New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 13, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 13, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW if Vol 149 No 104 14 pages in 2 sections April 13 2000 THURSDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Tax time ticking As the tax deadline approaches counselor Mary Budd reviewes work done by volunteer Jean Willardatthe New Braunfels Public Library 700 E Common St Waiting times were fairly short Wednesday but expected to grow longer as the week wore on HeraldZeitung Help available for low to rriiddle income taxpayers FROM STAFF REPORTS Take heart all local procrastina tors rushing to meet Mondays Inter nal Revenue Service tax return dead line The American Association of Retired Persons Tax Aid Program will be providing free help to low to middle income taxpayers at three dif ferent sites throughout the county today through Saturday AARP volunteers will provide the tax return forms and aid residents in filling out basic tax returns said Kathleen Jaroszewski AARP Tax Aid local coordinator I am expecting a lot of people to come Jafpszesdki said be available from to today at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center 665 Landa and from to Saturday at the New Braunfels Puttie Library 700 E Common and from 9 to noon at the Canyon Lake Action Center FarmtoMarket Road 2673 in Sattler Residents can pick up tax return forms during regular business hours at the New Braunfels Public Library Branch Library 30450 Cougar Bend in Bul verde and Tye Preston Memorial Library 1321 FarnvtoMarket Road 2673 at Canyon Lake Tax return forms can be picked up at the New Braunfels Post Office branch 686 S Seguin Avenue to 5 Friday to Saturday Residents waiting until Monday to mail their tax returns from any Post Office mailbox should make sure to check the box for the last mail pick up time because some boxes in New Braunfels will have a deadline as early as 2 on Mon day postal employees said Residents should have their forms dropped in the Seguin Avenue Post Office mailbox by Monday at the very latest if they want to meet the deadline employees said The New Braunfels Post Office will maintain regular busi ness hours today through Monday employees said CONTACTS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Need to get in touch with the IRS Here are the contacts Internet The Internal Revenue Service Web site at has tax forms and publications answers to frequently asked questions tax regulations and news releases Credit Cards To pay taxes using American Express MasterCard or Discover cajl the Official Payments Corp at 1 888 2PAYTAX or 1 888 2729829 The service starts Jan 14 Fax The TeleFax service at 703 368 9694 allows forms and instructions to be sent directly to your fax machine Telephone To order forms instructions publi cations call 1 SOO 829 3676 For tax questions call 8291040 For prerecorded mes sages on certain tax top ics call 1 800 829 4477 To reach the Taxpayer Advocate about unre solved tax problems call 1 877 7774778 Mail Written tax questions can be submit ted to your local IRS dis trict director an answer should be expected in about 30 days Call 1 800 8291040 if you need the proper address Principal transferred to GISD central office FROM STAFF REPORTS Hope Erickson principal of Mountain Valley Elementary School is transferring to the Comal Independent School District central office for the remainder of the school year Jerry Major superintendent of CISD announced today that Erickson who is retiring at the end of the school year would be assisting with personnel functions student assessment and other instruc tional activities The transfer becomes effective April 24 Brenda Fielder instructional coordinator in the curriculum and instruction department will assume the duties of interim principal at MVES April 24 Fielder is a longtime resident of the Canyon Lake area and has worked in CISD for 15 years CISD trustees did not renew Ericksons admin istrative contract Feb 24 After the school board meeting Erickson said she planned to retire before her contract expires June 2001 and requested Major reassign her and find a new principal for the school before the 20002001 school year began Erickson has been in education for 35 years and has been the principal at MVES for four years Erickson might request to leave the district if the right opportunity arises between now and the time of her retirement to enhance her financial situation during retirement CISD officials said Since the right opportunity for Dr Erickson may or may not coincide with what is best for the students and staff of Major said I have decided tcr make a change in leadership now I will assess the situation in June and deter mine the course of action for next school Major said We anticipate nothing but strong leadership from both educators during this time period I appreciate the efforts of Dr Erickson since her arrival in Comal She has helped establish MVES as a great