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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas rn' . Ct1 v “ Football teams practice in pads — Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels Ber ald -Zeit 0332    N009 10/22/99    80 SO-WEST niCROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR 12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, August 12,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Frank . ^ l F’ASO, TX 79903- 145, No. 194 Inside Editorial........ Sports........... Comics......... Marketplace. Dear Abby..... 4 ...5-6 8 .9-12 <  3 SLimmtis- Ii Birthday wishas from tha Marald Zattung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Frank James (46 years), Kristin Mitchell (ll years), Preston Overstreet, Gloria Overstreet, Rita Kauftnann, Alexander Ross (2 years) and Molly ChoHco. Happy Anniversary wishes go to Randy and Jane Reinarz (50 years) and Keith and Brandy Klabunde. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144. Molds —2,345 Ragweed —12 Grass — IO (Rotan me—urod in parts per cube meter of air. IntormaSon provided by Or Frank Hampel.) li t n ma all n ai niW infOrmBuOn Corral River — 306 cubic feet per second, down 9 from Monday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We! — 625.99 feet above sea level, down .04 from Monday. Canyon Dam discharge — 1.600 cfs (by 2 pm.) Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 911.11 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NOU reports pumping 6.912 mtaon gallons of surface water Monday and 2.148 muon galore of wet waler. wllP Typical August weather continues Tonight — partly cloudy Low in the upper 70s Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Wodnsodey — partly cloudy and hot. Isolated late afternoon showers and thunderstorms, chance of rain less than 20 percent. High in the upper 90s. South wind near 10 mph. unlay — some late night and early morning cloudiness Otherwise mostly sunny and continued hot and dry days. Mostly fair skies in the evenings Lows in the 70s. Highs in the upper 90s The high Monday reached 98 degrees, but the heat index was calculated as high as 107 degrees The low dipped to 77 degrees Time running out for immunizations Children must have all the required immunizations in order to start school. For some private schools, classes are already in session, and public schools will begin classes next week This doesn't leave much time to get your little one immunized For more information, call the county health department at 620-5595 IM    s^^ootsr Two separate funds have been set up as rewards for information regarding the man who brutally shot local businessman Michael Kivtin on Aug 2. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward, the maximum the agency can offer. The Herald-Zeitung and Nor west Bank, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, have created a separate fund so the ante can be increased To participate tiend your donation to the “Michael Kiviin Reward Fund’ at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 banda. Anyone with information about this crime should cat! 620-TIPS or (800) 640-8422. Discovering the ’Bahn htorald-Zertung photo by Michael Damalt Wee Dorman and Kavin Brown of Termite Art Productions sots up and sands Gary Slade, publisher of Amusement Today, down the Master Blaster at Schlitterbahn waterpark Monday morning. Termite Art Productions is producing a television program for the Discovery Channel called “Wild Rides 2," which will air in February. Prosecutor: T-shirt case is dropped By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Schools adjust to new exemptions By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer In the wake of Saturday’s landslide vote in fav or of a state constitutional amendment raising the homestead exemption from $5,000 to $15,000, local school administrators are continuing to work to determine the impact the vote will have on the districts. New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Supenntendent for Finance Lonnie Curtis said he formulated the district’s 1997-1998 budget based on the premise the amendment would pass. “I would have had to do more work if the amendment had not passed.” Curtis said. The legislation leading to the amend ment precluded school districts from setting tax rates prior to Saturday’s election. The only wark refried to the election remaining for the district is to set the tax rate to support the $33,698,933 budget passed by NBISD trustees last week. Curtis said the district would conduct a public tax rate hearing for citizens to voice their opinion about the tax rate on or about Sept. I. The district likely would propose a tax rate of $ 1.5075 per $ IOO valuation based on the $15,000 exemption, Curtis said. The higher tax rate, combined with the increased exemption, should provide a slight decrease rn property owners final tax bill. The current tax rate is $1,465 per $100 valuation, based on the current $5,000 homestead exemption. With Ae higher exemption, a tax bill on a $100,000 home would drop from $1,391 toSl.281 if the proposed tax rate is adopted. Curtis said tax bills should be mailed shortly after the school board adopts the tax rate at its Sept. 15 meeting. CISD finance director Abel Campos said his district stood to lose as much as $500,000 from a cap placed on the amount of taxes citizens 65 and older would have to pay. “The state said it would make up to us the money lost due to the (exemption being raised by $10,000), but I don't see the state making up the difference (due to tax caps Turn to Exemptions, Page 2 A charge against a New Braunfels teen accused of wearing an allegedly offensive T-shirt w as dropped Monday New Braunfels Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer said he dismissed a charge of disorderly conduct against David Gonzalez. 17, who reportedly wore the T-shirt at Wal-Mart in New Braunfels. More than a week ago, police arrested Gonzalez for wearing a T-shirt with an upside-down cross, a naked woman and a expletive referring to Christ, police said. Boyer said case law regarding freedom of speech and lack of ev idence were the two main reasons he decided not to pursue the charge. “That doesn't mean it wasn't offensive as far as community standards, but the (U.S.) Supreme Court is clear that it's going to be protected.” he said. “That T-shirt conveys an idea and isn't directed at a specific person.” Boyer said he was not influenced to drop the chsge because of the American Civil Liberties Union, which objected to the arrest and said it w ould consider supporting a legal challenge bv Gonzalez. ACLU representatives could not be reached for comment Monday evening or this morning. Gonzalez spent the night in jail and faced a potential penalty of $500 and no jail time for the Class C misdemeanor. Gonzalez could not be reached by telephone or at his residence. New Braunfels Police Chief That doesn’t moan it wasn’t offensive as far as community standards, but tho (U.S.) Supremo Court is clear that it’s going to bo protected.’ — Bruce Boyer Municipal Court prosecutor Ray Douglas said he supported the two police officers who made the arrest, but pursuing charges was the prosecutor’s decision. “In a lot of disorderly conducts. there is a lot of lack of evidence. We don't get a chance to take a photograph with the focus being on the shirt. In hindsight. maybe we should have,” he said. “Our officers have to make an interpretation of law in a short time.” Boyer said his understanding was that the T-shirt — which would have helped a potential prosecution — was destroyed by the teen's father. Boyer said he considered the initial arrest to be valid since the T-shirt was causing a disturbance in the store and the situation could have posed a threat to Gonzalez’s safety . According to the state penal code, disorderly conduct includes 12 offenses that police consider in making an arrest. They include using v ulgar language to “incite an immediate breach of peace." and making an offensive gesture or display to someone NBISD trustees take office, reorganize board The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will be reshuffled with four new cards tonight when the four candidates w ho emerged as the winners in Saturday’s school board race take their seats. Sylvia Sanchez and Bette Spain were re-elected to the school board for the District I and at-large seats, respectively. Don Bedford was elected to fill the other at-large seat vacated by Leo Chafin. w ho did not seek another term. Bill Biggadike will fill the District 4 seat. Biggadike, who will serve one year, is completing the term vacated earlier this year by Jaime Padilla. Each of the other three will serve a three-year term. See inside Editorial about NBISD board — Page 4 A The NBISD Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the education center board room, 430 W. Mill St. Trustees will canvass the election results and officially declare the w inners. After the trustees have been sworn in, the board will elect its officers. In April, the board attempted to reorganize its officers after Padilla resigned. Three motions failed on a 3-3 vote, so board vice president Carlos Campos has been presiding at the meetings. Back to school HeraJd-Zwtung photo by Michael Daman Trig first day of classes at Sis. Pater and Paul School finds first-grader Ryan Had a Httfta stir crazy Monday afternoon. Hall and the other children in Mrs. Smith’s first-grade class made cat faces and mittens to coincide with a lesson about “Three Lithe Kittens”. Communities in Schools expands presence at NBHS By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer New Braunfels High School will have a new face on campus this fall, and the sole mission of that individual will be to battle dropout and truancy rates. When New Braunfels Independent School District trustees approved the 1997-1998 budget last week, they approved funding for expansion of the Communities In Schools program to the high school level. CIS is already in six other campuses in NBISD, including New Braunfels Middle School. CB is a national propam that focuses on the needs of the family and the student, said Christine Douglas, CIS executive director. CIS workers boost students’ self-esteem, focus on good health, help gain access to seeded resources and help students toward a quality education. “We really are thai; to help the students sa goals for themselves and stay in school,” said Douglas. “The Communities in Schools program is a national program, and the focus of the program is to stop dropouts.*’ NBHS principal Keith Gannger said the district already had one individual saving as an attendance liaison However, that individual serves the entire (hatxict and is spread thin* he said. Ganger mid he wanted a CIS project director at the high school campus became the individual would have mom time to give the high school. He said it also took an enthusiastic and caring individual to be successful, and that was the kind of people who worked for CIS. “It’s been very effective in other schools,” Gannger said. “(CIS project directors) have a real heart for young people and keeping young people in school.’* Gannger said the position, which will use one of the budget's reserve teaching positions, would improve attendance by targeting truancy and dropouts — areas every school across the state is worried about. New Braunfels High School was rated aa low performing in 1995 based onHi 1994 Hispanic dropout rate. Gannger said districts across the state had problems that year because of the way the state tracked students when they left the distnct. Once districts changed their mahod of accounting for students, he said, the ratings improved. Douglas said CIS does whatever possible to keep a student in school. She said the program worker would offer incentives to attend school, buy a student an alarm clock or just be at school to say good morning Douglas said the project director would even pick up a student who was not rn class at 8 a.m., and have him there by IO a m. when attendance was taken. “The need is there,” Douglas said. “I think we'll make an impact. We won’t Turn to NBHS, Page 2 County approves flood reappraisals By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County commissioners on Thursday authorized reappraising property damaged by floods earlier this summer, and Comal Independent School District adnuni>trators will urge trustees to follow suit this week Comal Appraisal District chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers said according to the Property Tax Code, property located in an area declared a natural disaster can be reappraised to reflect the damage The western side of the county received the most damage from the deluge of w ater in late June. According to the county’s request to be included in the disaster area, it reported 55 families and businesses flooded and 14 families needed temporary housing. Damages w ere expected to total at least $700,000. County roads received minor damage. According to the county fire marshal, a few more than 40 households requested flood assistance. Individual taxing entities must authorize a reappraisal, in this case Comal County and CISD. Rodgers said if the two decided to authonze the reappraisal, paying the costs associated with it would be up to them. He said if only one entity asked for the reappraisal, the other entity soil would use the original appraised values. He said the CAD could absorb the major- Tum to County, Page 2 Hay show entries are due next week — Page 7 ;