New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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22 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, April 30,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Larry Anderson
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Dear Abby....................................3AStain mtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Doris Stephens, Larry Anderson, B liana McDonald.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Ed and Patricia Poole (37 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.Pollan Count
mold —1,051 oak —8 mulberry — 36 pecan —22 grass —34 elm —trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)River Information
Comal River — 278 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well *— 625.16 feet above sea level, down 01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —3.083 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — unavailable Canyon Lake level — 911.22 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBL! reports pumping 4.097 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 546,000 gallons of well water were used.Bridge at Gruene closed again today
The Canyon Lake release rate is 3,083 cubic feet per second, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Because of the increased Guadalupe River level, the bridge at Gruene will be closed until further notice.Nominations sought for lawman off tho yoar
i The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 “Ed Murphy Memorial Award — Lawman of the Year."
Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up applications from 8 a m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp, 384 Landa St. Completed nominations must be returned to the law office by 5 p.m. today.Kindorniaskon Parads on Saturday
Children of all ages are invited to pin the New Braunfels tradition of Kindermasken Parade.
This year's costume theme is *How the West Was Won." Participants line up at 9 a.m. Saturday behind the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill.
Judging will begin at 9:30 a m. with the parade heading toward the plaza at 10 a m.
Festivities will continue at Folk-fest, set for Saturday and Sunday at Conservation Plaza Call 629-2943 for informationHead Start still needs Campbell’s labels
Thanks to the great community response, the Community Council of South Texas’ Heac Start program has decided to ponduct the “Campbell's Labels tor Education drive through the 1997-98 school year For a complete list of eligible products or for information cal (210) 379-8110.Juneteenth debs sought
The Black Heritage Society needs young black ladies to participate in this year’s Juneteenth celebration to be held at 7 p m. June 21 at Saengerhalle For an application call Dr. Nathan Millett at 606-6936 or Kahala Crayton at 606-2812
First charges filed in alleged hazing at CHSCISD identifies Nowotny as suspended coachBy ABE LEVY
Charges were filed Tuesday morning in Municipal Court against two Canyon High School juniors accused of assaulting a younger student in a hazing ritual earlier this year.
Because the alleged victim is a 15-year-old freshman, a parent signed the charge that is listed as a class C misdemeanor assault, carrying a maximum fine of $500 and no jail time.
Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer said the charge was the lowest classification of assault — in which a victim believes contact to be merely offensive, not resulting in physical or sexual injury.
The charge names two defendants, ages 17 and 18, who are varsity football players at Canyon High.
“It’s quite unfortunate that we had to do this,” a parent said. “It was just the only thing to do. It will pretty much serve as an example not to do this to the
rest of the kids.”
The defendants will not be arrested but summoned to appear in court to make a plea at 3:30 p.m. May 15, Boyer said. At that time, he said, they will have the option of selecting a judge or a six-member jury to decide the case.
If the defendants select Municipal Court Judge David Perkins, the case would go to trial in about one month, Boyer said. Additional time would be needed for a jury trial.
Prepared charges were ready at the court this month for the parents to sign, Boyer said, but he said he could not prosecute until a specific offense date was provided.
The charge lists Jan. 14 of this year as the date of the offense.
HerakJ-Zeiturtg photo by Michael Darnali
Gerad Howard paints tho entrance to the tube chute on the the Comal River on Tuesday afternoon. Howard ie preparing for the tourist season and the hundreds of tubers who will ride through the chute.
TAAS testing under wayBy DENISE DZIUK
Students throughout the area are slumped over test booklets, chewing on the ends of pencils, as they try to come up with answers to the TAAS test questions.
Brenda Fielder. Comal Independent School District instructional coordinator, said the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills Test (TAAS) is a measurement of “essential skills.”
‘These are the basic skills that teachers should be teaching anyway,” Fielder said.
Local students in the third- through seventh-grade began this year’s testing penod Monday and will continue testing through today. The eighth-graders will have to take social studies and science Thursday. High school students who have not yet passed the exit level test are also taking the test.
“It’s not an easy test, but we’ve done everything possible to get them ready,” Carl Schurz Principal Jane MacDonald said.
Fielder said CISD teachers structure their lesson plans to include the objectives and skills included on the test. Practice tests are taken and tutorials
To prepare students for taking the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills tests, parents are urged to:
H Make sure children go to sleep early and get plenty of rest.
H Eat a healthy breakfast so they are not distracted by hunger or easily tired.
H Give the student positive encouragement.
H Have fun the evening before to help relieve stress
H Get to school early so students are not rushing.
Source NBISD and CISD
Karen Simpson, director of education services for the New Braunfels Independent School District, said the same efforts were made in NBISD to prepare students for this test. In addition, she said, parents have picked up copies of last year’s test to help prepare students at home.
“It is amazing to me how many parents will come in and pick up a copy of the old test to help to help their children to the best they can,” Simpson said. “It’s great to see the parents get involved.”
The test, which students are required to pass in order to graduate, creates stress for the students as well as the teachers, who are often measured by how well their students perform on the test, MacDonald said.
“We try not to put too much pressure on them, but some of them feel pressured anyway,” she said. “By the nature of the test, the pressure is there because we’re measured by it.’ MacDonald said her campus held workshops in the fall and spring to help familiarize parents to the test and recommend ways to help. Test-taking skills are also taught. She said the students were also given encouragement and the importance of the test w as kept low key. MacDonald said those approaches seemed to work for the most part.
