New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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August 20, 1980
Vol. 89 - No. 44
28 Pages — 3 Sections (USPS 377 880)
New Braunfels, TexasTrustees approve gifted, talented plan
Three teachers will be chosen to “lead” the New Braunfels Independent School District’s gifted and talented program.
The NBISD board of education adopted a plan Tuesday calling for the principals of the district’s three elementary schools to select a teacher to head the program.
The gifted and talented program will become the teachers’ “priority,” but the plan also calls
for them to help with administrative work in the principals’ offices as a curriculum assistant.
“I’ve spoken with the principals and we’re all in agreement that the primary focus, the top priority, should be on the gifted and talented program,” Assistant Supt. Oscar Smith told the board.
Board member Garland Lloyd asked if a minimum amount of time spent on the program
would be required, and Smith said the gifted and talented portion of the teacher’s time should take up “at least 50 percent."
“It will probably be more than that if you count preparation time. The first month or two will be spent getting materials purchased, identifying the kids,” Smith said.
“We need to allow as much time as possible to
get this thing off the ground,” Trustee Bill I,ee agreed.
“The only thing we can do is monitor the program very closely,” Supt. O.E. Hendricks told the board.
“Well, we’d want to keep this ‘50-50’ thing flexible. If a teacher needs to spend all day on the program, for whatever reason, that would bt'
okay with me.” trustee Margy Waldrtp remarked.
After the vote. Mary Padilla, a spokesman for a group of about IO parents in attendance, thanked the board for their concern.
“We’re very interested in both the gifted and talented program and the bilingual education program, and we’d like to thank you for your help and cooperation.” she said.
Comal Independent School District trustees last night adopted an $8,538,003 operating budget for the 1980-81 school year at their regular meeting at Frazier Elementary School.
The new operating budget is a $717,509 increase from the 1979-80 amended budget, which also was approved at last night’s meeting.
The operating budget reflects expenses incurred by the increase of 163 students in the district during the 1979-80 school year, Hugo Nowotny, CISD business manager, said. The district anticipates an increase of approximately 200 students during the 1980-81 school year, he added.
The new budget also was amended to reflect a $1,600 cut in the music director’s travel budget and a $3 raise for substitute teachers.
Afer cutting the music director’s travel budget from $1,800 per year to $200 per year, the board trustees unanimously voted to raise substitute teachers’ pay from $27 to $30 per day. The pay raise accounts for $12,000 of the new operating budget, Nowotny said.
Because CISD is in a competetive market with surrounding school districts even as far as San Antonio, for substitute teachers, it was necessary to for the trustees to consider and approve a pay raise for substitute teachers, James Richardson, CISD superintendent of schools, said.
Another budget item which was discussed at the meeting was the $6,000 allotment for educationa 1-development consultants.
“This is one of the areas which I feel that we’ve been more than extravagant,” trustee Carey McWilliams said, in a motion which failed to amend that portion of the budget. He said the board should approve of educational consultants before allowing them to conduct workshops on CISD campuses.
“I can’t see how it would be detrimental to the school not to know who those people (consultants) are,” he said.
Doyle Krueger makes a point, while Jack Rollin, Tom Purdum listen
Planners, industries study annexation
By ROBERT JOHNSON News editor
Here’s an easy recipe for annexation soup.
Take one city master plan, add a dash of industry', toss in a gentleman’s agreement or two, season lightly with Chamber of Commerce, sprinkle liberally with utilities and City Council and add some limestone dust for spice.
The mixture comes out both spicy and cloudy, as Planning and Zoning Commission members will attest after Tuesday’s annexation workshop.
The workshop was designed to field input from parties interested in annexation, and it served its purpose. Four
City Council members, Chamber of Commerce officials and representatives from industries which might be affected by annexation fueled the discussion, which covered a wide variety of topics.
No action was taken, as commission members will have two weeks to ponder the input before taking up the subject again at their Sept. 2 meeting.
Recapping previous meetings, chairman Bob Reeh explained commission members seemed to agree the Solms area south of town and a tract stretching from the existing city limits to FM 306 north of the city were the highest annexation priorities.
But then the commission was asked in June to also consider annexing the
quarries adjacent to the Solms area. That suggestion, although it received some support, “muddled the issue somewhat to where I think we’re back to square one,” Reeh said.
The quarries are not listed as potential annexations on the city master plan, which was revised in 1976. Three large industries are included in this area— U.S. Gypsum. Parker Brothers and Co. and General Portland Inc.’s brand new cement plant.
