New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Going to court is scary for anyone, especially a child.
So having a friend like Betr ty Marsh Green, program director for Comal County Child Advocacy, to explain things and be your friend, without expecting you to choose sides, is very important.
Green retired Thurs-day after serving as the director for four years, but she will still be serving the children of Comal County.
“We are happy that Betty has served us so well for so long and that she will continue to work with us as a board member and an advocate,” said Bob Stewart, CASA board member.
CASA volunteers talk to children, parents, family members, social workers, school officials, health providers and others knowledgeable about a child’s history, and review all records on the child in order to prepare a recommendation for the court that protects the child’s interests.
They also explain what’s happening in court in preparation for the complicated legal proceedings the child may be exposed to in the courtroom.
“We’re court appointed — CASA stands for court-appointed special advocate,” Green said. “We’re appointee to work with children who are victims of abuse or neglect or whatever, and are involved in court proceedings.
“We help them to understand what's going on, let them know that the/ve got a friend,” she said. “Our main objective is what’s in the best interest of the child.”
Green will be honored by the Comal County Commissioners Court at next week’s session with a resolution in her honor recognizing her outstanding service to the children of Comal County.
The new program director is Jackie Vann.
Advocacy director steps down
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TASB to find new CISD superintendent
By ROSEMARIE EASH Hers Id-Zs Kung
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees hired Texas Association of School Boards superintendent search consultant Don Killough to find a new CISD superintendent by August 16.
Killough met with the board Monday night to develop a schedule for the search, which begins today with advertisements placed with Education Week, the American Association of School Administrators, TENET, and the Texas Association of School Administrators.
The board agreed that the search should be conducted nationwide.
The search will include meetings with the board, the staff and the community, as well as school visits by TASB, in order to develop a profile of the desired superintendent.
Letters inviting specific groups to the meetings will be sent, but the sessions will be open to the public.
“We don’t want to leave anyone out,” said Killough. ‘The meetings are open to anyone who wants to come.”
The meetings will be conducted by Killough. No board members or other admin
istrative staff will be present. Jeanie Mendez, CISD superintendent’s secretary, will take notes.
The meetings will be held at the Central Office in New Braunfels, except for the teachers meetings, which will be held at Frazier Elementary.
Killough said he would be asking participants what they consider the outstanding feature of the district, what they would tell a prospective candidate needs to be done, and what characteristics they would seek in a superintendent.
According to Killough, the purpose of the meetings is to give any citizen who
wishes the opportunity to make comments regarding the selection of a new superintendent.
Comments will be summarized and a profile developed to be used in evaluating applicants.
TASB will immediately begin recruiting applicants. The district has already received 29 applicants, Mendez said.
Killough advised the board that salaries for districts of CISD’s size average $78,000. He asked for agreement that the current salary be raised, and the board said they knew that a salary increase would be necessary.
Blaze leaves local family of four homeless
Congregation dedicates new Peace Lutheran building
By GARY P. CARROLL Herskl-Zeltung
Members of Peace Lutheran Church in New Braunfels dedicated their new church building, located at 1147 South Walnut Street, Sunday afternoon.
The Peace Lutheran congregation began in 1987 as a sister church to St. Paul Lutheran Church, and had been meeting in the Memorial Primary School.
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Synod Bishop Henry Schulte, father of Peace Lutheran Pastor David Schulte, was on hand to take part in the dedication of the new church building which has been in use since March 28.
“This is the house of the Lord our God,” said Bishop Schulte. “And it is in his name ... that we dedicate this place for God’s purpose."
Pastor Schulte said that not only does the new building provide a more permanent place from which to perform the
ministry, but also a place from which to become more involved with the entire New Braunfels community.
Schulte said the possibility of the building being used for adult continuing education courses was a possibility.
Pastor Schulte said the new building will be able to handle the steadily increasing congregation, and because of the increasing numbers, a second service may be a necessity in the near future.
Schulte said the congregation size has increased from approximately 80 to around 125 consistently.
Schulte told the overflow crowd of 250 that the building was built with the future in mind.
The way our architects designed this building is that each component is expandable,” Schulte said. “So as we continue to grow, we won’t have to lose what we have at this point, we can just add on to it."
Chamber supports 18 amendments to city charter
By GARY P. CARROLL Hersld-Zeltung
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce announced its support of the 18 amendments to the city charter during its April Board of Directors meeting Monday afternoon.