place to teach and CISD trustees to discuss new dress code BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Sleeveless attire and backless shoes could be allowed back on Comal school district secondary campuses next year if trustees accept a districtwide dress code committees rec ommendation Nancy Cobb assistant to Comal Independent School Dis trict Superintendent Jerry Major will present a report on pro posed changes to dress code policies to the board of trustees 6 today at Canyon Intermediate School 1275 N Busi ness 35 The board is not scheduled to take action Trustees also could approve an order Thursday night declaring Dan Krueger and Dora Gonzales elected to office in their respective districts Krueger who represents single member district 2 and Gonzales single member district 1 trustee are running unopposed in their May 6 reelection bids Major changes to the secondary school dress code include No more than 5 inches in excessive width in pant legs when measured from the knee Sleeveless attire is allowed shoulder seams must be three inches in Backless shoes are allowed Frayed clothes must be hemmed above the fray All shirts at both middle and high schools must be free of writing pictures and graphics except in the crest area and all other logos must be confined into a twoinch diame ter area on the shirt A committee of parents stu dent representatives and school administrators are recommend ing the changes after parents and students voiced concerns about a dress code policy trustees approved in May 1999 which included banning sleeveless shirts and backless shoes That dress code also banned high school students from wear ing Tshirts with any writing or pictures except schoolor col legerelated messages and brand name logos Middle school students were not allowed to wear Tshirts with any writing or pictures except in the crest area Cobb said the committee wanted to create one code for all secondary schools Cobb said the proposal to ban any writing or pictures on T shirts at the high school level was recommended by high school administrators but had not been recommended by the entire dress code committee The student representatives and everyone on the com mittee hasnt had a chance to look at this and I think its imperative that we do she said Previously the dress code committee agreed to keep the middle school and high school dress codes the same as last year Then high school administrators recommended changing the high school dress code to match the middle school which would ban Tshirts with writing pictures or graphics except in the logo area Cobb said administrators found the current policy difficult to implement This dress code effects four grade levels and about kids If you have a sea of writing there are going to be some Tshirts youre not going to Cobb said I think thats why they want to ban all writing and But Cobb said she didnt want to recommend the changes for board approval until parents and students were allowed to give their input Were going to set up a website where parents can log on and fill out a survey and give their she said We want to get this out to the public and give people the chance See DRESS DRESS CODE Residents can find out more infor mation on the CISD website at Identity of teachers killers remains mystery wwMAflRUDeiVHitaWZaituno SPD Sgt Mark Schupp left and Patrol Sgt Marc Bane right still are working to find the killers of New Braunfels resi dent and teacher John Adklne BY ERIN MAQRUDRR Staff Writer Nearly five months have passed since New Braunfels resident John Adkins was shot and killed in broad daylight on Interstate 35 in Schertz as he drove through Thanks giving holiday traffic Since the shooting about 10 witneuef have come forward but not one who could provide a detailed description of the alleged trigger own whose bullet pierced through tjhelfart of the school teaeJhej KJHItng him alniofft instant ment detectives who have worked tirelessly tracking down leads following paper trails and interviewing witnesses up and down the corridor the identities of the supposed road rage killers continues to elude authorities SPD Sgt Mark Schupp said he dedicates at least 20 hours per week working on the foal investigation division of the department he is determined not to rest until the crime is solved We want to keep this in the eye of the puWte Seiupp said We are still hoping to wtlllwiWMIjp saw something that What SPD detectives do know is that Adkins was killed about noon on Nov 24 as he traveled southbound on 135 in a Chrysler convertible near the FarfntoMarket Road 1103 exit in Schertz about 2 miles from the New Braunfels city limits The two men suspected in the shooting are described as probably Hispanic and in their late 308 to early 40s driving a late model blue or gray Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Marquis The suspects vehicle and Adkins vehi cle were traveling at a high rate of INSIDE Kay Code 76 ;

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