Although commission members seemed to reach a consensus at earlier meetings that the FM 306 area should be annexed, it also presents a problem in the form of the Coleman Company’s new See ANNEXATION Page 12A
NBISD transfers reserves to balance $7 million budget
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Education approved a $7,717,766 budget for 1980-1981 Tuesday, and followed it up with an athletic budget of $92,294
The regular budget’s expenditures are 13 percent higher than last year’s, Supt. O.E. Hendricks told the board, while anticipated revenue increased 8.5 percent.
The increase in expenditures over last year comes to $900,290, and is caused mainly by a state-inandated pay raise, plus an extra pay raise voted by the board at its July 29 meeting.
Additional personnel, the cost of health insurance for all district full-time employees, and a $58,000 obligation to the newly created Comal County Central Appraisal Office also takes up much of the increase, Hendricks said.
“There is very little increase in item-by-item expenditures,” he told the board.
The budget included a transfer of $292,258 from the local maintenance reserve fund to the “anticipated revenue” column.
“The revenue we have is not as great as the expenditures. The law doesn’t allow us to show excess
revenue, but we can have excess expenditures if we have a reserve fund to back us up,” Hendricks said.
State sources will pick up 64.5 percent of the tab, or $4,975,415, while local funds will amount to $2,697,831 or 35 percent. Federal monies will pay for the remaining $44,520.
The athletic budget shows an increase of $9,270 over last year’s, up 11.16 percent.
“A great deal of that is for transportation costs,” Hendricks said.
Again, the maintenance reserve fund came to the rescue, with $34,494, more than a third of the total athletic budget, in the anticipated revenues column. Revenue from football home games will generate an estimated $29,000, according to the budget.
The largest single expenditure category is “Equipment, All Sports,” costing $27,896.
The “bond improvements” section of the regular budget showed a column of zeroes.
“Our bond money is out. We’re using reserve funds on Carl Schurz Elementary’s expansion, so there’s no money rn function No. 52,” Ixmnie Curtis,said.
Overnight tents in residential areas opposed
Overnight tent camping should not be allowed in residential zones, Planning and Zoning Commission members decided Tuesday.
That restriction, which commission members approved unanimously, was one of several changes suggested for a draft tent camping ordinance, which would allow camping in zones other than residential only if a special permit is granted by City Council.
The comiiussion has yet to vote on the final ordinance, which should come up again at the Sept. 2 meeting. Once approved, the ordinance will go to City Council.
City Council referred the camping matter to the commission after receiving complaints about camping inside the city limits. The city zoning ordinance neither allows nor prohibits camping inside the city.
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John Anderson qualifies as independent on Texas ballot
AUSTIN (AP) - Rep. John B. Anderson’s name will appear on Texas’ November ballot as an independent candidate for president, says Secretary of State George Strake.
However, Texas Democrats continued to check today to see if there was a way to keep Anderson off the ballot.
Anderson is expected to take away Texas votes from President Jimmy
Carter, the Democratic nominee, if he appears as an independent.
Strake told a news conference Tuesday that a sample of the 80,000
signatures submitted by Anderson’s supporters had been checked and 73 percent of them proved to be legitimate, which would give him the 40,719 needed to get on the ballot.
Strake also said similar checks of petitions gave the libertarian Party a place on the ballot but denied a ballot spot to the Socialist Workers Party and the Citizens Party.
The proposed ordinance sets out permit procedures, lists required sanitary facilities, provides for notification of violations and stipulates semi-annual inspections Conuiussion members asked that a density guideline of a maximum of 20 campsites per acre be included, and also suggested a requirement for a screening fence six to eight feet high around the campground be changed to require a diam link fence six feet high.
The commission also wanted to have existing campgrounds, which may not require a permit since they would be in existence before the ordinance is passed, to have to conform to health and safety regulations After reviewing the ordinance, commission member Mike Dieted wondered if a tent camping facility would be econoimcally feasible in the city.
“Maybe we ought to reword the ordinance to say, We don’t want camping in town,’ ” he said.
Member Paul Bosenbury wanted to be sure the ordinance applied only to commercial facilities.
Using commission colleague S.D. David as an example, he said, “What I’m worried about is this ordinance preventing S D. David’s grandads from pitching a tent in his backyard.”
David later pointed out he didn’t have any grandchildren.
City Planner Debra Goodwin briefs the audience on annexation proposals