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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Page 12 — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, May 19, 2011  FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BOOK GIVEAWAY  _    LAURA    McKENZlE/Herald-Zeitung  Second-graders Erik Johannessen, 7, left, Allison Randazzo, 8, and Dylan Schriewer, 8, look at some of the free books inside the library Wednesday at Lone Star Elementary during a book giveaway event sponsored bv Friends of New Braunfels Public Library. Each of the school's nearly 400 students were allowed to select six books at no charge in hopes of encouraging the children to read over the summer break.  SPRINGS  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  just how GBRA might use the waters of Hueco Springs — should rights be acquired — will be part of the evaluation to be done over the next 180 days.  "I‘art of our analysis will be to determine if the spring provides any benefits to (»BRA,’’ he said. “Right now, the water flows into the Guadalupe River anti is available for those permittees on the Guadalupe River."  The City of New Braunfels is one of those permittees. The city also draws water from Edwards Aquifer wells, though its largest source of water is (Canyon Reservoir water purchased from (»BRA.  David Pfeuffer, a New  Braunfels attorney and Judge Pfeuffer’s son, said New Braunfels Utilities looked into obtaining rights to Hueco Springs in the 1990s but no agreement was made.  The springs carry a unique, state-granted private-proper-ty right giving the owners the authority to use the water without a water-rights permit. GBRA would seek to retain those rights for its use, Wasinger said.  Another major factor to be investigated in the coming months is just how much water is available from the springs to supplement GBRA’s existing water supplies.  “It all depends on the volume and how dependable it is. That’s really the evaluation,” Wasinger said.  Whether the water supply would be dependable during  times of drought is a question to be answered, he said.  Hueco Springs has two springs orifices, family members said. The major one, on private family land, has a strong and drought-resistant flow. The secondary spring, dry now because of the current drought, is on family-owned land across River Road at Camp Huaco Springs Campground.  Researchers say Hueco Springs’ maximum recorded discharge was 131 cubic feet per second in 1968. By comparison, Comal Springs, the largest springs in Texas, has a mean historic flow of approximately 300 cfs and San Marcos Springs, the state’s second largest springs, has a mean history flow of 161 cfs.  Wasinger said that also to be determined is whether  GBRA would acquire land on which the springs are found or just the rights to the water. The river authority is mostly focusing on the water at this point, he said.  “We want to use the (180 days) to try to negotiate the terms and conditions: The price, whether to lease or to purchase.”  He said if a deal can be reached over the next six months, staff will bring the proposed agreement back to the GBRA board for its approval.  According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hueco Springs is critical habitat for an endangered species, the Peck’s Cave Amphipod.  Wasinger said the endangered species aspect will be considered during the six-month period.  MAJOR  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  That's a significant amount less than his predecessors made.  A Herald-Zeitung special report published in late March revealed that, according to the foundation’s 2009 IRS Form 990, former CEO Tim Brierty’s base compensation was $362,513. Brierty also received $257,850 in “bonus and incentive compensation” and $17,768 in “other reportable compensation. 1 ’ Also listed on the form were $16,554 in "retirement and other deferred compensation” and $15,339 in non-taxable benefits.  In all, Brierty’s compensation totaled $670,024 for 2009.  According to the same 990, former chief financial officer Allen Strickland’s base compensation was $192,007. He received $58,850 in “bonus and incentive compensation” and $4,324 in “other reportable compensation.” Also listed on the form were $18,981 in “retirement and other deferred compensation” and $9,943 in non-taxable benefits.  In all, Strickland’s compensation totaled $284,105 for 2009.  McKenna board chairman Wes Studdard told the Herald-Zeitung in March that "the board has been working hard  v?Z s ‘ e «.’ SaiioS  "WV46  to develop the vision and guiding principles, which include providing services to enhance the health and wellbeing of the community, while serving as stewards to protect the assets of the organization.” “Going forward, we have simplified the structure and reorganized to reflect the smaller size of the foundation,” Studdard said. ’’Based on that, the board has evaluated several compensation studies that recommend the salary of the permanent CEO be in the range of $120,000 to $150,000.”  In announcing Major’s hiring, Studdard said, “We are fortunate to have Dr. Major as part of the McKenna team. He has demonstrated commitment and passion for the community, as well as the ability to manage large organizations. Dr. Major is a perfect fit for the McKenna organization as it transitions to a community foundation for New Braunfels and the surrounding area.”  Major previously served as the superintendent in three Texas school districts: Livingston Independent School  District, Comal ISD and Waco ISD. He has been interim CEO for the McKenna System since Feb. 1.  He replaced Strickland, who announced his resignation as interim CEO and chief financial officer of McKenna System effective Feb. 15. Strickland was with McKenna for a dozen years and was CFO at New Braunfels’ McKenna Memorial Hospital before it was sold to Christus Santa Rosa in 2008.  