Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY March 19 2003 A JB A L feMf VX j4 pages jn 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 108 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Ttoops gear up Saddam mocks Bush ultimatum BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent In an edgy prelude to war Saddam Hussein mocked an American ultimatum Tues day to surrender power and the Bush administration claimed public support from 30 nations for its interna tional coalition supporting Iraqs disarmament The streets of Baghdad captured the ic buying by residents brac ing for a fearsome attack side by side with a governmentprompted mass demonstration in support of Saddam This war in short is tan tamount to charged Mohammed AlDouri Iraqs ambassador to the United Nations in one of a string of insults the Iraqi high command hurled at Bush It was a daylong act of defi ance in the face of an inva sion force of more than troops ringing Iraq a nation of more than 23 mil lion that Saddam has ruled brutally for nearly a quarter century One day after President Bush set his deadline of 8 EST on Wednesday troops in the Kuwaiti desert loaded their ammunition and combat gear into fighting vehicles ready to invade on short notice 1 think Td probably have a better chance of being elected pope than we have of Mr Saddam Hussein leaving the Capt Thomas A Parker said aboard the USS Kitty Hawk an aircraft carrier preparing to take on a supply of satel liteguided bombs from a nearby munitions ship So this is probably going to follow to its logical conclu As the hours dwindled toward Bushs deadline the White House worked to keep Saddam guessing Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer would not rule out a attack before Bushs 48hour clock ran out Sad dam Hussein has to figure out what this he said One official speaking on condition of anonymity said See More than just a job New Braunfels High School student Michael Martinez strains to pull off one more chinup at the civic center Tuesday afternoon as classmates look on Students from Comal County and neighboring school districts came to view different job opportunities at the seventh annual Career and Community Expo Career Expo shows students local options BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Comal County students were exposed Tuesday to career opportunities in everything from the Army to social services to funeral homes at the seventh annu al Career and Community Expo Representatives from 60 potential employers partici pated in the expo which took place at the civic center We look at what the needs are for students that are in high school and when they leave and either go into higher education or employ Margie Rodriguez of NBISD said The annual event was coordinated by the career technology and special edu cation departments at the New Braunfels Comal SchertzCibolo and Seguin independent school districts By the event had wound down and most students were gone But educators said that even some adults had dropped by looking for jobs We have a lot of adults who attend the career fair just to seek employment opportunities in the See K JESSIE Canyon middle schoolers Michael Sisk left and James Stuart listen to another student try to sing a toothpaste jingle for San Antonio Colleges Ruby Gaitan Tuesday afternoon at the Civic Center NBISD OKs new contractor for unfinished work BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer The New Braunfels Inde pendent School District Board of Trustees announced Tuesday it had approved a contract with Best Construc tion Services that will enable work on the Memorial schools to resume board President D Lee Edwards said In October 2002 trustees approved a takeover agree ment with its bonding com pany Commercial Indemnity Insurance Company to fin ish renovation work on the Memorial Schools begun by Associated Able Inc Board members terminat ed the districts construction contract with Associated Able in September 2002 after the bonding company declared the company in default of its contract But the decision to employ Best which happened at a special school board meeting last Monday was overshad owed by a discussion during Tuesdays regular meeting which because of construc tion at the NBISD Education Center was conducted at New Braunfels High School of the districts transition al first grade program The transitional first grade program aids younger or developmentally younger students usually those with summer birthdays falling before the traditional start of first grade in mak ing the leap from kinder garten to first grade After hearing parental con cerns about a not wanting to dissolve the program atten dees were told it had not been dissolved but largely modi fied Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Rosalyn Bratcher said acad TAKS results Preliminary results for the thirdgrade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS test are in from both the Comal Independent School District and the New Braunfels Independent School District officials said Tuesday For NBISD out of 428 thirdgraders tested 31 failed and some of those were absent school district officials said For CISD out of 678 third graders tested 29 failed Thirdgraders who either failed or did not take the test the opportunity to retake the TAKS in April and again in July emic expectations between kindergarten and first grade are much more closely aligned than in previous years because of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS This has caused de facto modification of the program with what the principals said was the same delivery of ser vices to the students who needed extra time between moving on to the first grade Trustees heard reports from elementary school principals Merry White Carl Schurz Elementary Dan Bolen Memorial Primary and Leigh Ann Dees Lamar Primary who had studied the program in depth For example at Memorial Primary there are still two traditional transitional first grade classes but Bolen teamed teachers from kinder garten and first grade in those two classes to teach and intermingle the TEKS with the transitional curriculum See County considers adopting standards for lot frontages BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners Thursday will consid er an order that would spell out lot frontages in unincor porated areas Commissioners Court meets at in the Commissioners Court Build ing 199 Main Plaza County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the measure WOUld set OUt mininourn lot frontages and access stan dards for subdivided lots It would be designed he said to clear up questions about what kind of road access is acceptable to the county The question was raised a few months ago in a subdivi sion in the New Braunfels ExtraTerritorial Jurisdiction off Hueco Springs Loop in which city planners approved access to six lots that did not meet county guidelines We want to avoid situations where we have inadequate access to subdivided Hornseth said Under an interlocal agree ment between city and county New Braunfels administers subdivisions in its ETJ while the county sets drainage and water standards The proposed order would augment the countys subdi vision rules INSIDE Key Code 76 a Meeting to clear the air on plan BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Alamo Area Council of Governments first public meeting in Comal County will outline its clean air plan On the table will be more than 70 possible strategies for meeting federal air quali ty standards in the San Anto nio Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes Bexar Comal Guadalupe and Wil son counties The meeting will be con ducted at at Landa Haus 360 Aquatic Circle Landa Park The strategies came out of AACOGs Air Improvement Resources AIR committee on which New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork and On the Net To view the Early Action Compact and Clean Air Plan log on to the Web site To team more about air quality and ozone pollution visit Comal County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin serve They include ideas such as increasing use of electric lawnmowers offering clean air incentives to construction companies and operators of large vehicle fleets and Cal iforniastyle vehicle emissions testing The vehicle emissions test ing proposal which would involve added expense for inspection station operators as well as vehicle owners has been the most controversial of the proposals Opponents argue that it wouldnt apply to heavy trucks and millions of vehi cles that travel the Interstate 35 corridor from outside this area and that it places an onerous burden on the poor est segments of the popula tion within this area Cork said tonights meet ing would update the public on progress toward a clean air plan and hear the pub lics ideas This meeting is to encour age citizens to come out and