New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 23, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS PUT 'EIM UP New Braunfels boxers Soto, Gonzales win Silver Glove Regionals. Page 5A FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2004 FORUM EDITORIAL The president's State of the Union Address did little to allay the electorate's concerns about soaring deficits. Page 4A "JJU##***###** M-L fOK sr 1WW571 05/1s ■>627 £ VtolDtlL FL FASO tx    n    I    ll JNG Vol. 153, No. 61 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS ASB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A 57    45    I    SP0RTS 5-6A herald-zeitung.com * «,,,,RRR?Fi||nnnn1,,|l 1 i    id    I    tv grids 3B pl Mostly cloudy High Low 57 46 Details .... 1B ■Aft- st    ,    .    >M    J8,    M    MMM! City drafting new development laws Frank Robbins By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels is one step closer to ironing out inconsistencies in some of its ordinances. The New Braunfels City Council and Planning Commission met in a joint session Thursday with a Dallas consulting firm and members of the development code steering committee to begin the second phase of updating city ordinances related to new development. Officials pointed out those ordinances have not been updated since originally written in the 1960s. Thursday’s meeting presented the first phase of a process that began in April 2003 when the city appointed a committee of 16 people to create clearer and less conflicting regulations. “The regulations that will be rewritten deal primarily with new development," said Dan Sefko, president of Dunkin, Sefko and Associates, a Dallas consulting firm the city hired. “The end result will benefit existing businesses and homeowners because new development will be quality development and will more compatible with existing development." Mike Norris, development See LAWS, Page 3A CISD seeks help setting traditions for new school By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer A high school’s name and mascot can come to symbolize the identity of a neighborhood or an entire community. GOT IDEAS? Suggest a name, mascot and colors for the new CISD high school • visit www.comal-isd org ■ call 221-2064 for information. Comal Independent School District residents can create that symbol by helping name the new high school to be built north of Canyon Lake. The process will ; be an important decision, said CISD Board President Dora Gonzales. “Its part of that sense of ownership that students and communities have,” she said. “It’s tradition." The new school’s traditions will be born of ideas that anyone in the community can submit to the district. T he new school can he named for: ■ people who have served the district or community, especially in service to children; ■ local, state or national heroes; ■ people who have made a significant contributions to society or education; or ■ local residential or geographic areas or state or national landmarks. Suggestions for school colors and mascot also may he submitted. Nominations should include reasons. “The more justification to your recommendation, the better,” said Kari I lilt chi so n. district spokeswoman. The deadline for suggestions is March I, after which a committee of parents, board members and employees will determine final suggestions for board approval in spring. T here tire two spots open to serve on this committee. The school, which will be located at Farm to Market 3424 and Rural Route 32, is on schedule to break ground this spring, according to architects. Construction of the $42 million school should be complete by August 2006. Earlier this month, plans had to be adjusted to make room for more classrooms. “Given the design changes, we’re looking at about a three-week impact," said Joel I lernandez, of PBR Architects. FRONTand Center Super intentions School leaders Fuller, Reaves juggle several different roles By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer A superintendent wears many hats. Throughout the day, a superintendent is an educator, a CEO, a public figure, an adviser, a boss, a fan and a community member. Both Bon Reaves, New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent, and Nancy Puller, Comal ISI) superintendent, started their careers as teachers. Now, making time to visit classrooms is no easy task. Puller and Reaves pack their schedules tight. Thursday, Reaves started his day with a civic activity, then on to a visit at the high school, then a radio program at midday, a meeting with developers in the afternoon and meetings into the evening. Reaves also receives more than 60 e-mails each day. “I like the variety,” he said. But managing keeps him out of the class more than he’d like. He tries to get into the schools on a weekly basis. I Ie also catches up with teachers and students at extracurricular activities. “You have to maintain a sense of balance, because you have to wear so many hats," Reaves said. To keep in touch with teachers, Reaves puts out a newsletter every week. He See LEADERS. Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Hei ald-/eitung Thursday morning. New Braunfels High School senior Julio Lopez shows NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves what lie has learned in Business Computer Information Systems class. DID YOU KNOW? COMAL ISO SUPfRINTENDfNT ■ Salary — $145,000 ■ Budget overseen — $73 million ■ Students — 12.000 • Employees — 1,673 NBISD SUPERINTENDENT ■ Salary — $126,450 ■ Budget overseen — $33 7 million ■ Students — 6.300 in 2003 ■ Employees — 863 in 2002 Both superintendents make salaries rn the upper 20 percent of superintendents across the state The average Texas superintendent salary is $94,921 Flooded property to become river command post By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON I AKP — Comal County walks away from the Hood of 2002 with at least one thing — a new summer command post for deputies who patrol the (iuadalupe River. Residents of one neighborhood, I horseshoe Palls Estates, will get added parkland from 11 lots where flood-damaged houses have been razed. A few oilier neighborhoods, such as little Ponderosa, could stand to gain from newly open property as well. Commissioners T hursday passed a resolution that would grant use of 19 sites bought out under the Pederal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to the people who live near them. T he 20th and final site, near the second river crossing, is where the county will put its mobile command post this summer. Previously, deputies had to share the site space with the information center, located at the corner of River Road and Hueco Springs loop Road. Comal County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Bennie said the county would place a mobile command and communications post and emergency medical help on the River Road property. “RTI reduce response times because of its central location," Bennie said. “Also, if people need help, they’ll know exactly where help is.” Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady were given authority to negotiate licensing agreements for use and maintenance of the properties. In 2003, Dawson negotiated for the county purchase of the properties for $3.2 million — $802,000 of which came out of county coffers. Hie properties have been leveled and cannot be built upon again, which will reduce property losses in any future Hoods. The county has struggled to decide what to do with the properties — and to find uses that don’t adversely impact the neighborhoods. See BUYOUTS, Page 3A Richard Bennie DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Canyon Intermediate School fifth-grader Dinah Tyler teaches Comal ISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller everything she knows about angles Thursday morning in Debbie Glascock's math class.Brains & brawn Erie (eke is the Smithson Valley Rangers basketball team’s top scorer and ranked 13th academically. ;

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