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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                TVT rUM R NEwifeaaKFELS HERALDZEITUNG 143 14 pages in 1 section June 1999 I OTA Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Amazing Gayle CHRISTINA Gayle a Special Olympics sings Amazing Grace with the toddler class of Happy Days Day Care The kids are really good with Shirley Smithers They interact with her Special Olympic star centers children parents BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer For the children of Happy Days Day Care Gayle Leineweber is a 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 a 30year resi dent of Canyon has been a part of Happy Days Day 1 1 5 since She first started working with the infants only but eventually began working with other Once the staff got to know they began asking her to join their Shirley Smithers The kids are really good with They get very quiet when she starts singing or They interact with her It provides a learning les son for the Leineweber said At my favorite class was the but I like the toddlers She volunteers for about two hours every morning before attending activities at the Hill Country Mental See CHRISTINA Special Olympics athlete Gayle Leineweber plays one of her favorite with the older children at Happy Days Day Care 115 Leineweber said she liked the infants at first but now enjoyed working with toddlers as School districts seeing lower turnover rates WILLIAMS BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A successful bond election and a pay raise might have been key factors in one local school districts lower staff turnover rate this And Comal Countys other school district is seeing a turnover rate well below the state Preliminary reports indicate Comal Independent School Dis tricts staff turnover rate was less than this past year and below the 199899 state Linda personnel spe cialist for said 80 of the districts 839 professional staff would not be returning for the 1999 2000 school Professional staff includes classroom librarians and Based on the current number of staff CISD had a preliminary staff turnover of The state average this year was At this it might change a They have until July 1 to formally but were pretty much looking at the bulk of the resignations right Grisharn A Texas School Performance Review of CISD indicated the district had a percent turnover rate from May to Octo ber TSPR figures indicated 119 out of 814 professional and certified personnel vacated their positions from May to October last TSPR staff said input from focus groups and oneonone interviews conducted in the fall of 1998 cited low teacher low morale and campus over crowding as significant factors to the districts high turnover A district retention which was formed in surveyed 627 members of the TEACHER TURNOVER State average turnover percent COMAL ISO 839 professional staff 80 not returning 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 indi cated the districts turnover rate from May to October 1998 was with 119 resignations out of 814 professional staff posi tions NEW BRAUNFELS ISO 473 professional staff 31 not returning 7 percent turnover 29 of the districts 388 classroom teachers resigned Only one out of 32 administrators or directors resigned Only one out of 53 pro fessional support including and resigned NBISD averages a 10 to 12 percent turnover each teaching staff and found 90 per cent of the respondents viewed monetary compensation salary as a key factor to retaining Prior to a acrossthe board pay increase for teachers and counselors approved by trustees earlier in the CISD teacher salaries were low er than districts in Bexar and Comal See Man accused of giving cocaine to 14yearold standing trial today BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The trial of a 43yearold New Braunfels man charged with giv ing cocaine to his 14yearold daughter begins today at the Comal County Courthouse Johnny Saldana Rodriguez faces a jail term of two to 20 years and an optional fine of up to if convicted of injury to a a sec ond degree 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 Its important from a medical from a to show what cocaine can Waldrip Waldrip said the case was similar to proving an armed robbery or a driving while intoxicated 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 poten tial of killing others by driving a vehicle while Witnesses will show that cocaine is capable of causing death or seri ous bodily Waldrip The point is not that someone was injured but that there was the potential for someone to be Waldrip Rodriguez has been in the coun ty jail since he was indicted on He originally was scheduled to go to trial on May but State District Judge Charles Ramsay declared a mistrial after Rodriguez inadvertently appeared before the jurors in handcuffs and shackles from the Defendants usually appear before the jury without restraint to avoid prejudicing the jurors opinions of guilt or State District Judge Gary Steel will hear Rodriguez INSIDE Key code 76 Kronkosky awards grants to Bracken Bat Cave BY PERI STONE Staff Writer Two local libraries and the Bracken Bat Cave are among 19 entities that will benefit from grants totaling million from a San Antonio The Albert and Bessie Mae Kronkosky Charitable Foundation recently awarded the grants to 19 nonprofit organizations after reviewing numerous The New Braunfels Public Library Foun dation was awarded a matching which has not yet been Its contingent on matching Dit tlinger Memorial Library director Vickie The Bat Conservation Interna in Austin was awarded a million grant to fund protec tion of the Bracken Bat Hocker The foundation gives us 60 days to If the New Braunfels Public Library Foun dation decides to accept the 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 addition al public Internet work stations fund supplies and materials for a reading program for toddlers and to buy adult nonfiction The Tye Preston Memorial Library of Canyon has accepted its matching grant of librarian Dora Hightower The money will be used to buy a circulation equipment and exterior Hightower said she thought the matching funds would come out of general operating The library will work out the details of the grant during a meeting with the foundation at the end of the Hightower Another local beneficiary of Kronkoskys grants is the Bracken Bat The Bat Conservation in Austin was awarded a million grant to fund protection of the Bracken Bat home to more than 20 million Mexican free tail The funds also will be for a visitor and educational center near the The bat cave represents the largest gathering of warmblooded animals in the A conservation park surrounding the cave would be an international executive direc tor Merlin Turtle   

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