New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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told about the academic successes of the program.
Overall ninth-grade exam averages are only slightly higher in mathematics and in science than are academy averages. The academy averages for fall exams in geography are slightly higher than the rest of the school’s ninth grade averages; and the exam averages in English are almost the same, Droege said
Trevino said a goal of the academy is to increase parental involvement. Students and parents will sign a contract in order to ensure placement in the academy. Parent day meetings will happen in the fall and in the spring.
Parents shared their feelings about the program with trustees.
“The academy was the best thing I ever heard of,” said a parent whose son attends the academy. “He’s been wanting to go to school. Classes are interesting. They’re one-on-one.”
Another couple who had a daughter drop out of high school said they’re glad their second daughter is enrolled in the academy.
“Shes in it, and she’s learning. These teachers are doing something eight years of other teachers could not do," the husband said.
Another parent said simply, “Without the academy, m> daughter wouldn’t be in school”
NBHS Principal Mike Fit-sko praised Trevino, Droege and math teacher Ken Mullins, who he pulled together at the beginning of the year to start the academy.
“They made it work and I can’t say enough about them,” Fitsko said. He added the teachers art* helping students that would normally “fall through the cracks.”
In other board action trustees:
■ Heard a report from Jennifer Faulkner, director of instructional technology.
Faulkner said the district has saved $16,(XX) on contingency costs for the telephone system, which is partly because of savings from 230 phones installed by district employees themselves.
Additionally, Faulkner said, there should be general installation this summer in New Braunfels High School, in Oak. Hun Elementary and in Lamar Primary School of a “video in classroom” capability. And the Easer Net/ fiber optic cable system tying campuses together is in the design phase.
■ Approved an agreement with Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., for exclusive promotional advertising and beverage availability rights.
■ Approved the extension of the food service contract with ARAMARK through the 2003-2004 fiscal year.
■ Approved a 20-cent increase for break'ast and lunch meals.
seeking the seat vacated by Herald I^aKue.
They are John Zimmerman, Hose Cervin, Lee Iredale, and write-in candidate* Handy Shelton.
In District 7, which includes Garden Ridge and Solaris, incumbent Handy Pawelek is being challenged by Bill Swint and Lea Sutton.
New Braunfels and CIS!) early voting continues from 8 a m. to 6 p.m. at the Comal County (courthouse Monday through Friday (except this Friday, which is Founders Day) and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.
Satellite early voting locations in the CIS!) election are the Garden Ridge Municipal Complex on April 28, the Canyon I^ake Action Center on April 23 and the Bulverde Community Center on April 24. All times are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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the city should make renovations to the current civic center, since there* is not enough business to go around.
“We are part of a linear city along 35," Kendrick said. ‘We don’t need to be duplicating the things they offer.”
Kendrick said the city needs to be thinking of new, imaginative ways to make some money.
At Alexander’s meeting, (kirk tied the propositions to the reduction in force policy
council passed Tuesday.
Cork said the city is looking to lay off about 25 staff and/or raise property taxes as early as this summer, and reducing the power of economic development would only handicap the city’s ability to recoup a dwindling sales tax base.
He also said it didn’t make sense to take away the tool that brings in jobs after a stream of recent job losses.
• Propositions 2 and 3 don’t
“send the right message to businesses looking to locate in New Braunfels,” Cork said.
In the District 4 meeting, Kendrick said all he only has heard “scare tactics” from opponents of the propositions.
District 2 constituents also discussed traffic issues. Residents said they wanted lower speed limits on Tbxas 46 and a stop light at the corner of 46 and Rivertree Drive. They said it is dangerous and difficult to get out of the Rivertree subdi
vision — especially during the high-traffic tourist season without a light. Apparently the Texas Department of Transportation has determined that the low traffic source from the subdivision does not qualify a st reef light, they said. Cork told them the speed limit problem is due to a lack of peace officers in the city.
District 2 constituents also discussed the need for a grocery store nearby and new
roadways in the city that could be alternatives to often-congested major thoroughfares.
Irater Kendrick would field questions concerning the same need for alternate routes, saying he agreed.
He and District 4 constituents also discussed the possibility of a new golf course using 4B funds, the availability of accurate information to citizens and the conversion of Wursthalle into the new civic center.
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