New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Larry Ormond (belated), Rafael Altamirano, Esther Martinez, Joe Sanchez, Norma Sauceda, Jackie Erben and CHs-ton Batling (63 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
HerakJ-Zeitung photo by Michael DamaM
Jan Wottshohl practicaa his braaat stroka at the Otymplc-tlze awimming pool at Landa Park Monday. Comal County Commisaionars are talking about building an indoor swimming pool to ba uaad yoar round. Saa ratatad story on Page 2A.
TEA gives local school districts passing marks
above the acceptable level. The remaining campuses were rated as acceptable.
“This reflects a lot of hard work by our students and teachers, lots of help from parents
By DENISE DZIUK
The Texas Education Agency deemed all Comal and New Braunfels school campuses as recognized or acceptable under a new accountability rating list released by the agency.
Both local school districts had campuses ranked as either recognized or acceptable. Both districts were also rated as academically acceptable.
TEA ranks campuses based on scores on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills ten, dropout rates and attendance during the past school year.
Schools had to work harder to be considered acceptable this year. To do that, at least 35 percent of students and those in each student subgroup (black. Hispanic, white and economically disadvantaged) had to pass each subject tested on the TA AS. That standard was increased from 30 percent last year.
Schools’ dropout rates also had to be 6 percent or less, and attendance had to be at least 94 percent.
To be considered recognized, districts and campuses needed a 75 percent passing rate on the TAAS, a dropout rate of 3.5 percent or less and 94 percent attendance
In Comal Independent School District, six of the 15 campuses received recognized status. Last year, only three campuses received ratings
and leadership from our principals,” said CISD superintendent Jerry Major.
Rahe Primary, one of the campuses ranked as recognized this year, was rated as exemplary last year.
CISD public information officer Don Clark said Rahe Primary just missed getting the high marks again this year. The exemplary rating requires a passing rate of at least 90 percent on the TAAS, a dropout rate of no more than I percent and 94 percent attendance. Clark said one sub-group of students had a passing rate of 89.9 percent, just missing the 90 percent target for exemplary designation.
Clark said the new ratings a loss, but is not a big concern.”
“Our goal is for all of our schools to be good .... Forty percent of our schools are recognized, and that’s very good,” said Clark. ‘To be a recognized school is still very good.” In New Braunfels Independent School District, three of the distnct’s nine campuses were rated as recognized. Five were rated as acceptable and Lamar Primary was not rated because it only serves early education and kindergarten grade levels. Other primary campuses which Turn to School, Page 2
Making the grade
New Braunfels Independent School District
Carl Schurz Elementary—Recognized Lamar Primary—Not Rated "
Lone Star Primary—Recognized Memorial Elementary—Acceptable Memorial Primary—Acceptable New Braunfels High School—Acceptable New Braunfels Middle School— Acceptable
OakRun School—Acceptable Seele Elementary—Recognized
Comal Independent School District
Adon R. Seay—Recognized Bill Brown Elementary—Recognized Bulverde Elementary—Recognized Canyon High School—Acceptable Canyon Intermediate—Recognized Canyon Middle—Acceptable Comal Elementary—Acceptable Comal Leadership Institute—Alternative Education
Frazier Elementary—Acceptable Goodwin Pnmary—Acceptable Mountain Valley Elementary—Acceptable Mountain Valley Intermediate-Recognized
Rahe Primary—Recognized Smithson Valley High School— Acceptable
Smithson Valley Middle School— Acceptable
“Lamar Primary was not rated because it only serves early education and kindergarten grade levels.
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, August 5,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Jackie Erben
Vol. 145, No. 189
Molds —2,453 Pigweed —10 Grass —4
(Posen measured in parts per cubic meter of _ air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hamper)
Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second, down 27 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.96 feet above sea level, down 05 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 1,821 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 910 63 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NBD reports pumping 7.289 million gallons of surface water Monday and 2.901 million gallons of well water
Forecasters predict slim chance of rain Tonight — partly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of mainly evening showers or thunderstorms Lows in the mid 70s. Light east and southeast winds.
Wodnoodoy — partly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of mainly late afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 90s Southeast winds near 10 mph.
Thursday through Saturday - partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the 90s. Lows in the 70s
By th# way, was it hot or what?
The temperature reached a hot 96 degrees Monday as people started the work week. It seemed hotter, the National Weather Service said, because the heat index, which factors in the humidity, reached an even 100 degrees
Today is an ozons action day
Today is an ozone action day. People should do what they can to make the air cleaner, including avoid excessive driving and reduce driving by carpooling lf possible, motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 p m so emissions from the gas will not enter the ozone
Turn on your
Tonight is National Night Out so residents across the city will be heading outdoors for block parties lf there is not a party in your neighborhood, turn your porch light on and take the opportunity to meet the people next door and down the street.
