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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY MARCH 2A 104 ZEITUNG PLAYOFFS SV Canyon and New Braunfels in soccer action tonight all vying to stay in the playoffs Page 6A FORUM QUEST COLUMN Chuck Engler explains how NBISD should start budget cut ting at the central office not spending more Pages 4A and Coma County since 1852 Vol 153 No 117 16 pages 2 sections CLICK vim Chance of Showers High Low 78 68 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 6P CUSSIFIEDS I4H COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBrTUAftieS 3A SPORTS 68A TV GRIDS SB FRONT and CENTER DAVID Kirkwood Manor residents Virginia Temple left and Flip Deschner right enjoy a bowl of vanilla ice cream and conversa tion with Norman Custer in the nursing homes ice cream parlor Nursing homes affected by rising costs Legislative conference continues MANDY Ray Schoch Gale Pospisil Vladimir Pospisil and Dennie Heitkamp enjoy refreshments Thursday during the 38th annual Legislative Conference reception The event contin ues today with workshops on school finance reform trans portation infrastructure the economy and redistricting and the presentation of the Texan of the Year Award By Scott Mahon Staff Writer As the oldest baby boomers begiruto approach their 60s some question whether soci ety will be able to fund a health care system including longterm care which is already underfunded Norman Custer adminis trator at one of New Braunr fels three nursing homes said the financial strain from cuts in Medicaid and the rising cost of health care will even tually bankrupt the nursing home industry Nursing homes are going to go bankrupt especially the ones dependent on Medic he said A retired Army officer Custer earned two masters degrees one in health care Administration from George Washington University He was the administrator of a longterm care facility in Floresville six years before moving to New Braunfels Custer 59 has managed Kirkwood Manor since 1993 and said an already strained health care system will become even more vulnerable The uncertainty of Social Security the underfunding of Medicaid and the growing fed eral deficit present a bleak pic Custer said And when people my age approach retirement or leave the work force wete foced witha shortage of providers like nursesJdoctdrs physical aids and all other kinds of licensed health care providers How is society going to pay for their care In addition the Medicare prescription drug bill enact ed last year is estimated to cost billion over 10 years he said Custer said the cost of long term care at prkwood Manor for one year is That includes room and board medications and ther he said Kirkwood Manors current census is 115 residents and 29 are privatepay residents who pay a day for room and to a month for medications Were fortunate that a high percentage of our residents are Custer said Usu ally 70 percent of a nursing homes revenue comes from Medicaid However to qualify for Med icaid a person must have less than monthly income and less than in assets For instance lets take a Medicaid resident who gets a month in Social Secu DAVID Kirkwood Manor resident Verlie Goss 95 talks with RN Deborah Shipley while the two make their way through the hallways of the nursing home Area students excel in TAKS By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Comal County and New Braunfels thirdgraders are better readers than the state average About 96 percent of Comal Indepen dent School District thirdgraders passed the TAKS Texas Assessment of Knowl edge and Skills reading test adminis tered March 4 About 95 percent of New Braunfels JSD thirdgradersi passedthe test Statewide 91 percent of third graders passed Thirdgrade students need to pass the standardized test to be promoted to the fourth grade Those who failed will have two chances to retest and will receive extra help imme diately We read all the said Bonnie Patrick principal of Hoffmann Lane Ele mentary We work at building compre hension skills Thats just a daily About 99 percent of Hoffmann Lane thirdgraders passed the TAKS reading test Patrick said the more a child reads the better he or she reads To back up the constant reading Hoffmann teachers tutor and provide small group help Preparation instilled confidence in Hoffmann students Patrick said We are pleased with the results and truly appreciate the efforts of our teach ers and parents to make sure these See TAKS Page 5A TAKS replaced the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills TAAS during the 200203 school year TAKS covers more subject A areas and more grades than TAASdid It requires stu dents to do more analysis and use higherorder llthgraders must pass the exitlevel TAKS to receive a diploma Beginning in 200405 fifth graders must pass reading and math assess ments to be pro moted to sixth grade Beginning in 200708 eighth graders must pass reading and math to be pro moted to ninth grade rity he sa4d After allowances for personal needs that leaves to pay for room board and medica tion The state supplements the nursing home with Med icaid But the 78th Texas Legisla ture cut Medicaid nursing home funding by million last year Custer said According to the Texas Health Care Association the average Medieaid nursing home reimbursement level is See HOME Page 3A Church of Christ blending old traditions with new WAUNFELS CHURCH Of CHRIST dance 460 am Sunday Location 1664 Busuivoss 36 S 6263620 ByUigh Jones Stiff Writer last spring New Braunfels church of Christ experienced the beginning of some thing small that promises a big impact Groups of 18 to 20 members have been Weve doubled our attendance on Sunday Kennedy said We now have 10 groups meeting all over Kennedy credits the small groups with building stronger relationships among congregation members vfE5bMf4 study groups were not to iiew to the church but Keimedyrecog ni2e4 the potentiaJ tor growth through more purposed gatherings If we waat this to get she sajd were going to have to do Several members inducting Kennedy foniiedatasi force to develop curricukun for the groups to use They prayed before wterting tiiffl aJlowed easier to meet s needs within sma All of the studies this year including small groups and Sunday morning wor ship are foeused on the life of Christ Pastor Chad Massey believes it is the People are being change Success is evidem in the number of
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