New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 130 12 pages, 1 section
DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 9 COMICS 7 CROSSWORD 7 FORUM 4
OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6 TV GRIDS 9Parents sound off on problems at NBMS
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District administrators are not admitting they have a problem at the middle school,
despite input from nearly 50 parents who gathered to discuss the issue Monday.
The parents who attended the Citizens for New Braunfels Middle School Improvements meeting had two ques
tions for administrators — does the school have a problem and what are you doing to fix it.
Janet Patton, assistant superintendent for administration and personnel, told
the group the definition of a problem was a matter of perception.
“Don’t believe everything your child comes home and tells you. Its not that they’re not telling what they perceive
to be true, but they’re telling it from a 12- or 13-year-old perspective,’’ she said. “If your child’s not having a problem, there is no problem.’’
Patton’s remarks were greeted with angry murmurs from
the crowd and several calls for her to answer the question.
Parents were anxious to learn the outcome of a report
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PREPARING TO RACE
Trustees settle on calendar
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees approved the 2005-06 school year calendar recommended by Superintendent Ron Reaves unanimously and without any debate Monday.
The calendar s quiet acceptance was a stark contrast to two months of debate centering around an early start date.
Based largely on community input, school See CALENDAR Page 5
CISD to move forward with negotiations for property
By Leigh Jones
Comal Independent School District trustees have authorized Superintendent Nancy Fuller to move forward with negotiations to purchase property.
After debating Monday in closed session during a specially called meeting, trustees voted 4-2 — with Trustees John Bertelsen and Rose Cervin voting against — to proceed with a move that could take the district one step closer to breaking ground on a new school.
Trustees Dan Krueger, I .aura Kistner, Mark Smith and Bill Swint voted for the measure. Charles Burt did not attend the meeting.
Bertelsen said he could not support the
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Local youth practice for Schlitterbahn triathlon
AT A GLANCE
■ The second Schlitterbahn Kids' Triathlon begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the resort's Blastenhof area at Union and Garden.
ii Register to compete in the Schlitterbahn Kids' Triathlon at schlitter-bahn.com before close of business Thursday. Or pick up a registration flyer at Academy Sports and Outdoors locations in San Antonio and Austin, or at the McKenna Club in New Braunfels. Registration flyers are also available by calling or stopping by Schlitterbahn Waterpark's corporate office at 381 East Austin St. in New Braunfels, (830) 608-8548.
■ Adult volunteers are also needed for the Schlitterbahn Kids' Triathlon, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Up to 100 volunteers receive a T-shirt and waterpark ticket. Volunteers can register through the schlitterbahn.com web site or by calling (830) 608-8548.
By Ron Maloney
When I Iarrison and Madeline Ferguson join 200 other kids Sunday who will compete in the second Schlitterbahn Kids’ Triathlon, they’re going to have a bit of an advantage on much of the competition.
That’s because they used the opportunity Schlitterbahn afforded them for a sneak peek at the venue that will be used for die event.
Their father, Rusty, and mom, Sandra, brought them to the resort Saturday. They were able to walk the running and biking courses and check out the swimming pool that will be used for the three-part event.
The Triathlon, sponsored by Academy Sports and Outdoors will pit kids aged seven to IO years old in IOO meter swims, 3.25 kilometer bike rides and I kilometer runs. Kids ages 11 to 14 com
pete over double those distances. Winners will have the shortest aggregate times. Competition can be either individual or in three-person relay.
And while Harrison, 8, and Madeline, 6, found the water a little cold when they road-tested the pool Saturday, both of the Specht Elementary students said they’d be ready by Sunday.
The event, which will benefit Comal County Habitat for Humanity, is just part of Schlitterbahn’s program for its opening weekend, which begins Saturday.
Rusty entered his first-ever triathlon last year at the relatively advanced age of 39, and enjoyed the experience so much he thought it might be just the thing for his kids, and he sold both on the idea as a way to break the television habit.
“I thought this would be
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Three youth practice for the Schlitterbahn Triathalon Saturday morning.The practice run allowed participants to have a sneak peak of what will lie ahead at the triathlon Sunday.The race for ages seven to 10 years old will consist of a 100 meter swim, 3.25 kilometer bike ride and 1 kilometer run.Those ages 11 to 14 will run a race twice the distance.
Burundi royal descendant visits city, discusses country
By Scott Mahon
Jean-Marie Ngendahayo has spent the last 12 years in exile, but the 48-year-old descendant of the royal family of Burundi, Africa, plans to return home to continue fighting for democracy.
But for now, he is resting in New Braunfels while visiting
with former U.S. Sen. Robert Krueger, a longtime friend.
Burundi, a country the size of Maryland, lies in the heart of Africa near Rwanda.
First dominated by Europeans in the 16th century, Burundi’s struggle for democracy is wrapped in a culture of warring clans and tribes — the TUtsi, Hutu, TVva and Ganwa.
More than 80 percent of Burundi’s 6 million people are Hutu. About 15 percent are TUtsi.
Krueger met Ngendahayo when he was appointed ambassador to Burundi by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
“The TUtsi have dominated Burundi for centuries and in the mid-1990s were responsible for killing IOO
people daily,” Krueger said.
In 1993, Burundi held its first ever free elections. Then on Oct. 21, 1993, the Tutsi army captured the president and members of the cabinet, and killed 21 cabinet members.
“Not a single charge was ever brought,” Krueger said. “Jean-Marie, who was secretary of state at the time, bare
Ngendahayo eventually sent his family to South Africa out of fear for their lives.
“By that time, Jean-Marie and I had become good friends,” Krueger said. "My family had also left the country. Jean-Marie and I lived next door to each other.”
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SCOTT MAHON/Herald Zeitung
Jean-Marie Ngendahayo plans to return to Burundi next month after 12 years.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Participants in next Sunday's Schlitterbahn Kid'sTriathlon make a practice run Saturday morning at the water park.
Tour of Faith
Comal Country Church will be the next church profiled in the weekly series of churches.