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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                Rangers take on Anderson in district football play Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 20 33 2 1100 2627 YAM W El PASO IX 79903 12 pages in one section Thursday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of VIOLA JONAS Vol 144 No 233 Now were going to right for you NBHS student speaking to Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Chuck Engler both of whom were reassigned Tuesday Supporters of reassigned administrators face trustees By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Wednesday morning protest against the reassignment of the New Braunfels High School principal and assistant principal continued that after See related stories and photos page 3 HeraldZeitungjphotos by MICHAEL DARNALL Engter addresses students Wednesday morning after their walkout The students were brought to the gymnasium for a questionandanswer period with sdhool administrators loard Members defend action to students By ABE LEVY Staff Writer NBHS seniors Krista Haas and Brtttney WinWord comfort one another dur ing a questionandanswer session Wednesday with school administrators Members of the New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict Board of Trustees defended their decision to reassign two stuitehts walked out of class early Wednesday morning In a 61 vote board members voted to move former principal John Turman and assistant principal Chuck Engler to other positions within the district because of philosoph ical differences with a majority of the board members Dr Carlos Campos said he voted to reassign the two administrators based on the recommendation of Superin tendent Charles Bradberry at Tuesdays board meeting He said the vote was not meant to damage the students but that the newly elected board members were elected by a I dont think any of us do anything to hurt Campos said We as parents have to make difficult deci sions for our Board member Steve Weaver said he also voted for the change because of Bradberrys request This was a situation that was presented by the superin tendent and the board listened to the Weaver said After the last elections a majority of board members have said they oppose block scheduling a reason that Tur man and Engler went to Bradberry and requested a reas signment Weaver and three others on the board oppose block scheduling while protesting students and the remaining three board members support it Weaver said1 he ran for the board on a campaign to do away with block scheduling The board has a duty to listen to everyone Weaver said Theres people on both sides of the fence and this was one of the big campaign issues I ran Asked whether he thinks the boards decision to reassign I dont think any of us do anything to hurt children We as parents have to make difficult decisions for our NBISD trustee Dr Carlos Campos Turman and Engler will utlimately hurt students Weaver said No I dont 1 think this board is very concerned about the welfare of the students in the district Its a situation that some of the people are not going to like Thats part of being a board member setting policy and reviewing pol icy and trying to do whats in the interest of students Im prepared to stand by the recommendation of the super Board member Anne Miller said she can sympathize with the protesting students Miller who is for block scheduling said she voted for reassigninents because a majority of other board members refused to support Turman and Engler who also support scheduling think they needed to be heard and this was their way of doing Miller said Im very pleased with the way Tur man and Engler handled what was going on Its been voted on I dont know if theres a way to undo whats been Board member Bette Spain who is for block scheduling echoed Millers reasoning for voting for reassignment 1 thought the best solution was to give them some dig nity and respect which they greatly deserve and follow through with their request to get someone the majority could Spain said wheri about 200 students and rallied on the steps of the New Independent School Dis tricts central office to question admin istrators and board members The NBISD board of trustees voted 61 Tuesday night to reassign Principal John Turman to the position of assis tant to the superintendent and Assistant Principal Chuck Engler to the posi tion of assistant principal at Memorial ElementarySchool and Memorial Pri mary School The students waited for about a half hour on the steps of the central office before Superintendent Charles Brad berry addressed their questions Parents dropped off their children as the rallying students waved signs and prepared what questions they wanted to ask NBISD administrators and board members Students cheered as they vented frustration over a situ ationthey said excluded them from the process Many of the students questions were directed at NBISD trustee Dr Carlos Campos who was in the build ing for most of the rally to view a technology exhibit The reassignment came as part of the fifth meeting heldafter Campos and Steve Weaver were elected to the board in August With the reshuffling of trustees the majority on the board shifted toward those opposing block scheduling or contract extensions for the superintendent Turman and Engler told students during Wednesday mornings school announcementsthat the reassignments came at their requests A philosophical difference prompted the move Turman and Engler said Much of that difference centers on the administrators support for the accelerated block scheduling and the majority of the boards opposition to it They walked out voluntarily but when youre not wanted youre not NBHS junior Liz Grows said They wanted to save some dig nity and Turn to Protest Page 3 Local group blasts EAA water rules By ABE LEVY Staff vtfriter ANTONIO proposed drought management plan of the Edwards Aquifer Authority met criticism from about 50 speakers from Bexar and eastern coun ties along the aquifer during a public hear See related pages 3 and 4 ing Thursday The authority has until March 3 to make Changes and give its final approval The next regular meeting set day it its San office is expected to include discussiqfl n changes to the cur reqt plan Elected officials water suppliers and representatives from the golf pool and tourism industries from across the aquifer region expressed disapproval for the plan that is designed to manage the aquifers use during critical periods such as this past summers drought Many New Braunfels officials attended These are unfair rules Especially for those of us who have been drinking river water since New Braunfels City Councilwoman Cathy the hearing and described the citys invest ment to convert its dependence from the aquifer to surface water These are unfair City Council woman Cathy Talcott said Especially for those of us who have been drinking river water since Even San Antonio representatives crit icized the plan for not covering irrigators despite changes made two months ago that increased pumping limite above what San Antonio Water System was then using L The changes also allpw SAWS npt to include water lost due to main Breaks in reporting its total water usage Universal City Councilman Dan Whealan said the plan will not allow his area residents to sufficiently water their landscapes to protect the foundations of their houses Downstream users said the plan does not adequately protect Comal and San Marcos springs that fed up to 80 percent of the Guadalupe River during the summers drought Under normal conditions the springs feed only about 25 percent of the rivers flow Jerry James of Victoria said recent rains have helped but the river flow is at 59 percent of the Us norm for this time We dont feel were out of the woods at this James said Bill West general of the GuadalupeBlanco River James remarks Early curtailment of discretionary water uses is critical to of essential West saidAH 15 seats on the authority board are up for election Nov 5 San Antonios members get lesson in planning from New Braunfels contingent See Page 4   

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