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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY OCTOBER sir a since 1852 HIGH GOALS Area volleyball teams are striving for more than than just state tournament berths Page 5A STORAGE New customers can receive off a feet storage bay with electricty at Discount Storage Page 6A www Mostly sunny High Low 87 55 Details 1B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS S6A TV GRIDS SB ISDsante What local school districts spend on professional devel opment NBISD on pro fessional devel opment travel expenses on teacher training and instruction on gen eral administra tion on trustees CISD on pro fessional devel opment travel expenses By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer r Local teachers get the lions share of professional devel opment dollars although two teachers recently were not fully compensated for such trips lwo from Comal Inde pendent School District and another from New Braunfels ISD recently received fellowships allowing them to travel this month to Japan to learn about culture CISD paid for a substitute during the threeweek trip but the teacher will have to use her vacationleave days The NBISD teacher used a nation of professional development days and costofsubstitute which a teacher is paid but has to pay for the substitute teacher District officials said they decide on a casebycase basis whether to com pensate teachers who solicit travel opportunities Both districts spend more profes sional development dollars on teacher training than for administrative employees according to school dis trict financial records said Roselyn Bratcher NBISD assistant superintendent for instrucr tional services Professional development helps teachers stay uptodate on the latest methods and helps focus teachers on planning instruction for state exams she said We really make a concerted effort to make sure everything people go to is in line with our Bratcher said CISD board president Dora Gonzales said without pro fessional development educators could become stagnant See TEACHIHS Page 3A Leagues study examines county growth boom teacher training and instruction on gen eral administra tion on trustees By Ron IVtalonoy Staff Writer for more than a decadei county commissioners have The league ofWomen sought but not received Area wtil initiate additional land use a twoyear study Thursday authority with a panel discussion titled Attendees Thursday will County in learn what regulatory The meeting Is open to we authority counties have public Panelists include County Engineer Tom Hornseth New Braunfels City Planner Prank Bobbins former QOUWTY When 7 Thyrsdiy i Where QVTQ Auditorium 3J191 FM 3159 how city an tyofiRciate plan tor growth h0w gov ernment balances puhjfe interest with property rights and whit plans are for parks and Qomal one Pitman with fram nearby ignAntawo of frttstt sted owt FRONT and CENTER Willie Fishbeck and Sandra Haag Photos by REBECCA S Above Vyilburn Willie Fishbeck stamps paperwork on hot check cases referred to the district attorneys office from mer chants who cant collect the money theyre owed Below Sandra Haag counts money collected from bad checks Sometimes it just takes one phone call to collect Staff Writer Maybe It was dose to the erid of a bad or a bad month Maybe you didnt balance your checkbook quite right Whatever the reason a check bounced and the merchant sent you a registered letter saying he expected payment and a fee on top of the fee the bank might haye charged Whatever the reason you didnt pay it and the district attorneys office sent you a letter giving you 10 days to pay up with even more fees If you get thatletter or a call from Wilburn Willie Fischbeck or Sandra Haag of the district attorneys office hot check it is time to pay up If you dont depending on the amount of your bad checks youll go to court by check charges and you could pay fines or do time Fischbeck and Haag collect instead checks and a like amount of fees each year They file charges in the countys courts for misdemeanor or felony prosecution on nearly every one that goes unpaid Fischbeck is no stranger to law enforcement or public service He was a city councilman for nine years and mayor pro tern for a couple years I went to work for Sheriff Wal ter Fellers in Fischbeck said They called hem special deputies at that A special deputy is what is called a reserve deputy today someone interested enough in the community and law enforce ment to work for free which Fischbeck did for about 36 years After that Fischbeck did a fouryear tour as a deputy con stable before moving to the dis trict attorneys office 10 years ago About eight years ago Haag joined him Merchants businesspeople or private citizens who receive bad checks bring them to the DAs office if they are unsuccessful in collecting through a registered demand letter See HOT CHICKS Page 3A In 2002 bad check cases were referred to Dib Waldrips hot check unit Of those 509 resulted in theft by check prose Of the rest was collected in resti tution in merchants bad check fees and in fees for the dis trict attorneys In 2003 to date there have been cases resulting in 310 prosecutions So far Waldrip has collected in resti tution in merchants fees and in district attorneys fees CISD parent meetings begin today By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer Beginning today Comal indepen dent School District schools will be released early for the first of three days of pajenweacher conferences As students advance through the public school system the role of par enMeacher conferences changes Conferences introduce parents of elementary students to public educa tion ajRdt er elementary students must be equipped to talse a more active role in eaeher communication and prepare to enter middle school AjlonSeay Intermediate Scliooledu eitots use threeway epnierenee with students parents and teachers to introduce fifthand sixthgraders accomplish goals throughout the school year Principal Tamara Lind said As they move into junior high and high school we want them to take that ownership because the parents start to take less of a The parental role becomes one of support at the middle school and high sphool level as children are able to more independently participate in their education Und said Conferences are not mandatory at the secondary levei Educators target students having problems Teachers with the first progress report settijjgup conferences to help improve grains before report cards said Cjjpjyn Pitttnan Spittoon VaUey Students set goals and work with tg progress and I a stwdent fe failing we need to get the home and we school working on the same weaknesses m we pan get those kids to Pittman ON THE MOVE BUYING Ok SELLING C all David lyicCilvrev 8306208290
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