring a covered dish Those with a birthday or anniversary this month should bring a cake or cookies Unitarians to hear speaker on Jim Crow The Unitarian Universalists will Adams speak on her experiences of 75 years growing up black in New Braunfels She attended a oneroom black school and experienced Jim Crow segre gation at every turn The meeting will be at 7 Wednesday at Faith United Church of Christ 907 337 Public invited Road to Recovery The road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society Vol unteer Drive Program Volun teer Drivers take cancer patients for their treatments locally and to San Antonio The program covers Comal County To become a volun teer drive call Bob Peterson at 6253252 Financial counseling Consumer Credit Counsel ing Service a nonprofit orga nization has an office in New Braunfels to serve area resi dents CCCS offers free con fidential financial counseling to help solve credit or debt problems Call 1800410 2227 Thie newspaper is printedon recycled newsprint MICROPUBLI8HIHO 2627 E YANOELL f 144 Marion to open hew library this summer J d y i 4 i j 1 I yff 4 i L TT J V V V By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION Everything is on schedule for the opening of the new Marion Community Library which is expected to be completed in September We are at the point where the foun dation is in and the main beams and backbone red iron structures of the building is Marion Independent School District Superintendent Craig Stockstill said We are getting ready to put the roof on and start the frame work of the structure We are also putting in the base for the parking The library which is being built in front of Marion Middle School is a joint effort between the school district the City of Marion It wont just a library It will an Infomuitlon Stockstill Marlon school superintendent Ouadalupe County Commissioners Court and the state In March the Low er Colorado River Authority LCRA and the Quadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative GVEC awarded a grant to the The current Marion Community Library is housed at a foot facility at Marion High School and holds volumes The new library will have space for vol umes The library will include a circular front entrance an arched forest green roof sandcolored brick and a meeting room The biggest change in the library is that bur technology corn1 mittee has equipped the library to handle com puters networking and ultimately con nect each Stockstill said Ultimately we will go to the Internet It wont just be a library It will be an information When it opens the new Marion Community Library will mean a lot to Marion School District students and city residents Stockstill said I think it will create an atmosphere as a place where students can go and share information with Stockstill said It is a symbol for learn ing and an example of how groups can work Stockstill said the community will reap big benefits from the library A HeraldZettung photo by DAVID DEKUNDER Thellbrary construction Is on schedule In Marion End of the season New Braunfels Little League held its clos ing ceremonies at the National League fields Wednesday night Pictured above Daniel Polk and Ryan DesFpsses play some air baseball after the ceremonies were over At right members of the Dodgers receive congratulations at the end of a great season At far right Andrew Sauceda and Mark Klesel watch the cere monies HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL budget would However spending would increase and higher appraisals mean many would pay more taxes By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer After weeks of juggling numbers New Braunfels Independent School District administrators have a prelim inary budget to present to the board including a reduced tax rate Although the tax rate would be reduced higher home appraisals would mean some homeowners more taxes than they did this year Lonnie Curtis assistant superinten dent for finance said the preliminary budget calls for an in expenditures which is up or 9 percent However Curtis said this is not an accurate representation of the differ ence in expenditures He said for the first time districts have to show what money the state is putting into the teacher retirement fund He said this shows up on both the revenue and expenditure portion of the budget and accounts for of the expen ditures This brings the actual increase in expenditures for the 199697 school year to million or about 5 percent state funds will inflate every school districts budget in the said Of the million increase Curtis said about million is for salaries He said teachers will get an extra two days added to their contracts and a 4 percent raise on the midpoint of the pay scale which is a raise of about Curtis said a few teachers may require a little larger raise to bring them up to the state minimum He said the district knew this was going to be costly and limited budget requests in other areas Many school districts are finding themselves in very bad shape in trying to afford the pay raise We were pre pared for said Curtis All of our teachers will be at state minimum or Under the proposed budget percent of spending would be for pay vices 1 percent is supplies arid materials percent is travel percent is debt service and percent is capital outlay Instructional costs are or percent of the budget Curtis said the proposed taxrate to fund this budget would be down from the 199596 rate of The taxes would be determined by the January 1995 tax rolls The proposed tax rate would include 165 for main tenance and operations and 30 for debt service Despite the lower tax rate Curtis said some may still pay more school taxes since the appraised value of many homes increased The average home in New Braunfels would see an increase in taxes of or percent Curtis pointed out that this was less than the per cent increase in cost of living We work to get the lowest tax rate possible to fund the budget we he said A public hearing is being held at 7 tonight at the Education Center Board Room at 430 West Mill to disi cuss the tax rate Approval of the finalji ized budget is slated for Monday l fJ HV VVNS CISD takes a stab at multiculturalism By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer An evaluation of a diversity plan in the Comal Inde pendent School District shows the district is making headway in addressing multiculturalism and inclu siveness among its students CISD has completed the first year in the District Diversity Management Plan adopted in April 1995 Richard Lewis PhD president of Round Top Con sulting associates said although all the goals have not been met progress is being made in the plan which is an attempt to address the diverse population in the district This plan was developed to provide inclusiveness reflectiveness and equal access to all students in the dis said Lewis Lewis said he would return with recommendations at a later date but said the implementation has been Very The plan consisted of 19 goals broken into 54 specific strategies Of the percent were com pleted 35 percent are in the progress with substantial movement toward completion and 4 percent which is 2 strategies were not completed This is a model plan Its a model effort This is one of the best processes I have ever seen to improve inclusiveness in a said Lewis Among the completed goals were enhancing diver sity training for personnel giving all parents the oppor tunity to take an active role in their students education and providing students with access to counselors Lewis said the goal with the smallest percent of strategies complete was the need for more emphasis on multicultural issues and teaching multicultural sensi tivity However he said there are several things being done and it takes time to get all the material needed to carry this goal out Its just taken longer to create that situation and get those teaching materials and information on he said Although there were no recommendations made to the board at this time Lewis said there would be when the evaluation is complete He said there are always some changes the second year of a plan CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the plan has already benefited the district even if changes are needed and the district will continue to work toward completing the goals set out in the plan Were ahead on some things and behind on some said Major I think the district is better off because of this process and well continue to Sierra Club deserves big thanks for suing us See Opinion Page 4
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