New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Both districts see rapid growth
Memorial Primary welcomed 114 more students than last year, 34 more than the district projected for this year. The school’s three grades, prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade, contained 652 students.
Trustee Ed Hark said the district has already hired new teachers to address the projected growth and is scheduled to hire another in a special meeting Monday.
"The impact of more children is the impact of more teachers,” he said. “If it continues, we’re going to have to build more schools.”
Clark said the NBISD board and administrators work with the city to keep track of where growth is occurring so they can be prepared in advance. He said the growth at Memorial Primary is largely because of all the new homes being built in the area.
New Braunfels Middle School showed the second highest growth levels in the district with 70 more students in class Tuesday. The school still is seven students below its projected enrollment level.
Only one NBISD campus saw a decrease in enrollment.
New Braunfels High School had two fewer students on the first day of class this year than they had last year. The campus is 112 students behind where administrators expected it to be this year.
Despite CISD’s often discussed rapid growth, three of their 17 campuses experienced a decrease in student population.
Mountain Valley School in Sattler experienced the biggest decrease—37 students. Goodwin Primary School saw 28 fewer students and Smithson Valley Middle School had IO fewer students on opening day.
The biggest growth in GSD came from Arion Seay lnter-
“Growth impacts just about everything we do, whether it’s transportation, food service or hiring a new superintendent. When we make a decision, we have to weigh that carefully.”
— Dan Krueger
CISD Board president
mediate, where 782 students attended class on opening day, 111 more than a year ago. Since 2002, Adon Seay has seen its student population grow from 446 students.
CISD Board President Dan Krueger said the continued rate of growth impacts the district countywide.
“The biggest impact is overcrowding at schools,” Krueger said. “If we don’t do anything by adding new schools, we’ll have to do some major realignments. The second thing is the added stress to taxpayers by adding new teachers every year. But that’s a good problem to have. Wed rather have it than be losing students.”
Canyon Middle School saw
the next biggest jump, climbing from 764 to 847 students in one year. Specht Elementary, which was capped this year due to growth, Bill Brown Elementary, Spring Branch Middle, Hoffman Lane Elementary and Comal Elementary all saw student enrollment climb between 50 and 70 students.
Since 2002, CISD had jumped from 10,903 students to the nearly 13,000 who showed up Wednesday.
“Growth impacts just about everything we do, whether its transportation, food service or luring a new superintendent,” Krueger said. “When we make a decision, we have to weigh that carefully.”
The rapid rate of growth is forcing both school districts to adjust on the fly.
Thursday, CISD trustees approved a budget that will add four positions to deal with the growth. Only one position will be added immediately, but the others could be filled if needed. NBISD trustees are scheduled to meet Monday and will also consider adding teachers to deal with growth.
CISD trustees arc also considering a bond package that could reach $160 million to add four new elementary schools, one middle school and improvements to other schools in the district.
Fire in Paris apartment kills 17
PARIS (AP) — Fire raced through an overcrowded, nin-down apartment building housing African immigrants early Friday, killing 17 people with many dying in their sleep, firefighters and residents said.
At least 30 other people were injured in the blaze at the seven-story building on the corner of a major boulevard in southeast Paris.
Many of the victims were from the west African nation of Mali. Others were from Senegal, Ghana and Tunisia, according to residents.
At least eight children were
among the dead, and there could be as many as 14, a police official said. A definitive count could not be immediately established because of the condition of the burned bodies, the official said.
“There are lots of bodies that are unidentifiable,” said the police official, speaking by telephone on customary condition he not be identified.
“It s an extremely heavy toll,” said Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited the scene.
The children had been “asphyxiated," he said. “It’s an abominable spectacle.”
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