New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 24, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

June 24, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY June 24 2003 12 pages in 2 sections J2 pagcs jn 2 secti rIFR AT DAFTTT TNG A A VJlXvJ Vol 152 No 190 ServingNew Braunfels and CarnalCounty since 1852 50 cents CISD superintendent announces retirement BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jim Grunert announced his retire ment Monday effective Dec 31 Grunert who has spent 31 years in public education and school board members denied the decision had anything to do with recent controversy over the installation of artificial turf at two schools and a failed plan to lend in district funds to two athletic booster clubs Grunert earns per year in a threeyear contract that expires June 30 2006 No information was available on the details of Grunerts contract settlement Grunert said he is retiring because he earned teacher retirement credits and wants to use the time to help care for his parents His father he said has been in a rest home for two years There are other things in life besides working Grunert said CISD spokesperson Kari said the school board would decide in the weeks ahead how it wants to conduct the search for a new superintendent The timing of the transition will allow a new superintendent to prepare the 200405 budget and be involved in the construction bidding process for a new high school Reaction Monday from CISD trustees ranged from surprise to regret Im sorry to see him trustee Charles Burt said Theres pros and cons to every Burt who said Grunert was frustrated with the turf and the other stuff said he thought trustees had made some recent progress with the superinten dent He praised Grunert for his organizational skills pointing out that last years opening of three schools could have been a lot more chaotic than it was Trustee Bill Swint an out spoken opponent of Grunerts GRUNERT A free lunch DAVID Villa Serena apartment manager Carol Sheller hands a nutritionally balanced lunch to 10yearold Analysa Govello Shelter and volunteers Elizabeth Bell and Maria Rodriguez have coolers loaded with food to give to about 200 children who live in the complex No such thing as a free lunch doesnt apply to kids at Villa Serena BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Monday was peanut butterandjel ly day at the Villa Serena apartment complex located off Seguin Avenue not far from the New Braunfels Police Department Today will be turkey day About 200 children live in the com plex operated by the Housing Author ity of the City of New Braunfels Half of them start trickling out of their homes a little before 11 and walk ing to the big shady tree at Rosa Parks Drive and Crockett Court There complex manager Carol Sheller Elizabeth Bell and Maria Rodriguez will have coolers full of food on a portable table Monday through Friday they feed the children a balanced meal provided by the housing authority and the San Antonio Food Bank It is free and open to anyone up to 18 years old Mondays meal included carrots a cheese stick fruit cup and chocolate milk But the experience cant be measured by the food alone It is also a social event DAVID Jessica Olvera 7 anxiously awaits her turn to get lunch at the Villa Serena apartment complex Monday The served for free to those less than 18 years old Monday through Friday Children get to hang out with their neighbors for a little while and some of their mothers and fathers get to talk Sheller knows all the children and calls them by name Matthew please put your bag in the she tells one The kids are pretty good They know theyre expect ed to clean up after themselves and theyre very wellbehaved I tell the bigger kids You help the smaller They like coming The volunteers put out a tarp for the children to sit on They have an awning they also can use On bad weather days they can go into the preschool located at the development Its said a mom who brought her two children over to eat Its a very good program for the she said bending down to open a plas ticsealed crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her son They love A little girl walked up carrying a bag of sweetened breakfast cereal about a quarter full Sweetie where have you been Shellingasked Ive missed you Go get your lunch Nearby Bell handed the girl a bag and stopped to help her open her sand wich We started doing this June 8 The first couple of days they didnt show up See Agendasetting proposal tabled by city council BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members agreed 6 to 1 Mon day night that the procedure for pjacing items on the council agenda should be tightened District 6 Council man Ken Valentine was the only member who wanted to contin ue allowing council members unaudited access to the agenda Currently council members can put any item on the regular council agenda through the city manager without obtain ihgapproval The process will stay that way after a divided council tabled an ordinance presented by District 2 Councilman Lar ry Alexander The proposal called for written support of at least three council members before an item could be placed c ALEXANDER on the agenda Alexander said he has seen a number of instancesof standing by council members allowed to place unsupported ideas on the agenda The current system also results in agen da items only a few words long lacking adequate information for council members to consider prior to meeting said District 1 Councilwoman Sonia MunozGill Council members should be responsible for providing back ground information on agenda items they plan to present she said and council should enact a system to ensure all ideas placed on the agenda are city business and have support from council to move forward in the meeting Council agreed to take up the matter at a future work shop ISD still waiting for final 200304 budget BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees will be pre sented a budget plan tonight that is a carbon copy of last years million fiscal plan Business Manager Abel Campos said Monday that until some direction from the school board he would recommend that trustees use last years bud get as a starting point for dis cussions Campos will make his rec ommendation when the board convenes at 6 at Canyon Intermediate School In his overview of the school districts finances Campos will tell board members they must make some decisions about pending issues before a more complete budget plan can be presented The board must decide what it plans to do in terms of pay raises for teachers I dont know if the board wants to approve salary increases and pay them out of the general fund Campos said A decision on pay raises is needed by July so the dis trict can prepare the neces sary paperwork Campos estimates about million of the mil lion proposed budget more than 80 percent will be spent on salaries Last year salaries account ed for about million of INSIDE 2A aaieveni pieuy guuu nusy miuw mcy xc CAJJCVI T 7 Dl must make some decisions 068 Crime rate in city increases 1 percent over April 2002 BY RON MALONEY assaults were renorted in New four in Aoril 2003 from 14 during BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Crime in the city hasnt changed much in a years time April statistics for New Braunfels show residents have little more like lihood of becoming crime victims than they had in 2002 The index crime rate the num ber of police calls for service involving alleged criminal acts increased by 1 percent when compared to April 2002 The number of crimerelated calls eased up from to Rates for violent crimes reported iii April were aimilflr for the two years compared In April 2002 three sexual assaults were reported in New Braunfels the same as for April 2003 Robberies dropped from three to one over the same period decreased slightly to 79 from 82 No murders were reported dur ing April either year II Total numbers of burglaries decreased from 98 to 95 Burglaries of residences dropped from 21 to 13 a change of 38 per cent while burglaries of buildings other than homes increased from 11 to 17 Auto burglaries were unchanged at 60 for each year thefts sharply decreased to four in April 2003 from 14 during the same month in 2003 Thefts of all types increased from 95 to 118 New Braunfels Police Lt Mike Rust commander of the Criminal Investigation unit of the citys police department said crime statistics are an important investigation tool because they point out areas detec tives need to watch closely That is the case particularly in property crimes Violent crimes such as murder sexual assault or assault often happen in the heat of a dispute When it comes to crime preven Rust said the best place for it to begin is at home Safe City Meeting The Safe con ducts a meeting to organize block parties for National Night Out Against pome at 7 pm today at the New BraunfeJs Law Enforcement Canter Most crooks are opportunists If you make it easy for them theyll take advantage of Rust said The best protection anyone has against becoming a crime victim is a nosy neighbor Rust said Get to know your neighbors so you know when something doesnt look See ;

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