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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Status — ACADEMICALLY ACCEPTABLE ■ Bill Brown Elementary ■ Smithson Valley Middle School ■ Smithson Valley High School ■ Carl Schurz Elementary ■ New Braunfels Middle School ■ New Braunfels High School ■ Canyon High School RECOGNIZED ■ Bulverde Elementary ■ Rahe Primary ■ Frazier Elementary ■ Goodwin Primary ■ Mountain Valley Elementary ■ Arlon Seay Intermediate ■ Canyon Middle School ■ Spring Branch Middle School ■ Lone Star Primary ■ Seele Elementary ■ Memorial Primary ■ Memorial Intermediate ■ OakRun Sixth Grade Center EXEMPLARY ■ Comal Elementary ■ Canyon Intermediate ■ Mountain Valley Intermediate NOT RATED Lamar Primary (pre-K/ kindergarten campuses not tested.) Walgreens to open with little fanfare CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungThe new Walgreens at Walnut Avenue and Business 35 will open Sept. 9. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The new Walgreens store on Business 35 will open Sept. 9 with little fanfare — and the old store a few blocks down Walnut Avenue will close just as quietly the previous evening. Walgreens spokeswoman Carol Hively said the store was not planning a huge grand-opening celebration. “We usually keep things pretty quiet,” she said. ‘Well have some sales a week or two after it’s open.” The new 24-hour store is part of a Walgreens’ effort to expand business across Texas. Hively said the company was expanding its business aggressively. “Right now, We have about 356 stores in Texas,” she said. “Our goal is to have about 480 stores by 2004.” The new store in New Braunfels changes locations, extends hours and adds additional services, Hively said. “Its 15,120 square feet and will have a double-lane, drive-through pharmacy window,” she said No new employees will be hired for the store when it opens in September, she said. Employees from the existing Walgreens plan to make the See WALGREENS/5AInside Abby................................7A Classifieds.......................6-14B Comics.............................10A Crossword........................7A Forum .........................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................7A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-4B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 FRIDAYNew Braunfels    August    n, 2001 26 pages in 2 sections ’“"•WOP**    26    pages    in    2    settleHerald-Zeitung - .    -—;  . ,;- —     _Vol. 150, No. 239    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents State charter schools not doing as well/5A means between 50 and 79.9 percent of a district's students passed the TAAS, and the annual dropout rate is 5.5 percent or less. The state takes averages from African-American, white, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students. New Comal ISD Superintendent Jim Grunert said he was proud of his district's high rating. “We’re extremely proud of our students, teachers, staff and parents,” he said. "It takes all of them working together to achieve this success.” Three of Comal's schools received “exemplary” ratings, and eight schools earned “recognized” status. To be viewed as an exemplary school, a district or campus must have TAAS passing rates of 90 percent or better and an annual dropout rate of less than I percent. TEA gave its highest marks to Comal Elementary, Canyon Intermediate and Mountain Valley. Mountain Valley Intermediate Principal Sarah Tbwler said, ‘We got improvements in math and reading. We’re incredibly excited— it really was hard work.” * The district’s eight recognized schools were Bulverde Elemen tary (sixth year in a row), Rahe Primary (fifth year in a row), Frazier Elementary, Goodwin Primary, Mountain Valley Elementary (second year in a row), Arlon Seay Intermediate, Canyon Middle (third year in a row) and Spring Branch Middle (second year in a row). Bill Brown Elementary, Smithson Valley Middle and See SCHOOLS/5A Schools make the grade CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Allison Moore and Lindsey Leland hug after a chance meeting Thursday outside Frazier Elementary during the school’s Meet the Teacher Night. Moore and Leland will be in the first grade. TEA releases ratings; local schools fare well By Martin Malacara Staff Writer The Texas Education Agency gave Comal County schools good marks based on this year's TAAS test results. The agency released the ratings for all the state's schools, including Comal and New Braunfels Independent School districts. The ratings are based on student performance on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills, or TAAS test, and dropout rates. Comal ISD earned “recognized” status from the state for a second year in a row. New Braunfels ISD earned “academically acceptable” status but was just one student away from the higher “recognized” rating. “Recognized” means 80 percent or more of a district's students passed the TAAS, and the annual dropout rate was 3 percent or less. “Academically acceptable” K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Linda Dieted and Julie Swift have big dreams for the new space the New Braunfels Children’s Museum will now call home for the next two years. Children’s Museum moving downtown By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Where some people only see the empty space inside the modest building at 386 West San Antonio St., Linda Dietert and Julie Swift see a miniature McKenna Hospital, a place for a Jeep and castle doors. The building — once a car dealership and a home-interior store — will be home to the New Braunfels Children’s Museum for the next two years. ‘We’re very excited about a move to downtown,” Executive Director Julie Swift said. “We think more local people will find us, and we hope that the people who live outside New Braunfels will come in as well. It seems to fit in with what we’re trying to do.” Swift and assistant director Linda Dietert examined the floor plan in the building Tuesday — measuring walls for the castle doors and cleaning the unused back room. “It will all fit,” Swift said, looking around the 5,000 square-foot building. “Linda is a floor plan genius. She has it all worked out.” When the New Braunfels Marketplace changed hands, the new owners announced plans to tear down some of the buildings. For the museum, it meant finding a new home — quickly. “Sept. 16, that’s our last day there,” Swift said. “But we hope to be here much sooner. We absolutely have to be out of there by then.” Although Swift says they’ll miss the larger space at the Marketplace, she believes the downtown location is ideal. Swift and Dietert plan to bring all the exhibits from the current museum and add to the flowers painted on the building outside. “We’ll have the name painted on the building soon,” she said. “And the same artist that painted the flowers is going to add children to the scene. We just couldn’t be more excited. It’s going to be wonderful.* It was really serendipitous that we found the location and then the same painter just happened to come by. We think it’s going to be incredible.” Although they’re moving quickly, Swift said museum officials still had a lot of work to do on their new home. “We’re just starting the move,” she said. “And there’s a lot of cleaning up to do. There’s a back room that wasn’t used, and we’ll have to clean that up. We think we’ll be able to adapt really well, once we get it all done. But we need help. We need carpenters; we need volunteers.” For a while, the museum will operate in See MUSEUM/5A New Braunfels High School senior Cherita Manning takes a group of incoming freshmen on a tour Thursday of the school during Fish Camp. CHRIS PACE/Herald- Zeitung ;