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Vol. 149 No. 104 14 pages in 2 sections April 13, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Tax time ticking
As the tax deadline approaches, counselor Mary Budd reviewes work done by volunteer Jean Willard at the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E.
Common St. Waiting times were fairly short Wednesday but expected to grow longer as the week wore on.
Help available for low to middle income taxpayers
From Staff Reports
Take heart, all local procrastinators rushing to meet Monday’s Internal Revenue Service tax return deadline.
The American Association of Retired Persons Tax Aid Program will be providing free help to low to middle income taxpayers at three different sites throughout the county today through Saturday.
AARP volunteers will provide the tax return forms and aid residents in filling out basic tax returns, said Kathleen Jaroszewski, AARP Tax Aid local coordinator.
“I am expecting a lot of people to come out,” Jaroszesdki said.
Volunteers will be available from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center, 665 Landa St., and from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St., and from 9 a.m. to noon at the Canyon Lake Action Center, Farm-to-Market Road 2673 in Sattler.
Residents can pick up tax return forms during regular business hours at the New Braunfels Public Library; Bul verde/Spring Branch Library, 30450 Cougar Bend in Bulverde; and Tye Preston Memorial Library, 1321 Farm-to-Market Road 2673 at Canyon Lake.
Tax return forms can be picked up at the New Braunfels U.S. Post
Office branch, 686 S. Seguin Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, Friday and Monday; and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Residents waiting until Monday to mail their tax returns from any U.S. Post Office mailbox should make sure to check the box for the last mail pick up time, because some boxes in New Braunfels will have a deadline as early as 2 p.m. on Monday, postal employees said.
Residents should have their forms dropped in the Seguin Avenue U.S. Post Office mailbox by 5:45 p.m. Monday at the very latest if they want to meet the deadline, employees said.
The New Braunfels U.S. Post Office will maintain regular business hours today through Monday, employees said.
By The Associated Press
Need to get in touch with the IRS? Here are the contacts:
■ Internet. The Internal Revenue Service Web site at irs.gov has tax forms and publications, answers to frequently asked questions, tax regulations and news releases.
■ Credit Cards. To pay taxes using American Express, MasterCard or Discover, call the Official Payments Corp. at 1 (888) 2PAY-TAX, or 1 (888) 272-9829. The service starts Jan. 14.
■ Fax. The TeleFax service, at (703) 368-9694, allows forms and instructions to be sent directly to your fax machine.
■ Telephone. To order forms, instructions, publications, call 1 (800) 829-3676. For tax questions, call 1 (800) 829-1040.
For prerecorded messages on certain tax topics, call 1 (800) 829-4477.
To reach the Taxpayer Advocate about unresolved tax problems, call 1 (877) 777-4778.
■ Mail. Written tax questions can be submitted to your local IRS district director; an answer should be expected in about 30 days. Call 1 (800) 829-1040 if you need the proper address.
Principal transferred to CISD central office
From Staff Reports
Hope Erickson, principal of Mountain Valley Elementary School, is transferring to the Comal Independent School District central office for the remainder of the school year.
Jerry Major, superintendent of CISD, announced today that Erickson, who is retiring at the end of the school year, would be assisting with personnel functions, student assessment and other instructional activities. The transfer becomes effective April 24.
Brenda Fielder, instructional coordinator in the cufriculum and instruction department, will assume the duties of interim principal at MVES April 24.
Fielder is a longtime resident of the Canyon Lake area and has worked in CISD for 15 years.
CISD trustees did not renew Erickson’s administrative contract Feb. 24.
After the school board meeting, Erickson said she planned to retire before her contract expires — June 2001 — and requested Major reassign her and find a new principal for the school before the 2000-2001 school year began.
Erickson has been in education for 35 years and has been the principal at MVES for four years.
Erickson might request to leave the district if the right opportunity arises between now and the time of her retirement to enhance her financial situation
during retirement, CISD off icials said.
“Since the right opportunity for Dr. Erickson may or may not coincide with what is best for the students and staff of MVES,” Major said. “I have decided to make a change in leadership now.
“I will assess the situation in June and determine the course of action for next school year,” Major said. “We anticipate nothing but strong leadership from both educators during this time period.
