New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 158, No. 127 12 pages, 1 section
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This map shows the route for Saturday's Kindermasken parade through downtown New Braunfels.Edwards Aquifer RIP leaders OK revisions to sales tax proposal
SEGUIN—Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program leaders have approved revisions of bills introduced in the Texas Legislature that authorize a local-option sales tax to fund operations of the EARIR
The EARIP Steering Committee, along with other representatives of stakeholders of the Edwards Aquifer, met Thursday afternoon at Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority's River Annex in Seguin.
Dr. Robert L Gulley, EARIP manager, told the group about a hearing on House Bill 2760 held Tuesday by the
House Committee on Natural Resources.
HB 2760, sponsored by state Rep. John V. Garza, R-Helotes, calls for a local sales tax of up to one-fourth of 1 percent to fund EARIR which was organized to protect threatened and endangered species in the Comal and San Marcos springs.
“We had a tremendous turnout from the RIFT he said. “Not only did they show up, but they did a great job."
He commended Weir Labatt, who represents the Texas Water Development Board on the EARIP Steering Committee, and Donovan Burton, a lobbyist for San Antonio Water System, who visited with members of
the Natural Resources Committee on Monday to discuss HB 2760.
“In general, I think we did well," Gulley said regarding the committee hearing. HB 2760 was left pending in the House committee, and its proponents were offered advice about how
See EARIP, Page 8
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Kindermasken Parade Saturday
By Will Wright
The Kindermasken Parade, long a local rite of spring, will launch the annual Folk-fest Family Heritage Festival on Saturday.
The Kindermasken tradition dates back to 1856. It’s a children’s costume parade that begins at 10 a.m. from Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre and proceeds through Main Plaza and ends at First Protestant Church.
Awards will go to the best costumes.
Folkfest will be staged Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels.
Sponsored by the Heritage Society of New Braunfels, the annual celebration features live historical re-enactments, pioneer craft demonstrations, free furniture museum tours, children's activities, musical entertainment and lots of food.
Folkfest will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students ages 6-12, with children 5 and under admitted free.
The Kindermasken Parade will be open to all participants, and registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Fire Station. The costume judging will be at 11:30 a.m. at Heritage Village.
For information call (830) 629-6504.
Residents consider legal route to halt wall
Group meets with city to discuss options
By Greg Bowen
Residents angry that Schlit-terbahn is building a 15-foot high wall along the Comal River they say would push flood -waters away from the water-park and into their homes are considering legal action to stop work on the wall.
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voice their frustrations about New Braunfels not protecting them from development-caused flooding — especially after the hard lessons of the flood of June 9,2010.
No Schlitterbahn representatives attended the meeting.
Staffers told the residents the construction of the retaining wall is legal under city ordinance, which prohibits developers from making improvements that would cause rises in flood levels during a 100-year-flood event.
A study done by a Schlitter-bahn-hired engineer showed that the work being done would actually decrease flood levels a bit during a 100-year flood, said City Building Official Bob Kinsey.
See WALL, Page 8
NBISD fires 36 employees
394 others get $5K incentives to step down
By Will Wright
New Braunfels Independent School District’s board of trustees unanimously voted to terminate 36 probationary employees and offer $5,000 resignation incentives to 394 more term-contracted employees during a special session Thursday night at the NBISD Education Center.
The board’s special meeting was held so the district could comply with a Texas Education Code rule requiring teachers know whether they have a contract 45 days prior to the last day of school, which for the NBISD is April 12.
Acting on the advice of Superintendent Randy Moczygemba, the board voted 7-0 to accept the resignations of 90 probationary employees, who had until 6 p.m. April 6 to resign or face termination.
The 36 who were fired Thursday didn’t choose that option.
The board also approved a lengthy resolution explaining the reasons behind and details of the resignation incentive. It awards $5,000 to at least 25 term-contracted employees — including teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors — who choose to resign before a May 6 deadline.
Thirteen of those employees have already submitted resignations, but if a minimum of 12 more don’t by 3:30 p.m. May 6, the deal will be off. There’s more fine print in the resolution, including a disclaimer that the district has the right to end the program at any time if “its determined that it’s not in the best interest of the district.”
Moczygemba refused to be interviewed by the Herald-Zeitung following the meeting. He did, however, give an on-camera interview
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
A large crowd listens to New Braunfels ISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba speakThursday.
Herald-Zeitung sought to ask the superintendent include why the dis-trict doesn’t appear to have embraced the most recent findings of the Austin-based school finance Firm Moak and Casey, which has softened earlier projections about the district’s expected budget shortfall for 2011-12.
Moczygemba during Thursday’s meeting reiterated the firm’s January prediction that forecast NBISD to lose between $7.6 million and $9.4 million based on budget cuts contained in the recently-passed House Bill 1. The firm’s revised estimate, released March 28, has the district losing between $6 million and $6.4 million next year.
“House Bill 1 is the only bill that’s been voted on, which projects us losing a minimum of $7.5 million,” Ferguson said. “(Moczygemba) said
See NBISD, Page 8
Moczygemba, center, refused to answer questions from the Herald-Zeitung following Thursday's meeting. He did, however, give an on-camera with a San Antonio TV station.
to a San Antonio TV station.
“You can submit any question you have in writing to our communications director,” Moczygemba told the Herald-Zeitung, repeating his response when asked again. “We want to have a written record of what was asked here.”
NBISD communications director Stephanie Ferguson could not comment on why Moczygemba denied the Herald-Zeitung’s request.
“I don’t know why—I can’t speak for him. You would have to speak to him about that,” Ferguson said.
Questions of local interest the