New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday night in a closed door session, the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees decided which of two candidates they want to hire as interim school superintendent.
In the box below is what the school board members want you, the taxpayers and parents of NBISD students, to know about their choice:
That’s correct. The box is blank. NBISD school board members told reporters that they decided in executive session not to tell the public who their choice was to lead the school district for what remains a yet undetermined length of time.
School board members* actions indicate they believe that the taxpayers, parents and students should not know the name or qualifications of the person they plan to select as the interim chief administrator of NBISD.
That’s wrong, and posssibly illegal.
If phone calls and letters to the editor to the New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung are an indication, public confidence in the NBISD school board is extremely low.
In less than four months, a high school principal and assistant principal have been reassigned. The superintendent of 13 years has resigned, and some students staged a walkout over the actions of the school board.
All this occurred after a shift in power created in part by the election of two new school board members, Steve Weaver and Carlos Campos. One of the campaign slogans used during the election campaign by Campos was, “Let’s put the public back in public education.”
Once again, a promise made, a promise broken.
However, Campos and Weaver, articulate, intelligent and persuasive as they are, could not have done this by themselves. Apparently, all seven members of the school board believe it’s best to be secretive about how and whom they select to lead the school district.
The public^ right to know, and the best interests of the students, parents and taxpayers, are not being served by the secretive methods of the school board.
At worst, they have violated the Texas Open Meetings Law and the Texas Public Information Act. At best, they have betrayed their obligation to serve their constituents in an open and public manner.
Either way, they are wrong.
(Todays editorial was written by Hemld-Zeitung Publisher and Editor Doug Toney.)
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■ Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 1953
■ Master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio in 1954
■ Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976
■ Appointed by the Texas Education Agency to oversee the Eagle Pass I.S.D. from March to September of 1993 to correct internal problems
■ Interim superintendent at San Marcos Consolidated I.S.D. from February to June 1996
■ Associate superintendent for Austin I.S.D. from 1991 to 1992 .
■ Interim superintendent for Austin I.S.D. from 1990 to 1991
■ Associate superintendent for Austin I.S.D. from 1982 to 1990
■ Superintendent of San Marcos C.I.S.D. from 1979 to 1982
■ Superintendent of Eagle Pass I.S.D. from 1977 to 1979
■ Deputy superintendent for General Instruction Services for the Houston I.S.D. from 1974 to 1977
■ Adjunct professor for Texas A & M UniversityThomas E. Moseley
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■ Master of education degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1967
■ Superintendent of schools for Fort Sam Houston I.S.D. in San Antonio from 1980 to 1996
■ Principal of Theodore Roosevelt High School in San Antonio from 1975 to 1980
■ Principal of Nimitz Middle School in San Antonio from 1972 to 1975
■ Assistant principal at Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio from 1967 to 1972
■ Biology teacher/coach and student council sponsor at Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio from 1963 to 1967
■ Biology Teacher/coach at Hondo High School from 1955 to 1963
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Legislature remains busy in the interim
“Although the Texas Constitution limits regular legislative sessions to 140 days every two years, the wide range of topics facing Texas are not bound by the same calendar,” said Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock. “All in all, the work of the Senate interim committees this year is as diverse as the landscape of the Lone Star State. But they do share one common goal. And that is to do what is best for Texas.” His words reflect the 1995-% interim efforts of 31 state senators.
Indeed, the interim at hand affords legislators challenging opportunities to work directly with Texans who are interested in addressing critical timely issues. By appointing five interim committees and assigning charges to IO standing committees of the Senate, Bullock afforded every senator the privilege of serving on at least four committees. What’s more, Speaker Pete Lancy appointed eight house joint committees, and Gov. George Bush named nine groups to study critical issues facing the state.
In a previous column I discussed the interim charges issued to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services that I chair. This column briefly discusses the lieutenant governor’s charges to the other committees on which I serve.
As a member of the Senate Education Committee I welcome feedback not only from educators at all levels, but also from Texans who understand that education is the long-term solution to contemporary societal problems. Better educated persons generally qualify for more and better paying jobs, understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and are more likely to be productive and well-informed citizens.
