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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Inside Junior Livestock Show gets ready to get under way Leisure STAGE production looks at race relations in NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Firstplace NB girls beat secondplace Alamo Heighte SUNDAY February 23 2003 pages in 5 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 88 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Study Lake levels will vary more BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Comal County residents should expect in the future to see Canyon Lake levels fluctu ate much more than they have in the past Thats not because of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys permit amend ment that increases the con firmed yield of the lake from acrefeet per year to acrefeet Comal County officials were told Friday that the water demands of future growth would dictate that the lake be drawn down during drought periods The permit amendment and included subordination of hydroelectric rights will actually decrease the impact of those drawdowns a con sultant said David Keen of BBB Research and Consulting of Denver outlined the findings of an economic impact study prepared for the Canyon Lake Advisory Committee The net economic result of the permit amendment necessary to provide water to Bulverde Boerne Blanco See A learning experience xr Photos by K JESSIE Above Fort Bend ISO s Joseph Landrum calls his group to arms as junior ROTC units converged on New Braunfels High School for skills competitions From Color Guard units to physical training the cadets competed for honors Below Ross S Sterling High School freshman Mirian Tovar tries to keep her grip on the chinup bar as her team com petes in the physical training part of Saturdays competition at New Braunfels High School NBHS JROTC hosts skills competition BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Amid spinning rifles shouts of OORAH and shorthaired young sters doing pullups and situps proud parents watched as the cadets of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit at New Braunfels High School learned organizational skills during rain and sun Friday and Saturday Thats because this time they were hosting not competing in a mili tary skills competition Its the last day of a twoday military skills competition for Junior ROTC units from around the Col Jim Reid the senior Marine instructor at the high school said Saturday Were having great weather after yesterdays Reid and his cadets hosted 27 teams from Army Navy Air Force and Marine Corps JROTC units They were from as close as San Antonio and as far away as Brownsville Laredo Donna Harlin gen Irving Houston Round Rock and Humble And they were busy What kept them busy were drill exhi bitions with and without weapons physical fitness tests with pullups See Junior Miss BAYLEA About 30 local young women competed for more than in scholarships and cash in the New Braunfels Junior Miss program Friday and Saturday Find out who won on Page 3A Councilman wants city to take over operation of CVB BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil will discuss Monday night over fund ing of the tourist information center currently operated by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc The issue said District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine is leveling the commercial playing field when it comes to visitor dollars spent in the city Valentine said businesses in town would receive equal recommendation and repre sentation from the tourist information center if it were financed by the city Currently the Convention and Visitors Bureau as a department of the chamber of commerce oversees the New Braunfels Highway Vis itor Center on Post Road Valentine said he is con cerned some businesses as chamber members receive preferential representation to visitors who come to the Highway Visitor Center because the chamber is a pri vate organization whose job is to advocate the commer cial interests of its members He said he hopes council will change that when the visitor center is moved to the proposed new location on 4B tax issue New Braunfels City Council wilt hear Monday night the first reading of an ordinance that will let voters decide whether to divert twothirds of sales tax rev enue from economic devel opment to street repair The ordinance comes in response to a petition signed by more than residents who support two ballot initiatives One would reduce 4B tax and the other would set a tax of a similar amount to be devoted to street repair The second and third readings of the ordinance will take place during special council meetings 6 Tuesday and Wednesday If approved after the third reading the issue will go to ballot May 3 Seguin Avenue near Inter state 35 If the city decides to fund the center Valentine hopes the city could ensure all local businesses are rep resented equally I think it should be apo litical and represent every one in the community and should be funded by hotel occupancy Valentine said See INSIDE The take on TARS Parents concerned about tests effects on kids Beginning Tuesday stu dents throughout Texas will take a new test the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills In a three part series the Herald Zeitung takes a look at this new educational initiative FRIDAY Where will the money come from SATURDAY Preparing for the test TODAY What parents think of the BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Two parents of third graders one of them an ele mentary school counselor voiced their concerns about the TAKS a test one consid ers in need of adjustment and the other feels shouldnt be administered to children that young who are tested a Carlene Comer mother of Zachary a thirdgrader at Comal Elementary said shes aware that because you can take the TAKS three times to pass it in third grade kids could fail it Shes been to meetings about it and her son ig aware he needs to pass it But has it sunk in how important it is to Zaehary My son I think knows that theres a test theyre preparing for but I dont think the kids know that theres as big an influence as maybe the parents and the teachers perceive theyre trying not to affect the kids by not saying Weve got this huge test youve got to Comer said So she thinks her son does nt know all she knows about it He knows theres a test you have to pass to get out of the third grade and you get three chances to take And she has tried not to stress him out about it I dont want to worry Comer said People take tests After all he passed a benchmark test with a 50 something score But that makes Comer think the passing standard might be low so now weve insti tuted this but what are we saying if the passing score is 58 I like the idea of the test I just dont know if this ones been planned Comer said Comer said she thinks the schools are right to do bench mark testing but the state is wanting to have a test that everybody The test for the third graders is being given too ear ly in the school year oiner said and for that and other reasons the test will defi nitely be reevaluated and changed later by the state And for those who fail to go on to fourth grade if they go on to special classes how will those be paid for in an era of sinking school budgets and a death warrant out for Rubin Hood the states method of evening out funding between propertyrich and property poor districts Comer asked Comers friend Staci Wells a counselor at Comal Ele mentary and parent of Mari ah 9 said she has two roles See   

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