New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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election date to May 18 to avoid the Memorial Day weekend.
So far, the proposed bond issue has climbed to $17,018,900, and would include building a new Smithson Valley High School and converting the present SVHS into a middle school for students currently attending grades 6-8 at Mountain Valley and Bulverde campuses.
Brown said he has already been contacted about a site for the new SVHS campus. “I’m not at liberty to say much more. They just said, ‘We may not give it to you, but it will be at such a price, you might want to buy it.’ ”
Also included in the proposed bond issue would be the conversion of Bulverde Middle School into an elementary campus for grades 3, 4 and 5, and the present Bulverde Elementary campus would become Bulverde Primary for kindergarten through second grade.
The concept of building a “super” 2,408-student high school to combine SVHS and CHS has also been discussed, which would bring the total bond package up to $21,265,900.
Architect Mike McChesney also said a centralized athletic complex with seating for 5,000, and parking for 1,250 cars, would cost $2,283,290. That would allow the subtraction of $1,495,780 in athletic facilities at Canyon and Smithson Valley from the proposed $17,018,900 bond package, but would still raise the total to $17,806,410.
“Even with this concept, you still have to duplicate dressing room facilities at each school,” he added. “This concept really becomes more economical in a district with, say, five high schools.”
CISD patron Bob Flume said he questioned whether items like water values, sidewalks and restroom partitions should be in the bond issue. “These things are routine maintenance,” he added.
His concerns were echoed by Frances Albright of Bulverde. “There does seem to be an inadequacy in our maintenance department. The board should perhaps address this problem or we may find ourselves in the same situation IO years from now,” she said.
“This campus (CMS) has been piecemealed to death. That’s the problem,” Goodson said. “We may have a maintenance problem due to the number of campuses we have. We’ve simply fallen behind trying to save dollars in the past.”
Mangum said he realized the board was trying to hold the bond issue below $20 million, and the construction of a new Canyon Middle School would probably exceed that limit. But dollars generated by celling all the district’s acreage there would very well exceed the amount needed to relocate CMS by $1,705,440.
“I think it would be best to build a new building and sell that land at $3 per square foot,” Mangum added. “If you don’t, this school won’t be equal to the middle school at SVHS by any means.”
McChesney said if a new middle school were built, it would take six months to draw the plans, and another 18-22 months to build the structure.
Trustee Carter Casteel said talk of putting the CMS decision to the voters concerned her. “We made the SVHS decision, and I want us to do the same with this.”
“Personally, I can see both sides of it,” Brown said Tuesday, adding he was still waiting for an appraisal of the acreage. “If the land is worth $3 a square foot, I can see moving off the site. If not, I would have a problem with the move.
“Whatever is best for the teachers and the kids, that’s what I want,” he added.
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Woodward said he could understand why the city would test during unusual circumstances, such as during last summer’s drought. He added that fecal coliform tests are useless in determining any pathogens in the water. “People have been swimming in the rivers for 140 years and to my knowledge, there’s never been a water-borne disease,” he said.
Regular water testing was one of the recommendations of the Rivers Conservation and Preservation Committee and chairman Betty Kyle Monday defended the suggestion.
“We are not the city we were 140 years ago,” she said. “I would think we would want our city to look out for the safety of our guests. We should be proud we have beautiful water.”
Kyle said she believed those concerned had said if there were any tests taken on the water, they should be taken on a regular basis, all year long, and not only during the summer.
Michie’s proposal calls for April-through-September water sampling on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. at Landa Lake at the spring-fed pool intake, Landa Street bridge, Clemens Dam, and Union Avenue exit.
Between October and March, Michie proposes, tests will taken on Thursdays at the Landa Street bridge
and at the Union Avenue exit.
All water samples, taken by tile city sanitarian, will be turned over to the New Braunfels Utilities state-certified laboratory the morning after the tests.
Michie’s plan also includes a daily log kept in the department of planning and environmental development, and listing the fecal coliform count, water flow, water temperature, air temperature, and the Edwards Aquifer level. The city manager will receive a weekly report, Michie proposes.
A public announcement of high bacteria levels, Michie suggested, “will be made when the fecal coliform level exceed 500 organisms per IOO milliliters average from six samples collected over not more than four weeks and when the water flow at measurement station near East San Antonio street bridge is less that IOO cfs average.”
“Decisions pertaining to swimming at the city-owned spring-fed pool will be made following, but not limited to, the above criteria, but will also take into accound overcrowding conditions, and operational factors,” the report continues.
The city last summer posted signs warning swimmers of high bacteria counts along parts of the Comal, excluding the area around the Schlitterbahn.
Canvassing the ballots in last Saturday’s school board election and administering oaths to the new trustee and the two re-elected trustees will begin the New Braunfels ISD board meeting tonight at 7:30.
New trustee Aguinaldo (Nayo) Zamora and re-elected incumbents Dr. Don Bedford and Bob Self will take the oath of office. Also new board officers have to be elected and election judges and clerks have to be paid. The board will also have to pass a resolution to continue using the signatures of previous board officers until the new plates can be made.
The board will have an executive session on student discipline with possibly some action taken afterwards in open meeting.
The rest of the board meeting will be a discussion session of two items: review of the preliminary plans for the education center (the old high school renovation and restoration project) and the possible use of Servicemaster for the maintenance of the buildings.
Trustees will discuss the survey of the district’s maintenance and janitorial services that recommends improvements.
The meeting will be held in the New Braunfels High School library.
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Howard had one more year to serve of his term, as did Harm, who had served as president of the board for the past four and a half years, and as vice president for two years prior to that.
Hann had been critized by some department members in favor of adding advanced life support equipment to the department’s ambulance service, to which Hann was adamantly opposed. Supporters of CLASP (Canyon Lake Ambulance Service Project) garnered five of the
six directors’ seats in the Friday election.
The places of the two resigning directors will be filled by appointment of the board at their next regular meeting April 29. Board vice president Woodrow Cash will move up to president to replace Hann until new officers are elected in June.
Hann said that as secretary-treasurer of the Cranes Mill Cemetery Association, he will have plenty to do to keep him busy now that he has resigned the fire department board. “And them people don’t talk nack to me,” he said.
Grief course begins tonight
The six-week course on coping with grief and sorrow originally planned to begin March 19 will begin at 7 tonight at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 S. Santa Clara, in Room 224.
The Rev. Charles DeHaven, who will teach the class sponsored by New Braunfels ISD Adult and Community Education, had to postpone it earlier because he had jury duty during the recent David Port trial.
The course will cost $10 for books and materials and will focus on the various responses to grief whether it be from the death of a loved one, the discovery of terminal illness, loss of a job, or even loss of a sense of roots because of a move.
The class will use material from both the Old Testament and New Testament and other secular sources relating first-hand experiences for different understandings of grief and sorrow.
DeHaven, who has taught numerous courses on this subject, invites all who might want to deal with personal experiences as well as those interested in learning techniques to help others.
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