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, Dec., 11, the 346th day of 1996. There are 20 days left in the year
I iHMif i ntgnngm m History.
Fifty years ago, on Dec. 11, 1946, the United Nations International Children s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established
On this datn
In 1710, the first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis took place in New England
In 1702, France s King Lou® XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason. (Louis was convicted, and executed the following month)
In 1010, Indiana became the 19th state.
In 1972, America's first black governor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana
In 1IM| police in Buenos Aires, Argentina, thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover
Chaired by Sen. Bill Ratliff, R-Mt. Pleasant, the Senate Education Committee is comprised of five Republicans and four Democrats. Our interim charges include monitoring the implementation of the public education reform bill of 1995 and making recommendations regarding the role of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
My priorities on this committee include increasing access to higher education and ensuring that our college and university libraries meet standards of excellence. Every Texan, including those who live in counties that don’t have colleges or universities, should enjoy the right to complete a college or university education. I especially support work/study programs that allow students to work their way through college.
Excellent libraries are essential in any enlightened community, just as they are a critical platform from which to build undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A four-year university with an inferior library, for example, has no hope of offering doctoral programs.
Serving on the Senate Finance Committee chaired by Sen. John Montfort!, D-Lubbock, allows me to gain deeper insight into the workings of state government and to prioritize funding important programs while streamlining others without increasing taxes. As in 1993, the 1995
In 1932, 60 years ago, Britain's King Edward VHI abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
In 1937, Italy withdrew from the League of Nations
In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; which responded in kind.
In 1991, a US aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon — the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas
In 1991, the U N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be the fifth secretary-general of the world body.
Ton yean agos The government of South Africa drastically expanded its 6-month-old media restrictions by imposing prior censorship and banning coverage of a wide range of peaceful anti-apartheid protests
Hvn yin aga A jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault and battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman. European Community leaders meeting in the
Texas Legislature balanced the state budget without increasing taxes or establishing new ones. '
The outlook for Texas taxpayers is good, for * Bush, Bullock and Laney pledged anew that taxes would not be raised in 1997. The nine Democrats * and four Repblicans who serve on the committee ~ agree. The General Investigating Committee on which I serve focuses on reviewing state contracting procedures with the goal of reforming these practices to prevent and detect fraud. Working closely with the Office of the State Auditor, this committee has reviewed hundreds of contracts and is identifying waste issues that cut across all state agencies. As chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services it is my privilege to ' preside at hearings related to Medicaid reform, welfare reform, children in nursing homes, investigations of abuse and neglect in mental health and 4 mental retardation facilities, immunization pro- , grams and restricting minora’ access to alcohol and tobacco. The bipartisan consensus typically developed by the five Democrats ami four Republicans on our committee is impressive. My previous column described the interim substantive work of our committee.
The work of the interim committees on which f serve is both challenging and rewarding. Promoting; the well-being of all Texans is my most fundamental responsibility. ^
As President Thomas Jefferson observed, “Thq care of human life and happiness and not their destitution is the first and only legitimate object o£ good government.”
(Judith Zaffirini of Laredo represents the 21 si District in the Texas Senate.)
Dutch city oil Maastricht hammered out a compromise for a loose federation of their countries On# yiar ago: Utah Congresswoman Enid* Greene WaldhoJtz held an emotional news confer-* once in which she publicly addressed the scandal} surrounding her personal and campaign finances and* blamed the mess on her estranged husband, Joe *
Today's Birthday Producer Carlo Pond is 83 Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn is 78 Actress Betsy Blair is 73. Actor Jean-Lou«s Indignant is 66. Actress Rita Moreno is 65 Actor Ron Carey is 61. California state senator Tom Hayden if 57 Pop singer David Gates (Bread) is 56. Serial Max Ba acus, D-Mont, is 55. Actress Donna Mills 53. Senator John Kerry, D-Mass , is 53. Singer Bn da Lee is 52. Actress Lynda Day George is 50 Actress Tori Garr is 48. Singer Jermaine Jackson ® 42. Rock mi®ician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is 38.
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Though! for Today: "I see no wisdom in saving up indignation for a rainy day.” — Haywood Broun, American journalist (1888-1939).