New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
ca' Vote in Saturday's City, School Elections
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Hinman Island park will be finished, the pools will be newly-painted and full of water, the Comal and Guadalupe rivers are experiencing good stream flow, and the crowds will converge on New Braunfels this weekend — the beginning of the summer season here.
“I think Friday will be busy; Saturday will be busier, and Sunday — it will be ‘Katy, bar the
door,’” predicts David Whatley, director of parks and recreation.
“We’re ready to go, and it’s going to be a beautiful weekend.”
Rusty Brandt, manager of Camp Wamecke and head of the Chamber of Commerce tourist and convention bureau, agrees. “It’s got signs of being great,” he said. “The whole thing is looking pretty good, really. The inquiries (from out-of-towners) are decent and business is starting to come back.”
Managers and owners of water-
related businesses last summer were concerned that the drought and water contamination problems would prevent tourists from returning to New Braunfels this year.
But Brandt believes the people are coming back. “I really have a good feeling about (this summer),” he said. “If we can just keep up this momentum, it will be a pretty decent year.”
In the parks and recreation department, the biggest news is that Hinman Island park is
finished. Whatley said crews have been concentrating “hard” on the almost-15 acre park since November and have installed playground equipment, picnic tables, trash cans, sidewalks, steps, and other forms of erosion control.
Parks crews also have concentrated on Landa Park for the Easter weekend kick-off, and have “spruced everything up as much as possible.”
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These new tables at Hinman Island won't be empty long
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 69
April 5,1985 25 Cents
24 Pages —2 SectionsVoters to decide city, school races
Five contested races — two in the City of New Braunfels, two in New Braunfels ISD, and one rn Garden Ridge — will be decided by voters Saturday.
New Braunfels voters living in City Council Districts 3 and 4 will elect their first representatives to council since the district system was adopted in 1983
All New Braunfels ISD voters are eligible to vote in the at-large race, where three candidates are seeking two spots on the board. In addition, NBISD voters living in District I will have a race all their own.
In Garden Ridge, one of the three races for City Council — Place 3 — is contested
Comal ISD will be electing three trustees to its board Only three candidates — Lee Ikels, Clay George and Tom Potter — filed in CISD, so all three are assured of being elected All CIS!) candidates are elected at-large
City Council District 3 is a threes’’ race, with Edward Sciantarelli. Yale Simpson and F. Darrell Sollberger in the running In District 4, George Erben, Rolf Moore and Richard Seidel are the candidates.
This year’s city election will complete the three-year changeover in its election system. All seven City Council representatives were elected at large until 1983, when a 4-3 plan
City of New Braunfels
District 3 New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. 373 Howard District 4 Eagles Hall 257 E South
Naw Braunfels ISO
District 1 Hidalgo District 2 Dis vet 3 Guenther District 4 District 5 337 N
Lone Star School 144 S
See ie School 540 Howard NB Middle School. 659 S
Lamar School 240 N Central NB High School, 2551 loop
Comal ISO Bulverde Middle School - Precincts 9 and IO. Comal County. Precincts 3088 and 3089 Bexar County Smithson Valley High School Precincts 14 end 21. Comal County; Precinct 3, Kendall County Start/vilte Store. Precinct 13. Comal County
Comal Elementary School - Precincts 3. 4 and 7. Cornel County. Precincts 352 and 362. Guadalupe County Bracken Volunteer Fire Station Precinct 5. Comal County Canyon High School - Precincts 12, 16. 17 and 20, Comal County Precincts 253 and 343. Guadalupe County Mountain Valley School - Precincts 18 and 19. Comal County. Precinct 36 Hays County
City Hall. Paul Davis Park
(four districts, three at-large places) was adopted
District I and 2 representatives (Valdemar Espinoza and Betty Ix>u Rushing, respectively I were elected in 1983, and Barbara Tieken, James Goodbread and Max Winkler won the three at-large places last year.
