New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 5, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

October 05, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas MHM {ii I r CR apr ti I FSD AY. OCTOBER 5,2004 lald-Zeitung FORUM HOT LETTERS When it comes to abortion, one letter writer claims John Kerry is motivated by political expediency. Page 4A SPORTS WILD FINISH Roger Clemens and the Astros head into postseason play against the Braves. Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 280 10 pages, 1 section 500 WWW? herald-zeitung.com I 00001' WI I ICI I WWW I 11 70% chance of rain High Low 78 66 Details .... 2A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 9A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 2A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 8ASVHS student confesses to racist epithets Freshman spray painted buses of visiting Judson band By Leigh Jones Staff Writer A Smithson Valley High School ninth-grader confessed Monday to spray-painting racist epithets Friday night on four Judson Independent School District school buses. The boy’s parents brought him to school administrators, who will take appropriate disciplinary action and then report the confession to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. The buses, which transported Judson band members, were parked at Ranger Stadium for the varsity football game. They were decorated in white paint with the phrases "KKK,” “white power” and “SY.” Judson students noticed the slurs around 10:30 p.m. as they were loading up to travel home. The incident was reported to sheriff’s deputies as criminal mischief, but because the graffiti contained racist language, the District Attorney could choose to elevate it to a “hate crime.” According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Web site, hate crime investigations are conducted jointly by the FBI and state/local law enforcement authorities and are prosecuted under state statutes. Lt. Mark Reynolds, Comal County Sheriff’s spokesman, said Monday evening the sheriff’s office hadn’t been informed of the confession. “We’ll proceed with the new information in the morning,” Reynolds said. Comal ISD Communications Director Kari Hutchison said a number of students and community members had come forward with information about the incident. More than 9,000 fans attended the game between the two 5A schools. “This is in no way a representation of our population at Smithson Valley High School,” Hutchison said. "Most people in the community were embarrassed to have this associated with us.” Kohl’s addition a plus signal for local market DID YOU KNOW? ■ The 94,000 square-foot Kohl's building was formerly was a Kmart store ■ The store will employ 159 workers. • Kohl's operates 637 stores in 40 states. ■ Based in Wisconsin, Kohl's opened its first store in 1962. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The opening of a new Kohl’s Department Store in New Braunfels could be a signal that major retailers may have decided on their own that the local consumer market is an up-and-coming market. Earlier this year, the results of a $40,000 retail study by the Buxton Company found that 26 to the country’s top retailers would be suited to New Braunfels’ demographics and consumer buying habits, including Pier I Imports, Tractor Supply and Western Siz-zlin. Although local businesses helped fund the study, several business leaders said they were disappointed that no big anchor stores were on Buxton’s list. “The list was disappointing,” said Matt Harrison, 4B board chairman. But the new Kohl's store may change all that. Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said Kohl’s decision to open a store here may have been indirectly influenced by Buxton’s report. “A San Antonio developer who helped fund the retail study owns the shopping center where Kohl’s decided to locate its store,” Meek said. “So it didn’t just happen. I think Kohl’s knew that New Braunfels had become serious about retail development, and the data in the retail report is the kind of data large retailers are interested in. "Obviously, Kohl’s saw something in the New Braunfels consumer market they liked.” The chamber leader added that having a Kohls Department Store would benefit efforts to recruit other major retailers. "Dirge retailers stay abreast of who’s doing what,” he said. After IO months of const rue - See KOHL'S, Page 3A 8 injured in 7-car pileup Buddies Cftiiwfi Late ant atudeots receive first-hand lessons on practicing fire safety By Ron Maloney Staff writer Hight people went to area hospitals Sunday in the after-math of a seven-car pileup on Interstate 35. The accident, at around 5 p.m. in the northbound lanes at Walnut Avenue, closed 1-35 for nearly two hours. New Braunfels police Cpl. Scott Lange said eight people went to various hospitals in San Antonio and New Braunfels. One, a four-year-old girl, was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and then on to Wilford Hall with a fractured skull. flange said the accident occurred when a northbound vehicle driving at high speed swerved into other vehicles and rolled over. “The preliminary investigation has reported that congested traffic as well as speed played important factors,” he said. “Charges are pending for the driver of the vehicle believed to have caused the accident.” Lange did not release the names of die accident victims. HOW DID YOUR SCHOOL FARE? Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TARS) results for local schools, rating system, from best to worst Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, Unacceptable. EXEMPLARY RECOGNIZED ,VS/SO. NBISD: Seguin: Memorial Primary Oak Run Erskine Elementary Memorial Elementary I CISD: Ball Elementary CISD: Spring Branch Middle Patlan Elementary Bulverde Elementary Comal Elementary Koennecke Elementary Rahe Primary Goodwin Primary Navarro: Specht Elementary : Frazier Elementary Bill Brown Elementary Arlon Seay Intermediate Hoffmann Lane Elementary Rebecca Creek Elementary Navarro High School Navarro Elementary Marion: Manon ISD Marion Middle School School districts: New Braunfels ISD Comal ISD Seguin ISD ACCEPTABLE Navarro ISD    All other schools in New Braunfels, Comal, Marion ISD    Seguin, Navarro and Marion districts were rated "Academically Acceptable" The were no Unacceptable schools or distncts locally. Math, science scores in small groups lower overall district ratings By Leigh Jones Staff Writer When Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) resulls came out in May, Comal County school officials celebrated — juniors in both districts beat the state passing average. Four months later, parents might be surprised to learn their local school districts’ accountability rating, based in part on I AKS results, dropped from "Recognized” to "Academically Acceptable.” If the overall scores improved, why did both Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts rate so poor-ly? Vickie Pursch, CISD executive director for curriculum and instruction, said the rating clincher fell to a small group of students. "Less than I percent of our district population is African-American,” she said. "Those 91 students had a 68 percent passing rate on the math portion of the LAKS test. In order to receive a ‘Recognized’ rating, we needed 70 percent to pass.” This is the first year accountability ratings are based on a new list of 36 performance indicators, including testing results from previously unreported student groups. “My concern is that it does not accurately communicate the performance of our district,” Pursch said. “We have over 12,000 students in our district, and our rating is based on 91 of them.” CISD received at least a "Recognized” rating on 35 indicators and missed the 36th by only 2 percentage points. Individual CISD schools did better than the district overall because numbers of the African-American student group are too small at each campus to be counted as a statistical indicator. Although the ratings are generally considered to indicate the overall performance of a district, Pursch said they were really a way to leverage equity, forcing districts to pay more attention to specific groups. To avoid the same problem See TAKS, Page 3A Retail shopping bonanza DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Customer service associate Betty Gibson, left, and Kohl's store Manager Katherine Stripling look over Halloween costumes in the children's department in preparation forThursday's grand opening. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels police officers look over the remains of a Jeep Liberty involved in a seven-car pileup on Interstate 35 Sunday afternoon near Walnut Avenue. ;

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