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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEII MO 09 77 Vol 148 No 56 22 pages in 2 sections February 5t 1999 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 SO cents CISD trustees set to hire new Coog Committee presenting selection today list of finalists includes familiar names FROM STAFF REPORTS Candidates for the position of Canyon High School athletic director and head football coach came from all corners of Texas And one of them is expected to be hired today when Comal Independent School District trustees meet Superintendent Jerry Major will present an ad hoc committees recommendation to trustees at a noon meeting at the district administration building 1421 N Business 35 The committee reviewing applications and conducting interviews consisted of CHS principal Will Krieg superintendent Jerry Major two parents two CHS teach ers Canyon Middle School principal Nan cy Cobb and two CISD central office employees Initially 10 finalists were named but two later withdrew from consideration The remaining eight who were interviewed mis Kiff Hardin head coach and athletic director at Gatesville High School David Denney head coach and athletic director at Marble Falls High School Dan Burk assistant head coach at Wim berley High School David Husmann head coach at Glade water High School Les Goad head coach at San Antonio Southwest High School Ron Rittiman assistant head coach at San Antonio Madison High School Ricky Matt assistant coach at Seguin High School and Leonard McAngus head coach and athletic director at Gonzales High School Two applicants have ties to New Braun fels and CHS Burk was an assistant coach during Larry Nowotnyfc tenure at the school and Rittiman is a Canyon High School graduate Rittimans sister Renata Goebel is head volleyball coach at CHS Carl Gustafson resigned from the position in January to take a similar position at his alma mater San Antonio Churchill High School Canyon enjoyed its finest football season MEETING WHAT Comal Independent School District trustees WHEN noon today WHERE CISD administration building 1421 N Business 35 WHY Approve hiring of new Canyon High School athletic director in school history this past fall advancing to the Region IV4A championship game The school district received about SO applications from coaches and athletic directors interested in the job FIRE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES Schedule decision goes back to Reaves REAVES Authorities say little have no suspects in downtown blaze BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer New Braunfels city fire inves tigators worked with state and federal authorities Thursday to determine the cause of Wednes days downtown fire Local fire department officials remained tightlipped about the investigation and said circum stances surrounding the fire that damaged several businesses at the 100 block of North Castell Avenue were considered suspi New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said evidence gathered at the scene Wednes day was being analyzed and authorities were questioning sev eral people about the blaze No suspects had been identified in connection with the fire by late Thursday Comal County Criminal Dis trict Attorney Dib Waldrip toured the fire scene Thursday but declined comment on the inves tigation Waldrip said fire investigators briefed him as to possible causes They were just pointing to some of their he said Downtown business owners affected by the fire were busy BY HEATHER TOOD Staff Writer The future of a 19992000 New Braunfels High School schedule is in the hands of Superintendent Ron Reaves after the scheduling commit tee failed to come to a consensus Wednesday night The committee met for the last time Wednesday night and decided it could not reach a decision on a scheduling plan for New Braunfels High School stu dents Leslie Kriewaldt New Braunfels Independent School District spokes woman said the committee agreed to hand the decisionmaking process over to Reaves after nine months of meetings and discussion The 30member program commit tee was comprised of 15 high school staff and 15 community representatives who examined high school structure and programming options for New Braunfels High School The committee used a fistfive consensus process to gauge support for various scheduling options during com mittee meetings said Rosalyn Bratch er assistant superintendent for instruc tional services and an exofficio mem ber of the committee The committee setup a criteria that members would vote based on different levels of support ranging from 5 to she said A vote of five means you fully supported the option and zero meant that you could not support the option at The committee established that a consensus would be reached with at least 24 votes in the five through three range no more than four votes that were twos and no more than two votes The committee did not waSff any zero votes because they did not want to recommend a schedule that people could not support at she said Bratcher said a consensus was dif ferent than a majority vote Committee members may not vote for a particular option but in a con sensus they are basically saying they will support a scheduling option after it has been Bratcher said Michael Meek a communityrelated member of the committee said the committee failed to reach the agreedto levels of support after taking a vote on three programming plans In lieu of changing the rules we set we decided it was proper to turn over the data to the administration and let them take it from he said Reaves said he would continue to SeeSCHEDULBSA Master plan includes parks rec improvements ROBIN Top Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip cen ter holds up paperwork as Thursday Above Debbie Reiley owner of Kids Again hopes to return to business next week Thursday as they prepared to re open their stores A total of six businesses on North Castell were damaged when the fire which began shortly before 3 Wednesday swept through a common attic above the shops First Plaza Finance a loan company at 140 N Castell was hit hardest by the fire Damage was estimated between and Another loan company next door received minimal fire damage while oth er surrounding businesses were limited to smoke damage Editors Note Todays story is the first in a series on the comprehensive plan for the city of New BY HEATHER TOOD Staff Writer New Braunfels residents and city planners are recommending extensive improvements and additions to local parks to bring die cityTs recreation facil ities into the 21 st century City officials have scheduled a pub lic forum Feb 16 to hear residents input on New Braunfels comprehen sive plan a document intended to serve as a guide for decision making about future city growth and development The city hired a national consulting firm to create the comprehensive plan but residents in nine subcommittees customized recommendations con tained in the document this past year The Planning and Zoning Commis sion received the document Feb 2 and is responsible for recommending the plan to the mayor and city council for See District judge to make ruling on McKenna suit soon iYBuOCONNBU Staff Writer A state district judge is expected to rule lat er this month whether to dismiss McKenna Memorial Hospital from a 1997 wrongful death lawsuit Attorneys for McKenna asked 207th Dis jfriet Court Judge Jack Robison to dismiss the hearing at the Comal County Courthouse in the attorney Jonathan Hull said A of the New Braunfels law firm Reagan Burma Dierksen Lamon and Blunteer Hull has handled McKenna Memo rial defense The suit was filed in April 1997 almost a year after the death of Daniel Hernandez The 27yearold New Braunfels man was admitted to the hospital on May complaining of severe chest pains He went into cardiac arrest and died two days later while still at the hospital according to court records An autopsy performed at the Travis Coun ty Medical Examiners office indicated a rupture of Hernandez aorta filled his heart with blood and killed him court records showed An aneurysm was suspected as the cause of the rupture Members of Hernandez family in Uvalde said they hoped the hospital would not be dropped from the suit We all think that it was the fault said Hernandez sister Letty Attorneys for Hernandez parents alleged Out negligence caused bis death The suit named the hospital well as two pbysi cians who treated Hernandez aj defendants Plaintiffs attorneys alleged two physi cians who participated in Hernandez diag nosis and treatment contributed to his death In the lawsuit attorneys contend Dr Stephen Ousley immediately considered the diagnosis of aortic when Hernandez was admitted to the hospital but the diagnosis Ousiey and fellow physician Dr Lynn Thompson were cited by attorneys for tail See RUUNGftA INSIDE Abby 7A Business SA Classifieds 5106 Comics 8A Crossword 7A Forum 6A Local 4A Sports Tedgy Television 146 JA
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