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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SDAY SEPTEMBER brORTS DIG IT Smithson Valley avenges earlier loss to Alamo Heights with a fourgame win Tuesday night Page 5A I FORUM I GUEST COLUMN Past president of the Comal County Fair Association urges no vote on fairgrounds j I proposition Page 4A j Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 251 12 pages 2 sections CLICK I TEAs Scott School fund battle on 2 fronts equity adequacy By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Texas Education Agency Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Scott came home to New Braunfels Tuesday to talk about the future of the states schools Before joining the chamber of ccommerce business edu cation partnership committee for lunch the 1987 Canyon High School graduate spent some time at one of his favorite haunts When I was in high school I used to go to the Comal Springs to Scott said This morning I stopped by and jotted down a few notes for this His notes began with the issue on everyones mind school finance and the lawsuit in progress in Austin Scott said two kinds of school finance cases entered the court system equity and adequacy The lawsuit that precipitated the Robin Hood finance sys tem dealt with equal distribu tion of funds Now the West Orange Cove lawsuit is trying to make sure school districts have adequate money to fund state and federal mandates Because Judge John Dietzs ruling in the case expected in midSeptember probably will be appealed Scott said TEA was focused on the bil lion request it sent to the legis lature for public schools We need to find a way to retain new teachers through mentoring he said We also need to address teacher pay We know that money goes directly into the Scott also touted the success of the Texas Classroom Sup ply Teacher Reimbursement Program During its first round of grants the program gave million to repay teachers for supplies they purchased with their own money Last month Gov Rick Perry authorized million more to cover a sec ond round New Braunfels Independent School District received from its first application and plans to submit a second request Comal ISD did not participate TEA hopes mentoring and more money will boost teacher effectiveness and lower the drop out rate before it begins to affect the Texas economy Scott said businesses should See EDUCATION Page 3A TheTexas Commission on En vironmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving Carpool if possible or com bine all errands into one trip Avoid use of drive through lanes or services Dont refuel during daylight 9 Avoid use of gaspowered yard equipment Avoid exterior painting ON THE WEB Pollution levels are posted online at DAVID Education Agency Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Scott addresses local educators Tuesday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Partnership Committee lunch Left Scott talks with Comal ISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller about state school finance reform and teacher recruiting Law enforcement puts all hands on deck for Labor Day weekend By Ron Maloney Staff Writer As the Labor Day weekend approaches the Department of Public Safety local law enforcement and the travel industry are preparing for summers last big weekend Just like Memorial Day kicks the summer off this weekend closes it said DPS spokesman Tom Vinger The lakes the rivers and the beaches will all be very popular There will be heavy traffic out It isnt a bad idea Vinger said to consider shifting travel times to avoid heavy holiday weekend traffic Friday afternoon and evening and again Monday afternoon Statewide DPS will have all available troop ers on the road looking for drunken drivers speeders and seatbelt violators Vinger said Locally Comal County Sheriffs Lt Mark Reynolds said much of the traffic would be relatively local in nature folks going to lakes the rivers or parks for barbecues or gettogethers Its more of a stayathome Reynolds said Most people treat it as a threeday weekend not so much for traveling except for day trips to Fredericksburg or the river instead of overnight The sheriffs office would arrange schedul ing to allow for more traffic patrols around the lake and the river Reynolds said Youre going to have a number of extra New Braunfels county state and other local law enforcement Reynolds said We just want everyone to stay safe and have a safe and enjoyable Partly cloudy I High Low 92 65 1 i Details2B DEARABBY 48 CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 38 CROSSWORD 31 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 48 First Lady governor laud Bush By David Espo AP Special Correspondent NEWYORK National Convention costars Laura Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger commend ed President Bush to the country Tuesday night for four more years hailing him as a man of strength and compassion You can count on him especially in a said the first lady Hes a man of persever ance Hes a man of inner strength He is a leader who doesnt flinch doesnt waver does not back the Austrianbom California gov ernor added in remarks that blended high praise for the president with assurances to immigrants that the party welcomes them We Republicans admire your ambition We encour age your dreams We believe in your said the gov ernor one of a series of speakers on an evening scripted to show the softer side of a party known for its conservatism Schwarzenegger and the first lady were taking their turns at the Madison Square Garden podium as del egates formally bestowed their nomination on the president for a second term in office Four more they chanted in unison The sound system blared the song Knock on See GOP Page 3A ia descend on Texas delegation By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When it comes to televi sion the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention knows how to dress for success Bucky Smith an alternate delegate said shes been asked for interviews from a number of media sources Part of it she said is the place where alternate delegates sit is easier to get to than down on the floor where the main delegation is Part of it is also the delegations cowboy hats and colorful clothing The Texas delegation is realty wowing Smith said Tuesday afternoon from her room at the Hilton New York We all have these white hats Last night we wore denim shirts and khaki skirts or pants Were the only dele gation thafs dressed alike We caused a So did Sen John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani whose speeches opened the convention Monday night Giuliani mayor during the TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS On the road Use travelers checks Practice caution by wearing seat belts keeping doors locked and windows up Safeguard your family and keep valuables out of view Dont stop to help someone with car trouble call police for them When you stop Be aware of your surround ings Dont leave kids alone Lock your car door Park to be seen near an attendant phone or light In a breakdown Activate hazard lights and pull as far off the road as possible Lock the doors and close the windows Do not accept rides from strangers REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION Look for more of observations of New Yorfc and the convention ia Thursdays HeraldZeitung attacks recounted how thankful he was that George W Bush was president com paring him to Ronald Rea gan and Winston Churchill McCain Bushs chief rival for the Republican nomina tion in 2000 attacked the producer of Fahrenheit a movie disguised as a documentary that ques tions the motives for invad ing Iraq was lowkey but See SMITH Page 3A
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