In September 2010, Strickland was named interim CEO of the McKenna System after the resignation of longtime CEO Brierty.  In March 2010, Strickland and then-CEO Brierty made headlines when it was learned that they had received large bonuses following the sale of the old hospital, which was a nonprofit charitable institution to which many community members had donated over the years.  Brierty, who received a bonus of $1 million-plus, had said before the sale that no board or staff member would receive proceeds from the transaction. Strickland received $535,000.  Iearspringsrestaurant.com  S. State Hwy 46 • New Braunfels 3 mtles East of IH-35 S.  NBISD  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  young people and how great it is that they’ve come here to speak. Are we truly being limited to only one speaker?” CIS board member Frances Soechting said. "I realize your decisions aren’t easy to make, but we understood that people would be able to speak. I don’t see how this is truly an open meeting.”  Board president Rigo Montero explained that, because of time issues, board policy states no more than four people representing any one entity can be allowed to speak on the same subject and must designate a spokesman.  IWo more CIS supporters addressed the audience, which later received a refresher course on the district’s financial situation.  NBISD is planning to come up $8.4 million short next year, and depending on projected state funding models, NBISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba said the district could face a loss between $7.6 million and $9.4 million. He said that’s why the district couldn’t assure 127 probationary teachers they would have jobs next fall, though it has begun hiring most of them back.  Moczygemba said because the NBISD and CIS each count heavily on state funding, it’s impossible to assure anyone of anything.  “The sad part is that we have so many unknowns at this time,” he said. “The regular session of the Legislature is winding down, and there is no state budget bill and there is no school ftinding plan that has been adopted. There may be an education funding bill presented in the first special session, but that session is projected to begin on July 11.  This administrative team has to recommend a budget to the board for adoption by June 30... and we’re going to have to adopt a budget based on our best guess."  Moczygemba said he and CIS director Chris Douglas went over the numbers last week.  “We looked at every dollar that they spend and we  OPEN  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  “It’s our birthday extravaganza week,” said Crystal Culp, pointing to her mother, Lauri Cale, turning 50, and brother, Kevin Cale, turning 21.  Culp and her two children, Riley, 2, and Ainsley, 5, decided to take a trip to Texas after being evacuated from Japan in March because of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.  “(My husband) is on active duty in the military there, but he’s from this area,” Culp said.  “We decided to take a trip to San Antonio and San Marcos for their birthdays. Coming to San Antonio is like coming to the big city.”  Also from out of town, Andrea Brito of Midland and  had a great conversation,” he said. “Depending on what their funding is, we would like to meet (CIS) somewhere in the middle — and at some point we may be able to do that. ... But until they know their funding level and we know ours, it’s impossible to commit.  “I’m not saying we won’t fund CIS and we haven’t said we would fund CIS. We’ve got to see something come from the Legislature (regarding) funding for both CIS and the district.”  Montero said it wasn’t the board’s intent to deny anyone a chance to speak. A supervisor with Child Protective Services, Montero said he and other trustees are empathetic toward CIS’s plight.  "It’s no secret that CIS has done an outstanding job with our at-risk youth,” Montero said on Wednesday. “That was evident last night. I have been extremely familiar with CIS for a long time, and the board has been fortunate to attend forums at several of our campuses.  “I don’t think anyone would argue their numbers speak for themselves. It’s not just that, but the actual faces we see that are being helped by CIS.”  Moczygemba thanked the students and CIS supporters for appearing. He urged them to contact their state legislators, especially those on the House and Senate finance committees, “and share with them the same things you’re sharing with us.”  After a long closed-door session, the board canvassed results from Saturday’s trustees election. Montero, the incumbent and board president defeated David McDaniel for the District 2 spot.  Late Tuesday, he and District 4 trustee loe Hassmann were sworn in for new three -year terms.  The board postponed electing new officers because trustee Mae Ruth Meyer had to leave early to catch an early flight on Wednesday. Montero said that election will be held when the board meets in regular session on June 20 or July 18.  her two children, Micah Hernandez, 2, and Aidan Hernandez, 19 months, spent the morning playing in the children’s area.  “I’ve been to Schlitter-bahn every summer since I was little,” Brito said.  “This is their first time here. I wanted to do something with them that they would enjoy. We were at the gates waiting for it to open this morning.”  Those returning to Schlit-terbahn this season will find two new attractions, Boogie Bay hot tub and Butterfly Bayou kids’ area.  Closer to peak season, which is around late July and early August, Schlitter-bahn will unveil two more attractions — The Falls, the world’s longest water park ride at 3,600 feet, and Deluge Whirlpool River, Siebert said.  S' * BBAUNFi.S ?J  Live Team Trivia  • Thursday Nights 8 pm •  Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place  Live Music  • Wednesday nights 7 pm •  ‘ IMI I \ I si 1 1 ( > I M  " H0TEL&BREWING CO   

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