Thursday, April 28, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas APRIL SPORTS ON THE LINKS NB girls finish second while Nick Williams wins regional title and Canyons Carole Morris is Page 7A FORUM TOP CHOICE The HeraldZeitung chooses a candidate in the District 6 city council Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 138 14 2 sections CLICK i a Parti Cloudy High 89 Details y dy Low 63 1B DEARABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS M Legal battle looming over bullying report By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The HeraldZeitung is going toe totoe with New Braunfels Indepen dent School District over its refusal to release a report on middle school bullying Charles attorney for Southern Newspapers has giv en the district 10 days to request an opinion from the Texas Attorney General before filing suit to obtain the the district released a letter explaining their attorney had advised them not to release the requested document because it contained stu dent information protected under the Family Educational Right and Privacy At the very Daughtry administrators should have checked with the AG before categorically say ing The law does not say that any time a students name shows up you can hide the Those issues are decided on a case by case They are not the ones who get to make that he District administrators received Daughtrys letter Tuesday and for warded it to their attorney Wednes Public Information Officer Stephanie Ferguson said she did not want parents to think the district was unwilling to provide See LAWSUIT Page 3A A SPORTING CHANCE Photos by DAVID Land Design Partners employees Jason and Brent Luck discuss the companys plans for the HEB soc cer fields with New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Laird Wednesday Luck points out the playground area planned for the HEB soccer City looking at all options for youth sports venues By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Momentum seems to be building for a new youth sports venue in New Braun To stay on top of the city staff is looking at how oth er cities have addressed the need for more Some argue that a new sports venue could bring in more outoftown dollars but others say local youth have limited facilities and oppor tunities to participate in youth sports and should be consid ered After several debates on whether the city should explore building a new sports venue with hotel occupancy council asked staff Monday to look at various It was also suggested that the city search for a private partner that could operate the specifically because state law wont allow cities to fund a venue project with HOT funds if the project were part of a citys parks and recre ation At least one New Braunfels Youth has already said it would be interested in partnering with the Parks and Recreation Direc tor Stacey Laird said local youth who want to participate in sports have limited oppor tunities outside of school select team sports and payforplay youth This 100 seventh grade girls tried out for vol leyball at New Braunfels Mid dle School and there was only room for she So 50 young girls were told they couldnt be on the That wasnt the schools thats just the way it But thats 50 girls who didnt have an opportunity to play volley ball and didnt have an alter Thats unfortunate because not all kids are gifted in But all kids should at least have the opportunity to participate in some kind of sport if they want One alternative to school sports is select youth sports or privately sponsored recreation Uke the New Braunfels a soccer team that uses Weston field and is See SPORTS Page 4A CocaCola tries to make amends with school district By Leigh StaffWriter The New Braunfels Inde pendent School District won a major victory in its fight with the San Antonio CocaCola Bottling Company Monday when it collected in delinquent contract The brought to the board meeting by CocaCola representative Kevin should have been in district hands last a small detail that did not escape the board If we continue this rela I want to make sure this does not happen said Trustee Bill In what might have been an attempt to drive their point trustees Rob Randy Ed Clark and Superintendent Ron Reaves all were drinking Diet Dr The overdue payment was part of an exclusive contract NBISD had with CocaCola to sell its products on the dis tricts Shortly after the Texas Edu cation Agency tightened restrictions on student calo rie intake last includ ing calories from carbonated CocaCola raised See COKE Page 3A Not so fast County budget woes not as bad as reported By Ron Maloney StaffWriter County auditor David Renken took time off this past week to be treated for a chiro practic His real pain in the didnt come until he returned to work Monday and county officials were fielding calls and emails about a pur ported deficit in the Comal County that didnt even though it was reported in the news It was one of those long sto ries one with a short end As part of the countys budgeting process after the end of each the county transfers funds between line items to reconcile expenses AT A GLANCE 19 What Comal County com missjpner meeting ffl When today S Where County 199 Main Plaza and expenditures and zero balances the budget for its outside certified public accounting firm that double checks the countys checkbook to ensure every thing is as it should As part of that money is moved from fund to fund in a series of budget ary Items that come in over budget are sup plemented by those that come in under See BUDGET Page 3A Playoff opener The Canyon softball team takes on Boerne as the Class 4A play offs get under Proposition would give voters added authority By Scott Mahon StaffWriter If Proposition 15 is voters in New Braunfels will give themselves a power they havent had before the right to repeal or amend a city ordinance by The city charter currently provides that no ordinance or resolution which may have been passed by the city council as a result of popular vote shall be repealed or amended except in response to a referendum vote or by submission by council to popular In other currently there are only two avenues to repeal or amend an ordi nance passed by popular Council has the authority to send an ordinance passed by popular vote back to the voters to be repealed or amended within 90 days after the ordinance was approved by council or voters may by referendum force council to reconsider the ordinance or See VOTERS Page 3A CHARTER AMENDMENTS Sunday 13 changing number of signa tures required for petitions to 5 percent of registered Tuesday 4 changes residency require ments to allow someone to run for council after living in their district six Wednesday 5 changes term limits to allow council members to serve three Today 15 Changes charter to allow voters to repeal ordinances two years after they are rjassed by Friday 7 Allows council members to be paid for all meetings attended each