Friday, March 7, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Rangers bounce back with 132 win See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald A IlOO S 0W HT V6H7 E YAH DELL UR IX 79V03 16 pafles in two sections Friday March Serving Comal County and surrounding arpas for more than 145 years Home of Clobto Vol 145 No 82 Inside Market Stiimmtisch Birthday from ttw The New Braunfels Herald Zeltung extends birthday wishes to Ctobfe Cayse Nancy Ortiz Tammy Barber Marsha Cabalkro Gloria Hading Jon David Gonzaks Becky Vodka Arthur Wages Erica Rence Leal 6 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold 539 Mountain Hackberry10 Oak Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Thursday Edwards AquHer Panther Canyon Welt feet above sea level up 02 Canyon Dam discharge 988 cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation NewBraunMsUtltttiM NBU reports pumping mutton gallons of surface water Thursday and gallons of weH water were used County fairgrounds The J3th annual Austin Trail Ride will begin Its 116mile trek through the Hill Country at Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds Horses mules and covered wagons will ride down River Road along the Guadalupe Riv er to Saltier then to Canyon Lake Wimberley Driftwood Buda and into Austin to offi cially kick off the 59th annual AustinTravis County Livestock Show and PRCA Rodeo The trait ride recreates cattle drives and wagon trains that settled Texas Riders from ages 4 months to 83 years will tra verse the trail crossing some of the old cattle drive routes Rotanui Park plays host to Job fair Retama Park racetrack will hold a Job Fair from 10 to 3 Saturday in the parks administration building at which candidates for employment at the track during the live racing season may complete applica tions and be Interviewed Reta mas live racing season opens May 9 We are seeking enthusias tic customeroriented individu als who can work flexible said Joe Strauss chairman and CEO We have more than 300 positions to fill in such departments as food ser vice guest relations sales security admissions parking gift shop maintenance and mutuel ticket All areas of food service posi tions are available Including cooks wait staff concession sales bus service dishwash ers bartenders and more Reta ma Park will be bringing the food and beverage business In house starting March 23 and has immediate positions avail able in that department Interested individuals should apply in person Saturday at Fjetama Park administration building located next to the pad dock area Call for infor matjon CISD OKs settlement in MacLeay suits By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Dis trict board of trustees approved a set tlement Thursday in two suits stem ming from the reassignment of a bas ketball coach for less than what the tab in the federal suit would have totaled Bill MacLeay originally filed a suit against the district saying he was reas signed for pointing out substandard teaching practices within the district MacLeay killed himself in 1995 and his wife continued the legal battle under the Whistleblower Act In Sep tember a federal jury sided with MacLeays estate and a judgment was rendered for In addition to the federal suit MacLeays estate filed a wrongful death suit against the district The board which had origi Blll MacLeay nally planned to appeal the federal case voted unanimously Thursday to end all litigation with the family for a settlement of Were ready to put closure to this and get back to the business at Turn to Suit Page 2A MACLEAY LAWSUITS TIME LINE 1993 Smithson Valley High School coach and algebra teacher Bill MacLeay discussed the issue of students being placed in class es where they did not belong being told to inflate grades to pass them and watereddown curricu lum with an assistant principal at Smithson Valley High School 1993 Recommended for non renewal but the board renewed his contract adding that he had a winning season as head boys basketball coach 1994 He continued to voice concerns about minimum state standards not being met and fail ure rates remained high in his algebra class 1994 MacLeay was reas signed to middle school coach ing position and a study hall class The district contends the reas signment was based on job per formance 1994 MacLeay files a law suit against the district and mem bers of its staff July 1995 MacLeay commits suicide and his wife continues the suit under the Whistleblower Act September 1996 A federal jury decides in favor of MacLeays estate The jury awarded dam ages of and the final judgment of is rendered September 1996 Comal Independent School District board of trustees unanimously vote to appeal the decision 1996 MacLeays wife and daughter file a wrongful death suit in Bexar County District Court against the district March 1997 The CISD board unanimously votes to settle both cases for The plaintiffs agree to the settlement Senior Prom HoraldZoltung photo by Michael Darrmll the Canyon and New Braunfels school joined Thursday to sponsor their annual Senior Prom for senior citizens at the Canyon High School Commons Here Hortense Ackermann gets a big kick out of dancing In her wheelchair with Chris Smith and Jennifer Regalado County eyes expanded services Casteel sees need for substations By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer County considers reinvesting in