New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Welcome Back, Students!
Tomorrow marks the start of another school year. See what’s in store, Page 2.
Sisters in Suffrage
See Page IB for special coverage on the 75th anniversary celebration of the passage of the 19th amendment.
World Body Board Championship
See Page 6A for
Letters to the Editor......................5A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Dustin Baker, Clarence Bueche, Connie Brumfield, Corrie Sisak, Jack Robinson, Pilar Urias and Frank Heynis. Happy anniversary to Arthur and Odelia Caballero (19 years).
Saturday night's winning number*
Est $28 million -TEXAS-
Shopping Spree tickets on sale today
The Noon Lions Club will be selling raffle tickets today at HEB for a three-minute shopping spree to be held next month at the store. Proceeds from the sale of the tickets will benefit the Texas Lions Camp for disabled children.
Party for Claudia Perry
An informal retirement reception will be held for Claudia Perry, celebrating 25 years of coaching volleyball at New Braunfels High School. The reception is today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Capparelli's party room. Everyone is invited.
La Leche League to moot
The La Leche League of New Braunfels will meet Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 10 a m. in the meeting room of NBNB Center North, 1000 N. Walnut St. Breastfeeding mothers and babies, and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding, are invited to attend. For information, call Dana at 625-1240 or Mary at 609-2889.
Annual Skat state tournament later this month
The Texas State Skat League’s annual state tournament will be held at Goerke’s #1 near Marion on Aug. 27, and the Hermann Sons Lodge south of Giddings on Sept. 3. Play is required at only one of the locations. There will be a warm-up at 10 a m. with the main event at 1 p m at each location.
As earlier announcements have indicated, public skat in Texas has continued to decline over the years. In an attempt to slow this, all those with any interest in skat are invited to come to the regular Saturday game at the American Legion in Seguin a little before 1 p.m. For more information, call Jim Leissner at (210)379-2955 or James Stolte at 625-7295.
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36 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, August 13,1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of DUSTIN BAKER
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Vol. 143, No. 196
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Volunteering their time for the Project Learning school supplies program are (left side of table) Adam, Dora and Louis Gonzales, and (right side) Hilda Medina, Irma Lara, Gloria Herrera and Domingo Herrera.
Resident’s den evolves into school supply center
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
It’s the time when parents scramble to fill the back-to-school supply lists for their children. When area families find it hard to afford supplies their kids need for school, Project Learning steps in.
Dora Lara-Gonzales, founder of Project Learning, was talking with a principal at a school board meeting several years ago. “The principal said she was amazed at how many children come to school without supplies,” she said.
Lara-Gonzales and friend Gloria Herrera decided to do something about it. They began collecting funds and school supplies to give to children who needed them. “The first year friends and relatives donated and we helped about 30 kids,” she said.
"Being bom and raised here, we wanted to give something back,” she said.
Project Learning has taken referrals from Communities in Schools in the past to avoid duplication of services, Lara-Gonzales said.
At the end of each summer, she and Herrera set up an assembly line in Lara-Gonzales’ den. The den is stocked with supplies needed for each grade in each school. “We buy everything that’s on that list,” she said.
When the referrals start coming in the two women fill bags with needed supplies. “We put the child’s name on the bag and take it to the
‘In exchange for supplies the parents volunteer time at their child’s campus.’
— Dora Lara-Gonzales
school,” she said. One year Project Learning even bought shoes for a number of students, she said.
Project Learning works with no overhead. “Every penny donated goes directly to help the students,” Lara-Gonzales said.
Wal-Mart has been a great help to Project Learning, she said. Anyone wishing to contribute can take donations to Wal-Mart.
This year Lara-Gonzales decided to involve families of referred students in Project Learning. “In exchange for supplies the parents volunteer time at their child’s campus,” she said. That way parents have earned the supplies, and they’re becoming involved at the school when they might not have been before, she said
“We’re proud of what we do,” Lara-Gonzales said, “it’s our opportunity to make a difference in the community that we love.”
Council expecting overflow crowd
Monday’s agenda stacked with controversial issues
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Tomorrow night’s city council meeting could be a bam burner. The Civic Center will be ready in case the public overflows the regular council chambers, Councilwoman Jan Kennady said.
Six public hearings are on the agenda, and each of them has the potential for controversy:
■ enacting regulations to prohibit the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on the Comal River,
■ prohibiting the possession of metal containers on the Comal River,
■ prohibiting excessive noise in the city of New Braunfels,
■ rezoning a tract of land bounded by FM 725, County Line Road and McQueeney Road from “R-2 single family and two family district” to “R-3H multifamily high density district” and “M-1A light industnal district,”
■ abandoning a portion of Garza Street in the vicinity of McKenna Memorial Hospital,
■ request for a special use permit to allow the operation of a health clinic on Krueger Avenue.
No action will be taken on the Comal River alcohol or can ban issues or on the noise issue
tomorrow — only the public hearings will be held.
The meeting will probably last until around midnight, Kennady said. “We have so many people speaking to issues that are controversial,” she said. “I’m prepared to listen to all their opinions.”
