New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 3, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 03, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ftiLS 210332 MO 09 76 WEST MICROPUBLT8HING 262 E DR PftSO IX 79903 Vol 148 No 183 12 pages in 1 section August ZEITL TV A Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents School officials show support for studentled prayer February court ruling makes invocations at high school football games unconstitutional BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer One local school board president sup ports studentled prayers at high school football games this fall even if it costs him his seat on the board Comal Independent School District board president Dan Kmeger voiced frustration on Monday regarding a court ruling against studentled prayers before high school foot ball games As long as I can remember playing foot ball and watching my brothers play football prayers has been a part of that I cannot see or envision as to why it needs to be taken out of football not causing any harm to he said In 1993 parents in the Santa Fe school district near Galveston sued the district for allowing stu dents to read overtly Christian prayers at graduation In May 1995 a district court ruled studentselect KRUEGER ed studentgiven nonsectarian invoca tions and benedictions were permissible at graduations In February the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld limited prayer at school graduations but ruled stu dentled prayers at games were unconsti tutional The Supreme Court could overturn the decision but in the meantime school district attorneys are advising school offi cials to bring policies into compliance At a typical football game at New Braun fels Smithson Valley or Canyon high schools a student representative usual ly an elected member of the student coun cil composes and leads a prayer before kickoff School district officials said they would have to reconsider the longstanding tradi tion of public prayer before football games or face the threat of lawsuits See NBISD trustees could approve bond election BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District voters could face the million question whether to fund districtwide expansion projects in an Oct 2 bond election NBISD trustees will discuss the possibility of a fall bond issue when they meet Leaders at taking sides Thursday at on NBHS The Education expansion Center 430 Page3 West Mill St Carter Cas teel chair of the districts facility task force is scheduled to out line the committees recommen dations for construction and ren ovation projects at district facili ties About 60 district patrons including parents teachers and community leaders developed the million plan during the past seven months to address the slow but steady student growth Twenty percent or 15 million of the million bond will be used to fund upgrades and expan sions at New Braunfels High School including adding a two story classroom wing a compe tition gym and a cafeteria NBISD with a current popula tion of about is projected to have about students by the 200809 school year Trustees could call for the bond issue with a majority vote Thurs day but Superintendent Ron Reaves said he wanted a unani mous vote on any bond issue Reaves said the resolution ordering a bond referendum if approved by tiie board also would set a date for the bond election The facility task force recom mended Oct 2 for the election Reaves said the public would be allowed to speak to the board about the bond package during Thursdays meeting The task force will present BOND PROJECTS New Braunfels ISDs facility task force recommended a million bond for expan sions and renovations includ ing New Braunfels High Twostory classroom wing Competition gym Cafeteria Enlarged band area New Btauntels Middle Covered outdoor area library Enlarged cafeteria Add one computer lab and two classrooms OakRun School Additional classrooms Baseball diamond track Enlarged gym Enlarged band hall Memorial Intermediate Complete six unfinished classrooms Add irrigation system Seele Elementary Correct drainage problem Enclose exterior walk Carl Schurz Elementary New library Additional classrooms Lone Star Elementary Correct drainage problems Add second enclosed corri dor Add new classrooms Memorial Elementary Replace bridge between Memorial Primary and Memorial Elementary Lamar Primary New 18classroom addition New library Expand cafeteria Memorial Primary Repair roof Improve drainage their recommendations then it will come to the board for dis cussion and at that time if anyone wishes to speak they can do he said The million plan is based on an million package devel Award demonstrations begin National Night Out WAI Members of the San Antonio Police Departments auto theft unit strip a pick up truck Monday part of the demonstrations conducted at the National Night Out Against Crime kickoff at the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center 1488 S Seguin Ave Douglas named officer of the year BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer The Burney Boeck Memorial Police Offi cer of the Year Award has special meaning for its 1999 recipient New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas who served as an officer under Boeck for about 17 years received the award Mon day night as more than 300 residents gathered to kick off National Night Out Against Crime DOUGLAS main he was chosen was because everyone praised Ray for what he said Lin Rose Safe City Commission member He supports them in what they Douglas said he was both surprised and appreciative He credited his fellow officers for the police departments work This is not what its supposed to be he said Its suppose to go to those who get out and make the city a safe place to Douglas said having worked with Boeck made the award significant I am beholden to Douglas said award means a lot to me Its a strong feeling for me because of the Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said it was fitting for Douglas to receive the award Its great for Holder said He and Burney were close Douglas said serious crimes were decreas ing in New Braunfels but neighborhood watch groups were the key to making the city safer We need constant work on neighborhood watches he said The public is our eyes and We have 30 square miles of city to cov er so its hard to have our officers every where at Demonstrations at the kickoff event helped to teach the public about being those eyes and San Antonio Police detective Ray Dustin showed what auto thieves can do In about seven minutes Dustin and his colleagues See WAI New Braunfels Fire Department demon strates rescue procedures on Monday Jail expansion delays could cost contractor a day BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Probable delays in completion of the million Comal County jail expansion might result in financial penalties against the con tractor According to the contract Stoddard struction of San Antonio can be fined its target date of Sept 2 Harvey Juarez project manager for Stod dardl said the pmce expansion and dormitory for workrelease inmates would be ready in six to eight weeks well past the deadline County Engineer Tom Hornseth said he was reviewing the contract and financial sanctions were a possibility We are corning up to the end of the con tract and that is a Hornseth said Juarez said other issues such as exten sions for rain days were involved and it was too early to discuss possible penalties about two weeks A minimum security area for extensions because of bad weather but they were provided for in the contract Because the completion date likely would be moved from Sept 2 because of the rain days he could not estimate how much the fines might total Hornseth said the county already had with held from the contractors pay ments because of problems with the exteri or walls The contract calls for the exterior walls to match the existing building The exterior quality and finish is unac ceptable and weve made that clear to the contractor Some of these defects are quite Hornseth said Hornseth said the county would use the to hire someone else to fix the exterior walls if they still were not acceptable Though not stipulated in the contract jail officials had been told the 144bed dormitory facility would be ready for use by May of mis year The dormitory facility could produce revenue for the county by housing prisoners for other government agencies Chief Deputy Richard Bennie said the Immigration and Naturalization Service would pay the county per prisoner to hold its detainees County auditor David Renken said after the new jail was staffed and the debt service was paid the it should produce about annually for the countys coffers Construction began in March 1998 INSIDE Kay code 76 ;

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