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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Canyon puts 7 on alldistrict first team See Page IB 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 22 pages in two sections Wednesday April Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Larry Anderson 145 No 120 Inside Market Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Doris Stephens Larry Ander son Briana McDonald Happy anniversary wishes go to Ed and Patricia Poole 37 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold oak mulberry 36 pecan 22 grass 34 elm trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 278 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow unavailable Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and gallons of well water were used Bridge at Gruene closed again today The Canyon Lake release rate is cubic feet per second according to the Army Corps of Engineers Because of the increased Guadalupe River level the bridge at Gruene will be closed until further notice Nominations sought for lawman of the year i The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 Ed Murphy Memorial Award Lawman of the Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up applications from 8 to noon and from 1 to 5 at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp 384 Landa St Com pleted nominations must be returned to the law office by 5 today Kindemnasken Parade on Saturday Children of all ages are invited to join the New Braunfels tradition of Kindermasken Parade This years costume theme is How the West Was Par ticipants line up at 9 Satur day behind the NBISD Educa tion Center 430 W Mill Judging will begin at with the parade heading toward the plaza at Festivities will continue at Folk fest set for Saturday and Sunday at Conservation Plaza Call 629 2943 for information Head Start still needs Campbells labels Thanks to the great commu nity response the Community Council of South Texas Head Start program has decided to conduct the Campbells Labels for Education drive through the 199798 school year For a complete list of eligible products or for information call Juneteenth debs sought The Black Heritage Society needs young black ladies to participate in this years June teenth celebration to be held at 7 June 21 at Saengerhalle For an application call Dr Nathan Millett at 6066936 or Kahala Crayton at 6062812 ITS CISD identifies Nowotny as suspended coach By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Charges were filed Tuesday morning in Municipal Court against two Canyon High School juniors accused of assault ing a younger student in a hazing ritu al earlier this year Because the alleged victim is a 15 yearold freshman a parent signed the charge that is listed as a class C mis demeanor assault carrying a maxi mum fine of and no jail time Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer said the charge was the lowest classifica tion of assault in which a victim believes contact to be merely offen sive not resulting in physical or sex ual injury The charge names two defendants ages 17 and 18 who are varsity football players at Canyon High Its quite unfortunate that we had to do a parent said It was just the only thing to do It will pretty much serve as an example not to do this to the Larry Nowotny rest of the The defendants will not be arrested but summoned to appear in court to make a plea at May 15 Boy er said At that time he said they will have the option of selecting a judge or a sixmember jury to decide the case If the defendants select Municipal Court Judge David Perkins the case would go to trial in about one month Boyer said Additional time would be needed for a jury trial Prepared charges were ready at the court this month for the parents to sign Boyer said but he said he could not prosecute until a specific offense date was provided The charge lists Jan 14 of this year as the date of the offense Chute preparations HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Gerad Howard paints the entrance to the tube chute on the the Comal River on Tuesday afternoon Howard is preparing for the tourist season and the hundreds of tubers who will ride through the chute TAAS testing under way By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Students throughout the area are slumped over test booklets chewing on the ends of pencils as they try to come up with answers to the TAAS test questions Brenda Fielder Comal Independent School District instructional coordina tor said the Texas Assessment of Aca demic Skills Test TAAS is a mea surement of essential These are the basic skills that teach ers should be teaching Field er said Local students in the thirdthrough seventhgrade began this years testing period Monday and will continue test ing through today The eighthgraders will have to take social studies and science Thursday High school stu dents who have not yet passed the exit level test are also taking the test Its not an easy test but weve done everything possible to get them Carl Schurz Principal Jane MacDonald said Fielder said CISD teachers structure their lesson plans to include the objec tives and skills included on the test Practice tests are taken and tutorials TAAS TIPS To prepare students for taking the Texas Assessment of Acade mic Skills tests parents are urged to Make sure children go to sleep early and get plenty of rest Eat a healthy breakfast so they are not distracted by hunger or easily tired Give the student positive encouragement Have fun the evening before to help relieve stress Get to school early so stu dents are not rushing Source NBISD and CISD are available Karen Simpson director of educa tion services for the New Braunfels Independent School District said the same efforts were made in NBISD to prepare students for this test In addi tion she said parents have picked up copies of last years test to help prepare students at home It is amazing to me how many par ents will come in and pick up a copy of the old test to help to help their children to the best they Simpson said Its great to see the parents get The test which students are required to pass in order to graduate creates stress for the students as well as the teachers who are often measured by how well their students perform on the test MacDonald said We try not to put too much pressure on them but some of them feel pres sured she said By the nature of the test the pressure is there because were measured by MacDonald said her campus held workshops in the fall and spring to help familiarize parents to the test and recommend ways to help Testtaking skills are also taught She said the stu dents were also given encouragement and the importance of the test was kept low key MacDonald said those approaches seemed to work for the most part Everybody wants our children to do MacDonald said We do everything we possibly can and our