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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FOR POWER GRACE Starting center Seneca Guenther leads Smithson Valley Rangers girls basketball team into district play Page SA FORUM QUEST COLUMN Clump and dump teaching method for standardized tests is robbing our children of a real quality education Page 4A Serving New Bfiuntefs and Comal County slnee 1852 CL Vel 163 Me 45 12 pages 2 sections 0000 Mostly cloudy High Low 43 33 Details 16 DEAR A6SY CLASS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV6R10S 3B 28 2B 6A 38 Lack of class space sets school plans back Nancy Fuller By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Plans for a new Canyon Lake high school were pushed back to the stage they were almost a year ago Comal Independent School Districts new superintendent Nancy Fuller stopped the process saying the current designs trustees OKd in August didnt include enough class room space We build a school for one reason and mat is to house stu dents and have Fuller told several administra tors trustees and architects Monday at a meeting of the schools design committee The plans which were 60 per cent complete did not include enough classrooms for several subjects including special edu cation foreign language and computers Fuller and other offi cials said Officials and architects said the classrooms were inadequate because some administrators chose not to attend planning meetings in early 2003 Others were not invited But the group generally agreed the first set of planning meetings were hot very productive In April 2003 administrators told PBK Architects of San Anto nio how many classrooms were needed Trustees approved trie preliminary plans in April August of 2003 trustees and architects will have another series of developmental meet ings this and next week to deter mine how to fix the problem this See SCHOOL Page 3A 3 county races go unopposed in primary By Ron Maloney Staff Writer 2004 LOCAL CANDIDATES Sheriff Bob County Courtat Law 2 Charles Stephens Randy Gray Joe Soane Tax Collector Sherman Krause Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson Bob Wickman Diane Dasher Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora Ramon Chapa Jr Greg Parker Republican Precinct 1 Constable Ben Scroggin Precinct 2 Constable Ken Smith Precinct 3 Constable Randy Galindo Sandy Morales Joe Gome ell Democrats Precinct 4 Constable Al Marin Alan Svoboda Doug Dunlap Shane Rapp Three Comal County incum bents emerged from the filing period unopposed in bids to keep their jobs Sheriff Bob Holder Tax Asses Sherman Krause and Precinct 1 Constable Ben Scroggin will be unopposed in the March 9 primary election Its a really big Holder said Monday The message I believe is those who might entertain the thought of running for sher iff feel like the agencys probably doing such a good job that theres no point in throwing your name in the Holder consid ered what he might change in his office and how he might meet a challenge if one were offered What would I change I dont know what I Holder said Im very for tunate to have a great group of employees I think we make a great Like Holder Krause credited his staff and employees See ILECTION Page 3A FROiMTand CENTER Were here do as we say REBECCA S garden Ridge police officer Tracy Acevedo shows off one of four of the new cars in the departments fleet Above The vehicles leased from Ford sport a black and red paint scheme designed to stand out from other police cars Below Stateoftheart radar equipment also is leased New police fleet designed to send strong message By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Whats black and red plenty meanlooking and faster than almost anything that moves on Farm toMarket Road 3009 Its a brandnew Garden Ridge police car and the city has four of them even though it only uses three on patrol at any given tune An extravagance in this era of ever tightening public funding Not at all city officials say This southern Comal County city recently got four new Ford Crown Vic toria police cruisers for little more than the price of one No they didnt steal the cars although Chief of Police Walt Myers feels like he did The whole idea is to try to save tax payers Myers said The cars were leased from Ford Motor Company on a threeyear buyout deal for a year just more than the GRPD pays for one cruiser Myers said Ford has always offered a municipal lease arrangement but it See POLICE Page 3A Hospital seeks local permission to test blood substitute By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer University Hospital in San Antonio wants to experiment on some Comal County trauma victims PolyHeme is an investiga tive blood substitute the hos pital is studying for effec tiveness in helping critically injured patients survive PolyHeme has been tested in about 300 patients in hos pitals across the country Before University Hospital can use the treatment in Comal County the hospital must have community con sent Community consent means the hospital will be allowed to give trauma patients Polyheme without individual consent University Hospital sur geons wiil present a ques tionandanswer session at Wednesday at the New Braunfels Public Library to explain the treatment University Hospital has scheduled several meetings m the San Antonio area The hospital chose to pres ent one of the meetings here because of the high number of Comal County trauma patients served there Although University Hos pital serves 22 counties in the South Texas region 10 percent of the hospitals trau ma victims come from Comal County said Sharon Smith project coordinator for the Polyfleme study More than 610 were treated there in 2002 The purpose of doing this is to get the communitys Smith said During the study Univer sity Hospital will treat peo ple who are experiencing sig nificant blood loss are over age of 18 and are not preg nant Only trauma victims airlifted to the hospital will be eligible The Polyheme treatment will not cost victims any money Only 40 people will take part in the twoyear study once approved We certainly warn anyone wlw has any interest to come hear about Smith said AT A GLANCC What Commun ity Meeting on new trauma treat ment When Wednesday Where New Braunfels Public Library 700 E Common Si
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