New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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DOVE CROSSING CHILDREN WILL WALK TO SCHOOL
Move upsets parents
NBISD catching heat for ending school bus service
The Herald-Zeltung Rirents r)f noarly 1 f)() stuHpnts are miffed at the New Braunfels sthcx^l board, which heard their concerns about the district's plan to end bus service for their children in the Dove Crossing neigh-borhoofl.
The board voted 5-1 on july 28 to quit busing students in the area to comply with a provision in the Texas education Code. The move saves $22,447 for the district, which
Sf)el|ed out its [)osition during Monday night's school boarcl meeting.
Despite the effort by NBISD S u per I n te n de n t R a n dy Moczygemba to allay concerns about safety for kids attending County Line, Walnut Springs and Memorial elementary schools, larents remain upset — mainly x*(ause they weren't consulted Ix'fore th(' district made' the move
"Not every parent is a stay-at-home parent, and not everyone has a job where they can come anfl go as they please to pick u ) their children," said Ashli G(X)f -speed, a parent of children attending County Line Elementary.
M(Kzygemba said the education code outlines the district's position. Of the several provisions in the ccxJe, one allows the district leeway in determining which conditions could pose hazards for pedestrians en route to schcx)l. In this c ase, he said, no such conditions exist,
Boarcl president Rigo Montero said trustc‘es will c losely monitor the situation.
"The only reason 1 voted against it was because we could work with the city to im )lement safety measures for the cnildren,"
New Braunfels ISD board president Rigo Montero, foreground, speaks with parents from the Dove Crossing neighborhood during a break from the NBISD board meeting Monday night. Parents are upset with NBlSD’s decision to convert their area into a walk zone for students attending County Line Elementary School.
Montero said. "Everyone on the board is concerned about that.
We just want to make sure the administrators work with the city officials and see what we can do there."
No other board membc^r commented on the issue. Montero couldn't say whether the hoard's decision was a done deal.
"lust like every issue, it can be revisited," he said. "If we don't sec* any progress, then we'll need to come back and address this topic."
Tops among parental concerns are the intersection of Walnut Strc'tH and County Line Road and County Line's intersection with Dove Crossing Drive. Herald-Zeitung graphic
This map shows the new approved walk zone for the Dove Crossing neighbor-See WALK ZONE, Page 12 hood off County Line Road in New Braunfels.
U.S history teacher Wendy Foster, left, discusses an advisory plan for teachers with math teacher Jessica White on Tuesday at Canyon Middle School,
Area teachers gear up to meet their students
Across Comal County, classrooms are being readic^cl for the first day of school Monday.
Knowing the details of their children's education is paramount for parerits, who will get a prime opportunity to ask questions of teachers and administrators during Meet the Teacher nights. Two schools will hold events on Wt*dnesday, with most oi the other schœls following suit on Thursday.
"This is an excellent opportuni
ty to begin to build the relationship bc'tween parents and teachers," Comal ISD communications specialist Jason Gordon said. "Rjrental engagement is essential at every single one of our campuses."
Twenty-four elementary and seven middle schools will host Mc*et the Teacher nights, with four high schools hosting Open House get-togethers duri ng the next several weeks.
"Parents and students will have
See TEACHERS. Page 12
The Herald-Zeitung Comal Count will set voting
commissioners ocations for the
Nov 8 constitutional amendments election when they meet at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
Voters will cast ballots on 10 propositions. They are:
• Proposition 1: To authorize the Lt*gislature to provide the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran with an exemption from ad valorem taxation on the sun/iv-ing spouse's residence homestead.
• Proposition 2: Tc) authorize the Texas Water Development Board to issue additional bonds for the Texas Water Development Fund, with the restriction that the total amount of bonds outstanding at any time does not exceed $6 billion.
• Proposition 3: To authorize
Officials prepping for constitutional amendments vote
10 propositions to alter state Constitution appear on Nov. 8 ballot
Man found dead Sunday following apparent crash
The Herald-Zeitung Logan D(x*ll loved motorcycles.
"You cannot take a motorcycle away from him," said [)oeirs sister, Shaylene Hernandez. "If you take a motorcycle from him, it's not Logan."
One thing Doell, 2S, of New Braunfels, loved rnor(‘, though, was his three young children, lic*rnan-clez said Tuesday, two days after friends found the devoted father, son, l)rother and uncle dc*ad following an apparent motorcycle crash into a tree.
"He was a dedicated father," Hernandez said. "He did everything for his kids. His kids were his primary thing, right before his motorcvc les. He would take vcle 1 si
reported Saturday evening to Comal County Sheriff's Office that her brother was missing after he failed to return home and missed work at The Motorcycle Shop in San Antonio. Fellow employees and customers learned Doell was missing and conducted a search.
A customer and friend ot thesho[) discovered Doell's body Sunday afternoon in a ditch off Farm-to-Market Road 482 in Schertz, Hernandez said. She said she apprec iates the guys at the shop and thanked them for all their help jason Trott, f)art c)wner of the family-run shop, said they plan to provide more help.
The Motorcycle Shop See DOELL, Page 9
his kids on his motore veles." Hernandez sa ici she
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue bonds to finance educational loans for students.
• Proposition 4; To authorize the Legislature to permit a county to issue bonds to finance the development of an underdeveloped or blighted area and to p edge increases in county ad valorem tax revenues imposcnl on profx'rty In the area for repayment of such bonds or notes,
• Proposition 5: To authorize the Legislature to allow cities and counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities and counties without having to assess an ad valorem tax and set aside a specified amount of funds for the Dayment c)f costs uncier the inter-ocal contract.
See BALLOTS, Page 9
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