New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 8, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Teacher Turnover State average turnover —13.3 percent COMAL ISD ■ 839 professional staff ■ 80 not returning ■ 9.5 percent turnover ■ 45 out of 404 staff from six secondary campuses resigned ■ 35 out of 435 staff from 10 elementary campuses resigned ■ Texas School Performance Review indicated the district’s turnover rate from May to October 1998 was 14.6 percent, with 119 resignations out of 814 professional staff positions NEW BRAUNFELS ISD ■ 473 professional staff ■ 31 not returning ■ 7 percent turnover ■ 29 of the district’s 388 classroom teachers resigned ■ Only one out of 32 administrators or directors resigned ■ Only one out of 53 professional support staff, including nurses, librarians, and counselors, resigned ■ NBISD averages a 10 to 12 percent turnover each year. ’Si*:'*'* New jfflnttwFELS *IT E" dr TX 79903Herald-Zeitung——IIT ' '   ' '  Vol. 148, No. 143 14 pages in I section June 8,1999 J? g Ay Serving Com*1 County since 1852    50    cents School districts seeing lower turnover rates CHRISTINA MMOR/Herald-Zeitung Gayle Leineweber, a Special Olympics athlete, sings “Amazing Grace" with the toddler class of Happy Days Day Care Center. The kids are really good with her," owner/director Shirley Smithers said. They interact with her well.” Special Olympic star touches iivesrof center’s children, parents Bv Cl WUU Muon Staff Writer For the children of Happy Days Day Care Center, Gayle Leineweber is a star. Who else do they know has won two silver medals and a gold medal and whose face has appeared on a poster? Special Olympics athlete Gayle Leineweber, a 30-year resident of Canyon Lake, has been a part of Happy Days Day Care, 115 N. Union, since March. She first started working with the infants only but eventually began working with other classes. Once the staff got to know her, they began asking her to join their classes. Owner/director Shirley Smithers said, The kids are really good with her. They get very quiet when she starts singing or talking. They interact with her well. It provides a learning lesson for the kids." Leineweber said, "At first, my favorite class was the infants, but I like the toddlers now.” She volunteers for about two hours every morning before attending activities at the Hill Country Mental Health/Mental See STAR/3 Special Olympics athlete Gayle Leineweber plays basketball, one of her favorite games, with the older children at Happy Days Day Care Center, 115 N. Union. Leineweber said she liked the infants at first but now enjoyed working with toddlers as well. teaching staff and found 90 percent of the respondents viewed monetary compensation (salary) as a key factor to retaining staff. Prior to a $3,000 across-the-board pay increase for teachers and counselors approved by trustees earlier in the spring, CI SD teacher salaries were lower than districts in Bexar and Comal counties. See TURNOVERS By Heather Todd Staff Writer A successful bond election and a $3,000 pay raise might have been key factors in one local school district’s lower staff turnover rate this year. And Comal County’s other school district is seeing a turnover rate well below die state average. Preliminary reports indicate Comal Independent School District’s staff turnover rate was less than this past year and below the 1998-99 state average. Linda Grisham, personnel specialist for CISD, said 80 of the district’s 839 professional staff would not be returning for the 1999-2000 school year. Professional staff includes uuiiiiAtJc    classroom WILLIAMS    teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians and administrators. Based on the current number of staff resignations, CISD had a preliminary staff turnover of 9.5 percent. Tile state average this year was 13.3 percent. "At this point, it might change a little. They have until July I to formally resign, but we’re pretty much looking at the bulk of the resignations right now," Grisham said. A Texas School Performance Review of CISD indicated the district had a 14.6 percent turnover rate from May to October 1998. TSPR figures indicated 119 out of 814 professional and certified personnel vacated their positions from May to October last year. TSPR staff said input from focus groups and one-on-one interviews conducted in the fall of 1998 cited low teacher salaries, low morale and campus overcrowding as significant factors to the district’s high turnover rate. A district retention committee, which was formed in Oct. 1998, surveyed 627 members of theMan accused of giving cocaine to 14-year-old standing trial today Bv Chris Crews Staff Writer The trial of a 43-year-old New Braunfels man charged with giving cocaine to his 14-year-old daughter begins today at the Comal County Courthouse Annex. Johnny Saldana Rodriguez faces Inside Abby............................. Classifieds.................... ........5 .11-14 Comics......................... ........7 Crossword................... ........5 Forum.......................... ........6 Local/Metro.................. ........4 Movies......................... ........5 Obituaries.................... ........3 Sports....................... .8-9 Today ........2 Television..................... .........7 www.herald-zieitung.coin Key code 76 a jail term of two to 20 years and an optional fine of up to $10,000 if convicted of injury to a child, a second degree felony. Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he would call doctors and drug enforcement agents in his attempt to prove the cocaine Rodriguez allegedly delivered to his daughter was capable of killing the girl or possibly taking her life. "It s important from a medical perspective, from a doctor, to show what cocaine can do," Waldrip said. Waldrip said the case was similar to proving an armed robbery or a driving while intoxicated case. He said he wanted to show the potential of harm by providing cocaine to a child was like having a gun during a robbery or the potential of killing others by driving a vehicle while intoxicated. Witnesses will show that cocaine is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury, Waldrip said. "The point is not that someone was injured but that there was the potential for someone to be injured," Waldrip said. Rodriguez has been in the county jail since he was indicted on Jan. 7. He originally was scheduled to go to trial on May 24, but State District Judge Charles Ramsay declared a mistrial after Rodriguez inadvertently appeared before the jurors in handcuffs and shackles from the jail. Defendants usually appear before the jury without restraint to avoid prejudicing the jurors opinions of guilt or innocence. State District Judge Gary Steel will hear Rodriguez’ case. Kronkosky awards grants to libraries, Bracken Bat Cave By Pm Stone Staff Writer l\vo local libraries and the Bracken Bat Cave are among 19 entities that will benefit from grants totaling $7.8 million from a San Antonio foundation. The Albert and Bessie Mae Kronkosky Charitable Foundation recently awarded the grants to 19 non-profit organizations after reviewing numerous applications. The New Braunfels Public Library Foundation was awarded a $75,000 matching grant, which has not yet been accepted. "It* contingent on matching funds," Dit-tlinger Memorial Library director Vickie The Bat Conservation Interna-tional, Inc. in Austin was awarded a $1.25 million grant to fund protection of the Bracken Bat Cave.... Hocker said. "The foundation gives us 60 days to decide ” If the New Braunfels Public Library Foundation decides to accept the grant, the money will be used for four different projects: • to buy equipment to be installed in the new meeting room to support demonstrations on how to use the Internet; • to buy three new computers for additional public Internet work stations; • fund supplies and materials for a reading program for toddlers; and • to buy adult nonfiction books. The Tye Preston Memorial Library of Canyon Lake, Inc. has accepted its matching grant of $40,230, librarian Dora Hightower said. The money will be used to buy computers, furniture, a circulation desk, equipment and exterior lighting. Hightower said she thought the matching hinds would come out of general operating funds. The library will work out the details of the giant during a meeting with the foundation at the end of the week, Hightower said. Another local beneficiary of Kronkosky* grants is the Bracken Bat Cave. The Bat Conservation International, Inc. in Austin was awarded a $ 1.25 million grant to fund protection of the Bracken Bat Cave, home to more than 20 million Mexican free-tail bats. The funds also will be for a visitor and educational center near the cave. The bat cave represents the hugest gathering of warm-blooded animals in the world. A conservation park surrounding the cave would be an international destination, executive director Merlin Tuttle said. ;