Sunday, October 20, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas DOffMnlOfMl SO WNT MM To contribute to the United Way calf 6207760 Inside Sports SUimmtisrh Birthday wishes from the ttoraMZattung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Beckl Ann Brotze 3 years old on Satur Tres Ellis Debbie Mar tinez Carroll Russell Johnny Simmons Kerl DuBose Mon Shealee Brumfleld Brandy Klabunde Arlon towotny Jan Perron Steve Marklns Exa Damon Mon Bob Davis Albert Owens Cheryl Parchman Larry Hill Wendy Gettys Leigh Anne Schwbpe Charlie Baker Alyssa N Cames 2 years Karen Kennemer Justin Vacek Fer nando Diaz Saturday belat Wilburn Schultze the Rev Darye Higglns Henry Sil va Laura Sacundo Gunnar Henk 4 years old Justin Weinman 16 years old Daniel Loyola Sat urday and Steven Schriewer Happy anniversary wishes go to Glennye and Bob Woggen er Cindy and Mike Miller sev en Scott and Michelle Voges four Ramon and Maria Caballero belated and Lee and Gladys Wamke 49 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Benefit dance In Seguin to provide help to family A dance is set for 7 to midnight today at the Fiesta Ball room in Seguin to benefit Xavier lobby Guerrero and his chll There will be door prizes and a raffle and music by texarina Rib Band Grupo Alegria El Pavo Band and John in the House Donations of are sought Program to offer support to victims of cancer The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group spon sored by the American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday in the North Building next to Norwest Bank 1000 N Walnut Ave Cancer victims and their sig nificant others are invited to attend For more information call 629 1763 Democratic Party schedules meeting Democrats will meet at 7 Oct 29 at the partys headquar ters For more information call 608 1987 Club to show tape of Saturdays game The Comal County Club will show a tape of the Texas football game against Kansas State at 7 Thurs day at Pizza Christian academy plans spaghetti supper A spaghetti supper fundrais er to benefit the New Braunfels Christian Academy is set for 5 to 7 Friday at the school gym at the intersection of Mission and Kerlick For more informa tion call 6296222 School districts plan community fair The Comal and New Braun fels independent school districts will hold the first Community Resources Awareness Fair from 10 to 8 Nov 12 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Representatives from 80 fed eral state and local service agences will be available to speak to students and parents about the transition from school to postsecondary education or the work force New Braunfels Herald2 SUNDAY 44 pages in three sections Sunday October Serving the Comal County area for more than 144 years Home of SHEALEE BRUMFIELI Vol 144 No 245 Women work to promote own interests By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Working women may soon have a new local group looking out for them in Comal County Organizers are planning to meet for the first time at a noon luncheon Thursday at Pinto Ranch Grill 190 S Seguin Ave Although only about 40 invitations were mailed out organizers are opening the meeting to anyone interested The organization which would be nonprof it and nonpartisan would primarily include professional women who are interested in net working and promoting business issues relating to women Susan Phillips a local advertiser who is spear heading the effort said the groups vision is to form a viable womens organization that could eventually form into a womens chamber of commerce Phillips plans to pass out a questionnaire to We want to unite all the different womens groups together to find out what their needs are and to form a power Susan Phillips participants in Thursdays meeting to determine how much interest there is and how people want to participate No dues will be collected yet and no name for the group has been selected Phillips said We are going to endeavor to find out the needs of these woman and how our group can address these Phillips said We want to unite all the different womens groups together to find out what their needs are and to form a power base San Antonio and Austin have organizations like this and we dont have something like that here I dont feel this need is being met as of now on the scale that Im talking While no womens chamber currently exists in Comal County other significant womens groups such as the League of Women Voters and Business and Professional Women USA have been meeting in the area for a number of years Phillips wants those organizations to be a part of the group Ginger Purdy founder and president emeritus of the San Antonio Womens Chamber of Com merce is the featured speaker at the groups first meeting Purdy sees New Braunfels as a ripe area for a professional womens group to form and even Turn to Women Page 2A een and a teen Police grant cuts into gang trouble at Comal schools ByDENISEDZlUK Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Dis trict is apparently seeing positive results from a state grant that placed police officers on the campuses at the dis tricts middle and high schools to min imize gang activity and delinquent behavior Its a proactive Smithson Valley Middle School Principal Fer nando Palos told the Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday It wasnt a result of a drug bust or fight or Sheriff Jack Bremer said the Alamo Area Gang