“I appreciate the efforts of Dr. Erickson since her arrival in Comal. She has helped establish MVES as a great place to teach and learn.”
CISD trustees to discuss new dress code
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Sleeveless attire and backless shoes could be allowed back on Comal school district secondary campuses next year, if trustees accept a district-wide dress code committee’s recommendation.
Nancy Cobb, assistant to Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major, will present a report on proposed changes to dress code policies to the board of trustees 6 p.m. today at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 N. Business 35.
The board is not scheduled to take action.
Trustees also could approve an order Thursday night declaring Dan Krueger and Dora Gonzales elected to office in their respective districts.
Krueger, who represents single member district 2, and Gonzales, single member district I trustee, are running unopposed in their May 6 re-election bids.
Major changes to the secondary school dress code include:
• No more than 5 inches in excessive width in pant legs when measured from the knee;
• Sleeveless attire is allowed (shoulder seams must be three inches in width);
• Backless shoes are allowed;
• Frayed clothes must be hemmed above the fray;
• All shirts (at both middle and high schools) must be free of writing, pictures and graphics except in the crest area and all other logos must be
confined into a two-inch diameter area on the shirt.
A committee of parents, student representatives and school administrators are recommending the changes after parents and students voiced concerns about a dress code policy trustees approved in May 1999 which included banning sleeveless shirts and backless shoes.
That dress code also banned high school students from wearing T-shirts with any writing or pictures except school- or college-related messages and brand name logos. Middle school students were not allowed to wear T-shirts with any writing or pictures except in the crest area.
Cobb said the committee wanted to create one code for all secondary schools.
Cobb said the proposal to ban any writing or pictures on T-shirts at the high school level was recommended by high school administrators but had not been recommended by the entire dress code committee.
“The student representatives and everyone on the committee hasn’t had a chance to look at this, and I think it’s imperative that we do that,” she said.
Previously, the dress code committee agreed to keep the middle school and high school dress codes the same as last year. *
Then, high school administrators recommended changing the high school dress code to match the middle school, which would ban T-shirts with writing, pictures or graphics except in the logo area.
Cobb said administrators found the current policy difficult to implement.
“This dress code effects four grade levels and about 3,700 kids. If you have a sea of writing, there are going to be some T-shirts you’re not going to see,” Cobb said. “I think that’s why they want to ban all writing and graphics.”
But, Cobb said she didn’t want to recommend the changes for board approval until parents and students were allowed to give their input.
“We’re going to set up a website where parents can log on and fill out a survey and give their comments,” she said. “We want to get this out to the public and give people the chance
See DRESS CODE/8A
Residents can find out more information on the CISD website at www.comalisd.org.
Identity of teacher’s killers remains mystery
By Erin MAGRUDER
SPD Sgt. Mark Schupp (left) and Patrol Sgt. Marc Bane (right) still are working to find the killers of New Braunfels resident and teacher John Adkins.
Nearly five months have passed since New Braunfels resident John Adkins was shot and killed in broad daylight on Interstate 35 in Schertz as he drove through Thanksgiving holiday traffic.
Since the shooting, about IO witnesses have come forward — but not one who could provide a detailed description of the alleged ‘‘trigger man” whose bullet pierced through the heart of the 28-year-old high school teacher — killing him almost instantly-
And despite two Schertz Police Depart
ment detectives who have worked tirelessly backing down leads, following paper trails and interviewing witnesses up and down the 1-35 corridor — the identities of the supposed “road rage” killers continues to elude authorities.
SPD Sgt. Mark Schupp said he dedicates at least 20 hours per week working on the case — and with the help of the entire criminal investigation division of the department — he is determined not to rest until the crime is solved.
“We want to keep this in the eye of the public,” Schupp said. “We are still hoping to find somebody who knows something or
saw something that day.”
What SPD detectives do know is that Adkins was killed about noon on Nov. 24 as he traveled southbound on 1-35 in a Chrysler convertible near the Farm-to-Market Road 1103 exit in Schertz about 2 1/2 miles from the New Braunfels city limits.
The two men suspected in the shooting are described as probably Hispanic and in their late 30s to early 40s (hiving a late model blue or gray Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Marquis.
“The suspect’s vehicle and Adkins’ vehicle were traveling at a high rate of speed,”See MURDER/8AInside
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