New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
PoffrlCISD trust66s sworn inj ■ CII Lilly OI IULO Wunderlich raps priorities
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Newly-elected Comal ISD trustees Tom Potter, Lee Ikels and Clay “Spud” George didn’t get to vote on the $19.96 million bond issue Monday night. Out-going board members Karen Rust, Jim Rector and Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich got that privilege or pain, depending on one’s point of view.
But they did so unanimously, designating May 18 as the day CISD patrons will decide “FOR”
or “AGAINST” the district’s first bond election in more than ll
The last time facility improvements were put to a public vote was on Dec. I, 1973, when a $4.9 million bond issue passed by almost a 300-vote margin.
After the May 18 election was called Monday night, Rector and Rust received plaques for their three years of service on the board. Wunderlich’s service dated back to 1979, and included three years as board president. None of the trio
ran for re-election.
Wunderlich was the only one who had any parting comments, some of which criticized teachers, athletic booster clubs, the present board, and the local news media.
“I decided not to go out without saying something. I’ve said a lot over the last six years, and I’m not through,” Wunderlich began. “It’s with mixed feelings that I approach this night. I’m sad because I believe so strongly in my efforts to improve the instructional and academic programs of this
“I’m relieved, however, because of the wear on me personally, with my friends and enemies clearly divided.”
In reviewing old papers, Wunderlich said he had come across “letters that were sent to me that were also sent to the local papers and readily published — especially the one that created an analogy of me and Hitler’s Germany, that I played a character in that. And a
See BOARD, Page 16A
CISG PHOTONew trustees (from left) Clay George, Tom Potter and Lee Ikels are sworn in
New Braunfels. TexasWednesdayApril 17,1985 25 Cents
26 Pages —2 SectionsJammed lever foils shuttle astronauts
CAPH CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Discovery’s astronauts twice snagged a power switch on a crippled satellite with their robot arm today, but failed to restore the payload’s electrical pow er as they had hoped.
Mission Control told commander Karol Bobko to abandon the effort and to fire his engines to get the shuttle away from the satellite.
“You did everything you possibly could,” Mission Control communicator Dave Hilmers told the astronauts.
With the shuttle flying in formation 30 feet from the Syncom communications satellite, astronaut Margaret Rhea Seddon carefully guided the 50-foot arm so that makeshift flyswater” tools on the end brushed against the side of the slowly rotating payload.
A live television shot showed the device twice snag a
four-mch power lever only to pass over without budging it. One rung of the three-rung plastic device broke under the pressure.
Ms. Seddon had only a six-minute period, or ’ window.” in which to do the job. When that time passed. Hilmers radioed, “The window is closed, perform the separation maneuver."
‘ We had hard physical contact on at least two occasions," commander Karol Bobko reported
"It was a great job," Hilmers replied.
lf power had been switched on on the Syncom communications satellite, an antenna on top would have extended after 80 seconds and the payload would have spun up to 33 rpm after 33 seconds.
But astronaut Jeff rev Hoffman said:
industryPanel suggests creating M-3 industry zone
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Taking a charge from City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday struck at least five items from the heavy industrial zoning category and recommended 21 items be placed in a third industrial classification.
Reconunendalions from the workshop now will be presented to Council for final approval.
During the three-hour workshop, which included about 15 local industry representatives, Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed, line by line, items listed in M-l (light industry I and M-2 (heavy industry).
Members of FM 306-based industries presented a proposed zoning list to protect their interests, with which the Commission generally agreed. Among their suggestions was the addition of a section in the M-l class to allow .storing of production material and finished goods that are allowed by M-l zoning.
The commission also agreed to place a catch-all phrase at the head of the M-l section, although it could not decide on the precise wording.
That paragraph would allow rn M-l manufacturing process that doesn’t emit odor or fumes "objectionable to persons of ordinary sensibility or reasonably hazardous to health” beyond the property lines and which doesn’t generate noise or vibration perciptible to surrounding areas.
The Commission agreed to ask the city attorney to decide on the phrasing of the paragraph.
Conuiussion member Mike Dietert asked why any specific items need to be listed under the M-l classification if that catch-all paragraph is used.