students should do fairly Boyer said he anticipated inter viewing the alleged victims again in preparation for the trial and any other witnesses if they agreed Theres really not that much to do Its not a complex case by any Boyer said It boils down to the cred ibility of the Police conducted an investigation of the same incident earlier this month and another that allegedly occurred in October Police the district attorney and coun ty attorney have all reviewed the mat ter and concluded that only a simple assault had taken place although ini tially they said they thought sexual assault was involved Parents of the alleged victim in the October report have not signed charges yet and have not determined a specific time when they claim the assault occurred The father said he planned to file sim ilar charges this week against two sepa rate defendants but was hesitant because he said the fault is not solely theirs Were not minimizing the severity of it but we dont want kids to be branded for all their he said Comal Independent School District officials said they conducted their own investigation and suspended nine stu dents and one coach after police reports surfaced in early April School officials said Tuesday that Larry Nowotny head football coach and athletic director was suspended for three days with pay Turn to Hazing Page 10A Board accepts resignations By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer With one board member temporari ly leaving the meeting and other board members principals and staff mem bers crying the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District board of trustees Tuesday night approved the resignation of two top administrators New Braunfels Middle School Prin cipal Ken McGuire and Executive Director for Education Services Karen Simpson were both hired by the Keller Independent School District on Mon day night Former NBISD superinten dent Charles Bradberry took over as KISD superintendent in January I Padillas seat will remain open until August election 10A I cant say enough about the qual ity and the things they have done even since Ive been said interim superintendent Tom Moseley as he presented the two resignations to the board Although we will certainly miss Karen and Ken I think we should applaud them for the work theyve already done in this McGuire said he initially consid ered the Keller position because of the turmoil NBISD had experienced the past couple of months He said once he looked at the opportunity more in greater depth he saw the professional opportunity the growing district offered Ken McGuire Karen Simpson him and his wife who is a teacher Were going to be developing an entire new school and recruiting the best possible he said Simpson said she did not feel she had the support of the entire board and was moving to a district where the philosophy was back on succeeding in the education of children using respect kindness and dignity Im leaving here to go there for the same reasons I left Austin to come Simpson said Its because of the Simpson said that although the dis trict had experienced many changes in recent months it would continue to be a strong district She said that if she did not believe that she would not be allowing her son to attend his senior year at New Braunfels High School next year Everything is as good as its foun dation and theres no place with a stronger foundation than the New Turn to Board Page 10A POSITIONS OPEN AT NBISD New Braunfels High School Principal Former principal John Turman requested a reassign ment and the board of trustees approved the move Oct 1 Effec tive Oct 3 Turman took the posi tion of assistant to the superin tendent Karen Simpson NBISD executive director of education services took over as interim prin cipal through December NBISD Superintendent Superintendent Charles Bradber ry left in January to take over as the superintendent of the Keller Independent School District Tom Moseley has been serving as interim superintendent NBISD Director of Curricu lum Dr Ellen Bell left in January to become the director of profes sional development for the Texas Association of School Adminis trators in Austin New Braunfels Middle School Principal The board of trustees Tuesday night accepted the res ignation of Principal Ken McGuire He has been hired by the Keller ISO as principal of a new ele mentary school His resignation is effective June 10 His wife who teaches in the district will also leave Executive Director for Edu cation Services The board of trustees on Tuesday also approved the resignation of Karen Simpson who has been hired by Keller ISO as the assistant super intendent for instruction Her res ignation is effective May 30 Nearly 10 percent of voters cast early City Council ballots By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Two contested city council seats in Districts 3 and 4 have produced respectable early voting figures among voters who live in both districts according to a city official Bonnie Sarkozi city secretary said that more than 700 people had voted early in the New Braunfels municipal elections Early voting for the city and Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees races ended Tuesday The city and school board elections will be held this Saturday For both districts which have a com bined total of voters the early voting figure represents close to 10 percent of the eligible voters in both districts Sarkozi said It is good for those two Sarkozi said Only a third of the city is voting in two Last year we had about for all six districts in early Last years elections were the first time I Voter guide 6A 7A in many years that New Braunfels resi dents voted for the mayor at large instead of having the city council vote for the mayor which had been done in the past Running for District 3 are business man Randy Vanstory and former may or and city councilman Rudy Seidel The two are running for the seat being vacated by Councilwoman Bren da Freeman District 3 covers a northwest sec tion of the city extending from a line a formed by Wald Road to Walnut Avenue Landa Street Land Park Dri ve to Oakwood subdivision and run ning parallel with Loop 337 In District 4 retirement activity director Jan Kotylo and electronics store manager Russell McDonald are vying for the seat being vacated by former mayor Paul Fraser The district encompasses a north east section of New Braunfels which includes Gruene Summerwood River crest the Estates and the industrial park area Residents in District 4 can vote Sat urday at Faith United Church on Loop 337 and voters in District 3 can cast their ballots at Seele Elementary School 540 Howard St Both polling locations will be open from 7 to 7 In CISD seats in Districts and 5 are up for election Incumbent Dan Krueger is run Turn to Early Page 10A A celebration of ourselves See Page 44   

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