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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas TVT NEW FELS 1 v eL p HERALDZEITUNG 154 20 pages in 2 sections June 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents CISD going back to its old schedules Major apologizes to labels change not right BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer BULVERDE Superintendent Jerry Major apologized to a room of 100 parents and teachers Tuesday night for a recent scheduling change he said was not the right plan before recommending a rever sal to 199899 start Majors recommen dation and apology was followed by a round of applause from audience members shortly before Comal Independent School District trustees voted unanimously to revert school start and end times back to the 199899 Major and CISD trustees had felt pres sure from district parents following a May MAJOR 20 decision to start elementary students school day at 9 and secondary stu dents classes at 8 next I I know how busy all of you are and there was a lack of communication on part of the Im sorry we did not handle this and well do a better job next Major I get credit for the good so I guess Ill have to take credit for a little of the heat now and Secondary students will now begin school the same time as last around and elementary schools will start their days at either or At the boards June 8 more than a dozen angry parents accused the board of putting the lives and education of young children in danger with the 9 start More than 100 parents listened and applauded while speakers criticized the board decision for almost two How district parents filed out of the Bill Brown Elementary School cafeteria calm ly after the board decision to reverse the On June many parents of elementary age children said the 9 start time would create a longer school day for young chil dren and was made without parent Parents also said the later start time would conflict with work schedules for many who had to leave for their jobs by 7 Patrons told the board on June 8 the 9 start time would force parents to drop off children two hours before school starts or leave them home The scheduling change was made to alleviate a bus shortage problem in the Three district patrons were scheduled to See Feeling the sting of the spray Sheriffs officers get peppered with new peacemaking device BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Twelve deputies from the Comal County Sheriffs Office learned an important lesson Tuesday afternoon Youve got to be able to take it before you can dish it Beginning this Comal County deputies will carry pepper spray to help thwart potential evil As a part of the certification process to carry and use pepper they had to be sprayed in the eyes with the high ly irritating Most of the deputies had red red skin and some facial swelling to show for their The spray was met with some mild and a few not somild Its hotter than fire It gets on your skin and burns and said David who also experienced irritation on his Ott said he made the mistake of trying to wipe the substance from his eyes instead of letting running water flush the CCSO Chief Deputy Richard Ben nie said deputies had to know the effects of the new We dont just give them pepper spray and turn them Bennie They have to go through and they have to take it Bennie said carrying the spray would be but he expected most of the 55 men and women in the field would sign up for Bennie said pepper spray could be used to put a potentially violent person at a disadvantage without using deadly The including about six hours of classroom was taught by Deputy Gregg Van de Van de Loo joined the CCSO about three months ago after retiring from the The used by agencies including the the Texas Department of Pub lic Safety and San Antonio was designed to protect the officers and PETER instructor Gregg Van de squirts pepper spray into the eyes of Comal County Sheriffs deputy Chris Kyle as a part of his certification Tuesday to carry and use the spray on Sheriffs deputy Bill Klare helps David Ott wash pepper spray from his potential thirdparty It is not going to create a permanent physical injury because it goes away in 45 minutes to an hour without leaving permanent side he The deputies were trained in proper techniques to cleanse the eyes as well as how to use the Ott was involved in creating a written policy for use of pepper spray in the He said the spray would be used only on people posing an immediate threat to deputies and Ed Whitson said from his experi ence Tuesday it would be hard for some one to fight after they had been He said he would deploy the new weapon NBISD ready to talk taxes BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict trustees are expected to discuss the 1999 2000 budget and set a date for a public hearing on next years tax rate Trustees are scheduled to take a roll call vote on the highest tax rate it could impose next year at at the Education 430 Mill Board president Bette Spain said the district was required to publish the maximum increase on local taxes for next year in order to inform NBISD It doesnt mean that we are going to raise taxes to that lev That just means thats highest we could raise We have to give patrons plenty of notice before we adopt a tax she Spain said the roll call vote required board members to vote individually dur ing the David NBISD business said the roll call vote was a notice of intent to raise not the adoption of a tax If the board is considering a tax they have to declare their intention to raise taxes and publish it in the he Rastellini said the roll call vote would be published as soon as maybe as early as this NBlSDs current tax rate is per with the current maintenance and operations rate at and the debt service rate at 25 NBISD published notice of its effective and rollback tax rates in the June 2 edition of the This years effective tax or the rate nec essary to raise the same amount of tax revenue as the previous was The dis See MEETING WHO New Braunfels ISO board of trustees WHEN today WHERE NBISD Education 430 Mill WHAT Discussion of 19992000 bud setting public hearing for next years tax rate INSIDE Key Code 76 Miller Recent rain could keep water restrictions away BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Its a good time to be a member of the board of directors of the Edwards Aquifer Doug Cornal Countys representa tive on the board said recent recent rains that left the aquifer 20 feet above this past years drought levels might keep the county free of water restrictions this Were in good shape for the rest of the summer if we can keep water use in moder Miller said The aquifer level on Monday was feet above mean sea EAA drought management plans take effect when the aquifer hits 650 Miller said he believed the board was not seeing as much hostility and opposition from the public as in previous He said pub lic awareness of the rules governing the aquifer resources had Most people respect what were trying to do as the best thing for the most Miller the drought of 1998 served to improve the publics perception of the aquifer He said the effectiveness of this past years drought management program and the realization that the aquifer required man Edwards Aquifer Authority representative Doug Miller on the recent rain We re in good shape for the rest of the sum mer if we can keep water use in On the EAAs drought management program People took the aquifer for granted for a long but now they see it as precious agement opened the eyes of many People took the aquifer for granted for a long but now they see it as a precious resource that is not a bottomless Miller EAA has suspended its cloud seeding pre cipitation enhancement program because of the recent Miller said the recent rainfall was plenty for the and the See
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