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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SOUTHUFSf t OR JULY IUJNU SPORTS The New Braunfels Junior Little League team advances to the state championship Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Columnist Ann Coulter says Republicans cant trust Supreme Court Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 216 14 2 sections CLICK 5O0 j Partly Cloudy High Low 94 73 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Trustees applaud superintendent choice By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer Marc Walker is in line to become superintendent of Comal ISO in a matter of a decision leaders of Pflugerville ISO say is very Pflugerville ISO Board Presi dent Kenneth Thompson gave Walker a glowing review and said he was contemplating asking the district to match whatever CISD offered to keep Walker with I am glad for him and sorry for Thompson Yall have gotten a dynamic person to lead the school who has worked with Walker for the past five describes him as an adapt able administrator who is good at Hes a situational Thompson If he has a proj ect that he knows has to be he gets in he drivers seat and drives the But Ive also watched him develop omer peo ple and give them opportunity to make His greatest attribute is that he tries in every capacity to make sure that every student has an opportunity to See Page 2A WAS IT LEGAL Did trustees violate state law when they chose a final ist Find out on page 2A OVERFLOWING WITH DUCKS Senate decides Hundreds go quacky to support senior center By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer While flocks of ducks are a com mon sight at Landa the sun glasswearing yellow rubber birds seen Thursday night were a rare A few hundred spectators turned out to watch as rubber ducks make their summer migra tion during the annual Comal County Senior Citizens Center Lucky Duck The ducks were launched up riv er near the train station and slow ly made their way under the foot bridge to a bright orange net at the end of the course as the crowd followed close Things got exciting near the fin ish line as many ducks passed under the trap and continued down Volunteer rescuers were on hand in kayaks and canoes to save the scooping up die ducks that The first three ducks to make it through a direefoot clear plastic shoot were scooped up by the thrown to shore and named the official Jeanne Skeltons lucky duck fin ished earning Skelton Ernest Pavlocks quacker came in second for a prize of and Jon Timmermans bird came in third place for a who was informed of his winnings by phone following the said the win was entirely I was actually confused when they Timmerman I to start over on school finance By Jim Vertuno Associated Press Writer MORE MONEY SI State Carter Casteel asks the House to provide money for teacher pay rais see page Photos by MANDY Participants in the annual Lucky Duck Derby follow the horde of ducks as they make their way down the Comal River in Landa ParkThursday Kacy sits with LaDale Brimmage at the Duck HELP OUT CCSCC needs its ducks back If you or a friend took a duck home as a please return it to the CCSCC at 655 Landa made a donation at the car wash and pretty much forgot about it until I ended up winning some New Braunfels resident Barbara Jack watched her two entries from the comfort of a folding chair on the river Though her ducks didnt bring home any Jack said she was glad to be able to sup port die I know its a good moneymak ing project for the center and it gets a lot of people out to the Jack I mink all of the kids enjoy watching the ducks go Proceeds from the per duck sponsorship fee benefit the CCSCCs Meals on Wheels pro which provides meals a month for homebound sen CCSCC Administrative Assistant Gladys Sanchez said she was pleased with the diversity of Thurs day nights We got a great response from all Sanchez This was an opportunity to reach out to the entire community and let them know what we AUSTIN to salvage a crumbling special session on school the Senate opted Thursday night to scrap previous efforts and start With a new bil lion spending bill to be filed Friday and hearings next the Senate hopes to break the impasse on school finance that has thwarted several regular and special legislative sessions the last two We will begin a new said Florence chair of the Sen ate Education I hope this will satisfy everybodys desires and The announcement of a new effort came after senators met behind closed doors for more than three And while the Sen ates latest move keeps the session lurching it may not push die Legislature far enough into finally passing a The session was on the brink of collapse Tuesday after the House rejected its school spending plan and a critical companion tax Shapiro and David Dewhurst said that even the Senate passes a new education plan it wont take effect without the companion tax bill that lowers property The state constitution requires that tax bills originate in the You cant delink Shapiro Property tax reduction is what this whole bill is based See Page 3A COMINGSUNDAY Taxes rise While tax levels have remained nearly the property tax bills have gone Comal ISD but New Braunfels ISD struggles in exitlevel TAKS test By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer There was a surprising gap between students at Comal ISD and NBISD when exit lev el Texas Assessment of Knowl edge and Skills scores were released While Comal Independent School District performed above state averages in all four exit level testing New Braunfels ISD fell below state standards in all The allimportant tests determine whether students successfully complete their high school Though both districts allow seniors to participate in grad uation ceremonies without passing students can not receive their diplomas until they pass every subject Theres a real motivation for them to come back and keep taking CISD Director of Communications Kari Hutchison Students have five chances to pass the test before gradu ation and an indefinite num ber of tries after May of their senior During the regular 200405 school year 87 percent of CISD juniors passed exit level 90 percent passed 93 percent passed English language arts and 96 percent passed social The district consis tently outperformed peers at the state with statewide passing figures averaging 80 percent for science and 88 percent for ELA and 94 per cent for social CISD Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction Vickie Pursch attributed the districts success to the com mitment of teachers and I think weve got a lot of great support from the top all the way Pursch Districtwide mock testing of students in ninth through llth grade might have also contributed to CISDs high Pursch said previously released TAKS tests were given to graded by trained teachers and administrators See Page 3A 2005 TAKS TEST SCORES READING MATH SCIENCE The Uptown Piano Bar is the place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries
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