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(LISPS 377 880) New Braunfels. TexasIt adds up to better mathematics scores
A plan that improved basic math scores in Austin schools by 15 to 50 percent in a year has been adapted for use by the New Braunfels Independent School District.
NBISD trustees heard Bonnie Lietch, a mathematics teacher at New Braunfels High School, report on the plan at a special meeting late Monday.
“We're very excited by it. It’s a great opportunity for us to do what we’ve always wanted to do. It not only raised scores in Austin, but changed the classroom decorum as well,” she said.
The procedure, as outlined by I^eitch, involves testing high school freshman with the Texas Assessment of Basic Skills exam, which was developed a year ago.
The TABS test would determine if the student could handle “minimum competencies.” Out of ll different categories of basic math skills, he or she would have to pass seven of them. The categories consist of such areas as “working with money, problems of measurement, personal finance, whole numbers, fractions, and so on.”
The test was not designed to fit a grade level,
but to determine if the student had reached “exit level” proficiency in mathematics, Leitch said.
If a freshman fails the test, a letter will be sent to parents detailing two alternatives: when the test is taken a second time, as a sophomore, those who fail can enroll in tutorial classes to improve the skills that are lacking, or parents can sign a letter of release stating they understand their child does not meet the minimum requirements.
Board President Rudy Renner did not like the “escape clause.”
“I’m a little uncomfortable with it. If we set a standard it should be for every child in the school,” he said.
Austin Independent School District added the clause on the advice of its lawyers, twitch explained, but “as it turned out, parents refused to sign the release. The pressure was put back on the student, and the scores went up."
Assistant Supt. Oscar Smith suggested the district could try the escape clause for a year, “and if we get a lot of letters, then we could close the door.”
“I don’t think we would have any. We’d certainly discourage a parent from signing," Supt. O.K. Hendricks said.
Leitch said the plan was a “convenient .starting point."
“They’ve done all the work tor us. All we have to do is implement it. And since the tests will be given to freshmen, not seniors, it will mean something. The kids will have to live with the results of the tests If they’re deficient in some areas, we can work with them,” she said.
Carter's explanation not Billy case end
Schertz may annex more land in ComalDrainage
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Comal County commissioners took a hard look Monday at Sattler Village flooding problems caused in part by a county road.
Area homeowners asked the county to condemn part of a strip of land bordering Guadalupe Road, just off River Road near its fourth crossing ofproblem
the Guadalupe River.
The road crosses a stream carrying water runoff from the Sattler area to the river. Heavy rainfall in May and July 1979 caused two 36-mch concrete culverts to act as a dam, forcing water out of the stream bed, across the road and into the garages and living rooms of two homes built next to the stream.
Comm. Orville Heitkamp said county efforts to correct the problem wereaired
hampered by a chain-link fence running along the downstream side of the road, covering part of the culvert structure.
Earlier efforts by Heitkamp to obtain the cooperation of the owner of the stream, Lloyd Rathburn of Pasadena, in removing the fence were inconclusive, so he joined homeowners
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Carter’s extraordinary defense of his handling of brother Billy’s Libyan connection doesn’t close the case that has rocked his presidency and his party in the final days of his race for nomination to a second term
The president’s own account Monday night to the public and to the Senate subcommittee investigating the affair acknowledged that it is “not definitive or final.” Members of the panel indicated they would withhold judgment until their probe is complete.
And in the highly charged atmosphere of an election campaign, Carter’s opponents could hardly be expected to let the matter rest.
But in his 99-page report and the hour-long nationally broadcast news conference that followed, the president insisted that although he may have made some mistakes in getting information about the case out in the open, none of his actions in dealing
Schertz City Council is thinking about annexing a 207.9-acre tract in Comal County, and a public hearing on the matter will be held today at 7 p.m. at Schertz City Hall, 1400 Live Oak.
The tract extends 750 feet on both sides of IR 35 from Schertz’s present city limits at Schwab I-me to the end of the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) a mile to the north If approved, the annexation would extend Schertz’s ETJ to where it would abut New Braunfels’. The two cities have already begun preliminary talks about establishing a common ETJ boundary line, Schertz City Manager Jimmy Gilmore said Monday.
The Comal County tract is one of three tracts (the other two are in
with Billy and the Libyans was illegal or improper.
The president said — and excerpts from his personal diary confirm that he tried repeatedly, if unsuccessfully, to dissuade his headstrong brother from making a return trip to Libya last year.
“I’m not trying to make excuses," the older brother said. But “anyone who knows Billy knows that no one can push him around."
The president defended using Billy to get to the Libyan government in the early days of the Iranian hostage crisis and said the mission was at least partly successful in obtaining the support of the radical Islamic regime for U S. efforts to free the American captives. He conceded, however, that “it may have been bad judgment” to have “enhanced Billy’s stature in the minds of the Libyans."
