New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, August 8,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ANGELA SYLVESTER
Voi. 143, No. 192
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Angela Sylvester, Donna McSehmidt, Michael Luna (four years), Mary Isabel Bar-boza (17 years), and Paul Borsch.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-second, down 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.84 feet above sea level, down .02.
Guadalupe River — 179 c f s.
Concert in the Park
Painted Pony will perform the free concert this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park.
Aggies’ ice cream social
The Comal County Aggie Moms Club invites all Comal County Aggies and their families to an old-fashioned ice cream social Thursday, Aug.
10 at Area 16 (across from the pool) in Landa Park beginning at 7:45 p.m. This new 'Howdy Night' is an opportunity for all Aggies - from brand new 'fish' to graduating seniors to former students - and their families to get to know each other and share that great Aggie Spirit. There is no charge for the event.
HOPE to hold end of summer dance
Hispanic Organization for Public Education announces an end of summer DJ dance fund-raising event with DJ Kenny Longoria.
The dance will be Friday,
Aug 11 at 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall, 138 W. Austin St.
Canyon High School to hold Fish Camp
The student council invites all incoming freshmen to its first annual Canyon High School Fish Camp Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 1 30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The camp begins at the Cougar Den (main gym) with sign-in, and ends with refreshments in the student commons area in the main building.
A fun and informative afternoon is planned to introduce the Class of 1999 to key people and traditions A campus tour and information to help freshmen have a successful high school experience are also planned.
Call student council advisors Betty Kyle or Lilly Barucki at 625-6251 for information.
Lone Star Primary sneak preview
A sneak peek for first and second graders at Lone Star Primary will be held Aug. 11 from 3 p.m. to 4 30 p m. Come put away your school supplies and meet your new teacher.
Canyon Music Boosters to meet
Canyon Music Boosters meet Thursday, Aug 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Canyon High School Band Hall.
All parents of band, choir and drill team members of Comal Elementary, Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School are encouraged to attend.
CISD looks at bigger budget, smaller tax rate
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Truck crashes and bums in Spring Branch
Yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m. Spring Branch Fire Department was called out to extinguish a burning truck on FM 306 about two miles east of Highway 281. The vehicle was wrecked and engulfed in flames when fire and EMS personnel arrived at the scene. Sources indicate that the vehicle may have been involved in a carjacking in San Antonio.
Missing girls found along river
From staff reports
Three missing 11 -year-old girls from the Corpus Christi area have been located arter spending much of Sunday night and the early Monday morning hours on the shore of the Guadalupe River near the Guadalupe State Parte.
The three, who were camping at the park with a church group, had gone tubing with the oilier members of the group when they got separated around 6:30 p.m. on the Kendall County section of the nver.
The parents of one of the girls notified the Kendall County Sheriff's Office and Guadalupe State Park Rangers. The rangers began to search the river.
When the girls had not been found by I p.m., the Comal County Sheriff s Office was notified and emergency personnel from the Sheriff s Department, Fire Marshall’s Office and other departments were dispatched to assist.
The Sheriff's Department asked tor help from the Baptist AirLife helicopter at about 3:30 a.m. The helicopter, equipped with search lights and para
medics, came and picked up Deputy Ron Wommack, the area district officer.
The helicopter sighted the girls shortly after it took off — at about 4:05 a.m. They were sleeping about one-and-a-half miles up river from the park on the county line. They had abandoned their tubes and walked about 50 yards before falling asleep.
The AirLife crew checked to see that the girls were all right, then flew them back to the park.
There they were reunited with their group.
The board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District has been presented with a $35 million budget for the 1995-96 school year, and current estimates show there may be a decrease in the total tax rate.
Abel Campos, CISD director of business operations, said the proposed budget, which includes salary increases for many positions, is a little over $35 million dollars, which is up from the almost $31 million budget last year.
Campos said the Texas Education Agency still has not given him a firm formula to use to figure out the tax rate, so he can only estimate what it will be. He said he expects the total tax rate to be in the neighborhood of $1,565. This is a decrease from the current rate, which is $1.58.
“It’s embarrassing not to be able to present the board with firmer numbers, but TEA hasn’t given me the numbers to work with yet,” he told board members.
Tins year's budget has seen several large increases. The largest proposed increase is in the area of staffing plans, which is a $1.5 million increase. The board has approved 70 positions of which, 42 are teachers. The next largest increase was in the area of pay raises, which is a proposed $880,000 increase. Health insurance also has a proposed increased of $200,000. Another $200,000 increase is in the area of the alternative education center, which
was first created this year.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the decrease in the tax rate is a result of two factors. He said the first factor is that there has been a slight increase in state fonding. He said the second reason is that appraisal values have increased, and more homes and businesses have moved into the district.