City charter amendments on the ballot deal with election procedures, pay scales for council members, and council member term limitations.
The board did not take a position on the amendments to the state constitution.
Several board members said without enabling legislation to fully explain the amendments, it would be better to not take a position as a board.
Board Member Rusty Brockman said he was concerned with the wording of the amendments, especially Proposition 2, which would not allow state mandated education programs without
“It would be nice to know that if they’re going to mandate programs that there would be some money coming down from the state to fund it,” Brockman said.
But Brockman said he wasn’t sure the language of the amendment would remain the same after it was passed and written into the constitution.
Other board members voiced concern that should the amendments be accepted by voters, to
change any one of them in the future would take another constitutional amendment.
Brockman announced also a May ll graduation ceremony at the Civic Center for the charter class of the Leadership New Braunfels.
In other chamber business:
• The Chamber will observe Small Business Week, May 9 to May 15, during which time the Small Business Person of the Year will be honored.
• The Legislative Affairs Committee recommended the Chamber support, in concept, objectives of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s National Business Agenda.
• A membership drive began to attract 125 new members and $20,000 in new dues income.
• Board members were urged to show their support for continued favorable rulings on the aquifer and will observe ’‘Aquifer Week," April 19 to April 23.
Local Red Cross, Sts. Peter and Paul provide support
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hers Id-Ze Kung
The local Red Cross and Sts. Peter and Paul Church are providing aid to the Gonzales family whose home was destroyed by fire on Sunday.
The Red Cross has provided emergency housing and medical care for the family and Sts Peter and Paul Church is collecting clothing, food and money to help.
“Everything was burnt,” said Monsignor Eugene O’Callaghan of Sts. Peter and Paul.
They had to buy clothes for the girls to go to school this morning,” O’Callaghan said. They are very deserving of our help.”
Reynaldo and Diane Gonzales and their two children, Sonja,10, and Lisa, 13, were not at home at the time of the fire.
Gonzales is a diabetic who is blind and is a double amputee with kidney failure.
His wife performs dialysis treatments for her husband five times a day.
According to Mrs. Gonzales, she is currently administering the
procedure in the couple’s van until other arrangements can be made.
She said she is counting her blessings despite the hardship.
“I just thank the good Lord he was with me,” said Diane Gonzales. “If Rey had been in there, I don’t think I could have gotten him out. We appreciate everything everyone has done for us.”
According to Shirley Offerman^ Red Cross coordinator for volunteer services for Comal County, the family "has insurance and their needs will be taken care of on an emergency basis until a determination can be made as to permanent requirements.
The New Braunfels Fire Department responded to the call at 11:44 a.m. Sunday.
The blaze caused an estimated $7,000 damage to the mobile home, which sets on Lot 36 in the Country Village Mobile Home Park.
Fire Marshall John Herber said the cause appeared to be a short circuit in the kitchen area, based on an investigation at the scene.
Monsignor O’Callaghan said donations may be brought to the church office or those interested in helping may call Sts. Peter and Paul at 625-4531.
The two girls were at the church when the fire occurred.
New Braunfels firefighters respond to a house fire Sunday which left a family homeless. Residents interested in providing assistance to the family may call Sts. Peter and Paul Church at 625-4531. Photo by Karta Wenzel.
Small Business of the Year
The Greater New Braunfels Cham Der of Commerce names it 1993 Small Business of the Year winner tor 1993.
See th* recipients* with their award on Page 2
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The Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Sergio Goode, Andrea Schmidt, Jaime Sotelo, Lenny Leos and Anna Escobedo. Belated Birthday wishes go to Rosalyn Tarlton.
Blush Bowl ’93
Blush Bowl ’93 — a Canyon High School versus New Braunfels
High School powder-puff football game — will be held Saturday, April 24 at Unicom Stadium at New Braunfels High School.
Junior Varsity to play at 6 p.m. Varsity to play at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 in advance at both high schools and $3 at the gate. Proceeds to benefit Senior Class Project Graduation Party. Call 629-3931 for details.
Earth Day Clean Up
Residents of Rivercrest Heights Neighborhood Association will hold its Earth Day Park Clean Up 8 a.m. to noon April 24. Residents are asked to bring tools, gloves, garbage bags and beverages. Work committees are being formed in advance. Call 629-2262 or 629-4243.