Friday, January 16, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS CENTER STAGE AH area soccer teams are in action this weekend Smithson Valley and New Braunfels host tournaments 6A FORUM COULTER Democrats idea of a good gen eral is a pacifist searedyeat Wesley Clark seems less sane by the day Page 4A CL 14 pages 2 sections CK i i DEARABBY COMICS WWW 8 1 I 70 percent High Uw 68 80 Details 16 PORUM SPORTS 2B 2B 4A 3A 36 FRONTand CENTER Course links city profit uwo Golfpro and course manager Dano Sassenhagen says many avid golfers ate driving up from San Antonio to enjoy the Landa Park Course Thanks to improvements municipal golf courses revenues finally exceed expenses Chris Kopp enjoys a game of golf at the Unda Park Course By Scott Mahon Staff Writer While the decline of recre ational golf has taken its toll on municipal golf courses includ ing San Antonios seven city owned courses Landa Park Golf Course is showing a prof it for the first time in years City officials say a change in management a more service oriented staff new golf carts and better maintenance have all helped pull the course out of a slump The golfing industry has been in a slump but Landa Park golf course is turning said Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson A year ago it was significantly in the red but now we have a management and staff team that have a positive attitude and are more peopleoriented Plus the course has never been in better According to Jeff Hinson the citys chief financial officer rev enues were more than expenses last year For fiscal year ending June 30 2003 revenues were and expenses were For fiscal year 2002 the course lost almost and in 2001 it had a loss According to published reports San Antonios munici pal courses were projected to lose about in fiscal 2003 and the number of rounds played nationwide dropped 3 percent from 2001 to 2002 However approximately rounds were played at Landa Park in 2003 and golf pro Dario Sassenhagen said he expects that number to be about the same for 2004 Starke Park in Seguin had about rounds played PETA crosses road to protest eaterys treatment of chickens ByRonMaJcney Sliff Writer tow fronds are on a trip across the scuihem rought them to Ntw It wasnt a rock thjow down or eruertairmimt was buckets each year PETA is working to change peoples attitudes toward animals use of meat products and abuses of pets livestock laboratory and wild animals Greenslate who recently earned a degree in English Uterat we and is head ed off to a masters degree pr ni in last Sassenhagen said Don Talley who serves on the Landa Park Golf advisory board said some of his golfing friends are from San Antonio They quit playing in San Antonio because of the poor condition of the courses and the high Talley said And I think the municipal courses in San Antonio arent very user friendly San Antonio is chasing fewer golfers with higher rates neglected maintenance and personnel layoffs Most local golfers are looking for avail ability and service They dont want the greens and fairways to be in such poor shape that the challenge is immaterial to the final Talley said service to golfers has been one of the boards main priorities Service is being addressed by the he said Also See GOLF Page 3A Patrick Conway with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to proles and the way u of chickens thai will proiesi at a KFC outlet m El Paso Hes been the way KFCs treatment gt chick ens Thursday at the restaurant orf Walnut Avenue near Interstate W CISD hiring outpaces growth Consultant to examine whether district has too many employees By Dylair Jim6nez Staff Writer Comal Independent School District might have hired too many people over the past few years Superintendent Nancy Fuller is in the process of securing a consulting to determine whether the district will have to rectify the situa tion The consultant would gather staffing information the last week of January and report recommenda tions in February Hopefully it will show our strengths and weaknesses in Fuller said The consultants will determine whether CISD is hiring too few or too many people for instructional or sup port services Fuller will take sugges tions to the board of trustees Im not saying theres a Fuller said Im just saying I want to start the next budget with good infor At Fullers request Texas Education Agency studied the districts staff pat terns CISD is the countys largest employer From 1998 to 2003 the district grew from to employees During that time the number of students in the district grew from to One new person was hired for every students TEA recommends between six and seven new students for each new hire The ratio was kind of a red Fuller said Although district staff already has begun to meet concerning the budget the official budget calendar will proba bly be set in February Personnel is always a big part of the budget said Kari Hutchison CISD spokeswoman and is usually the first place to find savings if their are any inefficiencies CISD ajso will look at the way the dis trict calculates the amount of teachers budgeted Fuller said the district will have to balance fast growth with low govern ment funding Our district is in a very fragile posi she said