New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
cost cuts require give, take
By Leigh Jones
Compromise reigned as New Braunfels Independent School District officials considered a budget consultant’s recommendations to eliminate a $1.3 million deficit.
For the 2004-05 budget, John E. Wilson and Associates, LLC recommended $1,452,014 in staffing cuts and $533,928 in operations cuts for a total budget reduction of $1,985,942.
Superintendent Ron Reaves presented school board members a list of recommended budget reductions totaling $1,331,703.
Executive Director of Business Services Sandy Hill said the consultant’s independent opinions were helpful but were never meant to be adopted wholesale.
“The recommendations were to assist us and give us guidance and ideas as to what to cut,” she said. “We were never asked to reconcile all of them. Even the board did not agree with all of them.”
Recommendations in the cost reduction analysis enabled Reaves to present a budget that is balanced, if the board votes to change the tax year. If the board votes not to change the tax year, the budget would contain an estimated $17,000 deficit.
Hill pointed out the proposed budget included additions as well as reductions.
Three full-time librarians were added, one each at Lone Star, Lamar and Memorial Elementary schools, for a total increase of $135,000.
There also was a $117,536 increase in the transportation program costs.
See BUMIT, Page 2A
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I Readers sound off on McKenna I hospital s volunteer policy I change, beer bongs and extra j tourist traffic. Page 4A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
This drawing, courtesy of The Sophien-burg, depicts the Bandstand and Comal County Courthouse in 1907.
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gets $150,000 renovation
By Scott Mahon
Lewis Coldeway, 80, saw his first Fourth of July celebration at the Main Plaza Bandstand in 1931.
Now, the structure, which has changed little since, will get a facelift.
The bandstand was completed in j a cost of $560.
B City of New Braunfels, in con-Junction with the New Braunfels Main
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Bandstand in downtown New Braunfels. The bandstand was built in 1905 ! See RAMI!TRMB, Page 2A and was renovated in 1923 and 1976.
B Built in 1905
B Renovated in 1923 by the Women's Civic Improvement Club; restrooms ware added, which were later removed_
g Renovated in 1976 as part of the country's bicentennial celebration. an adjacent fountain was added, walkways were constructed; extensive landscaping was completed
B Since 1976, lighting and sound systems have been installed
B Will celebrate 100th anniversary next year
■ For information on donations contact
Jan Soechting, New Braunfels Main Street manager
424 S. Casten Ave.
608-2100 ext. 252
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Vol. 153, No. 147 14 pages, 2 sections
IO named to CTTC advisory board
By Scott Mahon and Dylan Jiminsz
Tracking the news EVENT RESCHEDULED
LAST WE KNEW: March of Dimes WalkAmerica was scheduled for Saturday.
LATEST: It has been rescheduled due to rain and storm threats.
NEXT: The walk will begin May 8 with registration at 8 a.m. For information, call Judy Wright at (830) 864-5049.
New Braunfels and Seguin city councils this week appointed IO members to the Central Texas Technology Center’s advisory board.
Each council appointed five members, said New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto.
“New Braunfels appointed
Debbie Fitsko, Nancy Fuller, Monroe Miller, George Bal and Paula DiFonzo,” he said. “Mark Wallock of Seguin was appointed chairman."
Nominees were submitted by New Braunfels Independent School District, Comal ISD, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and city council.
The board is responsible for the oversight of the CTTC and
with keeping both councils informed on the center’s operations.
“The board will work with the administration at CHC and local industry,” Pinto said. “It’s a way of ensuring that the center has a way of keeping a pulse on the needs of the area.”
Pinto said the board will hold it’s first meeting May 12.
See CTTC. Page 2A
Canyon Lake United Methodist
Fridays, the Hemld-Zeitung will feature a different home of worship.
CANYON LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
■ Pastor; Jim Roberts
■ Denomination: United Methodist
■ Attendance: 300
■ Meeting times: 8:30, 9:30 (contemporary) and 10 30 a.m. (traditional)
■ Address: 206 Flintstone
■ Phone: (830) 899-7104
■ Web site: none
■ Mission Statement: Our mission is to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
Canyon Lake UMC reaching out all the way to Russia
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE—Janet and Les Robertson, members of Canyon I .ake United Methodist Church, are taking a crash course in Russian.
In September, the Robertsons and Betty Jo and Lloyd Powell will journey to Vologda, 350 miles north of Moscow, on a mission trip bearing gifts to poverty stricken Good News United Methodist Church.
This is the first trip to Russia for CLUMC members, and Pastor Jim Roberts said it would not have happened several years ago.
“In the last seven years, [our church) has really grown,” he said. “The community has changed, and we have made an effort to attract young families.”
Along with growth came a desire to serve in larger mission fields.
“Recently, we have become very mission-minded,” Roberts said. “Last year, we went to New Mexico to work on a church."
The Robertsons and the Powells will join a team of 11 members ofTerrytown UMC in Austin, which established a support network for the Russian diurch three years ago. At a recent planning meeting the four Canyon I .ake residents received a stack of reading material to prepare them for potential culture shock.
“We have a start on phonetics and a list of some words to use,” Les said. “We’re going to try to impress on our congregation the importance of raising money for this church because they are so poor over there.”
Roberts has encouraged his congregation to raise $10,000 to $12,000 for projects during the trip.
“One project is to find and buy a van for them to take kids to a camp in the country,” Les said. “We have also adopted an orphanage with IOO kids who need athletic shoes.”
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While local parks and attractions draw tourists heft for fun, they're part of area residents’heritage.
Canyon Lake United Methodist Church's Associate Minister Malford Hierholzer, left, and Senior Pastor Jim Roberts.