Sunday, March 2, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas The New Braunfels Herald Zeltung extends the following birthday wishes to Athtoy Williams Maria Floras balat ad Mary Madlna Kavlr VaMnta Karan Bar pjaftwr Rtek Qaranafl Jo Schwab Mtehaal Fattnar Chris Zamarrlpa 12 yaara old Rhon Bataman Mary Allca Rotates Domlnguaz Mary Ann Fattnar balatad Bradlay Hill balatad Jana Ryala balat ad Joa Luna Mavla Shaafar and Maria Haacksma Happy anniversary wishes go to Marl and Juan Laybo Jr 1 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Thrift Shop The Community Service Thrift Shop Is now soliciting donations All items are welcomed Bring donations to 1 32 Caddell Lane or contact Pete at 6253439 for pick ups on Tuesday and Wednes day Thrift shop hours are 9 to noon and 1 to 4 Musoum plant cttywMo sate The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annu al Cltywlde Garage Sale from 10 to 4 today at the Civic Center Admission is for adults with a maximum of per family Outstanding nomlnoos sought Coma Independent School District Is accepting nominations CISD Outstanding Grad uate for Notable Achievement Award To be eligible nominees Canyon High School or son Valley High School at least 10 years ago Nomination forms are available at both high schools and the pISD Central Office or call 6258081 or 8857674 Early Voting now Early voting for the March 15 special election to fill the Representative District 28 seat Is now under way and only one early voting poll will be open The seat became vacant when Congressman Frank Teje da died Jan 30 after battling a brain tumor Gov George W Bush set a March 15 date to fill the seat Early voting for the seat will run from 8 to In the Comal Courjty Courthouse Annex beginning Monday and running until March 11 On March 15 four polling places will be open For the special elec tions precincts eight 13 and 27 will be at Lone Star School precincts 14 and 26 will be at United Methodist Church precincts 15 29 and 30 at Eagles Hall and precincts 16 and 17 at Frazier Elementary School There are 15 candidates run ning for the seat at Honoy Crook Honey Creek State Natural Area Outdoor Classroom envi ronmental education program is In need of activity guides Guides must be able to volun teer from 9 to 2 two or more days per week during May For information call 210 9802311 or 210 4382656 Mystory pinnor Tickets for Circle Arts Mystery Dinner Theatre are available at ChlnaiThlng8 In Landa shopping center Doors for the dinner snow open at Saturday at Wesley Hall behind First United Methodist Church To reserve tables for eight tickets must be prepurchased Call 6254824 to make reservations Seating Is limited to 200 No tick ets will be sold after Monday New Braunfels Heralc SUNDAY 26 pages In two sections B Sunday March Serving the Comal County area fofmore lhan yoaro Homo ol Ashley Williams Vol H5 No 78 CISD approves settlement for discrimination suit By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer A lawsuit that has been looming over the Corrwl Independent School District for almost four years may soon be a thing of the past In 1993 seven parents students and former employees filed a lawsuit against the district claiming discrimi nation said Sabrina Arellano who is representing the plaintiffs Arellano said the plaintiffs filed complaints that they were discriminated against based on national origin and disabilities I filed the original complaint which states our reasons and amended it sev eral Arellano said Friday The suit alleged discrimination through racial slurs by teachers and administrators unfair grading and infe rior education searches of Hispanic students without suspicion or reason able cause and a lack of multicultur al ism among employees Arellano said the two sides in the case have met several times during the years On Thursday the CISD board of trustees approved a settlement of All the details of he settlement will remain confidential as a condition of the CISD Public Infor mation Officer Don Clark Arellano said she docs not find It unusual that it took almost four years to reach a settlement Thats just the nature of litigation Arellano said It takes a while to come to an The lead attorney representing the district was unavailable for comment Friday In other business the board autho rized negotiations to begin between attorneys representing the district and the estate of a Conner head basketball coach Bill MacLeay originally filed a suit against the district saying he was reas signed for pointing out substandard teaching practices MacLeay killed Horsin around HornldZolturiQ pholo by Mlchnol Dornall DM Sixty to two of tor eager itudanta Emily Kavy 7 and Atoxla Pope 8 during a riding and lumping techniques class at her equestrian riding center near Bulverde at 5925 FM1863 Riding trainer merges profession passion By ABE LEVY StaffWriter Sixtys parents had their way their 27 yoarold daughter would have been an attorney at the a successful career by now While legal work seemed interesting it was not her passion A lover of horses since her first riding lesson when she was 8 years old Lisa began her own horse riding business five years ago with about 10 clients a loan and a small Welsh Pony named Munchkin The step was risky and her parents and many of her friends tried to sway her to consider more predictable paths I felt very scared that I was investing money in this animal mat everybody said would go she said I hud so many people suy You cant do this You cant make a business in Despite the critics about 60 riders from all walks of life make the drive to Sixty Equestrian Center 5925 FM 1863 in west Comal County for her courses including a few lawyers Her political science degree from the Universi ty of Texas at San Antonio may come in handy someday but meanwhile she enjoys teaching the art of Equestrian riding to children and adults of all skill