NBISD is in the middle year of a three-year phasing in of a S-2 plan < five districts, two at-large places >.
l^ist year. Garland Lloyd and Margy Waldrip were elected to Districts 3 and 5, respectively This year, voters will choose between Aguinaldo Zamora and Larry Brumbelow in District I, and will elect two at-large candidates from among three candidates — Don Bedford. Bob Self and Peter Olsen
Next year, NBISD will complete the cycle by electing District 2 and 4 representatives.
In Garden Ridge, Kaighin Watts and Don Ashby are running to succeed Ben White in Place 3. White isn t running again. Mayor Paul Davis and incumbent councilman Neil Craigmile are unopposed for reelection.
Polls are open from 7 a m. to 7 p m.
A map of the new NBISD district setup is included on Page 2A.
Jobless rate holds at 7.3 percent
\SH1NGT0N (AP) — Civilian nployment held steady in March 3 percent, the government said y, as the creation of 430,000 new just accommodated the number Americans entering the labor i in search of work. lout 8.4 million people were ;ss while the number at work set another record at 107.1 million, jibor Department reported.
I has been the case in recent ths, the bulk af the job gains s in service industries. ie of the biggest gains, according
i separate job survey, came in
ii trade, which logged 80,000 new
jobs last month. Manufacturing employment, on the other hand, has shown no growth since August.
Commenting on the new report, Janet L. Norwood, the commissioner of labor statistics, noted in congressional testimony that adult women — traditonally a heavy percentage of service workers — benefited more than any other single group from the new jobs.
Indeed, she said that adult women have taken more than half the jobs created in the last 12 months
Civilian joblessness has been moving in the narrow range of 7.1
percent to 7.5 percent for nearly a year — since last May. Analysts predict civilian unemployment will drop to 7 percent, or even dip slightly lower, this summer, then edge upward
The rate, which hit a post-Depression peak of 10.7 percent in November 1982, dropped to 7.2 percent in June, then headed upward before falling to 7.1 percent in November, the low point since the 1981-82 recession.
When unemployment reached that poat-Depression peak, some 11.9 million Americans were out of work.House Bill 72 zaps students, teachers, staff
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Extra-curricular activities at Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools have lost 134 students to a ‘ thunderbolt” called House Bill 72.
“The no-pass, no play’ eligibility rule hit us like a thunderbolt this last six weeks," Smithson Valley principal Joe Rogers said. “I kept saying it was coming, and now that ifs hit, they believe.
‘‘House Bill 72 is real. It does exist, and we’re going to have to rise to the occasion and meet its guidelines,” he added The State Board of Education set those guidelines last December with a rule that any student failing to make a 70 in any one course would be suspended from play or practice for six weeks. That “thunderbolt'' zapped 85 students at SVHS, and 49 at Canyon into ineligibility when the first six weeks of the spring semester ended.
This week, state senators, who were beseiged by parents, coaches and school officials complaining about the rule's severity, asked the state board to ease off on the six-weeks suspension But the state board has indicated it will take no action until a similar directive conies from the Texas House of Representatives. _ _CISD
In the meantime, 134 CISD students can't participate rn track, baseball, golf, tennis, band and choir until they get their next report card.
Ann Rider, a business teacher at Smithson Valley, said the “no-pass, no-play” rule is “hurting those students who are involved. Ifs not doing poo to the kids who just walk in and out the door.”
“I think House Bill 72 is a step toward the fine goal of improving the quality of education. I want to achieve that goal, but at what cost is my concern,” said Kathy Simmons, the social studies department head at Canyon. “The price we’re paying now is the well-rounded student.”
SVHS football coach Stan Irvine agreed. “A good coach stresses education comes first, and we’ve been doing that for years. But there are things to be learned in extra-curricular activities that can’t be picked up in a textbook.
"We hope those who participate learn to give that HO percent, learn to make sacrifices,” Irvine said. “We’re trying to develop character, to make men out of boys and women out of girls, so they can face life when they leave this campus. We don’t just try to win the game.”
Irvine said he thinks the state board is picking on athletics. “Why not call it no-pass, no-participate’? Right away, people think of athletics when you say ‘no-play.’ But ifs work preparing for a football contest, or getting an animal ready for a livestock show.”
Just ask CHS vocational-ag teacher Wesley Odell.
