New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Kirby: Let's not throw out HB 72
Dr. William Kirby, the new commissioner of education, said he believes in the purpose of House Bill 72 and that the Texas Education Agency is polishing the guidelines to implement its measures.
Kirby, who spoke to New Braunfels Association of Texas Professional Educations Friday night in Seguin, said he wants the Legislature to pass two more measures • an appropriations bill and a discipline management bill - and then given the State Board of Education time to refine and adjust the implementation.
“I don’t want a lot of things changed in House Bill 72,” Kirby said, noting that TEA is ‘‘now beginning to turn out rules every month. They’re (local educators) just now getting the answers.”
If legislators make changes now, Kirby said, ‘‘we’U have another year of all kinds of confusion.”
He said he has tried to make TEA a more open organization since taking his position and has tried to involve people from many areas in the decision-making.
Kirby stressed that he takes any aspect of performance seriously. “Our performance is not where it should be,” he said about the state’s education system. ‘‘We’re going to steadily make progress and make improvements.”
The commissioner sees some problems from House Bill 246 which he said sets the “same standard” of education
around Texas. “The question is ‘What do we do with a slow learner?’” he noted.
Because many students are not planning to attend college, the state needs to “dramatically enhance the kinds of vocational programs we’re having,” Kirby stated, adding that he favors looking into having more vocational programs at the junior high level.
“I’m not sure it makes sense preparing these kids for cllege if three-fourths aren’t going,” he noted. “I’m afraid we’ve got a lot of kids who we haven’t given enough skills that they can sell.
“We’ve got to make all education product-oriented,” Kirby continued, adding that the state needs to check the output of district programs and the results of training. This will ensure “that there’s a job out there for them (students),” he said.
Kirby also discussed the career ladder, competency testing, advanced academic training and bilingual education.
Above all, Kirby stressed that he hopes parents will become more involved in the education process. Remembering when “parents and teachers were allies,” the commissioner said educators need to work to get the support of parents for the education system.
Utilities trustees facing $26.8 million in projects
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
New Braunfels Utilities trustees will start chopping down a $26.8 million list of capital improvement projects in a bond issue workshop Wednesday.
The workshop, set at Thursday’s regular board meeting, will begin at 6 p.m. at Honors Hall.
Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said building requirements for the next three to four years amount to $5.08 million in the electric department, $6.3 million in water, $9.07 million in sewer, $5.79 in wastewater and $575,000 in general items.
•Realistically, we don’t expect it to be a $27 million issue, but if a project is not included, we want everyone to know why,” Sohn said. “We need to determine what our ratepayers can afford in debt service payments, and go from there.”
Initial estimates indicate the most rate would increase if the entire $26.8 million package were approved would be .007 of a dollar for electricity in 1988 ; 28 cents per 1,000 gallons for water, and $1.16 per 1,000 gallons for sewer. The .007 of a dollar would decrease to .006 of a dollar in 1989
The purpose of Wednesday’s workshop will strictly be “a thorough discussion of bond projects,” Sohn added. “We want to develop a program as a team. There won’t be any action, just direction from you to us i as staff).”
The bond proposal, once finalized, will probably go before City Council and not the general public for authorization. Sohn said he would like the Utilities board to present a bond resolution to council members sometime in May.
At Thursday’s board meeting, discussion on delinquent utility bills took up more time than any other agenda item. With Utilities writing off about $12,000 in bad debts every quarter. Mayor Barbara Tieken suggested Attorney Tom Burrus look into the legality of a higher deposit for residents of mobile home parks and apartments.
“I checked with other cities — not Round Rock this time — and they do it,” she added
Trustee Robert Orr suggested the names on the delinquent lists should be turned into the Seguin Credit Bureau when Utilities charges them off as bad debts.
“A lot of these people are deadbeats, but people do have problems,” Orr said. “They get back on their feet in a couple of years and clean up (their debts) voluntarily. But they don’t always remember where to start.