Task Force made the grant available with matching funds cur rently coming from seized property CISD joined the program and cur rently has an officer at each of the four high schools and middle schools Deputy Morales who is sta tioned at Smithson Valley High School said area high schools defi nitely have gang problems and a large part of the problem appears to be stu dents who have had problems in other schools before moving into the area Morales said his presence will not end the problem but it does ease it Weve had gang problems at the school for some time now We just havent seen Morales said Unless we have somebody there its going to get Palos said Morales has built a rap port with the students and they feel comfortable giving him information about students in gangs or in posses sion of illegal drugs Teachers also appreciate having someone who can take action on cam pus Palos said Teachers feel rewarded because they have a resource they can go to and see steps Palos said Morales said there have been alter cations between various gangs but his presence either prevented a fight or brought an early end to them He named several groups that are visible at the high school including white supremacists and showed the court various articles he has taken from gang members Palos said Morales has helped some students decide to leave gangs are there and its present but this program has kept it Palos said Were getting our moneys Lawyers set to begin Ullrich murder trial By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Lawyers in the murder trial of Paul Scott Ullrich who is charged with stabbing to death an offduty Comal County deputy constable in earlier this year said theyre ready to go to trial in San Marcos Jury selection begins Monday and Dib Waldrip Comals assis tant district attorney said he expects to begin presenting his case Tues day Were looking forward to pick ing a jury and getting along with the Waldrip said Jury selection was under way for the trial on Sept 30 but new evi dence that the District Attorneys Office discovered three days earli er led State District Judge Jack Robison to postpone the trial to Oct 14 Lawyers agreed a few days later to move the trial to the Hays Coun ty Courthouse on Monday because of the trials increased publicity and the popularity of the victim 34yearold Ben Kiesling I think the change of venue was a good thing and we look forward to getting started and getting fin said Ullrichs attorney Wade Arledge Nearly people attended the January funeral for Kiesling a deputy constable for Precinct 1 Robison will preside over the tri al but Hays County residents will make up the jury Arledge and Waldrip have sub poenaed at least 25 people includ ing Ullrichs daughter New Braun fels city officials and numerous police officers and investigators Turn to Trial Page 2A Modified block scheduling finds fans By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer School districts are turning to or modified block schedules as an alternative to accelerated block scheduling or the traditional schedules with six seven or eight periods Under the regular block schedule students enroll in eight 90minute classes for an entire year taking four one day and the other four the next day and then repeating the process At the end of a twoweek period the student has had each class five times Some schools have modified the rotating schedule Judson High School which is in its fourth year on the schedule is one of them Principal Eddie Parsley said his district modified the schedule so competitive classes meet daily for 45 min utes with the remaining 45 minutes spent on academics Parsley said the school chose the schedule because the dis trict could strengthen its graduation requirements and allow the students more time for handson work Judson rejected the accelerated block because students who took an advanced placement class in the fall would not be tested on it until the spring Parsley added that students who took a math or English class in the spring semester would only have a couple of weeks worth of instruction before having to take either the placement test or TAAS test The district ruled out traditional schedules because stu dents and teachers are tired at the end of the day and the stu dents are not learning as much during the last periods of the day Parsley said We were looking at making sure our youngsters have what they Parsley said We can do everything we need to do and kids dont need to take summer school or correspondence classes to meet the Parsley said the schedule is flexible and closer to a traditional schedule It also offers the opportunity for more higherlevel classes For example Judson increased the number of physics classes from three to 11 He said the schedule was an easy sale because of the research the school conducted and the training and devel opment given to the staff Now 90 percent of the students and 96 percent of the teachers said they never want to return to the traditional schedule he said But some still have doubts We had kids who didnt like school when there were six classes and we have kids who dont like school when theres four Parsley said The year before Judson High School started the schedule the composite score on the SAT after retroactive recentering was 997 compared with the 1996 score of 992 Turn to Schedule Page 3A New Braunfels High School principal reports on block scheduling See 44