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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY April 23 2003 7 v v 14 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 137 Serving New Braunfels and Corrtal County since 1852 50 cents Mike Fitskos got the best job in the BUT HES CALLING IT QUITS New Braunfels High School Principal Mike Fitsko retires at the end of the school year after 36 years in edu cation Before becoming the principal at NBHS he held the same pos tilion at the OakRun Sixth Grade Center Principals days walking NBHS halls numbered STORY BY SEAN BOWLIN Photos by David Ingram Uncharacteristically Mike Fitsko was nt managing by walking around Wednesday morning But he was doing what he likes the most helping a kid get ahead in life You did great on your SATs you are sharp Youre cool on Fitsko said to the young man The principal at New Braunfels High School was helping the student get dual college credit and the com munity college needed some paperwork Get me those Fitsko urged the student asking him for copies of his SAT score Leaning over a small conference table toward the student the bearlike principal said You know Im working for And he was In fact for more than three and one half decades he has worked for thousands of students as a teacher and an administrator In a couple of months he wont be doing that any more Fitsko announced last week that he is retiring I have real mixed feel ings about he said Its going to be tough after 36 years not to get up and go to school with the But he may not turn his back on the educational field just yet Im only 57 Thats not old is it And Ive got a young wife Shes not going to let me sit Fit sko said smiling But Raccanellis happy See Above Fitsko takes time out from his lunch with Assistant Principal Bob Rodriguez to talk with junior Samantha Zigler Left Fitsko shares a laugh with students in the NBHS cafeteria Fitsko said daily interaction with students parents and teachers is what hell miss most about his job Check change might add up Switch could save county thousands BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commis sioners Thursday will decide whether to try a purchasing program its banker says could save the county per year Other action Comal County Commissioners Court meets at Commissioners will Consider a proclamation honoring the countys high school swim teams Consider resolutions regarding proposed legisla tion before the 78th Texas Legislature Review county notary policies and Consider use of biotor rorism funds for attending the Domestic Preparedness Conference County Treasurer Susan Patterson said Wells Fargo Bank has offered the county a purchase card program that could be used by department heads to make expenditures The system would enable the county to streamline its purchasing and accounting procedures and realize big savings Patterson said Its a new thing its exper imental and its not costing the county any money to try Patterson said Its more efficient uses a lot less paper and well save money on top of that Its kind of a neat Patterson said the county plans to test the pilot pro gram May 1 through Dec 81 At the conclusion of the test commissioners will see how the county did and decide whether to stay with the pro gram How does it work The county would wsue the cards to itn department heads The system has numerous safeguards against abuse Well get a purchase card See County wants city help with recycling program BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County is looking for ways to streamline its rur al recycling program and could seek an answer by increasing its cooperative relationship with New Braunfels Changes being explored would make the program more efficient and would enable the county to increase the amount of recyclables being collected and diverted from the county landfill according to County Judge Danny Scheel Ive met with recycling foreman Dennis Koepp and were looking at changes in our recycling Scheel said What the county wants to do is make better use of its manpower and equipment In some instances the ser vice will have to be less per sonalized than it was in the past Scheel cautioned Were stressed to the hilt trying to keep up with demand Were anxious to expand and improve the recy cling he said It may inconvenience some peo ple but we hope they will see the big Scheel said Koepp and County Engineer Tom Hornseth are looking at ideas See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Phones could be out until Thursday BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Mobile and land telephone service in western Comal County and the Canyon Lake area was cut and restored Tuesday afternoon A second telephone outage caused when workers dug through a telephone cable in New Braunfels affected neighborhoods in the west and north ends of the com munity It was expected Tuew day night to take longer to fix According to a recorded message on SBCs tollfree line for reporting telephone problems it could be until 11 Thursday before the problem is fixed SBC spokesman Steve Lee said the New Braunfels out age was caused by a tele phone line a utility crew cut at Cross Street and Chest nut Avenue around It wasnt a crew affiliated with Lee said Were working on it right he said at Tuesday It doesnt affect a broad New Braunfels Police Department Support Ser vices Supervisor Kelly Hold er said SBC hadnt notified emergency services of the problem or how long it would take to fix We had problems earlier this afternoon with an alarm system over on Busi ness Holder said I know it across Walnut Its a big New Braunfels Police Department Patrol Lt John Villarreal said Tuesday night that he and Holder had both notified city dispatch and patrol supervisors to devote careful patrol attention to the affected areas I alerted dispatch as did Kelly and 1 let the duty supervisor know so that he could convey it to the oncom ing sergeant tonight and they could pass it on in the morn Villarreal said Villarreal said Walnut Avenue down to the Loma Vista area and a wide area around it appeared to be affected Weve been told maybe it wouldnt be repaired until Thursday Ive been told Wal Mart and McDonalds have See