New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS ON TO STATE
New Braunfels tennis players P.J. Hendrie and Ashley Turpin advance to state tournament. Page 5B
INSIDE SHIELD LAW
State Rep. Carter Casteel signs on as supporter for law that would protect news sources. Page 2A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154. No. 137 16 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 5B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 5BSmithson Valley could get new principal
By Leigh Jones
Smithson Valley High School will have a new principal Thurs-day, if Comal Independent School District Superintendent Nancy Fuller likes what she sees during this week’s interviews.
Based on the recommendation of a campus-based com
mittee of parents, teachers and administrators, Fuller will sit down with three or four candidates and make her final recommendation to the school board.
The 2,208-student campus, left without a principal last July after Brad Williams left for Judson ISO, has operated under
the direction of Campus Manager Jim Rodrigue for the entire 2004-05 school year.
Rodrigue, an assistant principal under Williams, said he never was interested in succeeding his boss full time because he did not have the proper certification for an administrator’s position.
“Going back to school at my age would have been tough,” he said.
“I’m just looking forward to helping the new principal get settled in here. A lot of people get nervous at change, but I think it’s exciting.”
Although Rodrigue said he did not know what would hap
pen to him once the new leader arrived, District Communications Director Kari Hutchison said she expected him to return to his assistant principal’s spot, a place he will retake with more experience than when he left it.
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AT A GLANCE
if What: Comal Independent School District board meeting
& When: 6 p.m. Thursday
■ Where: Canyon High School
Amendment would alter term limits
By Scott Mahon
Tenn limits that limit a person from serving no more titan two consecutive terms in office would be changed ii voters support Proposition 5 on the May 7 ballot.
rite city charter currently restricts elected city officials to no more than two consecutive three-year terms, and no more than three terms during a lifetime. If approved, Proposition 5 would allow elected city officials three consecutive three-year terms.
Supporters say that three terms would allow elected officials to be more effective.
"its really a community issue, but I ve been in cities that do it both ways,” said City Manager Chuck Pinto. “Some cities that don’t have term limits believe as a community that it takes awhile to become an effective councilman, and if voters don’t like the job they’re doing, they can vote them out. The opposing argument would be that too many terms in
■To see who the Herald-Zeitung endorses in the District 5 council race, see page 4A
office would allow a particular faction to control city government, but again, the electorate can always vote them out.”
District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil believes serving three consecutive terms would not only show support from one’s constituents but also allow the eiected official to be a more effective official. Mayor Adam Cork said the
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A closer look
Adam Cork and Bruce Boyer explain why they should be the next mayor of New Braunfels.
Third time s the charm for appraisal caps
By Brandi Grissom
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — A measure meant to safeguard property tax cuts by limiting the amount of revenue local governments can take in without voter approval passed tile I louse on the third try Tuesday.
“This bill will protect taxpayers. It will make homeown-ership more affordable. It will create greater transparency and clarity in government at both the local and state level,” said Rep. Carl Isett, a Inh-bock Republican who sponsored the bill, a major part of Gov. Rick Perry’s tax reform plan.
Isett’s “truth in taxation” proposal struck out twice in the last two weeks, and passage required some concessions.
The 80-65 vote Tuesday was a victory for Perry, who has
promised tax reform for more than a year.
“Passage of the Truth in Taxation initiative is a major victory for Texas taxpayers,” Perry said. “The Truth in Taxation initiative ensures greater accountability to the people. Instead of being stuck in die passenger’s seat, taxpayers will finally have their foot on the brake when government grows too fast.”
Opponents say Isett’s 5-percent cap on annual revenue increases would hamstring the ability of local officials to generate money for services such as police and fire protection. They also claim it does not account for unique budget challenges in each of the state’s 254 counties and more than 1,200 cities.
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GIVING THEIR ALL
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Rainbow Room chairwoman Deana Frontz, left, and board member Sandy Perry package up disposable diapers Tuesday morning. Below, board memberTerriThompson sorts through items inside the Rainbow Room.
Volunteers make a difference in children’s lives
By Leigh Jones
Packing boxes full of diapers arid arranging shelves full of children’s toys is Deana Frontz’s therapy.
The routine activity helps her make peace with the past.
“Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my brother being abused,” she said. “That’s what motivates me to help these children."
Frontz is one of 15 volunteers who make up the Comal County Child Welfare Board, an organization supporting child abuse victims served by the local Child Protective Services office.
Sitting in tile middle of the Rainbow Room, a large closet
in the CPS building stacked floor to ceiling with supplies for children and caseworkers, Frontz said the children her efforts helped were like family.
“Working with the Child
Welfare Board helps me to help my brother in a way I couldn’t when I was little,” she said. “It helps me make a difference now.”
Every month, Frontz spends
roughly IO hours keeping up with the Rainbow Room’s inventory and shopping for new supplies.
The board’s fund-raising efforts also go toward helping provide extras for children in foster care.
“Our work is special because it helps build children’s self-esteem,” said psychologist and CWB member Terri Thompson. “We can give them things they wouldn’t be able to have otherwise, like prom dresses, football uniforms or money for a GED.”
Board member Susan Sonier agreed, saying it was comforting to know lier eff orts
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City moves closer to permit only parking in two areas
By Scott Mahon
Residents in two river recreation neighborhoods came one step closer to getting parking by permit approved before the summer tourist season.
When finally approved, the new ordinance would be effective May I through Sept. 30, and would give homeowners two free parking permits and two additional visitor parking permits for $3 each.
Homeowners could also apply for additional permits for special events, like funerals, by applying for them with the
city secretary. A $3 refundable deposit would be required.
Permit parking would be required from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in two areas:
■ Area A, which includes both sides of East lincoln Street from its intersection with South Union Avenue easterly to the end of the street; both sides of South Washington Avenue from its intersection with East Lincoln Street to its intersection with East Mather Street; both sides of Cross River Street from South Union Avenue to South Washington Avenue and the east side of South Union Avenue from the intersection of East
Mather Street to Cross River Street.
■ Area B, which includes both sides of East Mather Street from the intersection of South Union to South Central; both sides of East Basel Street from the intersection of South Union Avenue to South Central Avenue; both sides of East Dit-tlinger Street from the intersection of South Washington Avenue to South Central Avenue; both sides of I leinen I .ane from the intersection of South Union to South Washington Avenue; both sides of Exist South Street from the intersection of
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