New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon and Smithson Valley face off on the volleyball court in an all-Comal County clash. Page 5A
CANYON LAKE TABLE TALK
Business owner, mother says women can be empowered by talking together. Page 7 A
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DEAR ABBY 48 CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS 48
ummammMcKenna, sports group vie for 4B money
By Leigh Jones
The Industrial Development Corporation (4B) Board has a difficult decision to make Thursday — become a donor to the McKenna Healthlink and Children’s Museum or help fund improvements at the Weston Sports Complex.
New Braunfels Youth Sports,
which operates the facility on Doeppenschmidt Road, and McKenna both are asking for a portion of the $ 125,000 per year 4B has set aside to improve New Braunfels’ “quality of life.’’
The board spent $40,000 of this year’s funds on the Plaza bandstand restoration project, but 4B Chairman Matt Harrison said the allotment was not set in stone and could be
changed at the board’s discretion.
McKenna Health System President Tim Brierty asked the board in lune for the entire allotment for the next two years, or $250,000 from undesignated funds. He told them the money would be used to help complete the $11.2 million San Antonio Street facility.
NBYS will ask for $80,000
Thursday to help provide lights for four soccer fields and construct permanent bathroom facilities.
The funds will be used to match an $80,000 Kronkosky Foundation grant. If the group does not raise the matching funds by Sept. 15, it will lose the grant.
“This is a huge deal because New Braunfels has never had a
facility where soccer can be played in the evening,” said NBYS President Jonathan Hull. “These improvements will greatly increase usage time for prac-tice during the week and increase our tournament time on weekends.”
Tournament opportunities are key to the NBYS proposal. Its
See MONEY, Page 3A
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Industrial Development Corporation (4B) Board meeting
■ When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
B Where: New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted
NB teenager recuperating after being shot in San Antonio
By Leigh Jones
SAN ANTONIO — A New Braunfels teenager was shot early Tuesday while riding in the back of a car on the south side of San Antonio.
The 16-year-old boy and two unidentified friends who were also from New Braunfels told San Antonio police officers who responded to the scene at 2:26 a.m. they were driving down 1-35 South when a yellow Ford Ranger pickup raced up beliind diem.
When the truck got close, someone opened fire on the boys, who were in a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu.
The car was struck multiple times and the back window shattered.
The victim, who was sitting in the car’s back seat, was struck once, behind the right ear. The bullet lodged in his cheek.
I Ie was conscious when emergency personnel transferred him to Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he remained under observation Tuesday.
The friends told police the yellow truck continued to follow them until they exited at Southcross and pulled into the parking lot of a Shell service station.
The truck stayed on 1-35 headed southbound.
None of the boys could identify anyone in the truck and told police they did not know how many weapons might have been used in the attack.
They also could not say whether the driver, passenger or occupants in the bed of the truck might have done the shooting.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Comal Independent School District officials confirmed the victim had attended Canyon High School for 20 days in 2004 but was no longer registered as a student.
A new start
Hie Comal ISD Board of Trustees will decide whether to hire Dr. Marc Walker as superintendent.
State budget strips expected teacher pay raise
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN —While proclaiming the need to boost teacher salaries, Republican Gov. Rick Perry has signed an education budget that dismantles a meager pay raise many teachers expected to get Sept. I.
About 8,000 teachers who earn the state minimum would have gotten a 2.76 per
cent raise after lawmakers increased a per student spending amount that triggered an increase in teachers’ minimum salary schedule. But the pay raise was removed when the budget was rewritten.
“One thing they managed to accomplish in two special sessions on education was to eliminate a nominal pay raise
for the teachers in Texas who make the least,” said Richard Kouri, lobbyist for the Texas State Teachers Association.
Perry signed the new budget plan last week.
With four days left in the second consecutive special session on education funding, lawmakers seemed to lose hope for a new school overhaul, which likely would
have included a pay increase for teachers.
Perry’s office blamed the change on the Legislature.
“Governor Perry has both proposed and supported plans that would have given teachers pay raises varying between $1,500 and $2,500 and as he has said with the
See RAISE, Page 3A
NBU to disrupt electric service Thursday morning
A short electric outage has been scheduled for Thursday for a section ofWalnut Avenue in order for NBU electric crews to make permanent repairs on equipment that was damaged by a vehicle accident.
The area affected by the scheduled outage will include
Walnut Avenue, Gardenia Drive, Camellia Lane, Woodall Circle, Mahan Circle, Rolling Path and Providence Place.
Crews will begin their work at 5:30 a.m. to minimize disruption to local businesses and residences. The repairs will take about an hour to complete.
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By Leigh Jones
A WORLDLY MISSION
Teacher spends summer vacation in China, Korea
Modern Chinese proverb: Teacher who travels much brings pearls of wisdom into the classroom.
It might not roll off the tongue as well as some of its more famous ancient counterparts, but New Braunfels High School teacher Melanie Schultz has proved it true.
Schultz spent 22 days of her summer vacation touring Korea and China, collecting physical, mental and experiential treasures to share with her students when school starts.
Her most valuable treasure is her photo album — an elegant black fabric book containing glimpses of a world so different from but uncannily similar to the slice of the world known to her students.
While her classes will recognize pictures of famous sites, like the Forbidden City and picturesque Buddhist tem- _
pies, they might be surprised by the images of MTV-style advertisements and the picture of a Buddhist monk talking on a cell phone.
“Everything is so modern,” Schultz said, flipping through the album. “Everyone on die trip who had been there before said they were amazed by how much it had changed. We were all surprised by what we found.’’
Coming from a city where almost every road seems to be part of a Texas Department of Transportation construction site, Schultz said she was amazed at the infrastructure in both countries.
“They truly are ahead of the traffic,” she said.
Photos courtesy of Melanie Schultz
New Braunfels High School world history teacher Melanie Schultz, left, poses for a picture with friends she met during a recent trip to Korea and China. Schultz spent 22 days in Asia and will bring her experiences into the classroom. Below, Schultz poses in front of a Buddhist temple.
“They had a hard time understanding the way we teach because all they do is lecture and students memorize. There is no critical thinking in the classroom.”
— Melanie Schultz
NB teacher who visited China, Korea
The Asians lag behind, however, in bathroom facilities.
“Oh, they were awful,’’ she said. “Some places had ‘European’ toilets, but most bathrooms were nothing but trenches dug into the ground. That was hard to get used to.’’
Schultz also had a hard time learning not to stare at babies without diapers.
“That was the most unusual thing I saw. When I asked about it, our guide told me the babies are trained at three months old to go on command.”
The bare bottomed babies were duly documented with a digital camera, to the amusement of both
See TEACHER, Page 2A