New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from th* Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jana Smith, Joel Magallanez, Alfonso Rodriguez, Joseph H. *erron, Mary Chisholm, Debby Welch, Brittany Meyer, Robin Erben, Steve Schultz (belated), Chila Medina (belated), Shelby Simonini, Tanner Michael Gar-cia (2 years).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Doyle and Nancy Irinkkoeter (belated), Hal and Martelle Inman (50 years), Rosa and Marcos Torres (27 years).
Pollan Count Mold — 485 Oak —204 Grass —6 Mulberry — 30 Pecan —8
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 290 cubic feet per second, up 12 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.06 feet above sea level, up .02. Canyon Dam discharge — 5,000 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1,040 cfs Canyon Lake level — 913.24 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NSU reports pumping 5.465 million gallons of surface water Monday, and no wed water was used
Master plan forum at Holiday Inn Friday
Mayor Jan Kennady will be joined by utilities and transportation officials to discuss the city’s Comprehensive Growth Plan from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn. New Braunfels Title Co. and Norwest Bank are co-sponsors of the event. Admission is free, but reservations are necessary. Call 625-7553 or stop by any of their three Comal County offices.
Canyon Music Boosters to moat
The Canyon Music Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the Canyon High School Band Hall. All band, choir and Aristo-cat parents of Canyon Intermediate, Canyon Middle anc Canyon High schools are encouraged to attend.
Boost NBHS Band today at band hall
The New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the high school band hall. The executive board will meet at 6:45 p m All interested in supporting the band are encouraged to attend
Walking club luau at Lands Park today
The New Braunfels Marsch und Wandergruppe Club wi meet at 6 p.m. today at Landa Park Pavilion 16 for a Hawaiian Luau. Call 625-0742 or 629 2229 for information.
Main Street seminar on entertainment
The Main Street Design Review Committee presents its third Brown Bag Summit, "Enter tainment Retailing," at 6:30 pm today in the Municipal Building 424 S. Casten Ave. The pane includes Sandy Kelley of Designs by Sandi, Connie Juri-ca and JoAnn Downing of Accents and The Gables, Connie Worley of Celebrations, Mar ian Benson of The Collection, Kyra Brandt of Comal Flower Shop and Dawn Jackson o Front Porch Antiques. The seminar is free and open to the public.Six candidates make NBISD cut
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees chose the six candidates it will interview later this week for the superintendent position.
Texas Association of School Boards Search Consultant Hank Wheeler said 41 individuals applied for the superintendent position, which became vacant in January when former Superintendent Charles Bradberry resigned to become superintendent at Keller ISD. Wheeler said his office sent out 81 packets, and typically only 25 percent to 30 percent reply.
“The community really helped us and die geographical location helped us too,” Wheeler said. “The thing that’s really important is we got the people we want, so we knew going in we were in a great position.”
Wheeler’s office picked the top 12 candidates for the top administrative position, and the board of trustees then spent all day Monday reviewing the applications. Wheeler said the board chose six, but three more could have been viable candidates.
“They really had a good group to choose from and they were well aware of that,” Wheeler said. “They were very cognitive of what the community said they wanted and it was a lot of the same things the staff and the board wanted.”
Wheeler said all the candidates have strong communication skills, success in multicultural communities, strong instructional programs and experience with managing a budget. The size of the current district where each candidate is currently employed also varies. Their ages span 12 to 15 years. Wheeler said the six finalists are a good cross-section of candidates.
“They really measured up well, and now they get to match up characteristics and personalities,” he said.
NBISD Public Information officer Leslie Kriewaldt said the board “indicated that they felt good about their choice,” and had reached a consensus as a board on who the finalists would be.
During Monday’s session, Wheeler also prepared the board for the first round of interviews, which will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He said he walked the board through the process, prepared trustees for questions they may be asked and helped structure their questions. Wheeler said the consultants will not be present during the interviews.
“I was really pleased and impressed with the board’s work. They were very diligent. ...They came to work, and that’s what they did,” he said.
The board will meet with consul-
CANDIDATES AT A GLANCE
■ Dr. Jim Gibson, associate superintendent for Clear Creek ISD (approximate district enrollment of 27,600)
■ Dr. Kenneth Greene, superintendent of schools for Port Arthur ISD (approximate district enrollment of 11,700)
■ Dr. Dale Pitts, superintendent of schools for Fort Stockton ISD (approximate district enrollment of 3,000)
■ Dr. Ronald Reaves, superintendent of schools at Port Neches-Groves (approximate district enrollment of 5,400)
■ Dr. Mary Ann Reynolds, associate superintendent for administration for Fort Bend ISD (approximate district enrollment of 47,000)
■ Dr. Marc Williamson, superintendent of schools for Pine Tree ISD (approximate district enrollment of 5,000)
Source: NBISD Public Information Office
tauts again Monday to prepare for the second round of interviews with the top three candidates, which will be held April 24 through 26.