However, the growth is also a reason the tax rate cannot be lowered more. The district has to take into account expanded staff, facilities, and services needed to meet the growth, he said.
“A smaller tax rate will generate the same amount of funds. We would love to drop the tax rate even more, but we have to plan for those things,” said Major.
Campos said he will have a complete budget to present the board on Thursday for adoption. However, he will only be able to estimate the total tax rate. An accurate tax rate will not be available until closer to the September tax rate hearing, he said.
“My main concern is to tell you, the board, what our needs are and what it will take to fund those needs,” said Campos.
A budget hearing and adoption will be held on Thursday, Aug. IO, at • 7 p.m. at the CISD Central Office. A meeting to establish the maximum tax rate will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31, and a tax rate hearing u iii be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14. Both meetings will be held at the CISD Central Office.
CISD hires principal to get Alternative School running
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Independent School District has gotten one step closer to getting its Alternative School operating, by hmng a principal to take charge of it.
Chad Hall was chosen out of approximately 12 applications to become the school’s first prime ipal. CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said Hall was chosen because he possessed a lot of good experience and committment. Major said it also helped that Hall is a certified counselor and administrator.
“It would be a I challenge for anyone, but I think he’s suited for it.” said Major.
Hall said when first heard about the position, it did not sound attractive at all. However, after a while, it became an interesting and attractive position.
“I started to think about what that
person was going to have to do. They’re going to have to build it from the ground up and they’re going to have to affect the kids that need it the most,” said Hall. “I’m at a point in my life where I need a challenge like that.” Major said he would like to sec Hall “call most of the shots” when it comes to hiring the staff, as well as many of the other issues involved with getting the school "up and running.”
“He has a bunch of really good ideas and I think he’s going to hit the ground running,” said Major.
Hall said his biggest goal in the Alternative School, which contains grades seven through 12, is to help the kids see how to be successful and that they can also do it. He said he would have liked to see more money budgeted to the Alternative School so he would not be so constrained,
“I just want to help as many kids as possible. They all have to see they can be successful and it’s up to us to show them how,” said Hall.
Major said the school will not be ready when regular classes begin.
However, he said he hopes to be assigning students to the Alternative School by September I.
Hall has been an educator since 1968, and has held positions including administrative titles, in elementary through high school levels. He has also taught in the military. Hall has been with the district for several years, and is leaving the position of assistant principal at Smithson Valley High School for the job at the Alternative School. Hall’s u ife, Carol, in the CISD Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.
City advised not to pay for mayor’s legal fees
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Bluecoats assist the Norwest Bank (formerly Citizens Bank) staff and board of directors yesterday morning at their grand opening.
ADA course offered
An Americans with Disabilities Act training class w ill be held from 9 a m. to 4 p.m. Aug. ll.
The course is an in-depth look at the Americans with Disabilities Act. The attendees will leave the session with quality reference material about ADA.
The course is approved for six hours
of Real Estate Mandatory Continuing Education.
However, you do not need to be a Realtor to take the class. It is an excellent course for businesses.
To register, call 625-6954. Seating is limited.
Cost is $36.
“...it is my opinion that the city (New Braunfels) would be prohibited from reimbursing the expenses of an individual in an election contest,” That was the legal opinion of Susan M. Horton, general counsel for the Texas Municipal League.
I lorton’s opinion concerned whether the city of New Braunfels could legally pick up the tab for Gary Kahhg’s lawsuit against Paul E. Fraser Jr. Kahlig alleged that election irregularities could be responsible for Fraser winning the race for the Dist. 4 city council seat.
“I ck) concur with her analysis,” said Jacqueline Cullom, New Braunfels City Attorney.
The suit named city election officials and procedures, prompting a debate in city council on whether the city should reimburse the attorneys.
Fraser won the suit —- with the help of attorneys Ed Nolan and Atanacio Campos, w ho donated a great deal of their time on the case.
"The reason it got difiicult in this situation is because the allegations that were raised were directed at the governmental entity, but the indiv idual had to defend them, so it created a grey area,” Cullom said.
The Texas Constitution prohibits a governmental body from spending public money for a private purpose,” Cullom said.
Horton found that private interests were also at stake in the lawsuit — Fraser keeping his office — thus her opinion, Cullom said.
Horton’s memo has been given to city council members. “I don’t think it’s going to come back on the agenda,” Cullom said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
No, it’s not the invasion of the body snatchers — ifs an 81-pound watermelon. Barney Coon started the magnificent melon in his Hunter Road plot in April and weighed it in at New Braunfels Feed and Supply yesterday. Coon grew his melons and two-pound-plus tomatoes with no fertilizers.Newt Gingrich: The next great American leader? See Cal Thomas, Page 4