“Everybody wants our children to do well,” MacDonald said. “We do everything we possibly can, and our students should do fairly well.”
Boyer said he anticipated interviewing the alleged victims again in preparation for the trial and any other witnesses if they agreed.
“There’s really not that much to do. It’s not a complex case by any means,” Boyer said. “It boils down to the credibility of the witnesses.”
Police conducted an investigation of the same incident earlier this month and another that allegedly occurred in October.
Police, the district attorney and county attorney have all reviewed the matter and concluded that only a simple assault had taken place, although initially they said they thought sexual assault was involved.
Parents of the alleged victim in the October report have not signed charges
Board accepts resignationsBy DENISE DZIUK
With one board member temporarily leaving the meeting and other board members, principals and staff members crying, the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday night approved the resignation of two top administrators.
New Braunfels Middle School Principal Ken McGuire and Executive Director for Education Serv ices Karen Simpson were both hired by the Keller Independent School District on Monday night. Former NBISD superintendent Charles Baldberry took over as KISD superintendent in January.
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“I can’t say enough about the quality and the things they have done even since I’ve been here,” said interim superintendent Tom Moseley as he presented the two resignations to the board. “Although we will certainly miss Karen and Ken. I think w e should applaud them for the work they’ve already done in this district."
McGuire said he initially considered the Keller position because of the turmoil NBISD had experienced the past couple of months. He said once he looked at the opportunity more in greater depth, he saw the professional opportunity the grow ing district offered
POSITIONS OPEN AT NBISD
H New Braunfels High School Principal — Former principal John Turman requested a reassignment, and the board of trustees approved the move Oct 1. Effective Oct. 3, Turman took the position of assistant to the superintendent Karen Simpson, NBISD executive director of education services, took over as interim principal through December H NBISD Superintendent -Superintendent Charles Bradber-ry left in January to take over as the superintendent of the Keller Independent School District Tom Moseley has been serving as interim superintendent H NBISD Director of Curriculum — Dr Ellen Bell left in January to become the director of profes
sional development for the Texas Association of School Administrators in Austin.
■ New Braunfels Middle School Principal — The board of trustees Tuesday night accepted the resignation of Principal Ken McGuire. He has been hired by the Keller ISD as principal of a new elementary school. His resignation is effective June 10 His wife, who teaches in the district, will also leave
■ Executive Director for Education Services — The board of trustees on Tuesday also approved the resignation of Karen Simpson, who has been hired by Keller ISD as the assistant superintendent for instruction. Her resignation is effective May 30.
Nearly IO percent of voters cast early City Council ballotsBy DAVID DEKUNDER
Two contested city council seats in Districts 3 and 4 have produced respectable early voting figures among voters who live in both districts, according to a city official.
Bonnie Sarkozi, city secretary, said that more than 700 people had voted early in the New Braunfels municipal elections. Early vining for the city and Comal Independent School District
Board of Trustees races ended Tuesday.
The city and school board elections will be held this Saturday.
For both districts, which have a combined total of 8,000 voters, the early voting figure represents close to IO percent of the eligible voters in both districts, Sarkozi said.
“It is good tex- those two districts,’’ Saikuzi said. “Only a thud of the city is young (in two districts). Last year we had about 1,500 tor all six districts in early voting.”
Last year’s elections were the first tune
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in many years that New Braunfels residents voted tor the mayor at large instead of having the city council vote tor the mayor, which had been done in the past.
Running for District 3 are businessman Randy Vansiory and former mayor and city councilman Rudy Seidel.
The two are running for the seat being vacated by Councilwoman Brenda Freeman.
Distnct 3 covers a northwest sec
tion of the city extending from a line a formed by Wald Road, to Walnut Avenue, Landa Street, Land Park Drive to Oakwood subdivision and running parallel with Loop 337.
In District 4, retirement activity director Jan Kotylo and electronics store manager Russell McDonald are vying for the seat being vacated by former mayor Paul Fraser.
The district encompasses a northeast section of New Braunfels, which includes Gruene, Summerwood, River-
crest, the Estates and the industrial park area.
Residents in Distnct 4 can vote Saturday at Faith United Church on Loop 337 and voters in District 3 can cast their ballots at Seele Elementary School, 540 Howard St.
Both polling locations will be open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m.
In CISD, seats in Districts 1,2 and 5 are up for election.
Incumbent Dan Krueger is run-Tum to Early, PagelOA
yet and have not determined a specific time when they claim the assault occurred The father said he planned to file similar charges this week against two separate defendants but was hesitant because he said the fault is not solely theirs.
“We’re not minimizing the severity of it, but we don’t want kids to be branded for all their lives,” he said.
Comal Independent School District officials said they conducted their own investigation and suspended nine students and one coach after police reports surfaced in early April.
School officials said Tuesday that Larry Nowotny, head football coach and athletic director, was suspended for three days with pay.
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him and his wife, who is a teacher.
“We’re going to be developing an entire new school and recruiting the best possible talent,” he said.
Simpson said she did not feel she had the support of the entire board, and was moving to a district where the philosophy was back on succeeding in the education of children using respect, kindness and dignity.
“I’m leaving here to go there for the same reasons I left Austin to come here,” Simpson said. “It’s because of the philosophy.”
Simpson said that although the distnct had expenenced many changes in recent months, it would continue to be a strong distnct. She said that if she did not believe that, she would not be allow ing her son to attend his senior year at New Braunfels High School next year.
“Everything is as good as its foundation, and there’s no place with a stronger foundation than the New Turn to Board, Page 10A
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