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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 2 2 HO 09 SO WE ST MIC RO PU BLI SH I IMG 2627 E YflNDELL DR EL PttSO TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 65 14 pgs in a sections February 17 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Areabound The New Braunfels Lady Unicorns will square off against Klein Forest at 1 Saturday at Bryan High School in Bryan Jackie Baerwald and her teammates are preparing for the area B Use of bed tax funds could go to voters BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels voters could end up choosing how the citys tax revenue will be used if a petition initiative goes on the May 6 bal lot At a special meeting 4 Friday in the munic ipal building city council will decide whether the initiative turned in Ibesday with more than signatures will go on the ballot Because the initiative has more than 30 percent of registered voters who voted in the last general election council must consider the proposal which would eliminate using the citys portion of bed tax revenue for a convention center Council either could approve the amended ordi nance as is or call a special election If council votes against the petition a special election is automatically called If the public approves the petition initiative council could not consider using that money for a convention center as proposed by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce until the public approved that in another vote Fridays meeting originally was called for 6 but was rescheduled to 4 because not enough council members could make it Council wasnt told of the meeting until Wednes day although the meeting was posted lUesday We forgot to call council Tuesday city attorney Floyd Akers said See Slow recovery PERI Brain cancer not only has changed the life and look of Shayne Salge it also has changed his familys Way of life Marion community unites to help New Berlin boy conquer cancer BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer NEW BERLIN 10 minute hobble around the living room is a bittersweet victory for a family here A father Darvin Hartmann leans down slips his arms around his stepson and hoists him up ever conscious of the portable IV bag and the frailty of the boy who struggles with each step The boy Shayne Salge wants to do more he misses running and even walking by himself His struggle however is much more than physical he search es every day for purpose and hope But Darvin sees that hope and cant hide his delight The strange dance a husky father support ing a thin bald 15yearold is progress even if his stepson doesnt know it It wasnt long ago Shayne couldnt walk at all or even move But now his family expects a full recovery from the HOW TO HELP WHAT Fundraiser for Shayne Salge to 2 Sunday Marion Middle School 506 Center Marion To donate items to bake sale or auction call Marion ISO at 830 9142803 exten sion 211 or 205 Those interested in helping in other ways can contribute to an account opened for the family at State Bank Trust 200 N Austin Seguin TX 830 3032211 for information PERI Shayne Salge 15 cant wait until his recovery from brain cancer is complete so that he can do things for himself rare cancer that attacked his brain this past year In October 1999 this seeming ly normal teenager was diag nosed with pineal brain tumor that currently affects only 120 people in the for reasons unknown Only two of seven survive But Shayne will be one of those two his family says They fight it every day with prayer hope and topnotch med ical care The community of Marion wants to help fight as it did with Kelsey Doege an 8 yearold who lives only miles away from Shayne and was diag nosed with a brain tumor called astrocytoma in July 1999 Marion Independent School District employees and the Mari on community are conducting a fundraiser for Shayne from 11 to 2 Sunday at Marion Middle School 506 Center Street where Shayne would be an eighth grader if it werent for this disease Sundays events include a spaghetti lunch bake sale and See NBISD votes to start school on Aug 23 BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Next year New Braunfels Independent School District students and staff will start the school year Aug 23 and end the first semester in January despite protests from some parents and students that final exams should be taken before the holidays NBISD trustees approved a 20002001 calendar Tuesday night in a 61 vote with trustee Jim Callahan rejecting the cal endar draft Trustees heard presentations on four different calendar drafts before making a deci sion including one that mir rored Comal Independent School Districts calendar In an overwhelming vote trustees Tuesday night decided to support the calendar rec ommended by the Districtwide Education Improvement Council Superintendent Ron Reaves also presented three alterna tive calendars in response to trustees request for calendars with the first semester ending before the holiday break The committee which is comprised of parents admin istrators teachers and business community members began meeting in October to develop a calendar draft for board approval Under the new calendar NBISD students will start school Aug 23 and have Nov 2224 off for Thanksgiving and Dec 18Jan 2 off for the holiday break The first semester will end Jan 12 which means sec ondary students likely will take final exams when they return from the Christmas holidays Renea Ritchie who was rep resenting the DEIC said the calendar proposed to trustees got 85 percent consensus from Schertz considers annexing Comal Elementary land BY RON MALONEY HeraldZeitung Correspondent SCHERTZ Schertzs first pub lic hearing on proposed annexa tion of land around Comal Ele mentary School came and went Comal Independent School Dis trict officials approached Schertz in late October seeking to have the city annex just more than 16 acres of property near Comal Elemen tary School on FarmtoMarket annexation would municipal sewage service to be extended to the school which now serves about 500 students in about 25 class rooms Comal ISO will seek bids in spring or early summer on a 26 ity is served by a septic system The campus has been essen tially Linnartz said To build the expansion CISD had bought adjacent property that is contiguous to the school and to Schertz About 40 percent of the school yard is in the septic Lin nartz said About five years ago Linnartz said the system failed Upgrades have kept it in operation since then he said It is not an optimal wrote letters opposing the annexa Rqy Linnartz CISD director of need to expand the school Linnartz said tion didnt attend the meeting maintenance and operations said Currently Linnartz said the facil The school district would pay with scant attention Tuesday night The school property is in Comal classroom building project that Lin One Schertz resident spoke County within me city of Schertz nartz sajd wouid double the size against the annexation issue in the extraterritorial jurisdiction at 6720 public hearing portion of the FM482 Schertz City Council meeting A On Jan 18 council unanimous pair of adjacent landowners who iy approved a resolution scheduling City Manager Kerry Sweatt said public hearings on the question of the school Like the city of Schertz Comal ISD is growing rather Linnartz told the council The district trustees recognize the the costs for engineering and build ing an extension sewage main some 150 to 200 yards under the nearby Union Pacific rail line and FM 482 at a cost estimated by Schertz Pub lic Works Department officials at CISD also would pay the city for waste water services Linnartz said Mayor Hal Baldwin said the city had no other current plans to expand its limits in the area but he said growth in the district would bring similar requests Someday that area will be in the city of Schertz Baldwin said KEY DATES AUG 23 Beginning of the 2000 2001 school year NOV 2224 Thanksgiving holidays DEC 1SJAN 2 Christmas holidays JAN 12 semester ends committee members Callahan who supported ending the first semester before the holiday break said the DEIC calendar gave stu dents seven less instructional days to prepare for the exit level TAAS compared to CISDs calendar To address some parents concerns Ritchie suggested administrators next year require all projects be due before the holidays and direct teachers to not make assign ments over the holidays Two NBHS students stu dent body president Michael Kendel and Hilary Ross voiced support for the calendar that started Aug 16 and ended the first semester before the holiday break Reaves presented CISDs 20002001 calendar which has an Aug 16 start date and ends the first semester before stu dents return from the holiday break CISD officials said trustees are scheduled to revisit the cal endar issue at their Feb 24 meeting after several teachers voiced concerns about breaks In the approved calendar Nov 22 the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Dec 22 the Friday before Christmas are school days Teachers said they were concerned about poor attendance and student performance on those days INSIDE Key Code 76