New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Legislation to allow recalls moves forward
Cerviris lengthy information requests are still on the table to be filled, but investigators recommended the board review them and classify diem as requiring “new reports” as necessary.
Once a request is considered to require a new report, it must be approved by a vote of the board.
While disappointed with most of the report’s conclusions, Fuller has hopes the investigative process will yield something fruitful.
“It’s been a painful but positive process,” she said. “I believe the majority of the board is now willing to work together, and we have learned that accountability is the missing key here."
Fuller and district patrons who have actively voiced concern over Cervin’s actions have turned their attention to getting passed recall legislation proposed by state Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels.
Late Tuesday, CISD representatives testified before the House Committee on Public Education about the chaos one board member could cause.
Marlene Keller said she thought the I louse committee members were receptive.
“I was encouraged, and they had some good questions,” she said. “CISD is definitely theThursday, April 21, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
poster child’ for this issue, so it would be gratifying to see the legislation passed.”
House Bill 2742, which would modify the Education Code, and its companion, House Joint Resolution 86, will not go to the floor for a vote until Casteel’s office makes a few changes in the verbiage to protect small districts with few voters.
“Right now. the bill requires IO percent of voters to create a recall situation. It is conceivable in a small district to have 80 registered voters. One situation involving the cheerleading squad could anger enough parents to generate a recall, and that’s not our objective,” Fuller said.
Once the changes have been made and the committee sends tile proposed bill out for a second reading, it will require a two-thirds vote in both chambers before it can be placed on the November ballot as a constitutional amendment.
If it passes with voter approval, it would take effect Jan. I.
Fuller, who acknowledged her activism with ITB 2742 and I IJR 86 could be among her last actions as a public school superintendent, said it would be nice to know CISD’s situation would have a lasting impact on the entire state.
“So much chaos can be caused right now by so few,” she said. “ This will become a support mechanism for good board members. What a wonderful safeguard to have in place.”
Census surveys mailed out to 250,000 families
The new American Community Survey will soon give local communities access annually to key socioeconomic data that has, until now, been available only once a decade.
The Census Bureau began mailing the survey nationwide to 250,000 addresses per month in January.
“A snapshot once every IO years of what a community looks like fades quickly,” said Alfonso Mirabal, director of the Census Bureau’s Dallas regional office. “With the American Community Survey, people will be able to see a moving picture of their community.”
The ACS will provide elect
ed officials, businesses, community leaders and planning organizations current information to assess local needs, such as where to build new roads, housing, schools and senior centers. The survey also will help ensure that communities receive their fair share of the more than $200 billion in federal funds awarded every year to localities based on Census Bureau numbers.
The ACS will ask the same type of questions as the long-form census questionnaire it is replacing. While the long form was sent to l-in-6 households in 2000, the ACS will be sent to about I-in-40 addresses each year, or about
2.5 percent of the nation’s population. No address will receive tile ACS questionnaire more than once in any five-year period
Households selected for the survey will receive their questionnaire by mail. Any request for survey information from the Census Bureau will be clearly identified as coming from the U. S. Census Bureau and as Official Business of the United States.
The Census Bureau will make a follow-up phone call if the questionnaire is not returned. Later, a Census worker may visit the household to conduct a personal interview if no one is available over the phone.
A personal follow-up interview costs taxpayers more than IO times the cost of a mail response, so households are encouraged to mail completed questionnaires promptly.
All of the information the Census Bureau collects for this survey is confidential by law, the bureau can use the information for statistical purposes.
Citizens who are concerned about the legitimacy of the American Community Survey can contact the Census Bureau toll-free at (800) 424-6974.
For information about the ACS, visit http://www.cen-sus.gov/acs.
VFW, Ladies Auxiliary donate $1,500 to Fisher House
The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary of Post 7110 in New Braunfels presented three checks totaling $1,500 to tile Fisher I louse Foundation at Brook Army Medical Center April 15.
The Fisher House Foundation supports America’s military by ensuring that the families of hospitalized military men and women are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment close to their loved ones at this most stressful time.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances
for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers like BAMC. The program does not receive financial support from either the government nor the military and rely strictly on donations from the public.
The Fisher House Foundation has two such homes located at BAMC by Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, which can hold up to 15 families. Last year, they helped 159 families, but had to turn away more than 300 families for lack of room. So far this fiscal year, they have helped 64 families, of which 84.4 per
cent were families of military men and women from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The WW and Ladies Auxiliary donated $500 each from proceeds they earned from their Friday night bingo. The majority of the money earned by the VIT/V bingo games is given back to Texas nonprofit organizations like the Fisher I louse.
T he ladies Auxiliary donated an additional $500 from the Buddy Poppy drive held annually on Memorial Day weekend in New Braunfels. This brought the ladies Auxiliary’s total donations to the Fisher I louse at BAMC and Wilford Hall on lackland AFB to $2, IOO for this year.
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