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By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
New Braunfels ISD teachers, administrators and students have shown concern over the effects of education reform bill, HB 72, on academic as well as extra-curricular programs.
Not many extracurricular activities have been hit hard by the rule at New Braunfels ISD compared to some schools: 17 out of the 200 band members could not participate after the last grade period; one student in the upcoming UIL One-Act Play contest failed to pass all courses, and similar numbers were found in athletics and choir.
Probably the hardest hit was those students preparing for the Comal County Youth Show: eight students in the ag program could not participate after spending all semester, some a year, on feeding and care of an animal.
“The real shame about this is the Youth Show has nothing to do with school and tins is a one time event. Those with steers put in a whole year of effort and not have anything to show for it,” agriculture teacher James Garrett said.
"They could not auction the animal off, so the parents and students have to bear a financial burden as well. We are afraid this is going to affectNBISD
the ag program. Who will risk all of that time if he is not a strong student?” Garrett said.
The two local districts interpreted the rule differently regarding the Youth Show. New Braunfels ISD would not allow its agriculture students who were failing a course to participate. Failing students at Comal ISD were allowed to participate.
"We < NBISD) will try to adhere to the letter of the law,” Chuck Engler, assistant principal at New Braunfels High, said. “But there is no teeth in this bill, so the only ones hurt are those who try to obey the law.”
Algebra teacher and tennis coach Johnie Hauk, like many teachers, found no problem with the five excused absenses in a semester rule.
“We are already seeing many benefits of HB 72; Students are not missing classes for activities, a tightening down on discipline and studying, but a six-week penalty is too long. This was an overreaction from the too-lax rules we were having,” Hauk said.
Several pointed out the end result of the “no pass, no play” rule was to discourage students from attempting courses that they were not certain they could do well in, such as accelerated or honors courses or advanced math courses.
"I learn just as much in the extra-currcular activities that I have in my regular courses, ’ said Michelle Doeppenschmidt, a student who helps with the newspaper and yearbook at New Braunfels High School
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Comal Rivar ......... 270 eta laamai
Canyon inflow 508 eta I down 141
Canyon Dam outflow ...... 858 eta laamai
Idwarda Aquifar ..... 624 93 (down 03)
Canyon Laka laval...... 903 90 lOown 08)
It will be partly cloudy and a little cool today with northerly wind! gusting from 5 to 25 mph. Today’! high is expected to reach 78, with tonight’s low dropping to 52. Fair skies and mild temperatures will prevail tonight and Saturday with a high of 74 and low ol 51.
Industrial board to help fund airport plan
It is appropriate that Wednesday, during Texas Industrial Week, the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation agreed to give the city up to $5,000 to fund a master plan study for the municipal airport.
“This is an example of a private organization giving money to a city project in an effort toward industrial growth,” said city manager Joe Michie Thursday.
“I’mpretty excited about this.” The city manager explained that because of the agreement to donate that money, Ute city will not have to spend any money on the study of the
airport and surrounding area.
Merritt Schumann, head of the Industrial Foundation, said in February a committee began looking at the airport and the possibility of establishing some sort of industrial park in that area.
The committee, made up of Herb Schneider, Robert Jones, Bennie Bock II, and Elliot Knox, met with Michie and other airport concerns and finally decided to spend some money on a plan for the land.
“Our funds are all contributed by individuals in business,” Schumann said. “We are a non-profit
organization and are primarily interested in helping to serve our existing industries and help create jobs by expanding that industry.
Schumann added that the Foundation also works to “obtain other industry that fits the industrial atmosphere of the area.”
The committee, he said, felt the development of an airport-based industrial park would be a significant factor in attracting industry to this area.
“For one thing, we feel that land prices up and down IH 35 are extremely high and this would be a
prudent and practical way to utilize an asset the city has,” Schumann said. “The industrial climate is competitive and (it is beneficial) if you can offer something another city cannot, such as an established industrial park and utilities.”
Michie said the Federal Aviation Administration would not grant the city any money to conduct a comprehensive master plan, which it said would cost about $35,000.
“So the Texas Aeronautics Commission said, Tou all do need a good
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