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City street officials said Gruene Bridge would be open sometime this afternoon. They said they were cleaning the bridge of silt and other debris that accumulated as a result of high river flows the past several weeks.Citizens, cops look to put cuffs on crime
Residents tour station, visit with officers
By ABE LEVY
Six-year-old Chris Castillo stood on the seat of a New Braunfels Police car, peered over the roof and admired the spinning lights.
He ducked into the driver’s seat and, with a look of amazement, pushed the buttons to turn on six different sounds the siren could make.
“I think I know how to do this,” he told his mother, who was watching from a few feet away.
What he didn’t know was he was cising a
Federal Touch Master Siren, touching a Municipal Electronics TS2 radar and playing with a 99-’ channel-110-watt-Johnson-mobile-radio.
Chris was one of dozens of children and adults who saw first-hand the ins and outs of New Braunfels police operations at the National Night Out Kick off Monday night at the Civic Center.
They toured the police station’s 9-1-1 dispatch center, climbed (rn fire trucks, saw slide presentations and briefings on crime prevention, watched a canine unit demonstration and talked to local law enforcement personnel. More than IOO people came to the kick
designed as an introduction to tonight’s National Night Out celebration.
About 35 neighborhoods are expected to gath
er for block parties tonight, turning on their lights and meeting each other in an attempt to fight neighborhood crime and build better relationships with local police.
But while Monday’s festivities delighted the young, fighting crime in New Braunfels isn’t as enjoyable an experience, police said.
Law enforcement officials are becoming more aware of the dangers of crime in this community as the population is projected to double to almost 70,000 people in just 20 years.
The question that remains is whether crime will follow the growth.
“It’s a serious time because our city is growing,” said Lt. John Wommack, 23-year veteran of the police department. “We’ll have to keep Turn to Crime, Page 2
condition to stable
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Bacchus of the New Braunfels Police Canine Unit attacks an officer pretending to be a gun-toting suspect in a demonstration at the National Night Out kickoff Monday at the Civic Center.
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Police still seek armed robber
Doctors upgrade victim’s
UPS strike affects local workers, businesses
From staff, wire reports
Pay, pensions and full schedules worked by “part-time’ employees are the main sticking points between United Parcel Service and the Teamsters Union, which represents nearly two-thirds of UPS’ 302,000 U.S. employees.
The midnight walkout by the more than 185,000 Teamsters was the first nationwide stoke in the 90-year history of UPS, which delivers 12 million parcels and documents a day, UPS estimated that a scattered, one-day walkout in 1994 cost it $50 million.
The strike is affecting many New Braunfels businesses as well.
Susie Russell, owner of the downtown boutique Blue Slues, said she ships parcels exclusively through UPS.
“That’s pretty much how everybody does business,” Russell said.
SIM said August was one of her biggest months for receiving merchandise. She saki a one-week strike would not
hurt her business greatly, but a prolonged strike might leave her with a shortage of merchandise.
Gilbert ( asianeda, shipping manager for Mission Valley Textiles, said his company made alternate shipping arrangements with its customers betide the strike He said about 75 percent of his customers chose to use an alternate earner.
“The strike hasn’t caused problems between me and my customers The problem is between UPS and its customers," Castaneda said. “It will be up to them to get them back.” New Braunfels Postmaster Ken Robinson said the UPS stnke caused an increase rn requests for business parcel service at his office,
“We’ve had requests from several businesses to take on their parcel service, but we are unable to do that on a temporary basis at this time,” Robinson said.
He cited a shortage of manpower, package handling equipment and delivery vehicles as reasons he could not accept new business.
Turn to UPS, Page 3
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A local man was in stable condition Monday after he was shot in the head during an armed robbery at his pawn shop Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, police continue to search for the unidentified suspect.
The condition of Michael Kevlin, 51, was upgraded from critical to stable at University Hospital on Monday afternoon.
Kevlin, the owner of The Hunting Camp Pawn Shop. 1630 South Business 35. was working alone in his shop when a Hispanic male approached him with a handgun and shot him once in the head, New Braunfels Police Detective Basel Boatright said.
The shooting occurred at 12:12 p.m. and New Braunfels Police and EMS responded. Kevlin was airlifted to University Hospital.
Boatnght said Kevlin gave police a description of the suspect before he was taken to the hospital The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid- to late 20s, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with a medium build and short dark hair
The police detective said three eyewitnesses saw the suspect flee in a dark blue sedan just as they were about to enter the store
On Monday, police investigators still were searching for clues and following up on leads
“We are continuing to get information.” Boatright said. “We are optimistic (an arrest will be made).”
Boatnght said numerous firearms were stolen after the suspect broke a glass gun case in the shop. Evidence showed the suspect was injured after breaking the case, the police report said.
Once Kevlin is in better condition, Boatright said police will give him mug shots to help him identify the suspect.
Nancy Reimnger, owner of W.T, Motors located near the pawn shop, said her son Walter Oner, Jr. was in her office Saturday afternoon when the shooting occurred, but that he did not hear anything, because he had the door closed.
Reimnger said she has had three incidents in the past in which thieves have stolen cars, items from the gars, bro-
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