New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152, No. 237
Serving New Braunfels a uinal County since 1852
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SUNDAY August 17, 2003
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Districts prepare for school year
By Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves told the district’s 850 staff members Friday NBISD would face many challenges this year.
• Construction in four of the district's schools
■ Comal Independent
Monday, Aug. 18
■ New Braunfels Independent School District
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restraints would challenge students, administration and teachers.
Still, he said, “We are looking forward to a . good school year.’’
Six NBISD campuses are currently .under construction, including finishing touches on the high school expansion project.
By October, interior renovations and technology upgrades at Memorial Primary, Elementary and Intermediate should be complete.
Carl Shurtz and Lone Star Elementary' are scheduled to be completed in fall 2004. New Braunfels Middle School will have a new cafeteria by the end of next week, and renovations will be complete by the end of next summer.
Reaves said students dealing with construction this year should keep in mind what they will have once the work is done.
At one point last year, the district’s budget was $6 million in the red, Reaves said. The school board will bring in financial consultants to evaluate the benefit of programs that could be discontinued.
Despite the construction and budget restraints, Reaves said, the district was
Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/HerakJ-Zeitung
While half of her group meets in the dining room, Mel Rae Ambs shows the group gathered in her kitchen school work done by her youngest daughter.
School at home
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Call MelRae Ambs at (830) 643-0222, or visit the local support group online at http://konoskarats.tripod. com/support network.
Konos uses a teaching technique called unit studies.
Unit studies are subject-based. Konos provides a subject, like kings and Queens, and the lesson plans are built around the idea.
Students get lessons in several disciplines while studying the subject.
When the four Ambs girls and the three Swilley boys learned about kings and queens, they made objects like swords and crowns. They read or heard books about royalty and learned to juggle like jesters.
Konos also integrates character-building lessons. The children learned about obedience and the concept of a hierarchy.
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De Ann Tews reads through the workbook she will use throughout the year. Tews wants to do each of the suggested assignment choices and has trouble deciding which one not to do.
Home school fosters family unity, scholastic excellence
By Dylan Jimenez
When they were studying kings and queens, June Ambs, 8, found herself in the middle of a jousting tournament.
Riding her bicycle, she gripped a broken broomstick and knocked standing targets off boxes.
“They’re putting into action what they learned,” said MelRae Ambs, June’s mom and teacher.
Sully Swilley and MelRae are co-op home schooling partners. They support each other and meet once a week to check on their children’s progress by talking about their lessons.
“It helps them remember, the more hands on and the more that they do,” MelRae said.
Sully and MelRae decided a long time ago to home school their children.
Sully is a former public and private school teacher who knows her children would not get the academic and disciplinary attention they need there.
MelRae decided to home school before her first child was born.
MelRae hosts monthly support groups and informational meetings for Konos — a character-based
Ties that bind — trains bring family together
By Ron Maloney
The bond between a grandparent and grandchild can be built upon many things.
Trains are the tie that bind Mike Wikman and his five-year-old granddaughter, Megan Anderson.
They wore matching train T-shirts Saturday and dragged Megan’s father, Randy Anderson of Canyon Lake, to the New Braunfels Summer Model Train Show at the New Braunfels Civic
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Wikman, 69, of San Antonio, has worked for railroads all of his life — a 53-year career if one counts three years running trains for the U.S. Army near the end of the Korean War.
He talked about his career, model railroading and the future of locomotion at the show Saturday.
“Korea during the war — that was an experience I’ll never forget. I ran steam in Korea, bringing bodies back from the front. Solid trains
of ’em,” Wikman said.
When he started out as an engineer, a 1,500-horsepower locomotive was a powerhouse.
Now, Union Pacific’s main engines run 6,000 horsepower — and 10,000 horsepower is not unthinkable.
‘They’re even talking about atomic power,” Wikman said.
Besides being an engineer, an engine service supervisor and now a railroad consultant, Wikman used to build model railroads, but he had to give it up.
“I moved around so much, being transferred to work for different railroads, I couldn’t keep up with it any more,” he said.
Now, Wikman collects books about railroads and photographs, mostly of steam locomotives.
Granddaughters are probably more interested in modem times than grandpas are, which is probably why Megan likes the big diesel electric locomotives plying
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Certified locomotive engineer Mike Wikman, left, along with his granddaughter, Megan Anderson, and her father, Randy, enjoy an HO scale model train layout Saturday morning at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Scroggin seeks job of Precinct I constable
By Ron Maloney
STARTZVILLE — Precinct 4 Constable Ben Scroggin announced Friday he would seek election — but not re-election — to become Precinct I constable in 2004.
A retired U.S. Army Airborne infantry colonel, Scroggin came to law enforcement relatively late in his career.
“Having spent a career in the military and now back involved in the community, I’m doing
what I want to do,” Scroggin said.
“I’m 66 years old and I feel it to be an honor and a privilege to be able to con-tribute to serve my community at my age and at this time of my life.” In the last election cycle in 2000, Scroggin ran for constable
■ The filing period for the 2004 eiec bon cycle is Dec. 2,
2003, to Jan. 2,
■ The pnmary election will be Tuesday, March 3, 2004.
■ The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2004.
Wickman throws hat into Precinct I race
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — A retired military officer, financial consultant and water activist announced he will seek to unseat the incumbent Precinct I commissioner in the 2004 election.
Bob Wickman, former president and a member of Friends of Canyon Lake, said he wants Jack Dawson’s job because he believes he can better represent Comal County residents.
With FOCL, Wickman has led an, so far, unsuccessful fight against approval of a state permit amendment allowing the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to increase annual pumpage from the lake from 50,000 acre-feet of water per