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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 7 7 PELS pnso 79903 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 188 14 pages in 1 section August 17 1999 It Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Truck stop offers drivers limousine service BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Driving 18wheelers down the Interstate 35 and is an honest and exhausting if not glamorous way to make a living Drivers cut in front of you and curse at you Long waits at dropoff or loading points keep you away from your family The long miles and the Texas heat wear you down So when a local truck stop began offering limousine service last month truckers stood up and took notice We want them to think someone is doing something for them instead of something to said David Nixon complex manager for Rip Griffins Travel Center on 135 North in New Braunfels The Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham complete with steer horns on the hood cruises through the truckers parking lot and carries drivers to the restaurant and conve nience store a quarter mile away James McVickers a trucker from Florida said he didnt expect a lim ousine the first time he pulled into the Rip Griffin lot A van would have done the job but the limo adds a lot of McVickers said Aug 1623 is Trucker Apprecia tion Month but Nixon said he wanted all truckers to know they were appreciated at all times In June Nixon began looking for an automobile suitable for his needs During a July trip to Dallas he found the 1988 White Cadillac with a plush blue velour interior that seated eight The car had been used to carry mourners at funerals He said the car was ultraclean The only thing thats been spilt in it was Nixon said Nixon had only one choice for the driver of the company limou sine Ohioan Ralph Erion had worked on Nixons housekeeping staff and Nixon said he was one of those people who never met a stranger Erion better known to truckers as Buckeye on Citizens Band chan nel 19 greets the tuckers with com plementary coffee when he picks See TRUCK WAI David Nixon and Ralph Buckeye Erion show off the Cadillac limousine they use to transport truckers at Rip Griffins Travel Center districts make the grade CISD reports few difficulties on its first day BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The first day of the new school year dawned Mondaywith many smiles a few tears and some traffic jams for area drivers Across Comal County about students in Comal Independent School District wlaikedTihlo classrooms at 15 campuses to begin a new school year Brad Williams principal of Smithson Valley High School said the campus had a few no shows Monday morning We probably have a better idea about our enrollment after Labor Day A lot of kids will show up after Labor he said Williams said about students attend ed classes at SVHS a campus original ly designed for WILLIAMS WIEGAND on Monday Were walltowall thats how it usu ally Williams said In spite of the crowded hallways Williams said SVHS students had a rel atively smooth first day back Bob Wiegand principal of Canyon High School said his campus was about 100 students short of estimated enroll ment Monday morning We estimated from the number of schedules we printed that we have about but what we have right now is about he said Other campus administrators reported a small number of students missing the first day but they said enrollment would increase during the next few days Total enrollment counts districtwide See FIRST WAI Above firstgrader Kimbertey Barboza colors a birthday card during Mondays first day of school at Goodwin Primary 1297 Church Hill Drive Left Goodwin Primary student Sean Owens recites the Pledge of Allegiance along with his classmates on Monday 1999 ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS Comal ISO Acceptable Canyon High School Smithson Valley High School Smithson Valley Middle School Spring Branch Middle School Goodwin Primary Frazier Elementary Mountain Valley Elementary Bill Brown Elementary Arlon Seay Intermediate Comal Leadership Institute Recognized Canyon Middle School Bulverde Elementary Comal Elementary Rahe Primary Canyon Intermediate Mountain Valley Intermediate New Braunfels ISO Acceptable New Braunfels High School New Braunfels Middle School OakRun School Lone Star Primary Carl Schurz Elementary Seele Elementary Memorial Primary Memorial Elementary Memorial Intermediate Not Rated Lamar Low Performing NBISD Learning Center prekindergarten kindergarten not rated under AEIS system NBISD CISD both rated as acceptable BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels and Comal school districts were deemed academically acceptable in the annual ratings of the Academic Excellence Indicator System released Monday by the Texas Education Agency The inclusion of more special and bilingual education students in test reporting might have contributed to a lower accountability rating for some area campuses school officials said Texas public schools and districts are rated exemplary recognized acceptable or lowper forming based on student performance on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills in read ing math and writing dropout rates and atten dance rates Both districts and many area campuses kept acceptable ratings or received the higher rec ognized rating despite the inclusion of more student test scores and stricter standards This year an acceptable rating required 45 percent of the student body and each student group white black Hispanic and econom ically disadvantaged to pass the TAAS test Thats up from 40 percent this past year The acceptable rating also required a 6 per cent or lower dropout rate and a 94 percent or higher attendance rate This year school accountability ratings also included special education students test scores and thirdand fourthgrade Spanish TAAS scores not exempted by the district NBISD In New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict all 10 of the districts regular education schools received acceptable ratings except Lamar Primary which was not rated The school is a prekindergarten through kindergarten campus and those grades are not rated under the AEIS system The NBISD Learning Center the districts alternative school received a lowperforming rating the lowest grade given to public schools School campuses given the lowperform ing rating either have less than 45 percent stu dent passing rate on the 1999 TAAS higher than 6 percent school year dropout rate in 199798 or lower than a 94 percent school year attendance rate in 199798 Rosalyn Bratcher assistant superintendent for instructional services said the district See Miller Tank moratorium too severe FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal Countys representative on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board said a proposed sixmonth moratorium on underground storage tanks over the recharge zone probably was too severe The Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission denied EAAs request for the moratorium on Friday 6AA representative Doug Miller said he was disappointed for new or existing he said Miller said EAAs recommenda tion might have been too severe We need to put a moratorium on any new he said But its not fair to come along after the New Braunfels currently does not allow underground storage tanks in the aquifer recharge zone A recent effort to prohibit vaulted storage tanks failed twice before city council EM spokeswoman Sandra Wundt said the moratorium was inspired by a July 11 gasoline release from an underground storage tank had ed at least five Trinity Aquifer wells The gas release which took place on US 281 in northern Bexar Coun ty is not expected to affect people locally who rely on the Edwards Aquifer for their water supply The moratorium would have pro vided time for EAA and TNRCC to assure consistency in regulatory pro grams Wundt said Robert Huston TNRCC chairman responded in a faxed letter Friday saying current restrictions were ade quate enough protection of the aquifer INSIDE Key code 76 WORD board seeking public input on polystyrene ordinance BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Tubers might have to follow new rules about polystyrene coolers after the Water Oriented Recreation District meets Wednesday A public hearing will take place at Wednesday at the Canyon Lake Action Center for residents to voice their opinions about the revised ordinance This past spring WORD approved exemptions to the original ordinance allowing styrofoam containers with coated locked lids that supported 30 pounds of items when turned upside down One such container die Water Wader was removed from the riv See
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