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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 128 12 pages in 1 section May 1999 I TJ A Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents More than 100 ways to fix a school district Rylanders CISD audit offers 114 suggestions for cutting enhancing performance BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A Texas School Performance Review of Comal Independent School District turned up more than 100 recommendations to save the district million in the next five Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander announced results of a sev enmonth study of CISD manage ment and operations on offering 114 proposals to improve district efficiency and direct more dollars into CISD is facing some daunting challenges as a growing school dis but I dont think I have to tell you Rylander told a small gath ering of CISD board members and school officials Monday CISD is the 14th fastest growing school district in Texas and faces a 5 to 6 percent increase in student enroll ment each Communication with district security on school campus es and effective management of future growth were key areas in need of improvement cited by the TSPR The districts growth could be bet ter managed by an even distribution of staff that could avoid bringing in 71 new teachers each year and pro duce million in savings each Rylander CISDs student population has grown by 33 percent since 199394 and its staff has increased by 54 per More on the performance review audit Page 3 Rylander said by consis tently applying a student toteacher the district could reduce positions and the total number of new class rooms through attrition and Superintendent Jerry Major said the district was working on strate gies to increase classroom loads at secondary Rylander also commended CISD for a number of exemplary See HEATHER Carole Keeton Rylander describes the process for the Texas School Performance Review Audit during a meeting A tribute to women New Braunfels Republican Women recognize six local role models ROBIN Justice Cheryl far of the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals congratulates the six honorees during Monday nights Tribute to Women at Landa Haus in Landa From left are Brenda Borchers Joy Margaret Carter Jan Kotylo and Jan BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Chicks ruled at the New Braunfels Republi can Womens A Tribute to Women Monday night at Landa Haus in Landa More than 125 members and including several county and state enjoyed a barbecue dinner with all the trimmings prepared by members of the Because of a last minute cancellation by Comp troller of Public Accounts Carole Keeton Rylan Justice Cheryl Johnson of the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals addressed the crowd about womens role in Women used to just be she Now women are a force to be reckoned with in all public and we were put there by women who said chicks described how women dealt with tough times to get where they were She applauded the six honorees who made themselves known in the public I think it is appropriate to plant trees in honor of the We first plant saplings that grow and offer shelter and to some Those trees are like these six Johnson The local who also are NBRW mem each received a designed by Genny with an inscription of their duties and Jan former mayor of New is a member of several local organizations as well as president of the Texas Federation of Republi can A registered Ken nady was instrumental in bringing the Campaign Management School and Parliamentary Proce dure School for candidates and parliamentarians to New Anna Lee who presented Kennady with her No matter how many awards she she is still the And that is tough to Joy county received her award from Streater worked closely with who said Streater was a joy with which to Streater just received her second nomination as the top county clerk of the She is a model of efficiency and an excellent role Hensz Ruth president of the presented city councilwoman Jan Kotylo with her See NBMS rumor keeps kids at home School district officials Campus is safe BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A rumor of an attack on New Braunfels Middle School prompted many parents to keep their children home from school Monday the same day the school was evacuated for a false bomb About 14 per cent of NBMS students did not attend classes Monday after a story circulated among parents and students during the week end that plans were made for an attack similar to the one that killed 12 stu dents and a teacher at a Col orado high school one month NBMS princi pal Stephen Ifstu dents are motivat ed to dis rupt the educa tional progress and students are miss ing then we are going to look at contin uing school past the normal Ron Reaves NBISD superintendent Lindsey said the school had a normal attendance rate of 95 with 3 to 5 percent of the 930 students Superintendent Ron Reaves said a female NBMS student reported to administrators this past week that she overheard several students discussing a note that alluded to a Littletontype attack on the school By late Friday the story had escalated into a community concern as people were leading off pure and stories became variations of the Reaves Reaves said the story probably circulated at the NBMS school dance Friday and at youth baseball games on See Bound for state Smithson Valley catcher Cam Cunningham rests on the bench Friday in San See Page 8 for more on the upcoming state semifinal ROBIN HeraldZeitung INSIDE Abby 5 Classifieds Comics 7 Crossword 5 Forum 6 4 Movies 5 Obituaries 3 Sports 89 Today 2 Television 7 Key code TxDOT honors Meek as top hand BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Michael Meek received the 1999 Road Hand Award from the Texas Department of Trans portation Only seven were presented The award was presented to Meek by TxDOT Deputy Executive Director Kirby Pickett and San Antonio District Engineer John R Kelly during the chambers regular monthly John Kelly got up to give the transportation report and he started talking about ozone action I wasnt really listening because I was prepar ing for another topic when I heard my I was humbled to say the Meek The chamber of commerce has a transportation committee program that Meek once served on as a staff Two years ago Comal County received million for the Interstate 35 The county just received another million for the Michael Meek is credited with the leadership that garnered the support of the citizenry of New Braunfels for the vitally important widening of Interstate 35 through the Pickett MEEK
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