Wednesday, November 5, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitungg Wednesday Novembers 1997 a5A HeraldZeitung seeks photographers budding essayists Every year the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung presents its readers with Horizons one of our most visible and wellread publications of the year The difference this however is we are inviting you the Margaret Edmonson readers to participate We are asking you to arm yourself with a camera and take photos of life in New Braunfels The key date here is Nov 7 we want to see everything you see on Nov 7 From the early morning to the late evening there should be plenty of opportunities to capture on film slices of life in New Braunfels Well take the best of these photos and fill one of our Horizons sections with them If you are interested in participating call me at 6259144 ext 220 to get the details Anyone can participate And the best photo which will be featured as the cover for that Horizons section will earn the photographer a really nice prize Also this year we want the rest of New Braunfels to meet your neighbors Maybe its not your nextdoor neighbor or even the man living down the street it can be someone you work with or someone you know who does something special and who generally makes life better just by being there Write us a letter or essay and tell us why these neighbors are so special Well run them in our Neighbors section in Horizons Well also take photographs of these neighbors and publish them as well Mail your to us at 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 Dont forget about unsung heroes we again will feature these heroes in the community whose work benefits many people and the community but who dont always get the recognition they deserve From these unsung heroes well select our Citizen of the Year Horizons is all about New Braunfels which means its all about you and we really look forward to your participation in this special project Margaret Edmonson is the managing editor of the Letters to the Editor Vote for bond Issue Editor I am writing this letter to voice my support for the million school bond for Comal ISD I served on the Long Range Planning Committee and the subcommittee on demographics Here are just three examples of current and projected attendance levels See chart below The bottom line is that our present facilities will not handle the growth in our school district Some people would say roll in more portables but this doesnt work when core facilities like libraries cafeterias gymnasiums restrooms and septic systems cant be expanded This situation is very close to my heart because I have a fourthgrader at Bulverde Elementary and another child who will start kindergarten in 2000 My fourthgrader has already spent one year in a portable and she will spend at least half of this school year in a portable In her letter to the editor La Veme Welbora suggested we cope with growth by using a splitshift system like schools in Mexico with shifts starting as early as 7 and ending as late as 10 I cant imagine many parents supporting the idea of their middle school children attending classes until 10 If both parents work the children would be home alone all day In the evening the parents would be home while their children were at school What a nightmare in scheduling especially if you have an elementary child on a 7 start time and a high school child on a 2 start time Recently many debates have taken place about the location of the proposed new high school When a location in Bexar County was publicized as a possible site for this school some residents of ComaHSD were outraged j I dont understanithe opposition ito j this location based on the site being in Bexar County I dont live in Bexar County but if I lived in Timberwood Park Clear Springs Park or Country Place I would be very angry Living in Bexar County has nothing to do with where these residents children go to school or to whom they write their school tax payment They are residents of Comal ISD Maybe some people dont realize Comal ISD covers most of Comal County and parts of Bexar Kendall Hays and Guadalupe counties Those people should not be penalized based on the fact they live in another county if the demographics justify locating a school pear them I am not as concerned about where the new high school is located only that the bond passes and we are able to build another school to relieve overcrowding at Smithson Valley High School I am very concerned that my children attend school where they are not lost in the shuffle of a megaschool Early voting in Bulverde has been light We cant complain about undesirable solutions like portables and split shifts if we dont vote I would like to encourage all parents and residents of Comal ISD to vote yes for all four propositions of the bond Diana Schwind Bulverde Taxpayers get more pay less with bond issue Dear Editor I know a lot has been written about the educational advantages of passing the Comal ISD bond issue this week I however would like to address the impact of the bond on the tax rate I hear some ask why they should care about the bonds passing when they dont have any children in school If all you care about is the amount of taxes you pay it would still be to your advantage to see the bond issue pass Next years tax rate would go about four cents per valuation due to the passage of all the propositions On the average home in the district this will cost about After seven years the total effect on the tax rate would be about cents If the bond fails though the students will still require expanded and upgraded The district will thenhsve to start building as fast as possible using the operating budget The most that taxes can be raised next year is about nine cents which would bring in approximately million and cost the average homeowner more than per year This would come nowhere close to providing the million that the bonds would provide over the next five years School Capacity Enrollment Projected Rahe Primary 441 535 738 