Public hearings are a needed part of the process, Councilman C. Ray Schoch said. “I hate to prejudge issues,” he said. “There might be some things that come out at the meeting that will change your mind,” he said.
Concerned citizens who come to the public hearings need to stick around until the issues of concern come up later in the meeting — in the action agenda when the city council actually votes on an issue.
“They need to hear the council’s discussion of the issue, then see how it comes out so they aren’t surprised when they read the results in the paper the next day,” Schoch said.
When so many heated issues are packed into one very long meeting, it can be hard to give each separate issue the attention it deserves, Kennady said.
“I hope in the future someone can prioritize these public hearing issues and space them out within the agenda," she said.
By DENISE DZIUK
CISD sets $18 million bond election
district to do things such as replace old air conditioning units.
“I don’t feel good about what we have to spend, but I feel we’re using the taxpayers money wisely by doing it this way,” said board member Dan Krueger.
lf passed, the bond is expected to increase the district’s tax rate by about three to four cents per $100 valuation, according to Abel Campos, CISD Director of Business Operations.
This means that CISD school taxes for a home appraised at $75,000 would increase approximately $19 per year. The bond election will be Oct. 14.
The CISD board also unanimously approved a $35 million budget at Thursday’s meeting. The 1995-96 budget is up from the 1994-95 budget, which will be approximately $31.8 million once all amendments have been made.
The biggest increase in the budget was in the area of payroll.
Campos said he still cannot give a firm tax rate. However, he estimates it will take a total tax rate of about $ 1.565 to fund the approved budget. This is down from the current tax rate of $ 1.58.
Administrators for Comal Independent School District are citing rapid growth in student enrollment as a reason for a larger budget and a bond election.
The CISD board of trustees, in a 6-1 vote, approved last week a $17.95 million bond election to be held Oct. 14, 1995. The bond is being requested to cover preventive maintenance, electrical and mechanical improvements, and construction costs.
“There’s no Cadillac here. It’s things we have to have to run the school,” said CISD Maintenance Director Roy Linnartz.
The bond will include a new 800 student western campus middle school, distnct-wide safety code renovations, district-wide ADA renovations, electrical and mechanical improvements, a Canyon Middle School and Smithson Valley Middle School expansion, and expansions at Canyon and Smithson Valley High Schools.
The board also added a section to the bond for preventive maintenance, which would allow the
A Firm Foundation
Bob Krueger credits much of his success to education, upbringing in New Braunfels
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
From Oxford, England, to Congress to Burundi, Bob Krueger is still guided by the principles that shaped him during his New Braunfels youth. “I’ve actually lived in the same house, now, for over 50 years. We moved here when I was seven years old ”
Krueger’s father, Arlon, had great success with several New Braunfels businesses. “Dad started business here in 1928,” Krueger said. Arlon Krueger began with a Buick dealership, which expanded to include Oldsmobile, Pontiac and CMC trucks. Later he acquired a hosiery mill and the Faust Hotel.
Arlon Krueger was also an embodiment of one of New Braunfels’ finest qualities — “This city has, by any standards of anywhere I’ve lived, an extra
ordinary amount of community spirit,’
Krueger said. The _
best example, he said, is the local volunteers — in schools, churches, government and clubs.
As do New Braunfels parents today, Krueger’s father supported the local schools with money, time, and spirit. During
the war years, New Braunfels High School away football games couldn’t be broadcast at night because of a radio blackout, “...so he had loudspeakers set up on the Main Plaza...and people would gather on the plaza and listen to New Braunfels playing football,”
Krueger in 1953 class photo
Krueger looks back on his New Braunfels education with pride. He earned a Ph.D. from Oxford in England, and at age 36 was the dean of arts and sciences at Duke University. "I have always valued my doctorate at Oxford ... but I have equally valued my expenence in the New Braunfels school system,” he said.
Krueger and his family are members of First Protestant Church. The faith he learned drives every aspect of his life. “My mother and father started a religious radio program on Sunday mornings, and it is by far the longest running program that KGNB has had,” Krueger said.
The program still runs on KGNB, now produced by Krueger, his wife and sister.
Krueger has ideas about the best
road to a good future for the city of New Braunfels. "The most important singular natural asset we have are the
This city has, by any standards off anywhere I’ve lived, an extraordinary amount off community spirit.’
— Bob Krueger
springs and rivers,” he said. “I think that the community must, in every way, protect that natural asset. The community should not lose sight of that ”
"It’s important that this community continue to care about the future,” Krueger said.
New Braunfels had the first tax sup
ported school system in the state, he said.
The city must continue to invest in its children’s future, or “...it is not living up to the best traditions of the founders of this community," he said.
Krueger leaves today for Burundi, where he continues to help hold together the country’s fledgling democracy. His wife, Kathleen, will stay behind, awaiting the birth of their third child.
The Kruegers know the baby will be a boy. and they have chosen the name Christian Freeman. They have two daughters. Manana and Sarah "We have always said the same prayer before the children were bom." Krueger said “It was very simple. ‘God, send us a child whom we can bless, who will bless us, and who will bless the world.’”Readers split on federal funding for PBS. See The Survey Says, Page 4A.