Sunday, April 27, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Sports Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Jamie Braune Jenhefer Cooper Lilia Llmon Melissa Garffer Mon Lauren Brucks 9 years old Krystyna Jedryczka Marilyn Hadley Paul Nellson Henry Cruz Monty Tyler Carlos Leal Mon Jackson Anderson Dana Carter Mon Bambl Dossey Bryan Salge 14 years old Chase Witting 5 years old Nathan Millett Quentin Mlllett Mon Carlon Stapper Mon Chris Silva 9 years old Randy Rodriguez 30 years Old Happy anniversary wishes tcxOscar and Liz Barboza 22 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Kindermasken Parade on May 3 Children of all ages are invit ed to join the New Braunfels tradition of Kindermasken Parade This years costume theme is How the West Was Participants line up at 9 behind the NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill will begin at with the parade heading toward the Plaza at 10 Festivities will continue at Folkfest set for Saturday and May 4 at Conservation Plaza Call 6292943 Summer fun at NB Christian Academy Summer Fun at New Braun fels Christian Academy will be June through Aug 15 for chil ages 3 to 10 for full or half Included will be Bible sto ries arts and crafts and recre ation Call 6296222 for infor mation Hammer a nail for Habitat House No 4 Habitat for Humanity of Comal County is building its fourth area house Workers helpers and gofers are needed Come to Katy and Hackberry Saturday mornings until Memorial Day when the home will be dedicat ed Meals are provided at noon Kids Day Out at NB Presbyterian Church New Braunfels Presbyterian Church begins its new Kids Day Out preschool program this fall Registration is now open to the public The program will be from 9 to 1 Tues days and Thursdays Septem ber through May for children 6 months through 4 years Call 6255141 Preschool play group starting at St Pauls The St Paul Lutheran Play group is looking for new peo ple Moms and preschoolers are welcome to join in from 11 to 1 each Wednes day The group makes crafts has a snack and has fun For information call 6256655 Square dance at Senior Center Square dancing classes are held from 7 to 9 each Thursday at the Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa St Jim Hayes will be the caller Any One interested can call 606 5343 or just show up at the Senior Center Service League April Meeting Monday The New Braunfels Service League is meeting at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Monday with a coffee at 7 and the meeting at There is an evening meet ing only this month Officer elec tions will be held and atten dance is mandatory for all Ser vice League members Recep tion for provisionals following the meeting New Braunfels 627 E YAK NELL 28 pages in two sections Sunday April PA BO TX 79903 Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Lauren Brucks ing SUNDAY Vol 145 No 118 NBISD board narrows focus on finalists By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees on Saturday night wrapped up the second round of interviews for the superin tendent position While the candidates were answering questions for the board residents in their hometowns were talking with the HeraldZeitung about the job the can didates have done for their districts Dr Dale Pitts superintendent of Fort Stockton ISD was described by Jeff McDonald education reporter for the Fort Stockton Pioneer as an individual who was brought in to clean up the Since Pitts has been at the dis trict several of its programs have been recognized and a campus is up for a national level award Hes done real well and there have been no problems with him said Fort Stockton ISD board president Dr Delton Yarbrough I would hate to see him leave to be Port NechesGroves ISD board trustee Jackie Brown said superinten dent Dr Ronald Reaves is responsi ble for expanding the districts tech nology program and oversaw a million bond referendum that easily passed It was because there were no ques tions we had on Brown said Everyone knew what it was for It was a grassroots efforts from the bot tom Brown said the district had a divid ed board He said several members wanted to hire from within The major ity voted to go outside and Pitts was hired and that has caused some tension between board members he said I think without that group I think our district under the leadership of Dr Reaves could be a lot better off than it Brown said Im extremely satis fied and I dont want to see him go to be Pine Tree ISD the home district of Dr Marc Williamson is undergoing an indepth audit how and why bond money was used to cov er a deficit but the board president Music Fest ignites Wursthalle Saturday By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The wet weather and cooler temperatures did not dampen the fun Saturday at the first annual Bluebonnet Country Music Fest It didnt leave anything else to do so this was said Rod Reary who took his family to the event The Bluebonnet Music Fest which was held in Wursthalle benefited the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Expansion Fund The center is renovating the square feet in the existing building at 655 Landa St and building an addi tional square feet of space Its been a lot of fun a lot