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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY 4 re a athletes sign college letters of intent See Page 5 50 CENTS NewBraunfels 4MP 41 4 F9 J HeraldZeitt IlOOV l O WEST MlTRrjPUBLHJH E DR 71 PASO rx 7990 3 12 pages in one section Thursday February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas or more than 145 years Home of MeMn WHHame Vol 145 No 61 Inside Market Stcimmtisch Birthday wishes from ttoraMZrtung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Diana Campos Robin Williams Wanda Barrow Julie Geyser Herb Bockholt Gail Crews Nena Burns Meagan Giacobbe Jacob Goodwin Don H Offerman 80 years Klrsten Brotze 8 years old Beverly Pledger Dana Somers 40 years belated Happy anniversary wishes go to Shirley and George Wright 43 Alma And Gary WUUford 54 Raymond Mary Gass 50 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Potton Count Mold unavailable Mountain Cedar unavailable Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 208 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same Canyon Dam discharge 1 39 cfs Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation NrnvBrauntato Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and million gallons of water were used with tto mayor New Braunfels residents will have yet another opportunity to let Mayor Jan Kennedy know what is on their minds regarding the city at a bag lunch forum Friday The forums are held the Fri days before regular City Council meetings which take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month The lunches will take place from noon to 1 in Conference Room AB of the New Braunfels Municipal Build ing 424 S Castell Ave Kennady said she will schedule the brown bag lunches through out the coming year For more information contact the mayor at 6256739 German American Society dance The German American Society of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Mardi Gras dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Friday Music will be provided by the Bohemian Dutchmen from 8 until midnight Tickets can be purchased from at Centex Office Center Chamber of Commerce and Lepp Juwelier before the dance Tickets are at the door Beer wine and setups are available BYOB For information call Florence Riedel at 6252760 Helgard Suhr Hollls 6256330 Elsie Lee Biesenbach 210 438 or Frances Copeland 210 4942107 Young Artist Competition on tup The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit the high notes Saturday as the Young Artist Competition opens to the public at 3 in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Luther an University Undergraduate and graduate music students compete for a first place pgrse and a contract for one perfof mance with the MidTexas Symphony in May with the renowned conductor Davis Mop For information call Car olirieWeston at 6060462 NBISD board refuses to budge on seating chart By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Despite warnings from search con sultants and the interim superintendent about the ramifications of the current seating arrangement the New Braun fels Independent School District board of trustees avoided discussing any pos sible modifications to that chart Wednesday night The board spent roughly 90 minutes in September debating the seating arrangement for board meetings Sup porters of a chart which seats the superintendent at a table below the dais said it was necessary to have some distance between the board and the superintendent so the district could be run as a business Supporters also said it would increase efficiency and communication Those against the arrangement said it was a slap in the face of thensuperintendent Charles Bradberry The seating plan passed on a 43 vote A candidate for the interim position withdrew his name from consideration in December because he said taking the job would be selling out superin tendents across the state Tom Moseley who took the position said he would I Board assesses damages to contractor 2 not take a permanent position with that type of arrangement The board met with the search con sultants from the Texas Association of School Boards last week During that meeting the seating plan again came up and consultant Hank Wheeler said it sent a negative message to adminis trators and staff members and implied the superintendent is a secondclass He said the board should con sider its stance on the issue Board member Bcttc Spain raised the issue at Wednesdays meeting but other members did not entertain any discussions about changing the plan Well thats just their said board vice president Carlos Campos At this point I say let the search go Board member Anne Miller said Moseley WHS working on a compro mise but it still does not have the boards full support She said she thinks the current seating arrangement will hinder the search 1 really think it will reduce the num ber and quality of candidates we said Miller The new interim and both firms said we really need to do some thing about Board president Jaime Padilla said the majority of the board passed that chart Me said it could become an issue during the superintendent search but the board will have to deal with it at that time I think it could create said Padilla I think the issue can be rc addressed if its a big enough concern and possibly some modifications can be If there arc sonic good quality candidates who have a real problem with it the board could rethink 6tth birthday with Ifl 4 U Public offers input on new school chief By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The search consultants helping the New Braunfels Independent School District find a new superintendent spent Wednesday talking with parents teach ers administrators board members religious leaders and students about what they want in a superintendent Two consultants from the Texas Association of School Boards met with seven different groups Wednesday to develop a guideline for finding a replace ment fbr Charles Bradberry who went to work with the Keller 1SD on Jan I Each session began with the reasons why a person