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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ SPORTS, 7 Former SVHS standout earns All-American honors at CSM ■ LOCAL NEWS, 5 FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2011 Police locate missing toddler after late night search, Reverse 9-1-1 Texas^lp Newspaper of the Year Texas /ip Newspaper of the Year Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 14-screen movie theater opens today By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Starplex Cinemas is going all out to open its latest venue, Creekside Cinemas, which will open to New Braunfels today at the Town Center at Creekside Shopping Center. The 14-theater location hosted an invitation-only VIP opening Thursday night and will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the first film, True Grit, at 11 a.m. today. Starplex, headquartered in Dallas, began construction on the theatre, its 12th in Texas, late last summer. Among the amenities: stadium seating, digital surround sound and party rooms available to rent. There’s an expanded concession menu that includes dollar hot dogs and hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, and credit cards are welcome. Another notable feature is being able See THEATER, Page 5 Mike Huerta of Balloonatiks works on blowing up balloons Thursday in preparation for the grand opening of Creekside Cinemas. LAURA McKENZIE Herald-Zeitung The Wage of Education ► 25 YEARS LATER Challenger still a painful memory By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For many, no single word evokes as much pain. Challenger. Aquarter-century later, images of the exploding space shuttle still signify all that can go wrong with technology and the sharpest minds. The accident on Ian. 28, 1986 — a scant 73 seconds into flight, nine miles above the Atlantic for all to see — remains NASA's most visible failure. It was the world's first high-tech catastrophe to unfold on live TV Adding to the anguish was the young audience: School children everywhere tuned in that morning to watch the launch of the first schoolteacher and ordinary citizen bound for space, Christa McAuliffe. She never made it. McAuliffe See CHALLENGER, Page 5 From Hike for our Heroes Facebook page Downstairs in tl Prince Soims !r 295 E. San Ante i/„ rori u/„ Krnn ■ r ., 0 . . _ ,. LAURA McKEIMZIE/Herald-Zeitung Canyon HighSchool Studies Department, talks to her students while teaching a psychology class Thursday at Recent report shows local teachers on track with state average By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Teacher salaries in the New Braunfels and Comal school districts are on track with the state average, according to data recendy released by two of the state’s top tracking agencies. According to the 2010-11 Salaries and Benefits in Texas Public Schools Teacher Report, compiled by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), BY THE NUMBERS For statistics relating to education at Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts, see page 5. the average teacher salaries in the state went up by 1.4 percent. In the TASB survey released earlier this month, Comal ISD (enrollment 17,109) reported 1,183 full-time classroom teachers with an average base salary of $48,885. New Braunfels ISD (enrollment 7,930) reported 499 full-time classroom teachers with an average base salary of $48,563. The weighted average teacher salary in TASB’s responding districts was $48,950 for 2010-11, up 1.4 percent from the 2009-10 average of $48,263. Weighted average salaries by enrollment ranged from $41,459 in districts with fewer than 500 students to $51,224 in districts with more than 50,000 students. The most recently released state report polled 638 of 1,029 school districts, representing 62 percent of total districts in the state. Both local districts, however, exceeded the average of 43 respondents in the Austin region ($47,138), but trailed that of 36 respondents in the San Antonio region ($50,573). The Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System’s annual report (AEIS), released in December and based on figures from the 2009-10 school year, indicated New Braunfels ISD teachers averaged $48,735 per year and Comal ISD teachers were paid $49,335 per year. That year, both were nearly 1 percent more than the state average of $48,263 per year. See PAY, Page 5 HIKE FOR Garden Ridge firefighters to seek tax increase this year The He*?d-Zeitun g Commissioners hear reports from county Emergency Service Districts Garden Ridge-area firefighters will seek a tax increase this year to raise funds to replace aging fire engines, including one that’s almost 40 years old. Mark Delaney, president of Garden Ridge's Emergency Services District No. 6, made the announcement Thursday morning as officials of the seven ESDs operating in Comal County delivered their annual reports to county commissioners. The ESD leaders, whose districts provide fire and EMS services to rural residents across the county, also reported that a new fire/EMS station will open by the end of March in the Island View area near Canyon Lake and that a new fire chief is expected to be selected in February in the Spring Branch area. Generally, the ESDs reported they are continuing to upgrade their services with better equipment and facilities and more training—and that community residents are taking notice. “You transported my mother sev eral times. Thank you very much,” said an appreciative Commissioner Donna Eccleston. In 1989, the Texas Legislature authorized communities to create Emergency Services Districts to fill a need for local funding beyond monies provided by cash-strapped county governments. ESDs in Comal County have been growing ever since, using voter-approved property and sales taxes to fund See TAXES, Page 5 HEROES Troy Yocum, who has been walking across America to raise money for struggling veterans, ran into some trouble on Thursday as he was leaving Austin. His 5:30 p.m. Facebook post with this photo said, "Doctor says that I have a bacterial super infection and possibly a stress fracture. Waiting for the x-ray results right now." So many people plan to meet Troy when he arrived in New Braunfels, that the welcome party was moved to the parking lot of the Market Place Shopping Center, 651 N. Business 35. The welcome party is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Feb. 1. According to Rusty Brockman, who is organizing the New Braunfels welcome party, Troy will still arrive in town as scheduled. Residents are invited to walk with him along the way. On Facebook Thursday night, fans all over the country were offering their prayers with some offering to continue Troy's walk for him if he was unable to go on. Vol. 158, No. 67 12 pages, 1 section Inside *56825 00001 50 cents 10 6 6 4 3 9 7 11 Pt. cloudy High Low 73 45 Details 9 CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID
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