New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in one section ■ Wednesday, April 17,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ASHLEY KAUFMANN
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Birthday wishes from the Hsrald-Zsitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Chad L. Sibley, Terry Moreno, Ashley Kaufmann, Dorothy Schultz, Clarice Stooge, Lauren Bryann Dominguez (four years), and Alma Escamilla.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—Not Available Grass —NA Oak —NA Ash —NA Hackberry—NA Mulberry —NA (Poler) measured In parts per cubic meter of air. Roarings taken yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River—219 cubic feet per second, down 3 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well —624.89 feet above sea level, down .09 from yesterday.
Th# Tints of Your Ufs
Award-winning talent takes to the New Braunfels High School stage Thursday, April 18 when the NBHS actors perform The Time of Your Life,' a one-act play that takes place in 1939 on the San Francisco waterfront.
This entertaining comedy/drama by William Saroyan will be performed on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the NBHS Cafetorium. Admission will not be charged, although donations would be welcome.
Qaragt salt benefits St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
The Friends of the Ranch will hold a garage sale April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Bargain Box building at Casted and Coll streets.
Plaza Niles series continues
Plaza Nites will be presented Thursdays in April on the Plaza at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic, or eat at one of the downtown restaurants.
Bands left in the series are: April 18 - Matt Toon and the Big Deals: April 25 - Mariachi Ecos de America. For information, call 608-2100.
Donate to the Salvation Army
To support the work of the Salvation Army Service Unit of New Braunfels, gifts may be mailed to: Salvation Army, 304 Cardinal Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78130.
Be a tutor
NBISD students need your help. One hour a week, the ability to read and love and concern for children are the only requirements. Call Linda at 620-7533 for information on how to volunteer for the Help One Student To Succeed program.
Drive for ACS
The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program is a volunteer driver program. Volunteer drivers take patients for cancer treatments. To volunteer, call Bob Peterson , 625-3252. Drivers are always needed.
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By MELANIE GERIK
Fire guts Cibolo mobile home
Herakl-Zeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A quick-moving fire gutted a mobile home last night at 214 Douglas St. in Cibolo, destroying the structure and leaving two animals inlured. The Cibolo Fire Department was called to the home at Vets mobile home Dark et about 10:15 p.m. Two cate were Inside the home meowing to loud that fire department personnel thought children were Inside. When they entered the trailer they found two house cats suffering from smoke Inhalation.
No cause hat been determined, and the home was Just moved Into the park last week.
School board vote means students will cheer ‘rah-rah Rahe’ next year
By MELANIE GERIK
Bulverde Primary will change its name next school year to honor a family of educators with close to 200 combined years of teaching in Comal County.
The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the name change to Rahe Primary School at the workshop meeting Monday night by a 6-0 vote. Thomas Bruce was absent.
The change came after Laverne Welbom and others asked the board to change the name of the school at a March 28 meeting.
“The Rahes deserve more recognition than they got by having a wing named for them in the new Spring
Branch Middle School,” Welbom said in a prepared statement presented to die district.
The Rahe family includes William Rahe, who taught from 1900 to 1950, his three sons, two grandsons and his great-granddaughter.
WiUliam’s son Ernst was principal at Bulverde Mustang Hill for 25 years, from 1947 to 1972. Twenty years ago, the building was dedicated to Ernst Rahe. The entire Rahe family was honored at the dedication ceremony.
The Rahes were nominated to have one of the four new west side schools named after them, but were not chosen by the selection committee members.
Welbom thanked the board Monday night for changing the name of Bulverde Primary.
“I represent many of the old-timers in Bulverde who had the Rahes as teachers, md we feel they deserve to be honored,” die said.
Board President Jim Middleton said the costs of the name change should be “minimal”
'The only costs will be the block letters and the marquis,” he said.
Stationery with the Bulverde Primary letterhead will be used until the supply is exhausted, Middleton said.
Jerry Major, district superintendent, said the school will be mentioned as the old Bulverde school in literature for some time, in addition to the Rahe name.
The school will celebrate its 50th anniversary at 2 p.m. April 25 in the school’s front lawn.
More than IOO people attended a public meeting Tuesday to begin working out their dreams of turning the LCRA power plant into a multicultural center castle.
Lower Colorado River Authority representatives and division directors were at the New Braunfels Civic Center to listen to the citizens’ ideas about die fate of die 70-year old building.
Pix Howell, office manager in the LCRA engineering department, said after the meeting the Board of Directors are “definitely gonna try to keep the building in place.”
LCRA estimates it would cost $9 million to either demolish the building or to remove the equipment, boilers and other items from the building, leaving a “clean shell.”
LCRA spent more than S2.3 million for asbestos removal in 1989 and 1990, and has pledged an additional $2.3 million for repairs on die exterior.
Howell said small amounts of contamination have bein found in the building and in the soil, but most has been removed.
LCRA is working with die Texas Parks and Wildlife to make sure no contamination reaches the water, he added.
An ad hoc committee, which has met twice, has beal formed by LCRA to determine whether the building would be left standing. Recommendations should be made by the fall, said Donna Brasher, manager of LCRA Land and Environmental Services.
After that, Howell said LCRA is hoping that the community will help
determine the future uses for the power plant.
Betty Leu Rushing Ins organized many volunteers into what unofficially has been dubbed as the “Power Plant Protectors.”
“We’re just going to make suggestions,” Rushing said. “We’re not assuming any decision- making roles.”
Jo Atm Aniol, president of die Mid-Texas Symphony Society, said she would like to see part of the plant used as an auditorium used fen’ children’s symphony performances.