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Collected memories at Fischer Store
FISCHER — More than a year and a half after it closed its doors, descendants of the Fischer family plan to reopen the Fischer Store in May.
Charlene Fischer, whose father and mother, Eddie and Gertrude Fischer, were postmasters when the post office was located in the store, plans to reopen the Fischer Store as a postal museum, office and store serving snacks and soft drinks.
Fischer said she and Robert Elmore had been working to restore the old post office in the store. The post office moved to a building next door in 1995.
Fischer said she wanted people to see how things were when the Fischer Store was built in 1902.
‘The thing I want to do is to preserve it for future generations because it is a thing of the past,” Fischer said.
Fischer said she and Elmore had worked for several months to restore the old store.
“We want it to be a facsimile of the post office,” Fischer said.
The front part of the railing around the post office, which had fallen off, has now been put buck together and the 200 post office boxes are being preserved.
Fischer said she planned to move her towing business from her nearby home to the Fischer Store.
Mementos that will be displayed at the store will be scales, journals, registers, a ball of twine, ledgers, money orders, packages, stamps, registered mail, air mail, an 1875 postal manual and ledgers of old families who have lived in the area. Records and mementos from old Crane’s Mill and Hancock Post Offices will be put on display as well.
“We will have records from the (Fischer) cemetery and a few things from the old schools, (Sorrel Creek and Fischer Schools),” Fischer said.
Records from the Fischer Cemetery will be put on computer at the store.
“If people need information they can come in and get it during store hours,” Fischer said.
She saki the store would also display items borrowed from other people.
Huns are also being made to make the surrounding scenery of the store nicer.
“I want to get into the natural landscaping of wildflowers around the place,” Fischer said. "It would be natural plants and natural grasses that are more suitable to the area.”
Gertrude Fischer said there were a lot of people who wanted to see the old post office and the store.
“We have a lot of people from Germany who come and see their people (ancestors) who came here,” Gertrude Fischer said. “A lot of the people from Germany come up here (from New Braunfels) because they knew it was a German settlement ”
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Th* Fischer Store was one of the few points to pick up supplies on one of the longest trails in the west, the Chisolm Trail, that led to Kansas City.
Staffing gobbles lion’s share of CISD budget
By DENISE DZIUK
Various campuses and departments are drawing up their wish lists for the Comal Independent School District budget for the 1997-98 school year, and staffing will constitute a large portion of tire budget puzzle.
The plan current CISD staffing plan, as it currently stands, calls for an increase of 106 positions.
“Those 106 are just at the campus
level,” said CISD Personnel Director Caroline Wemli. “(The final number) is going to be a lot more.”
She said 37.5 of the 106 positions would be for staffing the new Spring Branch Middle School slated to open mid-year.
"As the district grows, we need to have the additional personnel to support it,” Wemli said. “They’ve asked for these, anti we’ve determined they are needed. Whether or not they get them is another question.”
Whether the positions are approved will depend on funding. Wemli said the 106 positions would have an impact of roughly $2.6 million on the budget.
Last year, CISD lost state funding because of an uicrease in appraisal values, and director of finance Abel Campos said the distnct could be in the same situation as last year. He said the state revenue might be the same as it was last year, but the district would still be grappling with an additional 600 to 700 students.
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Trustees plan to visit the top candidate’s home district May 5 and 6 and are expected to select the new administrator May 7.
Forum delves into variety of issues
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GARDEN RIDGE — The hiring of a new city administrator, water system improvements and pay raises for city employees were some of many issues discussed by Garden Ridge city council candidates at a forum at Paul Davis Park on Monday night.
Citizens who gathered under the park’s picnic Pavillion heard mayoral candidate Jay Feibelman, and city council candidates William “Ken” Loffin and Councilman Bill Harris answer residents questions.
Garden Ridge residents will go to the polls on Saturday, May 3.
The forum was sponsored by Garden Ridge Area Republican Women.
Feibelman, 60, is running for may-
Tum to Forum, Page 2A
England named news editor
From staff reports
Sue England has been named news editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, according to an announcement Monday by Micah Boyd, managing editor.
“We’re very pleased to have some-m ii.. 11— one w‘th Sue’s experience and skills to help lead our news room,” Boyd said.
England brought a diversity of experience to the Herald-Zeitung when she began as a typesetter in 1993. She went on to fill city reporter and then columnist shoes. Her education includes undergraduate degrees in music, broadcasting and theater from Indiana University. Before the Herald-Zeitung whetted her appetite for journalism, she had worked as an audio engineer, costume designer, stage hand, and opera company marketing director.
“New Braunfels and Comal County are poised at the brink of tremendous opportunities for growth, not only in size, but quality of life,” England said. "The prospect of helping the Herald-Zeitung play a part in fulfilling that potential is an exciting one.”
England shares a home in New Braunfels with her daughter. Cassie, a fi fill-grader at Carl Schurz Elementary.
Sun EnglandKudos to Hospice. See Page 4.