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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZettung Q Thursday July 10 1997O5A Canyon students will carry IDs in fall By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writer Canyon High School students will be issued new identification badges at registration this year as part of a pilot program aimed at increasing efficiency and safety of the campus On Tuesday Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved implementing an identification system at CHS with the possibility of expanding it throughout the district CHS assistant principal Charles Adams said the students already get badges that the getting so big we dont know every student by name and We Just think ft will Improve safety and overall efficiency of the Charles Adams CHS assistant principal school makes The badges are issued at the time of registration and are used to issue text books Under the new system Adams explained the potential uses of the badge were numerous He said badges could be coded to simplify basic operations such as issuing text books knowing which bus a young child should be on and keeping track of which students ate in the cafeteria In addition administrators could print out a class roster with names and pictures for substitute teachers or chaperones on field trips They also would be able to tell which students belonged on campus If they dont have one on theyre not supposed to be in said Adams Were getting so big we dont know every student by name and face We just think it will improve safety and overall efficiency of the The machine that makes the badges will cost about and the machine will be able to make cards for anyone in the district The cards will cost about 48 cents each The money to fund the system will come out of the current budget Adams said the new cards would be available for CHS students at registration Initially they will be used for issuing text books keeping track of cafeteria users keeping track of bus riders and gaining Internet authorization Right off the bat were going to give it a he said If it works well expand to other campuses and expand what were The new system would require revisions to the handbook Adams explained and a policy would have to be developed to determine how to deal with students who did not have their badges He said after talking to other schools with similar systems such as Judsoni Northeast and Northside he did not expect any major problems Comal ISD buys more portables By DENISE DZ1UK Staff Writer The typical response to deal with overcrowding is to find additional space and Comal Independent School District which cannot build schools fast enough is having to find that space in portable classrooms CISD currently has 25 two classroom portable buildings on 10 campuses Principals requested an additional 14 and on Tuesday the board of trustees approved purchasing six more CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said despite the recent opening of new schools the original 25 portable buildings are still in use He said teachers who previously did not have classrooms are now using those rooms and additional space was needed Were never going to get out of the portable Major said I thought at one time we might but I dont think we ever The board plans to meet with a committee that has developed a plan to deal with future growth That committee is recommending more new schools However Major said the district is still faced with the crowding problem He said without the extra portable buildings it would mean larger classes and classes in every nook and These are to house the kids that are on the campuses right now not any he said The buildings will cost about The only other option was to lease them at a year for each which Major said would cost more The funds to pay for the buildings will come out of the districts savings account or the fund balance This is one of those oneshot deals we feel comfortable using fund balance he said At the same time the boafd approved the portable buildings it approved the construction of a storage facility for text books The building will cost a maximum of Major said In another item related to increased student population the board reviewed the additional 33 personnel positions the administration requested Board members expressed concern regarding the tight budget and the amount of money it would take to fill those positions Personnel director Caroline Wemli could not give the district a firm figure on the impact to the budget but said the positions were needed to staff the new school opening later this year while safely and efficiently running existing schools The board will consider the personnel items later this month Schertz Elementary gets grant SCHERTZ The Lower Colorado River Authority and the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative have awarded a grant of for a project that will benefit school children and other residents of Guadalupe County Schertz Elementary School received the grant to help buy and install fitness station equipment and landscaping for a walking and fitness trail behind the school gymnasium The fitness stations will include chinning bars pushup bars and other exercise equipment that will be available for use by the school as well as other residents of the community The grants are among the 30 totaling that were awarded in June through LCRAs Community Development Partnership Program now in its second year The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities counties volunteer fire departments regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRAs 58county electric and water service area Ann 11member board made up of LCRAs general manager three board members and seven water and electric customers awards the grants LCRAs board of directors set aside million for grants made in 1997 The Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative is one of LCRAs 44 wholesale electric customers and a participant in the Community Development Partnership Program TLU offers second term courses SEGUIN A variety of extended learning opportunities will be offered through Texas Lutheran Universitys Extended LEarning Department later in July A flier describing courses is available at the TLU Extended Learning office in Beck Center For more information call 830 3728047 Fewer blacks Hispanics attend universities after Hopwood DALLAS AP Ron Kirk has no problem looking past race As Dallas first black mayor he routinely notes that he represents all ethnic groups in city affairs Race however has become a big deal for Kirk and others who are finding it difficult to accept a court ruling that apparently will leave the University of Texas Law School with its smallest minority enrollment since the 1970s I find it incomprehensible that in less than 40 years we would go from the state of Texas saying that you cannot come to our law school for the sole reason of the color of your skin from that type of sanctioned discrimination to saying we wont 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the University of Texas School of Laws admissions policy which was meant to boost enrollment of blacks and Mexican even take into account race to address that evil and legally sanctioned practice of apartheid and segregation in the said Kirk who attended the Texas law school from 1976to 1979 Joe Jamail was one of the whites who attended classes in the early 1950s with the Texas law schools first group of black students Jamail best known for the billion verdict he won for Pennzoil against Texaco and giver of about million to Texas universities says he is sick over declining enrollment figures for blacks and Hispanics I think it was a slap in the face to all Jamail said The slap that shook Jamail and Kirk was delivered by a federal appeals court ruling that abolished the use of race as a factor in deciding who should get into school In the case named after lead Bridging the Gap Between the Doctors Office and the Emergency Room New Braunfels Minor Emergency NO WAITING FOR HOURS 226 N UNION 6093413 Hours MF 109 Sat 105 plaintiff Cheryl Hopwood the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the University of Texas School of Laws admissions policy which was meant to boost enrollment of blacks and MexicanAmericans The appeals court said the policy discriminated against whites and the Supreme Court allowed the ruling which applies to Texas Mississippi and Louisiana to stand Texas Attorney General Dan Morales issued an opinion after the ruling stating that no Texas college or university can use race in admissions and financial aid decisions unless the Legislature determines that there are remaining effects of past discrimination ADD ADHD SEMINAR PRESENTING GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING NATURAL ALTERNATIVES July TIME Business Loop IH35 North Suite PRESENTED BY David Bullock Dallas Texas Seating Limited Call for reservations 210 6430844 White House considers higher Medicare premiums for affluent WASHINGTON AP Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is welcoming word that President Clinton now will consider raising premiums on the most affluent Medicare recipients one of the highestprofile proposals in the bipartisan drive to balance the budget The administration shift represents an important concession in its efforts to reach compromise this month with Republicans on legislation aimed at eliminating budget deficits by 2002 The Senates budgetcutting legislation would boost monthly premiums on the highestearning elderly but until now Clinton opposed including the idea in the current budgetbalancing effort He has only favored it as part of broader attempts to overhaul healthcare programs Lott said Tuesday that White House officials had not told him of their change of heart But he said That would be a really important move on their part That would make our job a lot Clintons change does not ensure that the proposal will be approved Administration officials said Clinton still opposed the Senate version of the plan and would not accept it if it endangered passage of the overall budgetcutting legislation The president is open to a higherincome premium but has not made up his mind because of his concerns Gene Sperling director of the White Houses National Economic Council said Tuesday Were going to be talking about that over the next couple of White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles said as he entered a meeting with congressional leaders Under the Senateaproved plan the premium would be raised for the highestearning 5 percent of seniors individuals earning annually and couples earning The premium would increase according to income hitting a maximum a month next year for individuals earning and couples making The monthly premium currently is Clinton still opposes another part of the Senate measure that would increase the eligibility age for the program from 65 to 67 said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle D and administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity Opponents say the proposal could force people age 65 and 66 to 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