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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW JMdfrpELs syBrsr 7Q303 RALDZEIIONG Vol 148 No 193 12 pages in 1 section August 24 1999 Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Comal provides shelter from Hurricane Bret Nursing home welcomes seniors from Corpus Christi BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer With Hurricane Bret just a few feet from their front door residents and staff at Harbor View Nursing Home in Corpus Christi one block from me Gulf of Mexico moved to safer ground in New Braunfels Kirkwood Manor 2590 N Loop 337 welcomed 85 residents and more than 10 staff members Sunday after noon Ambulances and buses trans ported the residents from the coast The residents really enjoyed the bus nurse Debbie Scott of Har bor View said It took us about five hours but they were so Harbor View residents slept in the Kirkwood Manor recreation room on mattresses and cots provided by a Hon do nursing home Staff members also slept in the recreation room as well as in hallways the lobby and Kirkwood Manor adrnittistrator Norm Custers Office The staffs falriily menibers stayed in local hotels We put the residents wherever we had an Custer said I even went to WalMart and purchased some pillows Each of their residents was given a clean mattress and Staff from Kirkwood Manor came in from vacation to help and volunteers donated their time Harbor View administrator Nancy Wilsford said the nursing home had less than 18 hours to evacuate WAI Brdttfrewcloser to the Texas coast Rbs is the granddaughter of Harbor View nurses aide Mary Cantu We brought our own dietary staff laundry personnel and nurses she said Everyone here has been wonderful The teamwork has been great You almost cant tell our staff apart from Staff at Harbor View also brought their medicine carts and supplies as well as special food One resident of Harbor View said They have treated us well here they are nice All the residents families were con tacted Sunday when the residents arrived Some were frightened and concerned about the hurricane The residents are having fun and doing Wilsford said I even have three ladies who said they are going to stay here I think they have Children find a home at New Life center BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer As Hurricane Bret wreaked havoc on the Texas coast residents at the Bokenkamp Childrens Treatment Center in Corpus Christi waited out the storm at the New Life Treatment Cen ter at Canyon Lake New Life a residential center for abused and neglected young girls and volunteers from St Andrew Lutheran Church at Canyon Lake prepared the facility Sunday for the 52 boys and girls and 15 staff members from Bokenkarap a treatment center for emotionally dis turbed children Residents at New Life made banners to welcome Bokenkamp residents Volunteer coordinator Connie Osborn said about 12 adults and 10 youth met at New Life at to help clean the gym sweep floors and hang tarps on a chain link fence We took all the sports equipment out of the gym loaded it on a truck and took it to a storage Osborn said We werent sure what kind of children wre coming so we wanted to move The youth group at St Andrew offered to help Osborn at the center after the groups swimming plans were cancelled The kids had made a decision to help tiie other Osborn said It was real ly nice to see them want to The volunteers finished making room for the Bokenkamp residents at 5 See Position N W Moving WNW at B MPH Sustained winds 140 mph Wind gusts 165 mph As of Sunday 2 EOT Source AccuWeather Inc Hurricane Bret weakened into a tropical storm on Monday after making landfall about 60 miles south of Corpus Christi For more on the storm see page 3 Kirkwood Manors staff convinced they are Custer said both facilities staff had been great and cooperative with each other Most of the nurses aides have worked 24 to 36 he said Theyre tired and sacrificed so much The staff has really given from their Bret weakens could bring rain to New Braunfels FROM STAFF REPORTS Meteorologist Constantine Pashos of the National Weather Service New Braunfels office said Hurricane Bret was consid ered a minimal tropical storm by Monday afternoon and was expect ed to become a depression by this morning The center was 25 miles north east of Laredo Monday afternoon and expected to cross the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass sometime today Bret is moving west northwest about 8 to 9 miles per Pashos said Most of the rain will shift to near the New Braunfels might see scat tered showers today but a chance of rain is minimal NBISD prepares for school Steady growth in area challenges administrators BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer More than New Braunfels students have enjoyed an extra week and a half of summer vacation while their peers sat hi classrooms and completed homework assignments The party officially will come to an end Wednes day morning when New Braunfels Independent School District students begin classes almost two weeks behind most of their peers NBISD has one of the latest start dates in the state The later start date also has been a blessing in dis guise for administrators trying to plan a new school year in the midst of steady growth Administrators and teachers hi the Memorial attendance area in particular have faced a difficult challenge New subdivisions south of Interstate 35 and along County Line Road have boosted enrollment at Memorial Primary and Memorial Elementary in recent years Sharon Tate principal of Memorial Elementary said it was difficult for administrators to plan an appropriate number of teaching positions when they did not know bow many new students moved into the area each year Its a challenge every year in this school We take the numbers from our feeder schools but the big question is whos going to be here when we open up Wednesday It makes it she said Tate also said administrators could cross many stu dents off the class lists as other school districts started up classes Once we know kids have moved to other districts we can start taking them off the lists If we hadnt been able to do that I would be afraid of our class lists overflowing at this she said Elementary classes in prekindergarten through fourthgrade are required by state law to have a 22 to1 student to teacher ratio Rosalyn Bratcher assistant superintendent for instructional services said the district was moni toring student enrollment and might have to hire additional teachers after school started if classes exceeded the ratio Last year NBISD had to ask parents to voluntar ily transfer students from Lamar Primary Memor ial Elementary Memorial Primary and Seele Ele mentary to Carl Schurz Elementary An increase in enrollment in kindergarten through third grade exceeded expectations at those four campuses and surpassed the ratio In March 1999 trustees changed the Carl Schurz elementary attendance area to move 62 students from the Memorial attendance area to Carl Schurz Janet Patton director of personnel said the district hoped to avoid transferring students this year We have teacher candidates out there and well do what we need to do with those slots We dont want to move students or create another class thats not the best she said Tate said the school has added two additional teachers this year to accommodate enrollment pro jections Fortunately weve been able to project the growth Council reviews skating sidewalk laws BY PERI STONEPAIMOUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil approved Monday the sec ond reading of an ordinance allowing residential inline skating on most streets and postponed a decision on a downtown sidewalk ordinance Several residents urged coun cil to loosen up restrictions on inline and rollerskaters cur rently prohibited from skating on residential streets without sidewalks Anyone caught breaking the law faces as much as a fine although it was rarely enforced according to New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas Council was considering an amendment allowing rolleror inline skaters as weU as skate boarders in Htnman Island Park Prince Solms Park Cypress Bend Park and Landa Park except for Landa Park Drive and the Landa Park Golf Course But even if this amendment was accepted these recre ationists still couldnt skate in residential neighborhoods with out sidewalks Resident Lisa Repka told council shed like to keep her children in the neighborhood instead of hauling them off to a park And Id like to see my chil dren skate to school and she said The ordinance presented to See COUNCILS INSIDE Key cote 76 County asks FEMA for help BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Comal County officials are asking for million in federal emergency funding for flood early warning sys tems and several flood control dams Closing in on the oneyear anniver sary of the October 1998 flood county commissioners authorized County Judge Danny Scheel Monday to pursue a large share of the million the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently made available for counties hit hard by this past years flooding County engineer Tom Hornseth said FEMA was providing additional fund ing through the states Division of Emergency Management for unmet needs remaining in South Central Texas after the October flood The county faces a Thursday dead line to request the funding FEMA is offering the funding to South Central Texas counties through a matching grant program FEMA would provide 75 percent of the funding while the county would have to come up with the remaining 25 percent See
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