New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
2A New Braunfels Herald-Ze/ft/ng Thursday, August 22, 1985
Tough rules back in place
AUSTIN (AP) — In a yo-yo like change of rules, city officials have again imposed tougher restrictions on Austin residents’ outdoor water use.
Near record water use on Tuesday caused the city to impose the additional watering limits.
"I regret the fact that we are having to make a change this soon,”
City Manager Jorge Carrasco said in announcing the Stage 3 rules for the second time this month.
After almost three months of voluntary conservation limits, mandatory Stage 2 rules went into effect late in July. The tougher Stage 3 restrictions were imposed last week, then lifted Monday before
No-pass, no-play battle not done
AUSTIN I AP) — Court battles over the controversial no-pass, no-play law have not ended, the director of the University Interscholastic League says.
The Texas Supreme Court recently upheld the rule that bars failing students from participating in extracurricular activities. But UIL Director Bailey Marshall said Wednesday that would not deter further lawsuits.
" I would not think we would be past having a lawsuit. We had the lawsuit back in the spring and the Supreme Court upheld the law and all, but there are other means. You can attack different phases of the law.” said Marshall.
"I don’t think we have eliminated lawsuits. It would be nice if we had,” Marshall told a Texas Daily Newspaper Association seminar on the 1984 education reform bill.
That reform legislation included the no-pass, no-play provision that the parents of Houston-area high school baseball players challenged in court this spring. A trial court judge agreed with the parents, but the Supreme Court overruled that decision.
Marshall said the next challenge might attack the rule’s lack of exceptions for special cases. He mentioned students who receive failing grades because of illness.
"There is no exception clause in there if he legitimately had a reason for not passing his work,” said Marshall.
The UIL director said he foresees no major retreat from no-pass, no
play, but he predicted a possible shortening of the ineligibility period.
Under the current rule, a failing student remains ineligible for the entire six-week grading period following the six weeks in which the failing grade was received.
“I think possibly within a year’s time, after some evaluation, they will shorten the lehgth of period of ineligibility and allow a student to get back eligible in three weeks,” said Marshall.
"The law was developed to motivate a youngster through their work. I think it will be more motivational to them if they have a shorter length of time,” he said.
being re-imposed Wednesday.
Under Stage 3 restrictions, Austin residents may water for seven hours every fifth day instead of 17 hours every fifth day under Stage 2 regulations.
Water use Tuesday climbed to 167.6 million gallons, the second-highest daily total for the summer. It was the second straight day of use over 160 million gallons.
Carrasco said easing back to Stage
2 on Monday might have been a mistake, and that returning to Stage
3 so quickly ‘‘may in fact heighten concern and frustration.”
Jerry Lawson, director of the city resource management department, said more lenient watering rules and three straight days of 102-degree temperatures contributed to high water use Monday and Tuesday.
Lawson said more citations had been issued by police for violations of the water regulations in three weeks of rationing this summer than were issued during five weeks of restrictions last year. The average number of citations issued through Tuesday is more than 50 a day. Last year violators were cited at the rate of 30 a day.
Marion /SD approves $3.5 million budget
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
MARION — The Marion Independent School District board members approved a budget of more than $3.5 million for the 1985-86 school year at its meeting Wednesday.
The budget had been revised from the original that was proposed at a workshop Monday. Superintendent Winfred Farquhar cut nearly $200,000 from the budget before Wednesday’s meeting. The reductions came from cuts in the 1986 summer school expenses and reductions in computers and equipment among other things.
The school district will be operating at a deficit. The discrepency between the expenses and the revenue is more than $1 million. Surplus funds from the past few years will provide the extra money needed, Farquhar said.
“For the present time, we’re in pretty good shape,” Farquhar
told the members of the board. “But I’m apprehensive about the future of this school district.”
Farquhar said that die new people who are moving into Marion are not necessarily providing more money for the school.
“A big increase in population without being paralleled with an increase in big business will bankrupt us,” he added.
Board member Sally Boecker pointed out that the largest increase in the budget from last year was an added $220,000 in salaries. Some of that increase was caused by career ladder raises and by new personnel being added to the faculty.
Boecker also told the board that she had analyzed the budget and found that almost as much money is being spent by the district on athletics, band and other extracurricular activities as is spent on academics.
"I wonder if we aren’t spending more money on a small group of
kids than we are spending on the whole bunch,” she said.
The board approved the tax rate which will remain at $1.33 per $100 of property, the same as last year’s rate.
Gene Pape, president of the school board, announced that the school district has $56.5 million in taxable property on the tax roles.
In other business, the board voted to postpone action on an offer to purchase school property at Zuehl.
The board decided to reject the two bids it received for fire insurance and take new bids.
The board voted to revise the travel policies to pay more of the teachers’ expenses when they must travel on school business.
The board commended the school’s librarians for their work with the summer reading program which opened the school library to the children of the community. More than 1.000 book were read during the eight-week program.
NBISD to add classrooms to new school
Services are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for William Blang, 74. The former New Braunfels resident died Aug. 21 in Austin.
Mr. and Mrs. David Pooke, Canyon I .ake, 61b, 12oz, girl, Aug. 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Whitlock, New Braunfels. 61b 8oz, girl, Aug. 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Win Leslie Locke, Canyon Lake, 81b 5oz, boy, Aug. 21.
Staff Sgt. and Mrs. Ismael R. Salazar Jr., Howard Air Force Base, Panama, 71bs 5oz, girl. July 30.
