New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 188 12 pages in I section August IO, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Burn ban is back on in Comal
Outdoor burning prohibited because of dry conditions for third time this year
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Citing dry conditions, Comal County Judge Danny Scheel ordered a ban Monday on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The ban prohibits burning outside vessels that can contain all sparks and flames from the fire. Violation of the bum ban is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $ 1,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail.
New Braunfels Fire and Rescue spokesman Gib Watt said his agency extinguished a grass fire about 2 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of Buffalo Springs. Watt said the fire was a controlled bum that got out of control due to the dry conditions.
“We need to get the word out on the bum ban to prevent situations like this,” Watt said.
County Fire Marshall Lin Manford recommended the bum ban after review ing statistics from the Texas Forest Service indicating a high danger of wildfire and conditions that would allow for a quick spread of a wildfire.
Manford said Hays County implemented a ban on Friday and Guadalupe County commissioners would consider a ban today.
The summer heat combined w ith a paucity of rainfall to create the current dry conditions.
Officials at the National Weather Service said less than 0.5 inches of rain fell on Aug. 4, the only significant rainfall since early July.
The San Antonio area received 8.12 inches of rain from May through July. That is well above the 1.36 inches during the same period last year but below the 12.19 inch historical average.
Monday’s action was the third time Scheel had ordered a prohibition this year.
The first ban was ordered on March I and lasted 19 days. The second ban was ordered on June IO and lifted two days later after a heavy rainfall.
“I’m trying that approach again,” Scheel said.
County residents can take brush and limbs to the Rural Recycling Center at 4755 Texas 46 West.
Lumber, building materials and products from commercial lawn and tree services will not be accepted at the Recycling Center, said center manager Billy Bob Weatherly.
Weatherly said he usually received 25 to 30 loads of brush per week during a bum ban.
Rain was not included in any National Weather Service forecasts for this week.
• County residents can take their brush and limbs to the County Rural Recycling Center at 4755 Texas 46 West. The Recycling Center is open from 8:30
a m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center will not accept brush from commercial entities
• The prohibition on outdoor burning allows county residents to bum only in containers that could contain all flames and sparks. Outdoor burning is not allowed in New Braunfels city limits.
• Violation of the burn ban is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail.
CISD reviewing transportation plan
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
With less than a week before school starts, Comal Independent School District off icials are working to iron out differences in plans to transport more than 6,000 students.
CISD trustees are scheduled to review a new transportation policy when they meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 North Business 35.
Trustee Lester W. Jonas developed the new transportation system as a
more cost-effective way to transport district students within 600 square miles.
Parts of the new policy, including changes to bus routes and ride times, will not be effective until the spring 2000 semester. But bus driver pay raises and changes to driver procedures will become effective immediately.
The policy was adopted by a narrow 4-3 vote Aug. 12 after trustees debated adopting Jonas’ changes as a “plan” rather than district policy.
Several trustees, including board
president Dan Krueger, said the plan had too many unknowns to be adopted as “law.”
Trustee John Bertelsen said he was bringing the issue back because of concerns from trustees and bus drivers that part of the new policy would not work and actually would create more problems.
“If there is anything (the drivers) believe is not workable in the plan, we’ve asked them to provide us with information so we can address that,” he said.See CISD/3
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Canyon football players work on blocking during Monday’s practice, their first workout in full pads.
Meet the teacher
Educator says parents should get involved
By Heather Todd
For many parents, a visit with their child’s teacher during Meet the Teacher Night lasts only long enough for a handshake and a brief introduction.
But many educators said the first visit between teachers and parents can be an excellent opportunity for parents to learn about what their child will be expected to accomplish.
It also can help parents make that first step to becoming partners in their children’s education.
Many Comal Independent School District campuses are sponsoring Meet the Teacher nights this week in preparation for the first day of classes on Monday.
New Braunfels Independent School District campuses are also sponsoring teacher nights later this month. NBISD schools begin Aug. 25.
John Moore, chairman of the department of education at Trinity University in San Antonio, said, “There are three things that go into education. A good school, parent involvement, and a supportive community, and you have two of them together on those nights.”
Rosalyn Bratcher, assistant superintendent for instructional services for NBISD, said parents needed to attend information nights.
“School officials will probably address many questions parents have in presentations, and in material they make available to parents,” she said.
Educators also urged parents to interact more with teachers beyond just putting a name with a face.
Moore said, “Parents are constantly trying to assess how good the school is and what education their child is getting. The school works better when parents are involved.”
Educators suggested parents ask about the teacher’s homework policy.
“A lot of kids don’t come clean with that. They say they don’t have any or they did it in school. This way, parents can know what to anticipate,” Moore said.
Bratcher also suggested asking about the teacher’s personal expectations for academic performance and expectations on
Bulverde Elementary School third-grade teachers Lorie Balcar (above) and Michelle Grell (below) prepare their classrooms for the first day of school. Bulverde Elementary will have its Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday. The annual event gives parents an opportunity to find out more about their children’s classroom environment.
The following Comal ISD campuses will have Meet the Teacher nights this week. Parents are encouraged to attend and find out more about their children’s classroom environment this year.
Bulverde Elementary — 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday (third grade); 7 to 7:45 p.m. (fourth grade) Comal Elementary - 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday Goodwin Primary - 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday Frazier Elementary - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday Rahe Primary -4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday Bill Brown Elementary - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday Mountain Valley Elementary - 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday Canyon Intermediate -5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday Canyon Middle - 5:30 to 7 p.m Friday
What to Ask
Meet-the-Teacher Night can be a good opportunity to get to know your child’s teacher and learn about his or her expectations and teaching philosophy.
Educators suggest parents ask these questions at the start of a new school year:
• What is the teacher’s homework policy? How much homework will the child be expected to do this semester?
• What are the academic expectations for my child?
• What can I, as a parent, do at home to help and support my child’s education in the classroom?
• Does my child have all the necessary school supplies for this particular class?
• Is there a specific day when the teacher likes to schedule major exams?
• What are the major projects in my child’s class this semester and when are they due?
• Is there a homework hotline I can call after hours?
• Is my child on a six-week or nine-week reporting period?
• lf your child is attending a new school, ask about the school’s discipline and attendance policies.
• What procedures are in place to maximize my child’s safety?
Is there a safe school plan?
• How will I be notified if anything happens? Do I need to leave emergency numbers with my child’s teachers?
• Also, communicate with your child's teacher about whether you want to be called or notified regarding discipline issues.