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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Time to face music for tax procrastinators WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of procrastinating Americans, it* time to face the music: Income tax returns must be postmarked or filed electronically by midnight Thursday. The US. Post Office, 686 S. Seguin Ave., will cancel all mail addressed to the Internal Revenue Service with an April IS postmark provided it is placed in the local mail drop inside the lobby before midnight. Inside Abby........................... Classifieds.................... ........7 .13-16 Comics........................ ........8 Crossword................... ........7 Forum.......................... ........4 local............................ .......2 Movies........................ ........7 Obituaries.................... ........3 Sports.......................... .10-12 Today.......................... ........2 Television..................... .........8 Kayoed* 7* Agency strives to protect youngest victims Bv Berry Taylor HerakJ-Zeitung Correspondent Three hundred forty-nine reported cases of child abuse were investigated in Comal County in 1998. Child advocates say that is 349 cases too many. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Several agencies are conducting special programs during the month of April to increase awareness about child abuse. Programs provided by Family Outreach, Connections, Child Protective Services, Communities in Schools and other agen-Call for Help April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Report suspected cases of child abuse to the Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 252-5400. Callers can remain anonymous. cies help teach skills, such as proper feeding techniques, having fun with your children and proper supervising skills. Sherry Flume, director of Comal County Child Protective Services, said, “New Braunfels is fortunate to have many agencies in this community that help." Child abuse is primarily a learned behavior, Flume said, and child advocate agencies can educate families about proper parenting skills. “You would be amazed at the number of people who place a I -year-old by himself and then go off and watch TY" she said. Several near-drownings occurred in Comal County because of lack of parental supervision. “That is because they (the parents) them-See AGENCY* NEW jkydiHFELSHerald-Zet. Vol, 148, No. 10516 pages in I section April 15, 1999 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 Golfers, city taking swings at fee issue By Chrs Crews Staff Writer The disparity between the number of rounds played and the amount of revenue produced by the Landa Park Golf Course has moved New Braunfels City Council member Randy Vanstory to call for a closer look at how the city-owned facility conducted its business. At Monday's city council meeting, Vanstory said he did not want to hear any excuses why the course was not providing more revenue for the city's coffers. “(The council) has been pretty clear that the golf course should generate revenues over and above what it does now," Vanstory said. The course showed a net profit of $32,000 in 1998 but lost about $25,000 in 1997. Without changes in the operation, the course has a projected operating deficit of $7,000 for 1999 and $23,000 in 2000. The man charged with designing a plan to turn around the financial fortunes at Landa Park, course manager Ward Watson, said he agreed that changes were needed.See ISSUE* 50 cents Golfers at Landa Park cross Elizabeth Drive recently. City council member Randy Vanstory said the golf course needed to be more profitable, and course manager Ward Watson developed a plan for doing just that. ROB* CORNETT/ HeraW-Zeitung NBISD group addressing future plans Land use, demographics being studied By Heather Togo Staff Writer A bond issue could be in the future for New Braunfels Independent School District to address future enrollment growth and outdated facilities. A task force comprised of 59 teachers, parents, and community members, is studying the results of a recent facility, land use and demographics study to determine possible construction and renovation projects needed to address student growth. The task force was formed earlier this year in response to a report presented to the board of trustees by Total Program Management, a school management and planning company based in Grapevine. The report, which cost the district $28,000, was a compilation of TPM’s four-month study of facility needs, technological infrastructure, possible land use and demographic trends of campuses. Kevin Brown, principal of Carl Schurz Elementary School and a task force member, said the committee was now faced with the task of prioritizing needs at each campus. Brown said the task force was tentatively looking at having recommendations to the board by June, which could include a bond issue. The recommendations could also include costs for future construction and renovation projects. The district hired TPM in June 1998 to evaluate project upgrades needed to bring campuses in compliance with state and federal codes and student growth patterns. TPM estimated the district^ enrollment would grow to more than 7,000 students by 2008. NBISD currently serves about 5,900 students. According to figures by TPM, future construction and renovations needed to upgrade campus facilities and handle district growth through the next IO years would cost more than $84 million. Projects outlined in the report were taken from a list of facility needs compiled by staff members at each campus. Bob Janca, a community member of the task force, said the committee was still in the “preliminary" stages. ‘Two things the task force is really looking at are growth and the age of the buildings," Leslie Kriewaldt, public information officer for NBISD), said. “They are several subdivisions coming up in New Braunfels and we need to be ready for more kids. Many of the buildings also need to be renovated in terms of technology needs." NBISD patrons approved a $15 million bond package in 1994 that included renovations to New Braunfels Middle School, Memorial Elementary, Seele Elementary, Carl Schurz Elementary and Lone Star Primary; construction of Memorial Intermediate and a new library at New Braunfels High School. Board president Bette Spain said additional classrooms and science labs were needed at NBHS, which was built in 1962, and were not included in the last bond election. The task force, chaired by former Comal County Judge Carter Casteel, is scheduled to tour the new Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio^ Northeast Independent School District. Brown said the task force had plans to tour every NBISD campus as part of their study. CMS honors troops ROHN CORNETT/Hwatf-ZMung Above, the hands of Canyon Middle School students reach into a tree on school grounds Wednesday, tying yefiow ribbons in honor of the three U.S. prisoners of war in Yugoslavia. Below, Shane Sobek joins classmates during Wednesday's first-period history class in tying a ribbon around the limb of the tree. Students perform yellow ribbon ceremony, learn more about military crisis in Kosovo By ItaATHBi Tooo Staff Writer Canyon Middle School student Ashley Cox wore a yellow ribbon on her shirt Wednesday in honor of three US. military men she has never met. The majority of CMS students might not have known the names of Steven M. Gonzales, Christopher Stone and Andrew A. Ramirez several weeks ago, but they are learning the importance of their safety on a more personal level. Canyon Middle School students performed a special yellow ribbon ceremony Wednesday to honor the three U.S. servicemen — Gonzales, Stone and Ramirez — captured by Serb forces on March 31. The ceremony, which included a special recognition and moment of silence during morning announcements, is helping sev enth and eighth-grade students understand the military crisis in Yugoslavia. “A lot of these kids, they don't understand what it means to be a POW (prisoner of war), and this makes it a lot more personal for them. They learn about who these men are and about their families," CMS principal Nancy Cobb said Seventh and eighth-grade students in first-period history classes tied yellow ribbons around the trees in front of the campus. Many students pinned ribbons on their clothing to recognize the importance of getting the three POW* home safely. Eighth-grade student Casey Collins said, “These ribbons are helping us to remember the POWs and the fact that they risked their lives for their country." “The significance of the yellow ribbons is See TROOPS* ;