Tuesday, April 19, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas V W APRIL HERALD MMNXMMXXXMMMNX ALL FOR ADC 780 SOUTHUE8T 2627 F VftHDFIl OR EL PASO TX 79903 SPORTS FINAL RACE SixtimeTour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong to retire following July Page 6 FORUM COLUMN David Power writes how politicians should be talking about meeting on coal Page 4 IIIIMII mum IMIIIIII imm EHUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal CLICK 130 12 1 section i 500 i cloudy High Low 79 66 DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS 9 9 7 7 4 3 6 9 Parents sound off on problems at NBMS By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District administrators are not admitting they have a problem at the middle despite input from nearly 50 parents who gathered to dis cuss the issue The parents who attended the Citizens for New Braun fels Middle School Improve ments meeting had two ques tions for administrators does the school have a prob lem and what are you doing to fix Janet assistant superintendent for adminis tration and told the group the definition of a problem was a matter of per Dont believe everything your child conies home and tells Its not that theyre not telling what they perceive to be but theyre telling it from a 12or 13yearold per she If your childs not having a there is no Pattons remarks were greet ed with angry murmurs from the crowd and several calls for her to answer the Parents were anxious to learn the outcome of a report See NBMS Page 5 PREPARING TO RACE Photos by DAVID Participants in next Sundays Schlitterbahn Kids Triathlon make a practice run Saturday morning at the water Local youth practice for Schlitterbahn triathlon AT A GLANCE ffl The second Schlitterbahn Kids Triathlon begins at Sunday at the resorts Blastenhof area at Union and HI Register to compete in the Schlitterbahn Kids Triathlon at schlitter before close of business Or pick up a registration flyer at Academy Sports and Outdoors locations in San Antonio and or at the McKenna Club in New Registration flyers are also available by calling or stopping by Schlitterbahn Waterparks corporate office at 381 East Austin in New 830 N Adult volunteers are also needed for the Schlitterbahn Kids which begins at Up to 100 volunteers receive a Tshirt and waterpark Volunteers can register through the web site or by calling 830 By Ron Maloney StaffWriter When Harrison and Made line Ferguson join 200 other kids Sunday who will com pete in the second Schlitter bahn Kids theyre going to have a bit of an advantage on much of the Thats because they used the opportunity Schlitter bahn afforded them for a sneak peek at the venue that will be used for the Their and brought them to the resort They were able to walk the run ning and biking courses and check out the swimming pool that will be used for the threepart The sponsored by Academy Sports and Out doors will pit kids aged sev en to 10 years old in 100 meter kilometer bike rides and 1 kilometer Kids ages 11 to 14 com pete over double those dis Winners will have the shortest aggregate Competition can be either individual or in threeper son And while and found the water a little cold when they road tested the pool both of the Specht Elemen tary students said theyd be ready by The which will ben efit Comal County Habitat for is just part of Schlitterbahris program for its opening which begins Rusty entered his firstever triathlon last year at the rela tively advanced age of and enjoyed the experience so much he thought it might be just the thing for his and he sold the idea as a way to break the televi sion I thought this would be See RACE Page 2 Three youth practice for the Schlitterbahn Triathalon Saturday practice run allowed participants to have a sneak peak of what will lie ahead at the triathlon race for ages seven to 10 years old will consist of a 100 meter kilometer bike ride and 1 kilometer ages 11 to 14 will run a race twice the Trustees settle on calendar By Leigh Jones StaffWriter New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict trustees approved the 200506 school year calendar recommended by Superintendent Ron Reaves unanimously and without any debate The calendars quiet acceptance was a stark contrast to two months of debate centering around an early start Based largely on community school See CALENDAR Page 5 Ron Reaves Tour of Faith Comal Country Church will be the next church profiled in the weekly series of CISD to move forward with negotiations for property By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Comal Independent School District trustees have authorized Superintendent Nancy Fuller to move forward with negoti ations to purchase After debating Monday in closed session during a specially called trustees voted 42 with Trustees John Bertelsen and Rose Cervin voting against to pro ceed with a move that could take the district one step closer to breaking ground on a new Trustees Dan Laura Mark Smith and Bill Swint voted for the Charles Burt did not attend the Bertelsen said he could not support the See PROPERTY Page 3 Burundi royal descendant visits discusses country By Scott Mahon StaffWriter JeanMarie Ngendahayo has spent the last 12 years in but the 48yearold descendant of the royal fam ily of plans to return home to continue fighting for But for he is resting in New Braunfels while visiting with former Robert a longtime a country the size of lies in the heart of Africa near First dominated by Euro peans in the 16th Burundis struggle for democ racy is wrapped in a culture of warring clans and tribes the Twa and More than 80 percent of Burundis 6 million people are About 15 percent are Krueger met Ngendahayo when he was appointed ambassador to Burundi by President Bill Clinton in The Tutsi have dominat ed Burundi for centuries and in the mid1990s were responsible for killing 100 people Krueger In Burundi held its first ever free Then on the Tutsi army captured the president and members of the and killed 21 cabinet mem Not a single charge was ever Krueger who was secre tary of state at the bare ly Ngendahayo eventually sent his family to South Africa out of fear for their By that JeanMarie and I had become good Krueger My family had also left the coun JeanMarie and I lived next door to each See VISIT Page 3 SCOTT JeanMarie Ngendahayo plans to return to Burundi next month after 12