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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A HBRALDZBITUNG Friday March 28 1A district officials said District spokesperson Kari Hutchison said it will take about six years to recover the districts costs after the turf is laid down Hutchison said the turf will save money for the district in the long run by decreas ing water use and lowering maintenance costs ROTC units and bands can also use the turf Trustees Dora Gonazales and John Bertlesen voted against the turf saying it wasnt the right time for it Trustees Dan Krueger Charles Butt Nick Nichols Derald LaRue and Randy Pawelek voted for it Before the vote Don Lan drum an audience member expressed incredulity that the vote was on the boards agenda Youre talking about cut ting programs in schools and staff in schools and youre talking about putting artifi cial turf in school stadiums Landrum statement was answered with loud claps Other topics drew much debate during the fourplus hour long meeting at Bill Brown Elementary School in Bulverde In the audience participa tion session people also expressed opinions on school principals having the option to change from an AB block schedule with four different classes on alternating days to a sevenperiod school day in which students would take the same classes each day One man said teacher con tact time improved and class sizes were reduced with the AB block scheduling If you go back to a seven period day how will that affect class ranking he said Also theres less time lost in transferring And Jim Maxwell a Smith son Valley Middle School teacher said the district before it looks at cutting teachers should look at cut ting coaches at Smithson Val ley High School to save mon ey He said there was too much of an emphasis on foot ball excellence there Theyre arent many well paying jobs out there for ex linebackers who know how to recognize a draw Maxwell said In other business trustees also voted to implement changes in the indistrict stu dent transfer guidelines for the 20032004 school year In a 43 vote they voted to grandfather all existing in From 1A to other topics such as deer He said that nothing would change until the balance on council shifted in Flumes favor Later he asked for vol unteers to canvass Flumes dis trict If youre here to support Debbie you ought to be talking about whos going to go out and hit the streets with Fraser said Kendricks meeting attend ed by about 15 people had a much different tone Covered were a range of top ics that until the very end of the hourandahalf meeting never touched on the election The flood was discussed along with flood recovery maps the FEMA buyouts and the progress of residential and river cleanups The river road and bridge projects were discussed as well as planning and financial issues at city hall At the end Betty Dunkin asked Kendrick what he hoped to accomplish in his second term Fraser asked Kendrick how those who attended the 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