of hard work but for an extremely good music fest committee chairman Floyd Ball said The daylong fest included barbecue live music and dancers a bake sale clowns and a silent and live auction I was quite surprised to see some of the larg er said Jan Hartmann of New Braunfels This is great and its just the Ball said the weather probably kept some indi viduals away from the event but did not hurt attendance greatly He said were going to have a good time Hartmann agreed Weather doesnt stop anybody if theyre real ly interested in doing she said Reary said since the event was held indoors the weather was not a factor He said his family was at the music fest to hear Johnnie Pfeil and the Gruenes Crossing band They play at our church so this is the first time weve heard him play music other than church Reary said Johnnies HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Shannon Ritchey and Carl Thompson cut a rug at the Bluebonnet Music Fest at Wursthalle Saturday afternoon said the superintendent is not respon sible for the financial dilemma Pine Tree ISD Public Information Officer Beth Shepperd said the former director of financial services over esti mated revenue and under estimated expenditures for two years resulting in a financial deficit Shepperd said to cov er expenses the financial director trans ferred bond money from a building and renovations account to the general fund which is illegal She said the transfer Turn to Candidates Page 3A CISD promises nohazing campaign By ABE LEVY Staff Writer In light of recent reports of hazing at Canyon High School Comal Indepen dent School District officials said Friday that they plan to launch an antihazing education campaign throughout the entire district The idea of a campaign stemmed from a suggestion made earlier this week by a school district parent Super intendent Jerry Major said but he declined to identify the person The campaign will include Specialized information about haz ing for all staff administrators and coaches who will receive additional training Specific curriculum for students that will place additional emphasis on education and awareness for student athletes Parent awareness education through parentteacher organizations and booster clubs and creation of the new Hazing Awareness Policy brochure Selected high school and middle school classes will have units of study on the hazing policy Major said the campaign is the direct result of hazing reports and a subse quent investigation that resulted in nine students and one coach receiving sus pensions Recent events clearly indicate that the need for a more indepth program he said We have had some issues come to light that we think our patrons need more awareness on hazing and its Major also said initial efforts began this past August when he sent a memo to school district personnel not to toler ate hazing after reports surfaced in San Antonio The father of one of the alleged vic tims said his wife made the suggestion to the school officials that has resulted in this campaign He said the district admitted to their guilt by disciplining the students and coach and by this hazing awareness campaign New YMCA has a board seeks a director By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Organizers of a local effort to estab lish a YMCA in Comal County said they selected an executive board and board of directors Thursday bringing them one step closer to providing com prehensive youth programs here The group has been working for several years to establish a YMCA in New Braunfels and expects to hold a kickoff celebration the last week in July Were real excited about it and have a great deal of support in the community who has pushed us toward development of getting our own chap said Tim Brierty Took us a few years to get here but we made Their first effort will be an after school program for children and cur rently are seeking candidates for a pro gram director They also are talking about other Y programs such as Indian Guides and Youth in Government Organizers stressed that they do not want to duplicate other existing pro grams in the community but that they hope to combine with existing efforts undor an umbrella organization Were leaving things really open without building any boundaries because we dont want to establish any programs already in the commu said Allen Seelhammer finance chair on the executive board Every thing here is fragmented to specific schools and churches There is nothing that comes together under one umbrel la for people from any background to come together Its really going to pro vide an opportunity based on specific needs in the area and yet get the holis tic approach Executive Director of the YMCA for northeast San Antonio is overseeing the project and the YMCA in San Antonio is planning to pay for the start up costs for the afterschool program he said Seelhammer said organizers are looking for a local resident to fill the program director job and have received eight applications as of Friday i HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Rosa Linda Vargas gets her shots Saturday during a free immunization clinic at Schlitterbahn Waterpark CISD takes proper action in reopening hazing investigation See Opinion 44