New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Three New Braunfels tennis players take to the court Monday in hopes of advancing to state. Page 1B
NBHS band player doesn't let "disability" slow him down as he plays special tuba. Page 1C
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Vol. 154, No. 135 32 pages, 5 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS 2,3CGrowth may lead to larger CISD schools
By Leigh Jones
The wheels of the bus went ‘round and ‘round Friday, carrying Comal Independent School District trustees on a 140-mile tour of the county’s exploding population centers.
The tour, organized by Strategic Planning Committee Chair man David Spencer, helped put
trustees in the right frame of mind to answer a crucial question — how big should CISD’s campuses be?
SPC members met trustees for lunch halfway through their tour and shared their preliminary long-range planning recommendations, based on campus size adjustments.
Currently, the district’s recom
mended campus size is 800 for elementary schools, 1,000 for middle schools and 2,250 for high schools.
As part of its plan for absorbing and managing growth, the committee would like to increase those limits to 1,000 for elementary schools, 1,500 for middle schools and 2,500 for high schools.
Growth subcommittee Chairman Kenny Buicks explained tile group started with a smaller school concept but could not find any evidence larger schools would have a negative impact on the children’s education.
Trustee Charles Burt was not so sure.
“I have a problem with these mega schools,” he said. "I would
not want to send my child to a school that big. Bigger is not necessarily better.”
After nine months of research, the committee concluded larger campuses would reduce per student initial construction and maintenance costs, create broader curriculum opportunities and
See SCHOOLS Page 3A
Proposition 13 would change petition process
By Scott Mahon
Petition drives by citizens have made a lot of news in recent years. But if a charter amendment is passed, such drives would be harder — or easier.
Proposition 13 would change he requirement that initiatives, or petitions, have signatures equal to 30 percent of the number of votes cast in he last regular citywide election.
The amendment would require petitions have signatures equal to 5 percent of the number of registered voters.
In the May 2003 city election, about 1,7(X) votes were cast and in the May 2002 city election, about 3,200 votes were cast.
But in the November 2004 election, almost IO,(XX) voters showed up at the polls.
There are approximately 30,000 registered voters in New Braunfels.
Some argue the amendment would make it easier to petition for an election.
See PETITIONS Page 11A
For more on the city election, see Forum, page 4A
Many people spend lots of money and time to rebuild cars bom decades gone by.
New Braunfels ISD voices concern over drainage fees
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District wants to get out of paying drainage and stormwater utility fees — if the City of New Braunfels approves them.
Trustees will vote on a resolution Monday stating their belief that the new fees would be a burden to NBISD taxpayers and asking for an exemption.
Although city council has not approved the fees or decided how much they should be, Superintendent Bon Reaves already is concerned about the impact to the district’s budget.
“We’ve heard so many different numbers
See FEES Page 3A
By Scott Mahon
Bernerd Boarnet remembers when he was a third-grader marching in downtown New Braunfels in the annual Kinder-masken parade. But Saturday he played a different role as he watched his wife, Esther, push their 2-year-old grandson down San Antonio Street in a stroller during the parade.
His mother, Loyce Boarnet, stood alongside and watched her great-grandchildren in Saturday’s parade.
“It used to be Mayfest, an old German tradition,” she said. “It was held at luanda Park, and there was a huge picnic, a dance and two or three parades. It was a big thing back in those days.”
Ethlyn Michalk of La Grange stood in the shade Saturday and watched her great-grandson parade by.
“Its my first time here for the parade,” she said.
Fred Baetge, director of the Comal Community Band, said the first time he was in the Kinder-masken parade was in the fourth grade.
“There were two high school bands, two big parades and a dance that night on a slab at luanda Park,” he said. “It was a big deal.”
Noreen Sippel, who taught school in Comal County 38 years, said the school’s sponsored the parade years ago.
“The teacher’s sponsored it and
See FOLKFEST Page 10A
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Photos by MANDY REARY'Herald-Zeitung
Children hold hands and move to the Chicken Dance Saturday morning during the Kindermasken parade. Below left, Catilyn Offerman plays A Fiddler's Polka' for an audience at Folkfest Saturday morning. Below right, Meagan Cadded, 3, holds on to her little sister Emily, 1, after the Kindermasken parade.
Kindermasken parade, Folkfest celebrate city’s heritage