New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 23, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 23, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY January 7 jmffmmijjjm 12 pages in 2 sections HER ALDZ EITUNG Vol 152 No 61 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Jobsite death was an accident examiner says BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE The 42yearold Alabama man killed Monday in an accident on the Guadalupe River died instantly Travis County Medical Examiner Dr Roberto Bayardo has ruled the death of Nicky Outlaw an accident Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders said The cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries to the chest and Saun ders said Dr Bayardo said Mr Outlaw died Outlaw of Fyffe was a heavy equipment operator working for Regency Con struction of Slidell on the Guadalupe River cleanup project Outlaw died at about Monday in an accident that occurred on a river land ing just off the end of Pecan Street located at the first crossing of FarmtoMarket Road 306 Civic vision Renderings courtesy Renter Vaughn Koone Inc Above An artists conception of a new civic center complex that spans the Comal River at Prince Solms Park shows a glassandsteel bridge with native limestone buildings Below right A schematic shows the layout of the Comal River plan Below left A contrasting plan shows the civic center expanded at its current site New plan would put civic center over Comal River BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Another new wrinkle has been thrown into the discussions of when and how to expand the New Braunfels Civic Center City Council members were treated to a dazzling new proposal for a civic center at a workshop meeting Monday night The new facility would triple the size of the existing facility on Seguin Avenue as would expanding the existing structure It would also be accessible by foot to the historic down town district But thats about where the similar ities end Architect Ken Rehler dropped jaws in the council chambers at a workshop held to discuss the citys future building needs presenting a civic center option he says can be built for less than million The cost compares to the mil lion estimate for expanding the cur rent facility The new idea is a striking glass andsteel building built on an arch truss bridge over the Comal River just upstream from the San Antonio Street bridge Renderings of the project are on dis play at city hall for anyone who wish es to view them Among the projects plusses said City Manager Charles Pinto is that the building as rendered is a striking and beautiful one for a civic center Ken has examined our options and offered us a very topnotch alterna tive that fits New Braunfels and can be an icon for this Pinto said People who were viewing the idea in city hall Wednesday were greeting the drawings with words like and Right now were really still in what I call the stutter Pinto said The rendering by the man who designed the New Braunfels Public Library and the Central Texas Tech nology Center is far from pedestrian Pinto said Regardless of their position on it everyone agrees Ken has come up with a fantastic Pinto said the building could be financed over 15 or 20 years and if voters agree it could be paid for with hotel occupancy and sales taxes without affecting local property taxes But the project would have to go See CIVIC INSIDE Key Code 76 Tree of Life branches out with land deal BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer The Tree of Life Church bought a 54acre tract of land at 135 and Doeppen schmidt Road formerly known as ROAM Open Air Markets and plans to build a new campus with a family themepark motif there Pastor Mike Fehlauer explained why Our growth rate over the past two years has tak en us beyond the capacity of our current he said Growing at a rate of around 60 65 percent we knew that we had to come up with a plan to accom modate the increasing number of people attend ing our weekend Fehlauer said that 22 months ago the church had 850 in attendance now it has So several months ago we started looking for enough land that would accommodate our growth for at least the next 20 years Being a regional church with members com ing from as far away as 60 miles we thought it would be wiseto try to find land on the IH35 corridor for quick and easy access to our Fehlauer said the land will cost million and as result itll be about two years before the new cam pus would be built The projected cost of the project is million It would feature an square feet torium with expandability to seats including seats for preschoolers to elementaryage school children Fehlauer said the cam pus would include a minia ture train that would shut tle visitors to and from the parking lot And therell be other activities such as a gocart racetrack a minia ture golf course a skate board park and sand vol leyball courts We believe in initiating and creating family activi ties where parents can play with their the pastor said The Comal County Sher iffs Office released no details of the accident or its possi ble cause Deputies called in the fed eral Occupational Safety and Health Administration which investigates workplace accidents Elisabeth Slatten OSHA assistant area director for the Austin area confirmed Wednesday that her agency is investigating the accident NBISD updates stats on students standardized tests BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer The New Braunfels Inde pendent School District is required to report its Acade mic Excellence Indicator Sys tem data containing stu dent achievement attendance dropout demographic bud getary and staffing informa tion to the public and thats what it did Tuesday evening at its monthly board of trustees meeting Trustees heard the following successes and reverses on TAAS testing Thirdgraders in the NBISD increased their math ematics scores by four points assistant superintendent for curriculum Rosalyn Bratcher said Economically disadvan taged students increased their scores by eight points Fourthgraders increas ed scores three points where fifthgraders went up two points Hispanic fifthgraders increased four points seventh graders showed an increase in mastery for all students from 90 percent to 97 percent Exit level TAAS math scores went from 89 percent passing to 93 percent In eighthgrade math students went from 95 per cent to 90 percent mastery In reading fifthgraders improved from 94 to 96 per cent mastery with all sub groups showing an increase also Seventhgraders increas ed from 92 to 94 percent in reading Eighthgraders went from 92 to 94 percent overall with economically disadvantaged students increasing seven points in reading And at the exit level of TAAS the pass rate in read ing increased from 91 to 96 Percent for all students Hispanic students had a 10point gain and economi cally disadvantaged students posted a 12point gain on exit level reading tests Thirdand fourthgrade reading showed drops of 3 and 1 percent respectively Sixth grade also dropped three points to 88 percent mastery equaling the state average writing eighthgraders increased scores three points with Hispanic students up six points and economically dis advantaged students up 10 points Exit level scores increased from 89 to 93 per cent writing fourthgraders dropped from 91 percent to 90 percent mastery In social studies eighth grade scores increased five points overall Hispanic scores increased 12 percent eco nomically disadvantaged scores went up 14 percent In science overall scores at eighth grade dropped from 93 percent to 90 percent This was the last year stu dents will take the TAAS test Texas reworked it and this spring students will take the Texas Assessment of Knowl edge and Skills or TAKS test Dr Rosalyn Bratcher NBISD assistant superintendent for instructional services said itd be harder than the TAAS And Bratcher said that dur ing the 200203 school year district educators would focus on reading writing science and social studies instruction Swingin K JESSIE Students at Canyon High School practice their tennis skills amidst the confines of ongoing construction Wednesday ;

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