New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 1, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

September 01, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALD T T1VTI717T Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today Well users with addresses end ing in 8 or 9 can water today after 8 1 NG Vol 149 No 214 18 pages in 2 sections September 1 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents SV bragging rights West Comal high school wins appeal gets recognized rating K JESSIE Richard Rathburns eighth period Algebra II class works on homework assignments Thursday afternoon Smithson Valley High School was upgraded fo a recognized rating by the Texas Education Agency BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School rated as one of the states recognized campuses despite a rash of bomb threats this past spring Smithson Valley High School is the first high school in Comal County to get a recog nized rating the states second highest rating from the Texas Education Agency TEA notified Comal Independent School District officials Wednesday the schools rating had been changed to recognized Principal Brad Williams said This is vin dication that what happened last year is not what this school is about Even through all that our attendance went up Im grateful to the kids They really fought through TEA released Academic Excellence Indica tor System reports Aug 17 rating public schools and districts throughout the state as exemplary recognized acceptable or low per forming TEA rates public schools on three factors Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test scores attendance rates and dropout rates TEA initially rated SVHS acceptable because the schools 199899 attendance rate was or a tenth of a percentage point below the requirement A school has to have a 94 percent atten dance rate to be in the recognized category See SVHS STATS ATTENDANCE RATE DROPOUT RATE All students per cent African American 0 Hispanic percent white percent economically dis advantaged percent TAAS PASSING RATE Reading All students percent Hispanic percent white percent economically disadvantaged 84 percent Math All students percent Hispanic percent white percent economi cally disadvantaged percent Writing All students percent Hispanic 93 percent white percent economically disadvantaged percent County sets 19 million 2001 budget BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commissioners adopted a million budget for 2001 Thursday evening The budget includes 3 percent pay raises for county employees 5 percent for elected officials and 10 percent raises for commis sioners The pay of County Judge Dan ny Scheel will be unchanged by the new budget Im happy with what I he said Also included in the budget will be additional spending in the county court system and sheriffs office that will pay for new per sonnel to include five new deputies as well as upgrades in the countys computer services department The tax rate set to be adopted on Thursday Sept 14 will be unchanged from this years cents per valuation which means the county tax on a home will remain at about In a pair of public hearings held Thursday commissioners heard from only one county resident Star Carey called on commis sioners to raise the pay of all 600 county employees by each as a step toward making county salaries more competitive with the private sector He also said he thought com missioners should have sought larger raises than they had mak ing note of the 24 percent raise Bexar County commissioners vot ed themselves this week You commissioners are liked more than you know and respect ed more than you Carey said You only hear from the peo ple who disagree with you I dont see why this county the best county in Texas should not pay better Vote for yourselves a sizeable increase because of what it will mean for our future In Texas the only way for a commissioner or county judge to get a pay raise is to vote for it themselves Scheel who has long warned that the county should raise salaries lest it one day find itself getting what it pays for acknowl edged Careys concerns Were doing what we Scheel said Commissioner Jack Dawson who voted against the pay raise for himself in earlier hearings along with Commissioner Jay Millikin noted that the raises Carey proposed would cost the county million Thats 10 cents on our tax Dawson said In the adop tion vote that followed Thursdays second public hearing The 2001 budget is up more than 8 percent from this past years million budget The county did not have to raise the tax rate because of nearly 13 percent growth in the countys property values during the past year Millikin who still harbors reser vations about the pay raise cited it along with his feeling that the county shouldnt subsidize other taxing entities namely the rur al fire protection and emergency services districts among his reasons for casting the sole vote against the budget I think we should have done a tougher job on the budget in order to present at least a 1cent reduc tion in the tax Millikin said I dont support a 10 percent increase for commissioners It can give the public the impression were selfserving that were only out for Parents who lost child warn others about unlocked cars Photo submitted Paul and Shelley Goodwins daughter DLauren would have been 3 on Thursday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Paul and Shelley Goodwin repainted their daughters room just the way she would like it the walls are bright yel low and the lyrics to a childrens rhyme encircle the room Bright flowers raindrops and big red ladybugs their daughters favorite also decorate the walls The Goodwins say the cheerful bright room keeps the memory of their daughter alive a 2year old they remember as playful independent and full of life The Goodwins lost their daughter three months ago when she became trapped in a hot unlocked DLauren would have turned 3 years old Thursday To honor her memory and her life the Geronimo couple has a mission to help other parents protect their children from similar accidents I want to help at least one parent or family to not go through what our family is going Shelley said We want some good to come out of On Memorial Day May 29 Shelley Goodwin said she woke up feeling sick and felt progressively worse Later that day her husband took her to the emer gency room The Goodwins left their 14year old son Dustin in charge of his two younger siblings Dustin often was left at home with the children and was a responsible caretaker the Goodwins said Shelley Goodwin said Dustin was out side finishing his chores about 6 and younger sister DLauren was playing in a sandbox Dustin turned his back for a few sec onds and DLauren was gone she said Because his parents were just leaving for the hospital Dustin believed DLauren went with them Later when Dustin went back into the house he and younger brother Dakota realized DLauren was missing They saw the dome light was on in my station wagon parked in front of the house and they ran out Shelley said The two brothers found DLauren in the back seat wrapped in a towel See Patrolman injured in suspect pursuit FROM STAFF REPORTS A New Braunfels motorcycle officer broke his leg Thursday morning in an accident during a police chase Officer Frank Moreno suffered a fractured lower leg in an incident off Laurel Lane shortly after 11 John Wommack traffic super visor for the New Braunfels Police Department said Moreno was hurt as he helped chase down a suspect who bolted from officers during a narcotics investigation Wommack said The suspect who attempted to escape Gregorio Castilleja III 24 of New Braunfels was captured and jailed He was booked for felony evading arrest resulting in serious bodily injury and resisting arrest No bond was set on the first charge On the second bail was set at said an official at the Comal County Jail Another man was detained and may have been arrested in connec tion with the case but no other details were available Thursday night Wommack said the incident and Morenos resulting injury grew out of a situation in the parking lot of the Albertsons supermarket locat ed at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Landa Street A narcotics detective asked a patrol officer to stop a vehicle Wommack said Patrol officer Lorenzo Morales stopped the car and Castilleja reportedly ran toward a nearby apartment complex Moreno followed him into the complex on his motorcycle Wom mack said and was hurt in the chase More details on the accident were not available although Wommack said the motorcycle was not dam aged INSIDE Key Code 76 Holiday camper CHRIS PACE HeraldZeitung Tom San Pedro of Lubbock sets up his familys tent Thurs day afternoon at one of the campgrounds off River Road San Pedro plans to stay the entire Labor Day weekend ;