Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas W V FEBRUARY HERALD ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS MASTER New Braunfels native David Brandt earned his 4th degree black Page 6 FORUM Then and now Find out about old New Braunfels in The Sophienburg column and check out letters to the Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 86 12 1 sections K ecreasing clouds High Low 81 54 Details DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS 9 10 8 8 4 3 6 9 Meek road fee will deter retailers Capital How much will be spent per zone HU Hi 11 ffjf Road Impact fee What is the cost per zone HI K 11 RIF proposed to fund infrastructure By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor A proposed new Roadway Impact Fee could be the next storm facing New Braunfels City Council when it consid ers the measure at a public hearing next The fee drew divided com ments from attendees at Mondays Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Transportation Com mittee Former State Benny Bock and Cham ber President Michael Meek led criticism of the which some say is anti New Braunfels Planning Director Frank Robbins pre sented details of the Road Impact Fee saying it is being proposed to fund the citys Capital Improvements The CIP calls for more than million in road improvements within New A committee studied the RIF concept in 2006 and developed recommenda tions for fees that would be assessed per square foot of new Robbins said that maximum assess able fees were calculated and then the committee consid ered types of construction See FEE Page 3 Property tax relief passed for seniors By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer Texas House approved a measure Monday intended to ensure that elderly homeowners will get the same property tax relief others are get ting from a new school funding The House also tentatively approved legislation put forth by Republican lead ers to allocate money to pay for a bil lion school property tax cut granted in a special session last The Senate unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment last week that would do the essentially same thing as the House property tax measure for senior A slight dif ference in the two versions will have to be worked out between the House and The House version passed on a 1460 Lawmakers last year reduced school See Page 3 Honoring our presidents DAVID American flags blow in the wind around Main Plaza in observance of Presidents Day Flags are erected around the city on eight national holidays by members of the New Braunfels Kiwanis Local businesses and organizations can sponsor a flag to be flown outside their premises at a cost of per State lawmakers could hand Comal responsibility to city Wentworth to float bill delegating river powers By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor State lawmakers soon could consider handing responsibil ity for the Comal River to city State Jeff Wentworth confirmed Monday that he has authored a bill that pro poses delegating authority for surface water activities within the city limits to New Braun The pro posed legisla tion has yet to be filed Wentworth said he is waiting for it to be returned from the leg islative which reviews bills that lawmakers want to file during the The idea has been brought to me by people in New Braunfels who suggested we have a delegation of authority from the state to the city of New Wentworth Wentworth mentioned the proposed legislation when he was in New Braunfels on Monday to speak at a lunch meeting of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce board of I was advised at that lunch it is a controversial issue and it would be divisive in the com he declining to say who suggested the Wentworth did say a proposal was brought to him in before the lat est wave of river ordinances were voted on by the New See COMAL Page 2 Jeff Wentworth Gang activity not new to New Braunfels cops By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Gang involvement is a way of life for some New Braun fels Ive been here 24 years and Ive seen par ents all get involved in the neighborhood and now their kids are New Braunfels Police Detec tive Bob Parchman said We have some third generation gang mem Some residents new to the New Braunfels area think that gang activity comes from San Austin and other Parchman local gang activity FIND IT IN OUR has festered in the area for Its predominantly young people and broken down by neighborhoods or he New Braunfels police work continuously to track new gangs that spring or migrant gang members who may bring new activity to the Though Parchman would not divulge the names of local he said that a few national organizations are also present in New We have a few guys that claim the Crips or Latin Parchman We also have some prison See Page 2 State mandates raise dropout rates deadline to achieve GED alter schools statistics By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School Districts increased dropout rate can be attributed to new state district officials said Elisa director of special said the Texas Education Agency has expanded the dropout cat egory to include students who do not meet Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills of graduation requirements and those who leave school to pursue a general equivalency The TEA now requires students who seek a GED to receive their certification by the August following their freshman class1 graduation so as not to be counted as a dropout from their Under the new NBISDs dropout rate increased from per cent in 20042005 to percent in The number of students who qualified as dropouts increased from 22 to 102 for those same We have also had an increase in our other dropout Racanelli That includes students who leave school to find a job or have a baby and cannot continue their Students who do not finish school with their freshman those who do not meet academic graduation requirements and those who miss too many days of school are also catego rized as she New Braunfels High School Principal Bob Rodriguez said many students start having academic problems in ninth promised that the school will look for ways to help freshmen CHANGE IN DROPOUT RATES AT 2004OB percent 22 students m aooBoe percent 108 students Source New Braunfels ISO better The school currently offers a ninthgrade academy and other programs to provide freshmen with individualized Were looking into resources and weve talked at length about the ninth grade he We need to do a better job transitioning the entire ninthgrade class onto our cam NBISD board members agreed to schedule a workshop in the future to discuss the statistics and find ways to encourage students to graduate with their L I MORE IN IT FOR VOO Search