levels was mi interest but not nearly as much as the she said Any other job was a means to support my other She counts herself fortunate us few people earn u successful living doing what they really love she said Hie eventual success of their daughters business made believers out of her parents said Lisas mother Linda who also rides and assists in train ing and boarding Wo told her this would never work that you must go to law school and we withdrew all finan cial said Linda Her school began at Mlircos Stable near Fiesta Texas in San Antonio about five years ago but moving lo her parents residence in October last year has improved operations The land formerly housed an Arabian breeding farm and was ideal for her business with stables and storage facilities llinl conveniently accom modate her nix ICHHOII horses and other horses she boards for her clients Her training course is one of wo in thu county that in Hqucstrian riding a style Lisa prefers because of the skill level and attention to detail that it requires Some of her clients drive long distances from the Hexar County area including several Air Force pilots in San Antonio I ler dressage arena stands out among the cedar trees around the Uulverdc area The are na is a 20hy60nictcr Held that also has bright Turn to Riding Page 2A Ceremonies slated to celebrate new CISD schools By DENI8E DZIUK Staff Writer Patrons of the Comal Independent School District are invited to join board members administrators ami pub lic officials for the dedication of three new schools this afternoon CISP fuperintyutant Jerry Major said finding a time when a large num ber of Individuals can attend a ing MifTicuit so the district holding all three dedications on the same day Today will start with the dedication of Canyon School which opened Jan 21 at Major said there will be u short program with Mike Moses commissioner of the Texas Hducation Agency and State Representative Kuempcl making short remarks Of course the schools will be open as well to give people on opportunity to look around und set the new facili Major said Major said the CIS ceremony will be followed by a 3 dedication of Arlon K Seuy Intermediate School which opened Jan and a dedication of Mountain Valley Inter mediate School which opened Dec Major said the program will be the same with the exception that Moses und Kucmpel will not be avail able Major said that instead State Board oflvducution representative Boh Offult said he would try to attend one of the hill country dedications of their schedules Moses and Kuumpul both had other com Major said is going to try to be ut both oftliose out in the hill Major said current and former board members and city and county officials had been invited to attend the dedica tions and the public also is invited Folks can slay and visit the Major said Were hoping for a good The three schools were funded by a million bond issue passed in 1994 Major said the openings went smoothly and all three are operating ideally Were just finishing out the little Major said The kids like the now schools und the stuffs arc very himself in 1995 and his wife continued the legal battle In September a federal jury sided with MacLeays estate awarding in damages The attorney for the plaintiff said once attorney fees cost and interest are included the total could be around SI million Clark said he was not certain what the negotiations would include Seating tops NBISD agenda Interim superintendent offers compromise to lingering controversy By DEMISE DZIUK StaffWriter The New IJruunfcIs Independent School District board of trustees will once again lake up the issue of where everyone sits duringhoard meetings ut the workshop meeting slated for Mon day night In September the board spent rough ly 90 minutes debating the seating arrangement for board meetings Sup porters of a chart which seals the super intendent at a table below the dais said it was necessary to have some dis tance Ixtwecn the board and the super intendent so the district could Ix run as business Supporters also said it would increase efficiency and communica tion Those against tjie arrangement said it was a slap in the face of then superinlendent Charles Uradbeny The issue has resurfaced several limes since then including when a candidate for the interim superintendent position look his name out because of the sealing and when consultants conducting the superintendent search said it could be an issue for some can didates NHISI interim superintendent Tom Moseley said he placed the seating arrangement issue on the agenda for possible action because he feels the board is ready to move forward I think it lias been discussal and dis cussed in New Hraunfcls and a lot of people have strong feelings about Moseley said Hut we have to put those feelings Ixihind us because it would be detrimental looursgpcrinleiidenl search because it could Ix an Moseley said he will recommend that the board approve a compromise and seal the superintendent on the dais The only difference from original the set up would be that the superintendent would not If scaled next lo the prcsidcni The last time the issue was raised during a board meeting on Feb 5 only a lew minutes were spent on the issue The meeting was adjourned without taking action on the sealing Moseley said lie does not expect much discus sion this lime either because the hoard is ready to put the issue behind it I dont think theres going to be a lot of discussion I lliink the board is working very hard at coming together on issues that might allccl our Moseley said I think theyll lliink of our district and not of The workshop meeting will be held al 7 Monday at the Indication Center board room W Mill St Anyone wishing lo speak to the board on an issue not on the agenda can do so during the public forum portion of the meeting Kudos to to an educator who truly made a difference See Opinion 4A