Member Joe Hartigan responded that the list “cuts dow n on the judgments. What this delineation does is, if you don’t fall into a category . . .the planning director and those people are going to make you present in detail what your process is and what you’re going to be doing,” Hartigan said
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Mission Valley Mills is M-1
M I (light industry) - allows uses from bakeries to laundries to lumber yards to plumbing and sheet metal shops That district also allows manufacturing operations that do not emit offensive odors and noises beyond the property line such as welding and fabrication shops
M 2 (heavy industry! - will allow uses from cotton gins. ammonia plants and power plants to lumber mills, wrecking yards, stock yards, and dye manufacturing
M 3 (proposed heavy, heavy industry) could allow such uses currently under M 2, such as rock crushers, struc tural pipe and iron works, or the manufacture of acid, gas, paper or cement.
"We have to report, the omni I antenna i never did come up and the spin rate still is less than 2 rpm.”
Throughout the morning, Bobko and pilot Don Williams had guided Discovery to the rendezvous, closing in to 30 feet from a distance of 46 miles.
"Tally, ho, the target,” Williams exclaimed as Syncom came into view.
The astronauts did a 90-mmute flyaround inspection of the $80 million satellite to make certain all was safe. They reported it was spinning at a comfortable one revolution every 36 seconds and that the power lever was partially extended, to an elevation of about 90 degrees.
Mission Control said the lever would not trip on the electrical power until it reached 110 degrees, and told them to proceed with the operation.
Bobko and Williams then held the shuttle steady at the 30-foot distance and Ms. Seddon extended the arm with the crude tools on the end.
The failure of the lever to move indicated it had jammed. It was a major diappointment to Mission Control and the astronauts who had worked long hours to devise a rescue plan and to construct the makeshift tools.
Ms. Sedon had two six-minute periods, 90 minutes apart, in which to turn on the switch. But controllers had told the crew to quit the effort if they made hard contact during the first first contact, regardless of the result.
* "There will be no further attempts to trip the lever with the flyswatter,” said Mission Control commentator Steve Nesbitt.
CISD career ladder termed 'confusing'
"And different people and this commission will have the opportunity to review and have an understanding of what you’re going to do.”
The catch-all paragraph includes eight uses which must follow the guidelines for odor and fume enussion before being allowed — among them are foundaries; metal stamping, shearing, and punching (the Commission added forming, cutting, cleaning and heat treating); sheet metal shops; welding iCommission added fabrication I; and the storage and curing of hides and skins
l^arry l^wis of Comal Tannery persuaded the Commission that his company, although called a tannery, only cures hides, but does not tan them. And the Commission agreed to place curing in the M-l classification. Tanning operations remained in M-2.
Other changes to the M-l classification include the move to M-2 of breweries and distilleries and of poultry killing and dressing operations. Bus barns and lots were moved to C-3 (commercial).
In accordance with recommendations from FM 306 industries, the Commission agreed to remove the word "small” from the boat manufacturing category, and eliminated the manufacture of blacking and of alcohol and alcoholic beverages. Added to the manufacturing section were — vinyl products, and recreational and outing products.
The Commission left it to City Council to decide whether to move flour mills, feed mills, grain processing, and grain elevators to M-2.
If the M-2 classification were given to grain elevators
See ZONING, Page 16A
The idea is to climb up, but lacking state funds will mean the Comal ISD career ladder isn’t going to be very tall this year.
That bad news came from Supt. Bill Brown Monday night, before the board appointed "a committee of brave souls” to designate which I^evel Two teachers will receive career ladder money for the 1984-85 school year. After this year, eligibility will be determined strictly by evaluations.
"We have funding for 83 teachers, but we’ll probably have 160 teachers or better qualify. That’s just going by state guidelines,” Brown said. “Tc get that number down, ITI have tc develop stricter criteria. This career ladder thing is confusing, and bad for those districts without enough money to give to all those who qualify."
The superintendent said he implemented the career ladder in Caldwell ISD before he came tc CISD. “I had money to give tc everyone, so there were no mixed emotions like I have tonight,” he added.
All classroom teachers must be assigned to l^evel One or Level Two this year, but Brown said any teacher without three years of experience is not eligible for Level Two. The career ladder supplement does not apply to administrators, librarians, counselors, nurses, or non-degree personnel.