“I could almost guarantee the small dollar amounts would collect themselves over several years. When a guy owes us $9.50 and it shows up when he’s trying to get a $12,000 car financed, he’ll get that straightened out real quick," he added.
Board Chairman Bill Brown said, “Transitory types are eating ail utilities up,” and recommended statistics be gathered from Thursday’s charge-off list to show the effect on the Utilities.
He also referred to a working fund called “Project Warm,” which was established by corporate contributions and ratepayer donations at City Public Service in San Antonio to help those who are unable to pay their utility bills.
Orr said he would like the board to see the bad debt lists on a quarterly basis. “We might be able to help that way before they’re dead and gone,” he added.
“I’d like to see it even more structured,” Sohn said. “I want the board to have it and actually approve it.”
Trustees did approve a Utilities employee travel policy Thursday that will pay for spouse expenses of executive management, but not for board members or their spouses. Executive management includes Sohn, Assistant General Manager Carl Zipp, Technical Services Manager Roger Biggers, Information Services Manager Barry Allison, and Administrative Services Manager Jeff Thompson.
Orr said the policy was a good one, because it allows professional management to be compensated with supervisor approval and budget controls when the board sets the dollar amount for schooling, seminars, etc.
NBHS students place at CVAE conference
Five New Braunfels High School students placed in the Vocational Opportunities Cubs of Texas’ State leadership Conference April 19-20 in Corpus Christi.
Usa Cortez, a senior who works as a cashier at K-Mart, placed second in Chapter Yearbook
Joe Medina placed fifth in Chapter Photo Display, his second year in a row to be awarded. Last year Medina, a senior who works in produce at Kroger’s, earned second place.
A team of three students earned a blue ribbon in the Photo Panel
Contest, a photo display of the students on their jobs. The team consisted of junior Raymond Saenz who works at HEB., senior Patty Cordova who works at Ernesto’s Jewelry Designs, and junior Cindy Santellan who works at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.
CISD to honor employees at banquet
Over IOO Comal 1SD employees will be honored at the annual employee recognition banquet set for May I at Canyon High School.
Pins will be given to employees who have worked for CISD for three, five. IO, 15, 20 . 25 , 30 and 35 years, while plaques will be presented
teachers and employees of the month for the 1984-85 school year.
Retirees to be honored with plaques at the banquet include Virginia Whinnery, a teacher at Bulverde Middle School; Roland Neugebauer, a custodian at BMS;
and Genevieve Tart, Canyon High School.
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Mrs. Mildred Wunderlich, who works as a BMS cook, will receive a 35-year pm, and Maxine Gordon, a teacher at Frazier Elementary, will receive a 30-year pin.
These two teams from New Braunfels High School will be at Texas A8-M Saturday for state competition, as both placed first in competition last week. Above, the dairy cattle judging team includes (from left) Charles
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NBMS bands win top honors
New Braunfels Middle School’s bands brought back two Sweepstakes Awards from University Interscholastic League concert and sightreading contest recently at Churchill High School.
The seventh grade and eighth grade bands earned first divisions in both sightreading and concert.
“We are really excited,” director Ed Solomon said. “It’s really marvelous.”
Solomon directed the seventh grade band, and Al English directed the eighth grade musicians.
Only three times in the past nine years has one of the middle school bans failed to earn the Sweepstakes Award.
Out of the 24 bands that performed, nine received the Sweepstakes Award, including the two from New Braunfels.
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Of Events Humane
CIMA Club: Fiesta Mexieana, Friday through Sunday, Wur-sthalle, luanda Park.
Order of the Eastern Star: bazaar and white elephant sale, Saturday, IO a.m. to 2 p.m., New Braunfels Utilities parking lot.
Organ recital: 4 p.m. Sunday. First Protestant Church. Incarnate Word College presents Carole Knewaldt in a senior organ recital.
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Ne* Braunfels High School Science Club donated $25 and supplies to the Humane Society of the New Braunieis Area, Inc.
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