New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SCHOOL STARTS DRIVE SAFE
Today is the first day of school for NBISD and CISD. Watch out for buses loading and unloading children.
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 235 12 pages, 1 section
Council proposes property tax rate
By Leigh Jones
City council gave New Braunfelsers notice Monday — they plan to set next year’s tax
rate at 42.5 cents.
Although they could decide to lower the rate based on public input before it is finally approved Sept. 26, the list of items citizens will get with the
additional money will be hard to pass up.
The additional revenue will enable the city to pay for six new police officers and six firefighters, something council
members had labeled a priority throughout the current budgeting process.
Citizens also will be able to return to the library Sundays.
“This is great news,” said
Councilwoman Gale Pospisil. “We do have to be fiscally responsible, but we have to take care of the services people expect the city to offer."
See CITY, Page 3
DEAR ABBY 8
CLASSIFIEDS IO COMICS 7
TV GRIDS 8
TAX REVENUE BENEFITS
■ A list of additional resouces next year's property tax revenue will allow the city to get is on Page 2A.
Island Time Pools opens business in New Braunfels, bringing fun for aff
Perry orders TEA to implement restrictions on
day of classes
By David Rupkalvis
enrollment for semester
After 33 years of teaching, not much can faze Martha Parker. But when 5-and 6-year-old students began visiting her classroom Friday, Parker couldn’t contain her excitement.
“Its always exciting,” she said. “I can’t wait to see them and see who’s going to be in class. Its a fun day.”
Parker, a kindergarten teacher at Lamar Primary, joined hundreds of teachers throughout Comal County over the last week who welcomed new students during “Meet the Teacher” nights.
William Whitehead returned to Lamar for the second year, making the big jump from pre-K to kindergarten.
“He’s been very excited,” said William’s mom,
Sheila. “He got a little postcard in the mail, and he’s been carrying it around for days.”
After meeting his teachers, William began exploring his classroom.
“I’m just trying to look at all the stuff,” he said before moving to check out another toy.
When asked if he was ready for school to start, William paused and matter of factly said, “Well... yes.”
Dominick Kendrick will go to school for the first time today. When he met Parker and teacher, Leisha Chapman, for the First time, he seemed shy and cautious. But minutes later, he was playing games and laughing.
See CLASS, Page 3
■ Check the Herald-Zeitung Wednesday for coverage on the first day of school in Comal County.
By Leigh Jones
AT A GLANCE
I What: Manufacturing-based ESL Class registration
Empty desks were hard to find at the Central Texas Technology Center Monday night as the school’s fall semester credit classes began.
Even the facility’s conference room was filled with students.
Interim Director Michael Morphew said fall enrollment had reached 256 students for the first day of class, up 21 percent compared to last fall.
“When you count our noncredit classes, we have a lot more students out here every day,” he said.
Three of the school’s most popular regular classes — medical-and industrial-based ESL and GED preparation — begin next week, with registration continuing today. The courses are offered free of charge.
* When: 5 p.m. today and tomorrow
I What: Medical-based ESL Class registration
I When: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and tomorrow
I What: Industry-based GED preparation Class registration
I When: 6 p.m. today
1 Where: Central Texas Technology Center, 2189 FM 758
See CTTC, Page 3
Above, Lamar Primary kindergarten teacher Martha Parker helps William Whitehead unpack his school supplies during Meet the Teacher at the school Friday afternoon. Left, Incoming kindergarteners Whitehead, left, and Dominick Kendrick quickly discover the toys in their new classroom at Lamar Primary.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM
school spending Cooing school to answer a batch of questions
See TEA, Page 2
From Staff Reports
“Why does my white sauce turn out lumpy? I ve watched many cooking programs where the chef prepares the sauce flawlessly, but mine turns out a sticky mess.”
If you are looking to expand your cooking endeavors beyond the level of “open, pour in a pan and heat,” make plans to attend the Taste of Home Cooking School to be held Sept. 20 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin St.
The evening demonstration will be presented by Tamra Duncan from the cooking school staff. Duncan promises to sprinkle her performance with cooking tips that just
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Taste of Home Cooking School
■ When: 5 p.m. doors open, 6:30 p.m. program Sept. 20
■ Where: Civic center
■ Cost: Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at the Herald-Zeitung.
might include the food preparation answers you need.
“I’m always surprised when chatting with my staff to leant guests will ask questions that we assumed are common knowledge. We need to remind ourselves that when learning to cook, no question is too obvious," said Sandy Bloom, executive director
of the cooking schools. “I remember when I was a young cook and planning a dinner party that included Cornish hens. I was so anxious to try out my new rotisserie that I didn’t take time to properly clean the hens. Was I embarrassed when my guests cut into their beautiful looking Cornish hens and discovered the giblets were still in the birds.”
“The secret to a successful white sauce is in the stirring,” said Bloom. “The sauce is made by adding milk to a roux—a cooked mixture of butter and flour. Some think the milk’s temperature matters, but stirring is the key. With the pan off the heat,
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Al R QUAL ITVHealth Alert
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day.
■ Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving
■ Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip.
■ Avoid use of “drive through" lanes or services.
■ Don't refuel during daylight.
ON THE WEB: Pollution levels are posted online at: www. tnrcc. state.tx.us/
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Blaming the Legislature for inaction during three failed special sessions, Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered the state education commissioner to restrict how much Texas schools can spend outside of direct classroom
Gov. Rick Perry Under Perry s execu_
tive order, districts will be required to spend no more than 35 percent of their budgets on nonclassroom expenses such as transportation, school lunches and administration.