In his statement. Carter reiterated “I can state categorically that my
Bexar and Guadalupe counties) the council is considering for annexation, Gilmore said. last year, Schertz City Council thought about annexing 1,121.5 acres in Comal and Guadalupe counties: this year, the three tracts total 324.89 acres.
Schertz City Council defeated last year's annexation recoiiunendation by a 14 Volt
Gilmore said both Schertz arid New Braunfels should be concerned about San Antonio’s plan*!
Noting San Antonio has a five-mile ETJ (Schertz and New Braunfels have one mile), Gilmore said, “I’d sure hate to see either one of us get engulfed I’m not saying we would, but ifs a possibility."
brother Billy has had no influence on my decisions or on any U.S. government policy or action concerning Libya. I can also state that Billy has never asked me to take any step that would affect any of these actions or policies."
The president also made these sweeping points:
He never tried to influence the Justice Department investigation of Billy Carter.
He did not learn until it was made public last month that the Libyan government had paid his brother $220,000.
He never received any of Billy Carter’s libyan money.
Initial reaction to Carter’s explanation was cautious.
Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., chairman of the special Senate subcommittee, declined comment, but his vice chairman. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., said, “We have heard the president's side of the matter; now we will hear the witnesses and maybe hear the other side.”
Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., perhaps the president’s sharpest critic on the committee, said there still is "a lot to explore.” He expressed particular interest in a conversation between Carter and Attorney General Benjamin R. Ctviletti m which Civiletti told the president that Billy Carter would not be prosecuted if he registered as a libyan agent.
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Utilities policy on water receives okay
Bob Sohn’s interim suggestions on water conservation became New Braunfels Utilities trustees’ official interim water policy Monday.
The board unanimously adopted the policy, but agreed to review it if the current water situation
The policy, which came in response to a request for stringent water conservation measures from the
Natural Resources Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, asks local residents to obey them voluntarily.
It includes four measures:
1. No lawn watering from IO a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. Even-odd watering. Under that plan, residents whose addresses end in even numbers can water on even-numbered days of the month and odd numbers on odd-numbered days.
3. Avoidance of overspray.
4. A general awareness of water misuse.
Sofui said he had no figures on water pumpage to see if the suggestions had had any effect, but added, “I feel like 90 percent or more of our citizens are observing these rules."
"In general, I think the community is responding very well,” he said.
Meeting to explore problems of water
By SANDY JACKSON Staff Writer
With water conservation on the minds of more and more concerned citizens, a group is forming in Comal County to investigate the problems ahead.
As yet unnamed, the group is holding its “Third Town Meeting on Water” Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Snuthson Valley High School for all residents and landowners who obtain their water by well or system from the Glen Rose or Cow Creek water formations. Two previous meetings held by the group have been
attended by state and county officials .
The purpose of this meeting is to continue the process of looking into the problems and solutions to the reported limited water supply of Glen Rose and Cow Creek formations in western Comal County.
Scheduled speakers are Dick Reeves of the U.S. Geological Survey and Iz?roy Goodson of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority.
Hydrology and geology data show that ground water resources cannot be expected to continue to support the level of growth and development which has taken place in the areas of concern in the recent past. The
state cannot control the number of private wells because in Texas, the ground water is owned by the land owner When the area goes through a period of deficient rainfall, the problem intensifies.
The group’s philosophy is to utilize knowledgeable and disciplined persons from every facet of local, county and federal agencies, committees, commissions and persons from the business sector to deal with aspects of the total picture and to work toward a solution for now and the future.
For further information, contact Betty Baker at 438-2218 or Beth Shorty at 438-7819.
County requests tubes be closed
Commissioners Court Monday approved a New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce request that Hie portholes on the sides of county dam drawdown tubes be covered.
District Conservationist Carl Englerth said he would forward a copy of the court’s minutes to the state Soil Conservation Service headquarters tor their permission
“It shouldn't take too long,” he told coiiunissioners.
The portholes are located about four feet below the top of the concrete tubes, and serve to keep the volume of water behind four county dams at a 200 acre-feet maximum
Die chamber’s Natural Resources Committee concluded more water would enter the Edwards underground reservoir if water levels behind the dams were allowed to rise, and recommended closing the portholes as a water conservation measure.
The action, lf taken, would mean a difference of 500 acre feet of water, Englerth said
The motion, on County Judge Max Woimnack’s recoiiunendation, was made by Comm. Harry Carpenter, with Comm. Charles Mund seconding. It passed unanimously.
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County officials inspect a Sattler drainage cul- are Comms. Charles Mund, Monroe Wetz,
vert. The culvert structure backed up water Orville Heitkamp, District Conservationist Carl
runoff in 1979, flooding area homes. Left to right Englerth, Richard Odmark and Max Wommack.