Brown said the minimum Level Two career ladder supplement is $1,500, which will prevent the district from giving all those who qualify something.
Selection committee members approved by the board were Bulverde Elementary Principal Connie Bremer, Personnel Director James Sheffield and Community Education Director Dr. Aden Tieken. They will be joined by two Level Two teachers, yet to be chosen.
“They definitely have their job cut out for them,” Brown told the board. "Their task will be to go throughCISD roundup
every personnel file and find everyone with nine hours and 135 hours. When they get over 83 (teachers), they TI come knocking on my, door, and say, We have a problem.’ That’s when ITI come knocking on your door with some stricter criteria,” Brown told the board.
To qualify for I>evel Two, a teacher must have a bachelor’s degree and three years of teaching experience, along with 9 semester hours of higher education work in their general area of teaching assignment or class management, or 135 clock hours of advanced academic training, or a combination of the two on a ratio of one semester hour to 15 hours of advanced academic training.
Teachers with a master’s degree in the subject they teach, and two years of experience also qualify for Level Two
A satisfactory performance evaluation last year will also be needed to qualify. However, Brown said special consideration would be given to at least nine Smithson Valley High School teachers, who received negative personal comments on their evaluations last year and stirred up a slight controversy over the former principal there.
Brown added that career ladder money would be given out by the end of May.
In other action, trustees approved 45 student transfers for the 1985-86 school year. All of them were either children who were grandfathered when the transfer policy was adopted, or require special education and-or consideration. Others have parents who work for CISD.
See CISD, Page 16A
GOPs trying to stave off defeat on Nicaragua aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Republican leaders are seeking an alternative plan for aid to Nicaraguan rebels designed to avert the flist congressional defeat of Present Reagan’s second term.
Hoifpe Republican leader Bob Michfl all but conceded on Tuesday that loos of releasing $14 million in aid lo the Contras have a majority of votes, at least in the House.
Michel said he advised Reagan
during an hour-long meeting that he will look for an alternative to Reagan’s proposal in order to “keep it from failing.”
“I reminded the president that in my judgment (House Speaker Thomas P.) O’Neill has put his feet in concrete on this issue,” Michael said, referring to a concerted Democratic campaign against the Contra aid program.
For the moment, however, Reagan
was reported to be resisting any modification to his plan
In the Senate meanwhile, sources said, David Durenburger of Minnesota, chairman of the Intelligence Committee and an influential Republican moderate, was also examining alternatives to Reagan’s proposal announced April 4.
Reagan asked Congress to approve the $14 million in humanitarian aid for the rightist Contras seeking
overthrow of the Sandinista government in Managua. But if negotiations between the two sides broke down after 60 days, Reagan said the United States would begin providing weapons to the Contras.
Sources who spoke on condition that they not be identified said Durenberger and other House members and senators are looking for ways to eliminate the military aid all together, while still using the $14
million as an incentive to encourage an end to the civil war in northern Nicaragua.
Durenberger has had a number of meetings with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and with Secretary of State George Shultz, but so far no specific alternative has been agreed to, the sources said.
Canyon inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aquifer Canyon Lake level
274 cfs tdowr 41 502 cfs (down 59) 837 cfs (same) 625 01 (down 01) 903 18 (down .07)Today s Weather
Partly skies and temperatures reaching the mid-80s remain in the forecast through Thursday. The evening should be fair with
temperatures dropping to the low-60s overnight. Early morning cloudiness will change to partly cloudy skies again Thursday. Tuesday’s high was 88, and this morning’s low was 59. Sunset will be at 6:59 p m. and sunrise will be at 6:02 a.m.
It liad to happen sometime. The Texas Rangers won a baseball game. It happened in Toronto, where the Rangers have had little luck the past few years. Meanwhile, the Astros pushed across six ninth-inning runs to beat the Dodgers. Details in Sports.A Sweep
AU three local baseball teams won their games Tuesday night, as Canyon defeated Ix>ckhart 1(M), New Braunfels stopped Fredericksburg 7-0 and Smithson Valley whipped Southside 16-3. Sports, Page 10A.