New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, APRIL 27,2007
NB netters send four entries to state; NB, Canyon, SV golfers fall short at region. Page 6A
Texas' top colleges need a better way for selecting students than just theTop 10 percent law. Page 4A
GSD teachers, staff to get raises
■ District needs to hire dozens of new employees
By Suzanne Ashe
Teachers and staff in the Comal Independent School District will receive a substantial pay raise in August.
The CISD school board unanimously approved adjusting the salary schedule for teachers, support staff and administration at a meeting Thursday night.
Peggy F uller, executive director of human resources for the dis
trict, said the district adjusts salaries every year.
“We give the maximum of what the budget allows to stay competitive,” she said. “Eighty-seven percent of our budget is on salaries.”
All teachers in CISD will receive the $2,750 salary adjustment.
According to the salary schedule, a first-year teacher with a bachelors degree will receive a starting salary of $39,650. That’s
a 7 percent raise or $2,750 more than a teacher starting in the past year whose starting salary was $36,900.
According to the plan, support staff — including maintenance, transportation and clerical workers — will receive a 6 percent pay increase.
Administrative workers who are exempt will receive a 4 percent raise in pay.
See CISD, Page 5A
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A man escapes unhurt after driving his car around barricades stopping traffic from crossing the Guadalupe River at the Gruene Bridge shortly before 9 p.rn Wednesday. Canyon Lake Dam officials opened the flood gates Thursday causing river to rise.The bridge is impassible when the river flow reaches 3,000 cubic feet per second and was closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon.
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Wine, singing hits center stage at annual festival
By Suzanne Ashe
A German tradition will once again come to life Saturday in downtown New Braunfels.
“This is the fourth year for Wein and Saenger-fest and the festival has something for everybody,” said New Braunfels Main Street manager Jan Soechting.
Soechting said the festival originally dates back 162 years, almost as far back as when New Braunfels was settled.
“The Germans brought their love of music with them,” she said. "They would sing German songs and as other German communities grew up around the area, they would have singing competitions. Whoever won hosted next year’s festival.”
The tradition got lost for a while, she said,
■ The 100 and 200 blocks of
West San Antonio Street will be closed between 6 a.m. to midnight Saturday.
■ Vehicles left along those areas will be towed.
See FESTIVAL, Page 8A
Area residents can catch brilliant views of the sunset from just about anywhere.
Creekside project can move forward
■ County waives waiting period
By IVIark Koopmans
Comal County Commissioners unanimously agreed Thursday to allow the city of New Braunfels to move forward with its plan to create a tax increment reinvestment zone for developments at Interstate 35 at Farm-to-Mar-ket 306.
Currently, Texas law requires that taxing jurisdictions within the proposed zone give 60-days notice of a public hearing about the TIRZ. Plans for the proposed zone call for
See CREEKSIDE, Page 5A
Ready for visitors
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
With a fresh coat of paint applied to its attractions, Schlitterbahn is ready for the opening of the 2007 season Saturday morning.
■Schlitterbahn set to kick off 2007 season with a splash
The Uptown Piano Bar is the place for
Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411
By Mark Koopmans
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, a draw for local residents and visitors alike, is set to open with a big splash Saturday morning.
Along with the park’s traditional rides and family-friendly activities, it features several new enhancements and amenities for the 2007 season, waterpark officials said Thursday.
“Guests will notice the addi-tional attention to detail around the entire park including a new make over for park entrances, upgraded restrooms and changing facilities, as well as new theming designed to enhance the Schlitterbahn experience," spokesman Jeffrey Siebert said.
See PARK, Page 3A
Schlitterbahn retail supervisor Kim Garcia stocks one of the gift shops with souvenirs in preparation for Saturday's opening for the 2007 season.
Visitors to the water park this weekend will find some of the following additions:
■ Boogie Bahn, the world's first attraction of its kind, has a new look and visitors are now able to pick up their boards at the attraction itself.
■ Cabanas are located in the Surfenburg area of the park for guests to use for an additional fee.
■ Lagoon Kid's Area is a new water feature that should delight even the youngest waterpark fans.
■ Polywog Pond and Wolf Pack attractions received new looks this year.