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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY MAY UPGRADING With spring training under way Canyon hopes to improve under new head football coach Les Davis Page SA Mi PLY tal Aircraft Flyin makes New Braunfels Municipal Airport nations busiest for a day Page 1 B ZEITUNG Serving slew Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 1A I r i DEARABBY SB 14 pages 2 Lw Ji MB CLICK Sfl4fe i i COMICS SB CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS SB WWW 8 Mostly I cloudy High Low 86 70 I Details2B FnoNTand CENTER DAVID New Braunfels High School teacher George Berry explains to juniors Stephen Kennemer left Jonathan Gonzales and Knsty Gomez how a mousetrappowered car works Tuesday in his class NBISD uses lessons from a cur riculum called Project Clearf to supplement statemandated teachings NBISD teachers read their lessons KN yy OW New Braunfels Independent School District purchased Project Clear from Houston ISO jn During the past three school years the district spent for licensing and renewal fees and for copy ingand shipping Annual renewal fees total about The program supplements state curriculum on which the TAKS exam tests students each year By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels High School sci ence te acher George Berry need ed a liitle help when he started teaching physics and chemistry As he mapped out a years worth of labs and lesson plans he turned to a white binder labeled Project Clear for all the answers Project Clear is a curriculum and instructional tool developed by the Houston Independent School District to help teachers understand what they should teach based on Texas Essential Knowledge Skills the standard curriculum set by the State Board of Education Before we had Project Clear it was easy to miss things that you die nt think were Berry said This gives me a checklist of what I need to As the NBISD board of trustees wrestles with next years budget members are analyzing every extra expense including Project Clear I wonder if our teachers have time to incorporate this into teaching said trustee Paul Fisher at Mondays board meet ing If we have a curriculum spe cialist whose job it is to help teachers are we wasting our money here Rosalyn Bratcher assistant superintendent of curriculum said curriculum specialists used Project Clear to work with cam pus leaders who work directly with teachers Project Clear helps us look at the curriculum and make sure every school is teaching the same thing at the appropriate grade she said Grade level learning builds each year If stu dents dont leave third grade with the right knowledge for exam ple they will have a hard time grasping fourth grade Berry said while Project Clear was helpful he did not think dis trict money was well spent updating the documents every year Once I got my Project Clear book and mapped out my course I didnt need it he said I dont need an update whenTEKS dont Althpugh he does not open the binder every day Berry said it saved him a lot of time and sug gested new teaching tools he might not ordinarily use I would have to do the TEKS research myself without Project See CLEAR Page 3A Parking ordinances a step in right direction By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Ordinances designed to help alleviate parking prob lems created by summer tourism in neighborhoods adjacent to Schlitterbahn and the Comal River passed Mon day night The measures were the first reading of a law that would prohibit parking within five feet of all drive ways in an area within South Union Avenue East South Street South Central Avenue and East Mather Street and the final reading of an ordinance to ban parking on Union and Com mon Street To become law a proposed ordinance must pass three readings by city council The neigh borhood parking ordinance in the area around the last public exit from the Comal River will go through er areas of New Braunfels two more readings District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine tried to add an Adam Cork Cork said neigh borhood carriers try to accommodate deliveries by going early The postal service Cork said would like to see cluster boxes installed in the ighborhood like Cork who joined in unani mous support of the ordi nance agreed it didnt go as amendment to the oKlinance as many wouid prefer to protect access to a step in the right direc es but the measure died for Cork said Its what we lack of a second can do considering available resources We cannot keep all visitors away from everyones home Thats not going to Wilton Warneke who lives across Union from Schlitter bahn will keep the neigh borhood issue before council Warneke called the parking ordinance a sham after Monday nights meeting What theyve done is given us a cosmetic fictitious solu Warneke said Its not just parking and its not just traffic Its also a safety issue The problem is complex and the city refuses to look at the entire Stage set for election squareoff By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Early voting in Comal Independent School District Bulverde and Garden Ridge elections ended Tuesday and officials are preparing to resolve contests in six local offices Saturday CISD officials reported 126 cast early ballots to elect trustees in districts 6 and 7 District 6 incumbent Charles Burt faces challenger Cindy Kelly and District 7 incumbent Bill Swints seat is sought by Klaus Weiswurm Our operating budget is roughly million with most revenue coming from taxpayers Its important to have a say in who is representing CISD Commu nications Director Kari Hutchison said In Garden Ridge Phyllis Kay Noynaert and Joseph Kent Britan vie to replace Place 4 councilwoman Georgia Buehler who chose not to seek reelection Place 1 incumbent John McCaw and Place 5 incumbent Russ Sanders are both unopposed City Administrator Nancy Cain said 63 residents cast ballots in early voting Bulverde City Administrator Phyllis Petersen reported 157 cast early votes in Bulverde where three city council seats are at stake Five candidates Bob Barton Cindy Cross Richard Parker Sarah Stevick and Michael Sorbera are seeking the positions Mayor Bill Cole is running unopposed New Braunfels city council Bulverde Spring Branch Library and Tye Preston Memorial Library elections were canceled because candidates were unopposed I 2004 CISD Bulverde and Garden Ridge elections will be conduct ed Saturday Polling places verde Community Center 1747 E Ammann Road and Bexar Bulverde Fire Station 1126 E Borgfeld Drive CISD 7 Municipal Court Building Garden Ridge Municipal Complex 9357 Schoenthal Road and Comal Elementary 6720 FM 482 Bulverde City Council Bulverde City Hall 30070 281 Suite 236 Garden Ridge City Council Municipal Court Building Munici pal Complex 9357 Schoenthal Road All polls will be open 7 to 7 COMING SUNDAY The votes are in 2004 See who won school district and municipal seats after Saturdays elections Spring Branch mulls prospect of cityhood By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH A group explor ing whether to incorporate this western Comal County community into a city have circulated a questionnaire seeking public opinion on the issue Citing concerns about local self determination preserving the commu nitys character and the specter of what could yet happen if San Antonio annex es further northward Spring Branch res idents met twice to explore whether it was time to become a city A state court in 2003 directed Boerne and San Antonio to attempt to negotiate away differences over a 1987 extension of Boernes extraterritorial jurisdiction that blocked San Antonio from annexing fur ther into Kendall and Comal counties Bulverde and Boerne created a backup plan but questions over whether it would stand have caused uneasiness in rural areas north of Bulverde Businessman Scott Watson was asked to chair a 12member committee con sidering incorporation and Hazel See INCOBPOBATI Page 3A Scott Watson HAVE YOUR SAV Spring Branch area residents who would like their opinion to be heard on incorporating can get a ques tionnaire by e mailing Hazel Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Scott Watson at 830 8854400 Look in Fri dm for our
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