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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY May 14 2003 J 7 v 18 pages in2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 153 No 154 Serving Braunfels and Gomal County jsince 1852 50 cents CISD mum on closed session CONTACT THEM TURF TO BE REVISITED WsttWwill not loan the athletic arid danyoh high schooia e6oh pay tor artificial turf at James Qwrterf and CISD Communications Director Kari Hutchison eafdlXteflday the district Is banks to help the dubs get funding for their shares of the District 6 Trustee Charles Burt said the artificial turf Issue would be revisited May 22 Newly elected District 7 trustee Bill Swint said he asked Trustee John Berttesen to put the turf Issue on the agenda BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer What went on behind closed doors Friday night during an evaluation of Superintendent performance is nobodys business school board trustees said Tuesday Three trustees refused to divulge specifics about the five andonehalf hourlong meeting claiming school personnel issues discussed in closed session cant be shared with the public But the two newly elected trustees said the board owes their constituents some basic explanations about issues that have generated widespread pub lic concern Trustee Charles Burt District 6 said lawyers routinely advise trustees to keep silent about what transpires in closed ses sions Anything thats in closed ses sion were not supposed to talk he said Trustee Derald LaRue Dis trict 5 said that school board trustees know better than to talk about what happens in closed session If you read up on anything about school board ethics closed session is closed he said And his constituents are not obliged to know what goes on behind closed doors LaRue said Theres a lot of things would like to explain about the closed sessions But we cannot discuss those things andits that simple Id like to say a lot of things if it was something I could ethically do Id be glad to tell everything that went on he said See Let CISO Trustees know what you think about their handling of Fridays closed session to review Superintendent James Qrunerts performance DOHA OONIALES DISTRICT 1 Home 8306200957 Business 6306436109 Home Fax 8306200957 DAN DISTRICT 2 Home 8306295338 Business 2106569100 Business Fax 2106565818 dan.krueger@hobartcorp.com NICK NICHOLS DISTRICT 3 Home 8309077929 Home Fax 8309077930 nlckn@gvtc.com JOHN BERTELSEN DISTRICT 4 Home 8308997530 Home Fax 8308997530 jbert@gvtc.com DERALD LARUE DISTRICT 5 Home 8308857051 Business 2106912815 Business Fax mlarue@gvtc.com CHARLES BURT DISTRICTS Home 8309803576 Business 2104940353 Business Fax 2104907728 cburt@wlreweb.net RANDALL PAWEUEK DISTRICT 7 Home 2106519461 Business 2106551031 Rpawelek@bartlett.cocke.com SUPERINTENDENT James Qrunert Office 2102212000 jlm.grunert@comallsd.org NB budget ax falls sharpest on library parks and rec BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels city departments are struggling to maintain public services after recent staff cuts Council decided last month to cut 28 positions saving more than Officials knew the cuts would mean a decreased level of service toagrowing citypopula tion They also knew city staff already was hurt ing for extra help But a week after the eliminations went into EDITORS NOTE This Is the first of a two part series Coming Thurs day How other are grappling with prospective budget cuts effect department heads still are in the process of adjusting their human resources to maintain the highest level of service pos sible Two of the departments hardest hit were the library and parks The parks department lost two tempo rary laborers for the summer season one fulltime labor position two park ranger positions and a recreation aide Were a pretty lean staff as it parks director Iria Neffendorf said We get hit hard no matter who is lost We are facing peak season with less staff and we already were short prior to all of this based on vis itation and The New Braunfelfl Public Library lost 18 percent of its staff 128 manhours a week The library was already understaffed director Louise Foster said when it lost six positions including one library secre tary four library aides and one library cir culation position The aide positions alone translates to 64 hours of shelving a week a task that will have to be shared between the other staff members Youre always hit hard no matter who you lose because the staff people that are See QuiKs weave lessons together Reading geometry among subjets thirdgraders learn BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Some Frazier Ele mentary School stu dents are learning that quilts do more than keep you warm In making quilts theyre learning about geometry shapes patterns and arrays In reading about them in books provided by teacher Elizabeth Adams theyre learn ing how to follow a sto ry and the meaning of new words Nancy Ament of the New Braunfels Quilt Guild got the idea for the project from the San Antonio Quilt she got in touch with Adams Adams got her stu dents to read books on quilting Students cur rently are in the process of making five quilts Last year was the first year the students made quilts and we had five So this year well have 10 so thats Ament said Much like the threads that are woven together into fabric for a quilt Adams inter laced the quilting pro jects with the other lessons shes teaching Im trying to pull quilts that go with our novels that will help the childrens reading comprehension and get into not just the lower elements grades but move over to Canyon Intermediate fourth fifth and sixth Adams said In what is quite lit erally a handson math lesson Adams said by touching the quilt stu dents can realize what geometric patterns are It gives them real life experiences And thats going to make them Adams said Her students agreed it helped them succeed in reading Pedro Villa See QUILTStf A DAVID Above Frazier Elementary third grade teacher Elizabeth Adams discusses how their quilt ties in with the story they are reading from one of many quilting books in her class Besides helping reading comprehension Adams says quilting helps with math lessons Right Adams shows Brooke McDonald and Lorenzo Aguirre how the pattern in their quilting book matches up with the real one in their classroom Finances DARE police to cut school drug prevention program DAVID New Braunfels Police Officer Justin Broussard says he will miss his posi tion as PARE officer when the position is eliminated because of police department budget cuts In the New Braunfels Independent School District the DARE progrm is targeted to fifthgraders like Erick Gutiarrez left and Danny Oldani BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A schoolbased program that uses police officers to teach drug and vio lence prevention programs is the lat est victim of the citys financial woes Next weeks DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program graduations in the New Braunfels Independent School District might be the last ones for a while Police Chief Russell Johnson has informed school district officials that his department is closing down the program The decision is one of several belt tightening measures the police department will employ to make ends meet as the city works to reduce spending and balance its budget DARE now in its 21st year is RELATED STORY Other PD budget woea7A used in more than 80 percent of the school districts in the United States and in 54 countries around the world The local program started in 1990 DARE officers teach children how to resist peer pressure to join gangs or use drugs In the NBISD the DARE curricu lum targets fifthgraders at Carl Schurz and Seele elementary and Memorial Intermediate School We regret that the DARE pro gram will not continue in the NBISD next said Superintendent Ron See A INSIDE TV Key Code 76 a 1   

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