New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYSmithson Valley girls basketball off to a 10-3 start. See Page 6
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Andrea Carrizales, Jean C. Hill, Lindsey Nelson, James Moos (15 years), Dolly Nance, Janie Benavides, and Amelia Lupe Gonzales.
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NBISD expects drop-out rate to plummet
Drop-out Rates at New Braunfels High School
Grades 9-12 at
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By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District has been working on reducing its drop-out rates, and the work seems to be paying off. A report presented to die board of trustees on Tuesday shows that the number of dropouts has declined.
Earlier this year, New Braunfels High School received a rating of low performing’ for drop-out rates in the 1993-94 school year. The rating is based on the state’s drop-out rate of six percent, and a school with a dropout rate higher than that for any subgroup is considered low performing. Hispanics, African Americans, whites, and economically disadvantaged are considered subgroups.
For 1993-94, the overall drop-out rate for the district was well below the state benchmark, at 2.2 percent. The overall rate for the high school was also below the state’s requirement, and was 3.1 percent. However, the Hispanic portion of the population had a drop-out rate of 6.6 percent.
Joe Parra, NBISD coordinator of Special Programs, said work on reducing the drop-out rate
was already underway when the dropout reduction plan was approved.
“We had already done the bulk of work when we filed that plan,’’ he said. “Overall, it was a lot of prioritizing.’’
That prioritizing made tracking students who' stop attending classes the main issue. Parra said they knew students were not dropping out, and it became a matter of tracking them down to prove it. NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the district has spent a lot of time, energy, and
money on finding students. However, he said, it is “well worth it, and money well spent.” He said the efforts of Judge Diana Campos in filing against students and their parents for truancy has also proved to be a big help.
The projected 1994-95 number of dropouts for grades 7 through 12 is 19 students, down from 58 the previous year. The overall percentage rate went from 2.2 percent to 0.68 percent. The drop-out rates at the high school level also saw a drop. The overall rate went from 3. IO percent to
I percent. The Hispanic rate went from 6.6 percent to 1.9 percent.
Parra said the numbers for 1994-95 are only projected numbers and will not be finalized by the state until March or April. However, he said he feels really good about these numbers and does not believe the state will come back with any big changes. He said the only subgroup that may see changes is the economically disadvantaged, which would be due to figuring how many students are in the group. Bradberry said he is also comfortable with the numbers.
“It’s not impossible for them to change. But they’re not, we’ve run those too many times ourselves,” he said.
Bradberry said the numbers are impressive considering the previous year’s rating. He said that since the new numbers are so small, slight fluctuations may occur. However, he said the district will continue to be dedicated to lowering the rate, and it will not go back to the low performing range.
“It was a good wake-up call,” he said. “We’re not going to be over again, and we never should have been in the first place.”
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CLEAN members bring concerns to Austin
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A spokesman for Governor George Bush confirmed that a top Bush official met with members of CLEAN (Citizens League for Environmental Action Now) last week to discuss their concerns about a proposed concrete batch plant in Bulverde.
CLEAN members Bob Barton, Cameron Wiley, Warren Austin and Rose Marie Eash met with Andy Barrett, a top environmental aide to Governor Bush The members expressed their concerns that the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) has been biased towards Ingram Readymix of New Braunfels in its application for a standard exemption, which Ingram Readymix needs to get before it can build the plant.
Barton said the visit with Barrett was beneficial for the group.
“We wanted to let him know how poorly things were handled during the TNRCC hearings,” Barton said, referring to the hearings held in September in Austin and at Guadalupe Valley Tele
phone Cooperative, Inc. pertaining to Ingram Readymix’s right to be granted the standard exemption.
Ingram Readymix wants to build the proposed plant at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and FM 1863.
CLEAN members oppose the plant because they believe it will exceed the regulations for dust emissions, use too much water and because it is located at a busy intersection.
CLEAN members have accused the TNRCC of helping Ingram Readymix alter its application for a standard exemption by using a previous document for a plant in Dripping Springs, which was never built because of public opposition there. Barton said this issue was brought up at the meeting with Barrett.
“We told him about the changes in the original application,” Barton said. “He (Barrett) commented to us that the application looked sloppy to him.”
A TNRCC staff attorney has denied the allegations raised by CLEAN saying the heanngs were held in an unbiased and fair setting and that Ingram did their own work on their standard exemption
‘Vim wanted to let (lim know how poorly things were handled during the TNRCC hearings.’
— Bob Barton
Commissioners for the TNRCC will have the final say as to whether or not Ingram is awarded is standard exemption. The commission is expected to hear the case by early next year.
Barrett could not be contacted, but Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for the governor’s office, said Barrett will look into CLEAN’s concerns concerning the TNRCC.
“Mr. Barrett listened to their concerns and looked at the materials they brought him,” Sullivan said. “He was very interested in their questions concerning the application process. What Mr. