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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEI Vol 148 No 64 14 pages In 1 section February nrx Cottul County since 1852 50 cents Reaves gives students a choice ISIBISD superintendent offers two options for AB block schedule BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The New Braunfels High School scheduling plan for die 19992000 school year will try to offer students the best of both worlds New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves announced the scheduling change to teachers Wednesday The new plan will allow students to choose between a regular rotating block schedule and a hybrid rotating block with a daily core option The rotating block will have eight 90 minute classes during a twoday period with four classes each day The hybrid schedule would consist of English and social studies classes on a daily basis for 45 minutes each and six other 90 minute classes during a twoday period with three classes each day However all students taking Algebra I will be required to have the class 90 minutes each day all year Students will earn eight credits per year under each scheduling option The scheduling change comes after a ninemonth probe into programming options by a 30member scheduling com mittee formed in May 1998 The com IriitfeewSs teachers and IS community reprejenta tives The committee announced on Feb 3 that it was deadlocked on the issue and placed the burden of deciding a sched uling option on Reaves shoulders On Wednesday Reaves said We are providing students with tremendous flex ibility to achieve the requirements of the highest level graduation plan We need to DECISIONS DECISIONS For the 19992000 school year New Braunfels High School students can choose to take eight 90minute classes during a twoday period with four classes each day or take English and social studies on a daily basis 45 minutes each and six other 90minute classes during a twoday period All students taking Algebra I will have the class 90 minutes each day all year Below are the examples for a ninthgrade students schedule REGULAR ROTATING BLOCK A Day B Day English 90 Social Studies 90 Algebra I 90 Algebra I 90 90 90 Science 90 Foreign Language 90 HYBRID DAILY CORE AND ROTATING BLOCK A Day English 45 Social Studies 45 Algebra I 90 90 Science 90 BDay English 45 Social Studies 45 Algebra I 90 90 Foreign Language 90 increase the number of students gradu ating under the recommended and dis tinguished graduation plans in order to ensure they have the necessary 1 skills for Rosalyn Bratcher assistant stiperin tendent for instructional services said students could graduate under three plans recommended and distin guished We want to encourage more students to graduate under the recommended and distinguished plans because they are more in line with the academic expecta tions of the she said New Braunfels High School currently has a hybrid schedule that allows stu dents to take two 90minute accelerated year Reaves said one of the concerns of the current schedule was students in extracur ricular activities earned insufficient cred its to graduate in the recommended or distinguished plan Students earn only seven credits under the schools current schedule which was instituted at the beginning of the 199798 school year BdstHGtsuperintendent RoriFteeves addresses faculty membeirs gathered inside the high school cafeteria Wednesday Reaves said the scheduling plan repre sented a compromise between options sup ported by the scheduling committee Elisa Racanelli assistant principal and a member of the committee said I think the schedule meets the needs of what many in the community wanted which is the choice of core classes every day I think its a workable schedule for the teachers because there will be less staff struggling with the different time Under Reaves plan some teachers will teach certain subjects in 90minute time peri ods while others will teach in 45minute frames GBRA seeks flood relief from state lawmakers BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer GuadalupeBlanco River Authority is looking for state money to help pay for the cleanup of flood debris from the Guadalupe River GBRA General Manager Bill West told board members Wednesday he was scheduled to fe in Austin at 8 today to speak before the finance committee of the Texas House of Representatives West said the legislature was considering appropriating as milch as million for relief from the October 1998 flood We feel like we have a fair shot at West said The governors office supports West estimated GBRA could face a total bill of million for floodrelated cleanup Though the Natural Resources Conservation Ser vice could provide up to 75 percent of the funds West said GBRA still could spend more than million of its own money for cleanup West said Texas was unlike other states in providing mon ey for areas affected by nat ural disaster Other states appropriate funds for emergencies In Texas they always appropriate money after the fact if at West said If the funds were approved on an emergency appropria tions bill the money could be available in about two weeks West said Under a regular appropriations bill the money might not be available until late summer or early fall Ash Wednesday ROBIN Msgr Eugene OCallaghan places ashes on the forehead of a student from Sts Peter and Paul School at the Wednesday morning Mass inside the school gym Worshippers worldwide celebrated Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent Chamber thanks Winter Texans BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Local business leaders have two things to say to the Winter Texans who make their winter home to central and South Texas each yean Welcome back and thank you Judy Young director of the visitors and convention bureau of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and other chamber staff will wel come Winter Texans from until today at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter 390 S Seguin Ave Young said about peo ple come to winter in Comal County each year and con tributed an estimated mil lion to the local economy Guadalupe cut for cleanup FROM STAFF REPORTS The flow rate of the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam will be reduced to little more than a trickle this weekend so divers and workers can get into the river and remove debris left by the Octo ber 1998 flood Officials said river flow would be reduced to 125 cubic feet per second to accommo date the first major cleanup The cleanup effort will cov er the area of the river from FarmtoMarket Road 306 to Cypress Bend Park INSIDE County eyes tobacco funds for public health educator BY Staff Writer Comal County commissioners will con tlement funds to create a position for a health educator in the county County Health Authority Dorothy Over man is scheduled to make a presentation and ask the court to adopt a job description and fund startup and operating coats for recommendations likely would be turned over to the human resources depart ment to write a job description and a classi fication committee to determine salary for the position I feel like well probably approve the position eventually but I doubt it will all be done on Schwab said County Auditor David Renken said he estimated the salary and benefits for the County Commissioner Moe Schwab said cator would be about That figure did not include an office bud get or possible travel expenses The county received more than from the state as a part of its million lump sum payment from the tobacco com panies The state is scheduled to receive million from the tobacco companies in the next two years The formula to determine how much the county will receive from those payments has not been determined The court is also expected to appoint a fivemember committee to review requests for funds from the tobacco settlement COMMISSIONERS COURT WHAT Regular meeting of the county commissioners court WHEN Thursday WHERE Third floor Comal County Courthouse annex   

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