New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ers “We have about five kids — some are overflow students who have been sent to programs at other campuses, and others who live way out in the country — who could be on the bus for about an hour and a half. Most of the routes are really short. All of the oth-about 90 percent — are on the bus for less than 30 minutes." Keitha Phillips New Braunfels LSI) transportation director MOST LOCAL SCHOOL BUSES DON’T HAVE A/C Morningside Elementary staff, including counselor Tia Weidenfeller, LAURA McKENZlE j Herald-Zeitung t, help students get on the bus at the end of the school day on Tuesday. HOT SEAT First week of school sees sweltering rides home By Wilt Wright The Herald-Zeitung s anyone with a pulse knows, it's been hot this summer. And it's been especially hot tor the thousands of ( omal County students who rely on buses to transport them to and from school each day. While the heat hasn't been a problem in the mornings, it has been brutal in the afternoons — as students pack into non-air conditioned buses tor the ride home. "We're doing a lot of educating and giving them a lot of encouragement, to make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids," said Gus Rodrigue/, Comal ISO's transportation director. "They are allowed to bring water with them on the bust's, especially in the afternoons when they're riding back home." Outside of spending tens of thousands ot dollars to equip their buses with air conditioning, there's not much either school district can do. Both Comal Coun ty distric ts say they take every precaution to guard kids against the heat, whic h is most in play during the first month of the school year. "We have been allowing students to bring water bottles onto the bus to ensure they stay hydrated during the routes," NBISI ) communications director Stephanie Ferguson said. Comal ISD ( omal ISO has 214 buses See BUSES. Page 9 New precinct map goes to Justice County Precinct 3 sees biggest change to adjust to redistricting mandate By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung The eastern boundary of Commissioner Greg Parker's Precinct i would be expanded from Farm-to-Market Road *06 all the way to the Hays County line under a proposed Comal County precinct map that will be going to the Justice Department for approval. Under the redistric ting plan, Commissioner fan Kennady's Precinct 4 would cede that area Parker to Precinct 3. Comm issioner Donna Ecc leston in Precinct 1 and Comm issioner Scott Haag in Precinct 2 also would relinquish small areas of their current districts located inside the New Braunfels city limits to Precinct 3. I he c hanges would ensure that federal mandates, which require populations in the precincts to be roughly equal and voting rights in Parker's high minority district to be protected, are met. Parker thanked his fellow commissioners tor agreeing to the changes. "I'm happy with (the changes)," Kennady said. Kennady The proposed boundary lines were endorsed Tuesday evening by the county's Redistricting Committee and adopted by Commissioners Court for submission to the Justice Department. "Ya'II did a great job," said See MAP, Page 9 What they’re saying about the new precincts "I'm happy with (the changes)." Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady "Ya'II did a great job." Redistricting Committee member Armando Garcia "I'm comfortable with this." Redistricting Committee member Bennie Newman "This is constitutional." Redistricting consultant David Guinn of Waco-based Guinn and Morrison Under the new map, Precinct 1 would have a population of 27,357; Precinct 2 would have 26,581; Precinct 3 would have 27,778; and Precinct 4 would have 26,756. By Wilt Wright The Herald Zeitung Albertsons will begin selling oft its inventory beginning today — the first step in the chain's plan to < lose its New Braunfels loc at ion in early Oc tober Employees began putting up banners announcing the store-wide clearance sale over the weekend and closed the store early lues-day evening to prepare for the giant sell-on, which is slated to begin at 7 a.m. today. On Aug. I ( >, Albertsons 11C announced plans to sell three South C entral Texas stores to HFB, which in turn announc ed it will close the New Braunfels store at N. Walnut St. Offic ials said the store will (ease its pharmacy ofX'rations Sept. 8 and will shut down entirely as early as ()ct. 8. The* < losure will affect 74 employees who have been fold they must apply for employment at anotbef Allxit-sons location or with HER to qualify tor a severanc e package from the company. "Packages will be offered to eligible employees who are unable to be placed, pursuant to the severance plan," said Christine Wilcox, public affairs direc tor of Boise, Idaho-based Albert* sons IIC.. "Obviously, our goal is to help them make sure they can sec ure other employment it at all possible. "It they arc 1 extended an offer with HFB, that's a better situation.' A transfer to another Albertsons location would require a reloc ation. Wilcox said most of the company's remaining stores in Texas are in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, FI Paso, Midland and ()dessa. Wilcox dec lined to say how many Albertsons employees have applied with other companies, or See ALBERTSONS, Page 9 WEATHER, 12 MASON ALLGELT GOODWIN FRAZIER ELEMENTARY Another century-mark day High: 100 Low 75 Abbv........... Classifieds Comics.............. Crosswords Egiujji________ Obituaries Planner SflQrts ........ 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