TexPool By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County pulled its money out of TexPool in 1994 because of ques tions about the funds management and Thursday the commissioners began to discuss the possibility of reinvesting money in that pool TexPool is an investment pool designed under former governor Ann Richards in 1989 to help cities and municipal districts invent funds and have them liquid on a daily basis In late December 1993 the pool manag er quit and there was no indication who the new manager would be At that time County Treasurer Bart Btirtholdmcw took the countys mil lion out of the pool because of potential risks and began investing it himself Bartholomew said the county made from investments last year with from government secu rities and the remainder from money market accounts County Judge Carter Casteel said it might be time for the county to consider putting the money back in the pool There was a problem with TexPool several years ago but I think thats been Casteel said Thats why were asking Bartholomew to take a look at that It may not be a problem Bartholomew said TexPool is now under the management of First South west and Texas Commercial However he is still not certain reinvesting in the pool is in the best interest of the coun ty He said he is waiting to see what the new managers of the pool do He said there are undivided inter ests in a pool and the county would not have ownership In the event of a prob lem it takes longer to get money out of a pool and the benchmarks used to measure the pool arc not reported dai ly in Reuters Dow Jones or Bloomberg reports He also said dealers and bro kers are screened right now and that could not be done in a pool I would like someone watching them and that doesnt Bartholomew said When there are other good alter natives out there why should we invest in a pool regardless of what pool il Group seeks committee to plan sister city events By ABE LEVY Staff Writer City officials and leaders from sev eral local organizations plan to form a committee that would be the central contact for communications with New Braunfels sister city Braunfels Ger many The group met in February and most recently Wednesday night to discuss plans that would place the primary responsibility on the city to oversee central communications with Braunfels officials For example phone calls for official business from the sister city would be I Sister City Chronology 2A taken by the city and delegated to the relevant sources who would respond to the various requests The proposed committee would act as an informal group of volunteers to ensure initiatives made by Braunfels officials are handled appropriately Its important that the city be responsive to our sister city and that we have one focal point that they can call so that we can be said Mayor Jan Kennady Wed be the clearing Turn to Moves Page 2A HeraldZeltung photo by Michael Darnall Arbor Day Jean Harris president of the Comal Garden Club celebrates Arbor Day on Thursday by donating and planting two Chinquapin oak trees at Canyon Intermediate School Arbor Day Is celebrated across the United States by planting tret With rural portions of the county growing by leaps and bounds County Judge Carter Casteel told he court Thursday it is time to consider opening substations to provide services in the Bulvcrdc and Canyon Luke areas Casteel said the county is expected to grow to a population of by the year 2010 and a lotof that growth is already occurring She said most of the expansion is in the western portion of the counly while the county seat is in the eastern portion We are booming and we expect everyone to come way to the far corner of the county to conduct their busi Casteel said Casteel said department heads and commissioners had recommended opening substations in the county to handle some of this business She said the time is now to consider the fea sibility of opening substations lo han dle some of the functions oftlic coun ty clerks office lax office and per haps even environmental health All Im doing is throwing out the Casteel said Im looking to the department heads because its basi cally up to them and saying lets look at it Castccl said part of the task ahead was to determine what additional staff equipment and resources would be needed She said space was available in the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace office in Bulvcrdc and space could be made available when the Precinct 4 office was built in Canyon Luke Logistically I think we can do it and financially I think we can do Casteel said Its just a matter of when where and Tax Gloria Clen nan said the idea would be a great benefit to the taxpayers ami residents She said however that expanding her office would be costly because ofjhc additional computer software needed to link the remote offices with the state She said managing remote offices would be more difficult but that she supports the measure if it will help residents said she does not know what it would cost to open substations and that it part of what she wants to find out She said she would like the depart ment to consider the substation idea and include that cost estimates they generate in the 1998 department budget She said the court can then look at the costs and determine if it is feasible when it prepares next years county budget Act of kindness draws kudos Page 44