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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, August 12, 2001 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 9A CHANGES/From 1A their lesson plans each day,” Reaves said. Reaves added the state wants to make the 24 credit requirement standard in a few more years. Reaves realizes, however, change and higher expectations are not easy things for every student. “It’s a lot tougher on kids today to meet all demands. There’s too much external stimulation and. other aspects that distract from what they should be concentrating on,” he said. “Some kids have difficulty because of lack of support from home or themselves.” To help boost that support, Reaves said parents can expect more communication with teachers. Teachers now have phones in their classrooms equipped with voicemail and e-mail. “We’re moving, in a progressive manner to increase talks between students, parents and teachers,” Reaves said. “For kids to meet new challenges they need sup- Back-To-School Nights port from home and school. When they find that, it helps them be successful.” One change that hits parents in the pocket books this year is the district’s extracurricular activity fees. Students will have to pay $20 for using district-owned band instruments and a $20 transportation fee for sports or other activities. If a student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, he or she will only pay $5 for either fee. The fees will help defray rising costs for fuel and band instrument insurance. And in addition to adjusting to a new curriculum, students will have to find their way around construction. The school will have a new two-story classroom building, a new main office complex and new parking lots, funded by the $75 million bond issue passed in 1999. District officials estimate final costs for the improve ments to be about $21 million. The district has a $43.8 million budget and a $1.92 tax rate for the 2001-2002 school year. The district’s budget for 2000-2001 was $40 million with a total tax rate of $1.76 per $100 valuation. The new budget reflects rising fuel and utility costs, as well as a 15-cent increase in the district’s debt service. The new budget also reflects a 5 percent increase in employee salaries to help offset rising health insurance costs. Reaves said funding for state school districts will become more critical in the next two years. He believes legislators will have to seriously consider a state income tax to help school funding. “State leaders are not wanting to champion it, but if they hear the cry of the populace to help save school funding, that’s the angle they’ll pursue,” he said. COMAL ISD Goodwin Primary — Meet the Teacher Night, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday Rahe Primary — Meet the Teacher, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, except for Kindergarten (kinder teachers will set up time to meet w/parents individually or in small groups Aug. 8, 9 and 10); first grade orientation, 6 p.m. Aug. 29; second grand orientation, 6 p.m. Aug. 30 Comal Elementary — 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday Frazier Elementary — Back to School Night, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday Bulverde Elementary — Fourth grade, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; third grade, 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday Bill Brown Elementary — Meet the Teacher, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday; open house, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 Mountain Valley Elementary — 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday Mountain Valley Intermediate — Open House/Meet the Teachers, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday; Back to School Night, 7 p.m. Aug 21 Arlon Seay Intermediate —Back to School Night, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday; open house, 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 Canyon Intermediate — Back to School Night, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday Canyon Middle — Open House, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 Smithson Valley Middle — Open House, 7 p.m. Sept. 6 Spring Branch Middle — PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11; Open House, 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 Smithson Valley High — Open House, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27 Canyon High — to be announced NEW BRAUNFELS ISD Memorial Primary — Meet-the-Teacher, 2-4 p.m. Friday Memorial Elementary — Meet-the-Teacher night, 5-6 p.m. Friday Lamar Primary — Meet the Teacher afternoon, 3-4 p.m. Aug. 20 Seele Elementary — Meet the Teacher night, 4-5 p.m. Aug. 20; PTA meeting and parent information night, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6; donut holes and coffee, 8-9 a.m. Aug. 21 Carl Schurz Elementary —Meet the Teacher night, 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 20; Coffee, Tea, and Sympathy for parents, 8-9 a.m.Aug. 21; PTA meeting and open house, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 Lone Star Primary — Meet the Teacher night, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20; hot dogs will be served Memorial Intermediate — Meet the Teacher night, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20; first day activities, coffee and donuts from 8 to 9 a.m. Aug. 21; parent orientation, 6:45 p.m. Sept. 13 OakRun Sixth Grade Center — first day activities, 7:10-7:45 a.m. Aug. 21; open house, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 New Braunfels High School — open house, 7 p.m. Sept. 10; parent meeting for on-line textbooks in English, 7 p.m. Sept. 17 Subscribe to the Herald-Zeitung today. 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