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Vol. 89 - No. 120 28 Pages — 2 Sections
(USPS 377-880) New Braunfels, Texas
Parent given chance to comply with policy
Comal Independent School Board trustees last night listened to request from a parent to keep his two children in the district's school system at their regular meeting at Mountain Valley School.
The board agreed to table discussion of the request until Jan. 13.
The children of Douglas Prade, a resident of the New Braunfels Independent School District, have been violating board policy by being enrolled in CISD for the past two years, Supt. James Richardson said.
Richardson recommended that Prade’s request be denied “unless substantiating
evidence can be presented and examined by the board of trustees to meet the admission requirements,” he said.
Richardson said Prade indicated he lived in the district, but mail from that address had been returned in the past. Richardson added that Prade had not presented any documentation to the superintendent’s office to substantiate the children’s enrollment.
“My kids started off in the school district four and one-half years,” Prade said. “They studied and worked hard.”
Prade told the board that he had purchased 114 acres behind Canyon High School 30 days
ago to keep his children in the district.
The house he had previously used as an address belonged to Daisy Voss of 763 Highway 46 South, Prade said. Prade said he leased the property from Voss, the family’s babysitter, until Voss died six months ago, “which is why you kept getting your mail back.”
“I’m trying to have a house built on this place,” he said. “I can’t promise you when.” Trustee Leroy Goodson reminded Prade that the issue was whether Prade was a legal resident of CISD, and that enrollment was not determined by the performance of his children. “I’m pleased you want your children in the
school district,” Goodson said.
“Sir, I should think that it would matter if it (board decision) hurts the child," Prade said. “What you’re telling me, it doesn’t matter if it hurts the children, you’re going to do it (deny the request) anyway.”
Prade said he originally thought the board meeting was Dec. 21.
“I’ve been running crazy since I found out today that the meeting was today," he said.
Prade said the construction was to have begun on the property Dec. 2, but has been delayed because of unsuitable weather. He added that although the property has been paid
for, not all the paperwork on the purchase has been processed.
“If I can have just a little time to get started out there, but I can’t do it in bad weather,” he said.
“If we wanted to table this until the end of the six weeks, could you get the necessary documents on this (construction of home)?” Goodson asked Prade. “That’ll give you time to get it together.”
“You don’t have to be living in the house, but you have to show good intent,” trustee Carey McWilliams said.
By PATRICIA YZNAGA Staff writer
A policy which discourages hazing on the district’s campuses was adopted Tuesday by Comal Independent School District trustees without discussion.
Supt. James Richardson said the policy would serve as a deterrent to students in CISD in either implementing or condoning certain actions or activities which could be interpreted as hazing.
The adopted policy defines hazing as any willful act by one student acting alone or with others for subjecting a student to indignity or humiliation, submitting a student to any type of ostracism and submitting a student to shame, ignominy or disgrace among his peers.
The policy adds that any willful act by one student alone or acting with others to humble the pride, stifle the ambition or blight the courage of a student, and physically injuring or threatening to physically injure another student will be defined as hazing.
The policy also states that no member of any faculty in CISD shall knowingly permit, encourage, aid or assist any student in hazing activities, or fail to promptly report the practicepolicy
of hazing on campus.
“We have no consequences except the possibility of suspension or expulsion,” Richardson said, adding that the board will decide the appropriate penalty, as any violation of board policy.
Erwin Lehmann, student representative to the board from Smithson Valley High School, said hazing is a rare occurrence on the Smithson Valley High School campus.
The board also voted to approve policy revision concerning the appointment of CISD administrators.
Under the revised policy, no spouse, child or child’s spouse of any administrator or supervisor shall work under the direct supervision of the administrator, or work on the same campus or in the same building as the administrator or supervisor.
Richardson said the policy would not apply to any individual employed before the enactment date of the policy unless the employee changes assignments within the district.
The revision is a “pretty standard policy” in most districts, Aden Tieken, assistant superintendent for community relations, said.
Tieken called the revision a preventative measure to avoid problems which might come up later.
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Polish unions again warned
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland’s army warned today it would be “suicide” for Poles to ignore what it called Western plans to undermine the country’s strategic importance to the Soviet bloc. The Western allies started sending radar planes to Europe to monitor Soviet military movements on Poland’s borders.
It was the third time in three days that the official army paper had warned Poland’s independent labor movement against taking actions threatening the communist system.
Suspect in jail on arson charge
A Canyon I .ake area man being held in Comal County Jail after being charged with arson.
Delfin Sanchez, 39, of Star Rt. 3, Box 106 X83, was arrested by sheriff’s officers last night after allegedly burning down his home in Horseshoe Falls. He was taken before County Court-at-law Judge D.H. Buchanan this morning who set bond at $25,000.
The incident began as a family disturbance, sheriff’s investigator Ed Murphy said.
“He was in the house keeping his wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law,” Murphy said. “He decided to turn them loose and decided he was going to burn the house down.”
Sanchez allegedly threatened his wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law at gunpoint, Murphy said.
Murphy said he and another in
vestigator arrived at the scene at approximately 7:30 p.m. after being notified by Sanchez’ wife’s uncle. The investigators used loudspeakers to call Sanchez out of the house, but Sanchez refused to leave the house, Murphy said. Minutes later, the house burst into flames, Murphy said.
Murphy said Sanchez apparently spread one-half of the house with gasoline and hid in a bedroom at the back of the other half of the house while the house burned. When the smoke became too heavy, Sanchez left the house through the room, where he was arrested by the investigators.
Murphy said the Canyon Fire Department had been notified before the fire began and had been at the scene on standby.
The house was destroyed, Murphy said. No one was injured in the fire, h< said.
Acting for real
Staff photos by John Senior
Circle Arts Theater members participate in a "disaster" drill conducted by the Emergency Club, Emergency Medical Service and McKenna Memorial Hospital Tuesday night as victims. Clockwise, from top, Larry Leathers touches up a
laceration on his cheek. An emergency care attendant applies a head dressing to Dale Dallmann. Doctors and nurses check "victim" Jimmi Garza at the hospital after she is assisted from the emergency vehicle by Kathy Hanks.