Bulverde Elem 252 331 447 Smithson Valley High 1500 1550 2284 What this boils down to is that if the bond issue passes the taxpayer pays less and gets more People that move into our communities in the future will help pay for the facilities that we need now and that they will be using Ifthe bonds fail the taxpayer will pay more and get less It seems like an easy choice to me Please vote yes on the bonds on Nov 8 Thank you Robert Loop Trustee Comal ISD Energy spent against bond i issue better spent elsewhere Dear Editor On Nov 8 the voters in the Comal Independent School District will go to the polls to vote on four propositions that would build new schools renovate and add additions to existing buildings and provide updated technology to several campuses We are in crisis situations in some of our schools Smithson Valley High School is housing about 400 students more than it was built for If the bond does not pass lines will be redrawn and Canyon High School will inherit about 300 more students to ease the problems at SVHS Thus creatinga crisis situation at CHS All the elementary schools middle schools and intermediate schools are close to capacity and in many cases over capacity And the students keep coming With the growth we have experienced in this district we are already behind in building schools You only have to drive out into the county and watch the new subdivisions taking shape to realize that the growth will continue or surpass that of the last few years As a concerned parent and teacher I am dismayed at the misinformation and petty grievances conveyed by a small number of taxpayers in this district Contrary to what some are saying no sites have been selected for schooilsS My husband is chairman for briesite selection committee and according to him no sites will be selected until after the bond passes Most people agree that we need another high school but some will vote against the bond because they mistakenly believe the site has already been selected The result of such misinformation is that we may not get a new high school at all Another reason some are voting against the bond is that they believe the district has been somehow fiscally irresponsible Our budget has been cut every year since I began working for the CISD in 1994 I can assure Liquors FINE WINES SPIRITS At the Courtyard Shopping Center 8306293568 117 11135 W New Hraunfels 3Day Specials Nov 5 6 SNov 7 Qeorge Picket Bourbon Ltr HQ99 19 Canadian Club Blend Ltr Smirnoff Vodka Ltr Captain Morgan Rum Ltr 99 Clan MacQreyor 80 Scotch Ltr Qordonsso Gin 175 Ltr SOLMS Custom Deer Processing Specializing in Fresh And Dry Venison Sausage Pan Sausage Dry Jerky And Cured Ham Buck Sticks Summer Sausage OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 4109 482 New Braunfels 8306200427 Bring This Reduced Price Coupon and Come On Out Play The FINEST GREENS IN TEXAS Weekdays Reg Price plus tax Weekends Holidays Reg Price plus tax Tax Coupon Not Valid For Tournament Proper Attire Must Be Worn MUST CALL FOR TEE TIME Membership Available 300 Chaparral Dr Offer Expires 113097 m For the latest listings Real Estate see the HeraldZeitung Classifieds on Friday and Sunday you every dime is calculated and spent where it is needed most As parents my husband and I continue to pay more to booster clubs and fundraisers than we pay in taxes because things that the school used to buy are no longer in the budget If people have a problem witfi the way the building contracts are decided and managed then they should take it up with the administration in a constructive way Instead they choose to vote against the bond to send a message to the administration Even a small mind can see that this action only hurts the students and teachers of this district Putting little signs on utility poles owned by New Braunfels Utilities is not only in violation of a city ordinance but unsightly in otherwise beautiful neighborhoods Finally wouldnt it be nice if the energy being put into defeating the bond propositions could be channeled into our schools We are always in need of good tutors and its something you can do during daylight hours Julie Krug New Braunfels Vote against high school proposition Editor As the parents of two elementary aged children we are very concerned with the proper development of schools within Comal County On Nov 8 we are all being asked to vote on several issues affecting them throughout their education Proposition 2 proposes a bond issue for the building of a new high school to service the western portion of CISD as well as two grammar schools Although we would normally be strongly behind any bond issue to facilitate construction of new schools we want to see Proposition 2 defeated because of the rather shocking and un advertised intended placement of the high school in the extreme southwest corner of the CISD area In fact this placement would put the CISD high school in Bexar County A map exists issued by the school board showing this decision to have already been made In order to give concerned citizens more time to change the present school boards site selection and if necessary its constituents we urge everyone to defeat Proposition 2 Please vote NO on Proposition 2 and lets build more schools for Comal County not Bexar Nancy and Meadours Canyon Lake After Thursday the Herald Zeitung no longer will run letters to the editor regarding the CISO bond Issue The deadline for these letters is today at 5 OLLBRECHTS PHARMACY Delivery 6253211 For the worlds best sausage try New Braunfels 339 Main Plaza For the worlds best mattress come try our Serta Perfect Sleeper OFF Bring this ad in during for an additional 25 off our salepriced Serta Perfect Sleeper sets Offer expires Nov 9th 1997 WE MAKE THE WORLDS BEST MATTRESS MATTRESS SLEEP STORE FUTON GALLERY itoayam Si 1439 S Business 35 6255513 tres joli S GRANT SMITH Diplomats of the American Board of Ophthalmology We catty some of the finest optical products available on the market New 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