would want to come to New Braunfels Key issues repeated throughout the day included the com munitys commitment dedication and support to the educational system the citys location between two major cities the quality of life and the districts tra dition and pride All groups stressed the high level of involvement from both staff and community members I dont think youll find another group of people who want to support a superintendent as strongly was the peo ple in New said a member of the parent advisory group The student group also said it was proud of the zero tolerance policy for violence and the safe feeling it creates They couldnt believe a high school could have so much pride in what we are and whats going said student Leigh McKinnon The next step in profiling the poten tial superintendent was to determine what characteristics were wanted The parent advisory group stressed the need for a strong leader who is open mind ed and receptive Central office staff members of the teacher advisory group and board members also wanted a good listener and communicator Members of the ministerial alliance said the candidate needed to be some one experienced who has a stable fam ily life and a lot of integrity It was also important for staff members that the candidate be someone with a proven track record who had worked his or her way up The superintendent needs to be someone from a district in better shape than said teacher Marilyn Kolacck Because if they are not from a district far better than ours what do they have to offer To students the key traits were expe rience as a principal and teacher a busi ness background a strongwilled leader and someone able to talk with them We really want someone who is open and someone we said high school student Leslie Scott The groups were also asked what tilings the superintendent should know right away whether they are things that need to be fixed or not The stu dents at the high school felt the most pressing issue was growth in the dis trict Almost all of the groups espe cially the parent advisory group want ed him or her to simply be visible and observe for a while before making sweeping changes Division among the board and the community was also mentioned and was a focal point to the ministerial alliance People said the new adminis trator would need to be strong minded and willing to defend his beliefs while also creating some healing in the dis trict so progress can take place The individual is going to have to get rid of fear and anger among stalland the community very quickly or we wont be able to move said Joe Parra coordinator of special programs Many of those attending Wednes days sessions expressed thanks for making an effort to include them Were excited and I feel they really listened to said Scoll 1 think the board is going to make a fair Profile sessions will be held through out the day today ending with a session fbr civic and business lenders at 5 in the board room 430 W Mill St At the end of the sessions the responses mentioned the most will be used to compile a profile for candi dates Anyone who cannot attend the profile meetings but would like to voice an opinion call submit their com ments in writing to Don Killough and I lank Wheeler TASH Box 400 Austin TX 787670400 Sparks fly during discussion of filling Garden Ridge vacancies By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE In a some times heated discussion a former city secretary citizens and councilmcm bere debated how the city of Garden Ridge should hire its next city secretary and city administrator The discussion arose during Wednesday nights meeting of the Gar den Ridge City Council Jjm Jeffers who resigned as city secretary in 995 said he was con cerned by what he said was heavy turnover of employees at city hall It seerns like we have excessive turnover in the Jeffers said We need to have longevity here and devel op institutional memory Its time to look at the selection Jeffers was referring to the recent resignations of City Secretary Chris Boring and Police Chief Thomas Curd who left for other job opportunities in January Boring had been city secretary for more than a year while Curd served as police chief beginning in May 1995 Curd had been hired as a police officer in 1992 Jeffers said as city secretary he knew of city employees who werent doing their jobs He said he knew of one who was an alcoholic and one who was a drug addict I City ends fiscal year with revenue surplus 2 You have no facts to substantiate Mayor Jay P Millikin said 1 was aware of Jeffers said When pressed further outside the presence of the council Jeffers would not give specific details about his claims We need to look at having back ground Jeffers said It is sus picious we have a turnover of so many Jeffers said when the council even tually hires a city administrator he is afraid the council will try to micro manage the position since he said the council did that when he was city sec retary Councilman Russ Sanders said the recent resignations of Boring and Curd were not because they were unhappy at city hall but because the individuals moved on to belter job opportunities Councilwoman Georgia Hckhardl said hut when Boring was hired it looked like she would stay on for a while but that circumstances change I dont see how doing a background check would have Hcklwrdt said Jeffers brought up the fact that the city secretary candidate hired before Boring quit a couple of days later Millikin said the candidate was selected by the council and never worked a day before deciding she wanted to stay near her home The mayor said the council had gone through 48 candidates and narrowed the field to live candidates before Bor ing was hired We had several council sessions with the live Millikin said All of us together interviewed Camille Brotxke suggested the coun cilmembcrs name a committee of cili to interview potential city admin istrator candidates The culling of applications should be done in a business and professional said Even good intentions can be bad ideas Page 4
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