With auditorium facilities, children can enjoy the symphony much better than in the current Civic Center location and can have a place to perform for their own organizations.
Cristina Aguilar-Friar, board member the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said a multicultural colter could reflect the diversity of New Braunfels citizens.
“We are a little dice of America,” Aguilar-Friar said. “A center like this can portray us as we are.”
Other citizens expressed interest in providing some indoor recreational facilities for the students.
Although the ideas are plentiful, money is not. Financial estimates and details have yet to be ironed out, although a committee has been formed from the unofficial Power Plant Protectors.
Although the process may take a while, County Judge Carter Casteel said she feds the community will come together to find a solution to save the LCRA building.
“People usually at war with each other are here together,” Casteel said. “We may argue about how it should be done, but we won’t argue that it needs to be done.”
Parents cram NBHS cafeteria to debate high school schedules
By DENISE DZIUK
Concerned parents, faculty and administrators filled die New Braunfels High School cafeteria to discuss what they perceived to be the benefits and drawbacks of accelerated Mock scheduling. Several of those present felt there may even be room for some form of compromise.
Assistant Principal Judv Seifert said IU percent of schools in the nation are on block scheduling, and more will go to it in the future.
“We have never done something exactly the same way for two years in a row—never. We’re open to suggestions,” she said In accelerated block scheduling, the school year is broken down into two terms. Students take four 90-minute classes (hiring each term, and the classes are completed by the end of the term.
•We don’t want to mako it easier on (students). Wa want to make it harder so (they) will do better.’
— LodcKe Roeder
Opponents of this schedule said stud-ies have shown it results in poor test scores. They said it is good for rls»<iws with labs, but not for English and math, which are the foots of tests such as the TA AS, SAT and ACT. For better retention in these subjects, the students need it every day, they said.
“When it conies to math and English, I have a problem. It seems like we’re short changing our kids,’’ said parent Chris Woods.
Another drawback, they said, was that the total teaching time for a subject is cut by about six weeks, so teachers
are going at a quicker pace to cover less material. Opponents also argued that the students are not able to remain focused for that length of time, it requires an 11 percent increase in per- * sonnet to implement it properly, and there is a “watering down of basic skills.”
“We don’t want to make it easier on (students). We ward to make it harder so (they) will do better,” said parent Loddie Roeder
Master Sergeant Steve Norris told students, “you’re going to need a lot more for college. You’re going to need a lot more for the Air Force. You’re going to need a lot more for any job to go into.”
Advocates of the scheduling said students are given more time per class to discuss the topic, and it allows more one on one time with teachers. They also added that it gives students more time to focus and concentrate on those
’Ohm it a chance to work.’
four subjects. Teachers present told parents that the students are still receiving a “quality education” and math and English are being reinforced through other subjects.
“What you have is education,” said narent Ola# “What von
have is dynamics between the student and teacher that comes out of having the extra time.”
“lf you believe, like I did, that this is a superior school, you have to believe in the administration and you have to believe in the teachers,’’ said Butch Carden. “Give it a chance to work.” Chemistry teacher Holly Stretz said her students already deal with using their math and English skills. However, she said more could be added if
that was what parents wanted.
“You ask for it, we’ll have so much math in that class their heads will be spinning,” she said.
In all, about 20 people spoke on accelerated block scheduling, and it was almost split down the middle in terms of which side they were on. An additional IO to 12 were not able to speak due to time constraints, but will be contacted by the faculty to discuss
^Principal? John Turman said the comments and questions raised at die meeting will be reviewed, and the faculty will see what can be (kine to address the concerns.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry said groups with a variety of opinions will take part in a two-day workshop with a “consensus building" facilitator. He said reaching a solution everyone can be happy with is the “ultimate goal.”
Wendy Gramm comes to town to discuss btu to track sex offenders
By MELANIE GERIK
Wendy Lee Gramm talked to local law enforcement officials Tuesday to grasp their input of a sex offender tracking bill proposed by her husband.
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, introduced the bill in March. The bill would require those convicted of sexual assault or violent crimes to children to register with the FBI after crossing state lines.
The bill is patterned after what are called the “Ashley laws” in Texas. The laws were named after 7-year-old Ash
ley Estell, who was abducted from a soccer field then murdered. The man convicted of her murder had a record of sexual offenses.
The state law, which wert into effect Sept. I, requires sexual offenders to register with local law enforcement authorities after their releases from prison.
Wendy Gramm said the national bill would prevent sexual offenders who move into states without tracking legislation from falling through the cracks.
“The gap was if someone crossed state lines, then they might not have to register,” she said.
Wendy Gramm said the proposed legislation, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., would not stop fust-time offenders, but it would “make it a little easier for law enforcement officers and citizens to get information about sexual offenders.”
Det. Sgt. Basel Boatright said malty sex crimes are committed by repeat offenders.
“Our problem is knowing that they’re there, and (the proposed legislation] will take care of that,” Boatright said.
Once the offender registers with the FBI, the bureau would in turn inform
the local authorities. The information also would be entered into the FBI files, and “any law enforcement agency can access that data base,” Gramm said.
If offenders do not register, then they can be forced to pay up to $100,000 on the first offense if they have one prior conviction. If they fail to register with more than one conviction, the offenders could face up to a year in prison in addition to the fine.
Failing to register more than once can result in the $ 100,000 in fines and up to IO years in jail.
Wendy Gramm said the timetable
on voting on the bill “is just a matter of the legislative calendar.” The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.Affirmative action just another way to discriminate. See Opinion, Page 4