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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                SPORTS TOP 10 Series continues with a look back at the Unicorn girls soccer team Canyons James Green and SVHS star Seneca Quenther 2004 ZEITUNG FORUM EDITORIAL New Braunfels officials should consider ways to protect the Plaza when fixing the shattered water fountain Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 152 12 pages 2 sections CLICK J WWW FRONT and CENTER Grant to make school walk safer State funding will help link West End streets with Lone Star school By Scott Mahon Staff Writer To provide safe pedestrian routes for school children city officials hope to receive in state funds to build new sidewalks near Lone Star Elementary school District 1 Councilwoman Sonia MufiozGill whose dis trict includes Lone Star Ele mentary school said feet of existing sidewalks near the school would be repaired and feet of new sidewalks would be con structed with grant funds City Engineer Mike Short said the city had to match 20 percent of the cost about MunozGUl said streets tar geted for the project includ ed South Krueger San Anto nio Street and Lone Star Avenue There is a lot of pedestri an traffic in those neighbor hoods and we want to pro vide a safe route to the she said Weve already completed the grant application and we hope to receive funding later this Dr Carlos Campos exec utive director of the Institute for Public Health and Edu cation said he asked MufiozGill earlier this year if she would support the project Campos said TIPHE oper ated West Side Community Center which provides after school programs for atrisk children and is located two blocks from Lone Star Ele mentary We needed easier access to the center for school chil dren and he said And since there isnt any public transportation in the community we wanted to make it easier for people to Curtis Wubbenea Lone Star Elementary principal DAVID Lone Star Elementary Principal Curtis Wubbena and New Braunfels District 1 Councilwoman Sonia MuftozGill walk down one of the sidewalks along West San Antonio Street that will be renovated if the city receives in grants said safety was the primary concern We have kids who walk to school and in a lot of places there arent any he said Its a real concern for us because young children arent always aware of the danger of walking down the side of a MufiozGill said the new sidewalks will include wheel chairaccessible ramps Additional sidewalks are planned on Mill Street Bridge Street a section of Kay Street North Grape North Peach and North she said TxDOT to include FM 306 in rural work list By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN projects on FM 306 and north of Canyon Lake worth nearly million could be constructed in the next three years The projects have long been on Comal Countys wish list for inclusion in the Texas Department of Transportations Rural Transportation Plan and address road condition and traffic issues from New Braunfels to 281 Danny Scheel They were an nounced Tuesday night in a public hear ing at TxDOTs 12 county San Antonio district office as part of more than mil lion in work recom mended to be com pleted in the next three years Included are three widening projects on FM 306 that will improve shoulders from Interstate 35 in New Braunfels all the way to 281 in western Comal County Also included in the Rural Transporta tion Plan were reconstruction projects on FM 2424 and FM 484 the roads that connect FM 306 to Ranch Road 32 the countys northernmost state roadway TxDOT engineer Judy Friesenhahn said the projects are recommended by TxDOT staff and would be presented to county See ROADWORK Page 3A up Mostly cloudy High Low 84 65 DetailsIB 3B DEARABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS B6A TV GRIDS 3B Casteel cast vote against House plan From Staff and Wire Reports AUTSTIN State Rep Carter Cas teel RNew Braunfels flouted Repub lican party leaders a third time by vot ing against final approval to send weak ened school finance legislation to the Senate Wednesday It had some stuff in there that real ly bothered me and it didnt really help my she said Hopefully the Sen ate will do some good with The House gave final approval to the legislation which relies on a sales tax increase rather than gambling and pay Carter Casteel roll taxes to fund schools Wednesday The focus now shifts to the Senate Once the Senate approves a bill the final version will be hammered out by a conference committee of House and Senate members Casteel could think of two reasons she said for the majoritys push to sup press debate and move the bill on to the Senate We are on a 30day call and we are halfway through It is an expense to the public and it is important to get something over to the Senate because whatever we send over there they are going to work she said I also think to Speaker Tom Craddicks credit he was trying to keep some members from getting cut up on a lot See HOUSE Page 3A BYTHfi NUMBERS Number of K12 public school dis tricts Number of K12 public school stu dents million Overall budget for Texas schools not counting bond construction money bil lion Overall state and local portion of budget for Texas schools bil lion Percentage of the billion coming from local property taxes 62 percent Total given from property wealthy to property poor districts bil lion Percentage of school districts receiving money from sharethe weallh system 87 percent Percentage of school districts sharing their property taxes with other dis tricts 13 per cent Source Texas Education Agency CISD uses new method to divvy districts dollars By Leigh Jones Staff Writer As Comal Independent School Dis trict trustees pursue a balanced budg et for next year they are taking a new approach Rather than have the administration set budget amounts for each campus and program Superintendent Nancy Fuller and the Board of Trustees are relying on principals and department heads to request the revenue they need Its different when a principal tells the story for each campus than when the central office dictates a set Fuller said Now we have a more centralized focus on educating our See 0190 Page 3A BUDGET SCHEDULE May 12 Review budgets with committee June 7 Second board workshop June 17 Provide board with budg et book June 21 Third board workshop July 17 Post notice of public hearing July 27 Present certified tax roll and recommen dations for adjustments Aug 17 Hold public hearing and adopt budg et set tax rate The waters fine Running of the Tubes kicb off river season Staff Writer Traffic on the Comal River will be worse than Interstate 35 Friday evening as New Braunfels community and business leaders grab their tubes and jump in to start the summer season with the Running of the The purpose of the event is to lock off the season iii a fun family environment said Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Judy Young In the tubing capital of Texas tubes get dressed up for this inaugural affair tubes are deco rated with local and business related themes Last year the funniest thing I saw was the Natural Bridge Caverns cave man with a tube decorated to look like a Young said Tubes are judged in three categories most creative most unusual and most tubes used This years entries are being closely guarded Young said Schlitterbahn spokes woman Sherrie Brammell declined to comment on its entries preferring to save the surprise for Friday 14 We do intend to have one of our floating gators out again this she said Young also said a flotilla was in die works We have one business which shall remain nameless that has promised to have an entry of 15 tubes or she said New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork and County judge Danny Scheel will discuss riv er improvements AT A GLANCE What 2nd Annual Running of the Tubes When 6 Friday 1 Where Hinman Island in Prince SolmsPark   

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