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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY May 14 pages in sections 14 pages in secti HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 164 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents SVMS on lockdown after teacher is suspended Principal Deputies will be gone by Tuesday BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer A sheriffs deputy patrolled Smithson Valley Middle School Thursday and Friday after a vocal opponent of the school board was suspended from teaching there Jim Maxwell an outspoken crit ic of the Comal Independent School Districts artificial turf projects was suspended with full pay Thursday Principal Carolyn Pittman would neither confirm ndr deny Maxwells suspension Im not going to go into names Im not going to answer that ques Pittman said She said there would bo no deputies patrolling the halls Tues day when students return from the Memorial Day weekend But one Comal County Sheriffs deputy was on campus Thursday and Friday and outside exit doors wore locked as a precautionary meaHure she said No threats were made and the incident did not involve students Pittman said the teacher was escorted to his vehicle Thursday after hit suspension Extra security then was put in place The teacher was put on administrative leave CISD documents revealed more about the incident and Maxwell had a lot to say about his removal A letter to Maxwell from Assis tant Superintendent for Personnel Services Linda Qrisham said CISD suspended him with full pay pond ing an investigation for alleged mis conduct The letter directed Maxwell until further notice to remain off duty to refrain from coming on campuses and from contacting district per sonnel during school hours or school See Knights in shining armor Photos by DAVID Above Knight Sir Corwln Cory Van Zandt huddles with Matt Buchanan Stephen Clark and Cory Crisa to discuss their strategy for winning a battle during Seele Elementarys Medieval The students gathered Friday in Landa Park to experience what life was like in medieval times Left Cory Van Zandt finishes off Anthony Parton In battle during Medieval Below left Tony Valadez dressed as a dra gaon cheers on the knights during a battle at Landa Park Below Fifthgrader Stephen Clark cheers on his favorite dueling knight INSIDE 4A Abby Classifieds Comics 7A Crossword 7A Forum 5A Church Directory 6A MovJw M Sports Today 2A TV Grid 2B Key Cote 76 CISD chooses new principal for school BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees have chosen a new pnncjpal for the combined Mountain Valley schools Denise Kern Kern ia the assistant prin cipal at Rahe Primary School and Bulverde Elementary School Before that she was a counselor in the New Braun felfl Independent School Dia trict and the CISD school tern CISD Director Kari Hutchison wud She will oversee the com bination of the Mountain Val ley Elementary and Moun tain Valley Intermediate when the 200304 achool year beguui in Kern Brenda Fielder the principal of Mountain VaUuy Elementary who is retiring and Sarah Towlor the principal of Mountain Valley Intermedi ate Towler applied for the Mountain Valley Schools principals job but withdrew lier name from consideration She still has a contract with the district Hutchison said The schools which are located in Sattler have a combined total enrollment of 754 students 232 students at Mountain Valley Interme diate which has fifthand sixthgraders and 622 stu dents at Mountain Valley Elementary prekindergarten through fourth grade Of the controversial com bining of the two schools County can collect carcasses from private property BY DYLAN Staff Writer Hauling off dead carcass es is stinky business but Homebodys got to do it Now the county can officially do it without the written permis sion of a property owner Carnal County commis sioners approved an order Thursday allowing the coun ty engineer to remove car of wild animals from private property You dont have to write up a Jotter every time you have a dead animal on you Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawhon said But they will have to make the County Engineer Tom Hornseth asked commiHwion ers to make the change His office has a fulltime employee who collects dead animals for disposal That employee often picks up six or seven dead deer a day and the county has hauled off as many a thou sand dead deer in a year Hornsoth said his depart ment also gets a couple of dozen calls about wildlife especially deer which are hit by cars and wander onto the property of county residents Tiie problem generally occurs in developed and residential ureas Weve always had the prob lem that wo couldnt go on pri vate property arid pick that dead animal Hornsuth said And that doesnt set too well with the residents at said Dttwson Its just unbe lievable that we wouldnt do something like The county only responded when the animal was on coun ty right of way either county roudti curbs or ditches To got around that problem many residents have been dragging the carcuHHOH into the road and then calling the county to pick it up which is a litter ing violation You put all this together See Annexation could give city 12 miles of land which said was done for costsavings Hutchison would only my Were mov ing on with Hutchison said one of the reasons Kern was chosen for the job is because who works Kahe Primary and Uul vordo Elementary which were combined and are adja cent to one another Im sure that WUH a strength the selection com mittee Hutchison said Mountain Valley interme diate and Mountain Valley Elementary are physically connected they share a cafe teria and are connected by sidewalks Hutchison said it hasnt been determined how many district personnel would lose See PRINCIPALS BY DYLAN Staff Writer By Sept miJcw of land could be annexed into New HraunfelH At Tuesday nights regular meeting the New HraunfelH City Council will net the annexation calendar lor 2003 A contentious round of an nexation in 2001 resulted in several subdivisions being added into tho citys borders and a lawsuit over utility ser vices This time tho city is sticking largely to undevel oped areas for annexation Mo Hi of the land in the plan JH on the northeast and east sides of tho city Tho largest bulk of land is near the airport Included in the plum are Three tracts of land At a glance WHAT New BraunfelB City Council WHEN Tuesday WHERE Council Chamars Municipal Building 424 8 CastellAve square miloH total northuuHt of town between Orion Drive and Conrads Road bordered by the rail road tracks and 135 Five tractH uquure mileH roughly along TexuH Hi southeast of the city and Throe squaremile tracts to the northwest of the See CITY Open for business K JESSIE Tiffany and Johnny Bush left help the flurry of cus tomers who dropped by Farmers Market shortly after 5 Friday the first day of this seasons market
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