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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas W W APRIL HERALD SPORTS ALL DISTRICT New Canyon dominate District 284A All District soccer Page 7A CAR SHOW ON STAGE Citys annual swap meet and car show brings out a peice of New Braunfels Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 132 14 2 sections CL Mostly Cloudy High Low 84 65 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B TEA report clears frustrates Fuller By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District Thistee Rose Cervin was chastised but mostly exonerat ed in the Texas Education Agencys final report on school board governance Although officials from the agency told the school board at its March 30 meeting they would be amending the document to reflect new the final rendition does not look much different from the The report criticizes Cervin for inappropriately taking on the superintendents duties in three but states three other allegations could not be substan To handle Cervins but investigators recommended the board review its operating procedures and while acknowledging trustees followed those rules on an honor system basis The reports conclusion left Superintendent Nancy Fuller dis couraged over a lack of teeth in the boards Im concerned about the enforceability of board she They recommended the board go through more train but you cannot make people attend the Theres no penalty for ignoring procedures As a result of the the board is within 45 to attend a training session focused on the roles and respon sibilities of a board Agency investigators also will monitor the teams working rela tionship for the next 180 through review of board meet ing agendas and approved min to ensure the conflict is not having an impact on student See REPORT Page 5A Nancy Fuller Turnout about average on first day of voting By Scott Mahon Staff Writer First day turnout for early voting for the New Braunfels municipal and Comal Independent School District school board elec tions was low com pared to the Novem ber 2004 City Secretary Michael Resendez said com pared to the May 2003 general the number of votes cast Wfednesday County courthouse was about Bernice deputy early voting said 103 votes were cast Monday in the citywide and 14 early votes were cast in the school board Thats not bad for the first she The city ballot this election contains 39 charter amendments for voters to decide and Martinez said voters took an average of 7 to 10 minutes to complete the Early voting will continue from 8 through until May 3 at the coun ty courthouse in Room There also will be a Saturday opportunity to cast ballots from 9 to 1 April The City of New Braunfels Web site has a sample ballot for eachdistrict that includes the 39 charter Voters can view these sample ballots at District champs The Smithson Valley soft ball team looks ten up the district onship House bill could replace textbooks with laptops By April Castro Associated Press Writer lugging overloaded backpacks through high school hallways could soon be a thing of the Traditional hardbacks that have weighed down students for years would be replaced with laptops and other technology under approved Wednesday by the Texas The measure would restructure the decadesold textbook adoption replacing it with an effort to stimulate the use of technology in Texas This will if not the one of the most progressive programs in the See TECHNOLOGY Page 4A EYES IN THE SKY DAVID Retired FAA air traffic controllers Clarence and Gil Bode reminisce about life in a control tower while visiting the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Wednesday Air traffic controllers mix laughter into serious business By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Gil Bode spent most of his life tracking airplanes as they moved across the United Eighteen years he retired but the busi ness is still in his went to work as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration in 1955 when he was 24 years This he reunited with more than 130 former air traffic controllers in New Bode and his Mary both graduated from New Braun fels High School in After a 38year career as an air traffic Bode retired and now lives in the Houston Being an air traffic controller was like belonging to a huge fam he And so we get together once a year to visit old friends and people we worked Clarence who spent 39 years with the also attended the Prather said he and Bode had known each other since It was the kind of job where we all depended on each said who lives in the Canyon Lake So it was like one big Bode trained in San Antonio and was certified in During his he worked in San Antonio and Back the control center was located on Broadway he Things have changed a Air traffic controllers are respon sible for controlling longrange air traffic from city to Originally under the Civil Aero nautics their agency was changed to the Fed eral Aviation Administration in the late 1950s during President Lyn don Johnsons there are 20 air traffic control centers throughout the United States that work handin hand to monitor planes moving across the See FAA Page 4A After months of area students tackle TAKS test By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School students munched on cookies and crackers during a morning break in their rigorous Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills testing Assistant Principal Colby Evans said the donated by local helped to give the test takers a needed boost They really seemed to appre ciate he Evans also said the school had an amazingly high attendance turnout for the third day of but stopped short of attributing it to the free food on TAKS testing for Texas students will continue through the end of the Although teachers are relieved their instructional duties while students take the they are far from Thanks in part to recent stories about suspected cheating in Hous ton Independent School District and problems with test adminis trations in other districts around the teachers have plenty to do to make sure their classrooms are Rosalyn assistant superintendent for instructional services at New Braunfels said awareness of potential problems certainly was We have a huge assessment manual to make sure we do every thing she We give a lot of attention to testing procedure Not only must tests be collected they also must be labeled See TAKS Page 3A AWARENESS MONTH Live Responsibly Miller Brewing TX
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