New Braunfels ISD board decided to add four classrooms onto the new elementary and accepted Bratton Building Systems’ bid for the fuel tanks at the transportation center.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry explained that when the new elementary was opened, it would be at capacity and would soon need two more classrooms.
Joanne Brooks,a patron being considered for the vacant board position, asked for clarification on why the original elementary school had not been made large enough to handle the growth.
"Actually our growth projections were not far off, but our class size pojections were far off,” Bradberry said. “No one could have planned for what House Bill 72 mandated, the 22 to one ratio. We used to operate on a 26 students to one teacher ratio.”
The district administrators had come prepared to recommend two classrooms for $97,800, but Bob Self
asked what it would cost for four.
“To add four more classrooms instead of two, it would involve adding their own air-conditioning unit," said Herb Crume with the construction management firm of Jessen ans Associates. "That would also entail a fence around it and another electrical panel, but I’m sure we could build all four for less than $200,000.”
Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent of finances said the money was available in the bond fund.
"Since the project was delayed because of bad weather, and we have a set price for the project, you could call the bad weather a blessing," Curtis said. "The dalays mean that the money just sits there and earns more interest. So we have earned $500,000 more from investments than we had planned.”
Crume told the trustees that their other choice would be to add portable
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Another day of scorching heat was in store for most of Texas today as skies remained mostly clear.
The only relief from the heat was expected in the northern Panhandle, the immediate upper Texas coast and the Trans-Pecos mountains, forecasters said. Readings there were to be in the 80s and lower 90s Readings were to be near or slightly above the 100-degree mark over the rest of the state
A few thunderstorms were expected over the mountains, northwest Texas and north central portions of the state.
Skies were mostly clear over the state at dawn as an upper level high pressure system continued to dominate the state’s weather. Only a few patchy clouds were reported along tile coast. Skies were clear elsewhere. Some light fog cut visibility to about five miles at Port Arthur.
Early morning temperatures were in the 70s and 80s. Extremes ranged from 60 at Marfa to 84 at Fort Worth.
Other early morning temperatures around the state included 73 at Amarillo, 82 at Wichita Falls, 81 at Dallas, 79 at Waco, 78 at Austin, 79 at San Antonio, 76 at Corpus Christi and Brownsville, 77 at San Angelo, 78 at Lubbock, 74 at Midland and 73 at El Paso.
North Texas- Isolated thunderstorms northwest and north central early tonight, otherwise fair, continued hot through Friday. Highs 97 to 105. liOWS 70s.
West Texas- Isolated evening thunderstorms most sections, otherwise sunny and hot through Friday, fair tonight. Near record high temperatures most sections. I.ows tonight near 70 Panhandle to upper 70s along the Rio Grande except lows in upper 50s mountains. Highs Friday low' 90s north, mid 90s mountains to near 106 along the Rio Grande.
South Texas- Isolated mainly early evening showers or thundershowers Southeast Texas and coastal plains. Mostly sunny and continued quite hot days rest of South Texas, generally fair and mild tonight. Highs Friday upper 80s along the upper coast, near 105 Rio Grande plains and Edwards Plateau, 90s to near IOO elsewhere. Ix>ws tonight lower 80s immediate coast, 70s inland.
Port Arthur to Port O’Connor-Southeast winds near IO knots tonight and Friday. Seas I to 3 feet. Isolated showers or thundershowers.
Port O’Connor to Brownsville-Southeast winds IO to 15 knots tonight and Friday. Winds gusty near shore during the afternoons. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Isolated showers or thundershowers.
North Texas — A chance of thunderstorms. Highs Saturday upper 90s to near IOO lowering into the mid 80s to mid 90s Sunday and Monday. Lows generally in the 70s.
South Texas — Partly cloudy with hot days and mild nights, widely scattered afternoon and evening showers or thundershowers mainly northern sections .
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buildings later. If the permanent additions were constructed at a later date, they could cost from $110,000 to $115.000 for each two classrooms.
Bradberry told trustees that two classrooms would bt* needed when the school opened, and the other two. in September 1986. The teachers for these students w ere already hired.
On the awarding of the fuel system bid. Bratton’s original base bid of $69,331 was negotiated down by $1,000. the assistant superintendent of finance said.
"We had hoped to reduce the price down further, but some of our recommendations would not be approved by the EPA i Environmental Protection Agency),” Crume said.
Instead the EPA required $4,025 in change orders because the tanks will be over the Edwards Aquifer, bringing the price to $72,356, Curtis said.
Only one other contractor bid the fuel tanks, Texas Western Contractors whose original base bid was $78,365.
School officials had talked about rebidduig the fuel tanks because the bids appeared high and other con
tractors thought they could offer better prices. Curtis said But after they researched it. no one could match Bratton's bid.
The tanks include two 6,000-gallon storage tanks and a 2,000-gallon tank We will be able to save considerably on the cost of fuel by storing this much at once," Curtis said after the meeting "And though all the EPA regulations are irritating, all we have to do is remember its our drinking water they are protecting."
Curtis also went over the amended 1984-85 budget which the board approved He said the good attendance figures rn October had improved their income by $1.25 million from state funding The state formula depends heavily on the a\erage daily attendance Expenditures had exceeded the budgeted amount by $786,794, and most of that was in payrolls, extra teachers needed to meet HH 72 tm-mediate requirements "lf everyone would have spent what was budgeted, we would have been $1 million in the hole," Curtis said. "As it is we came out with an excess ”
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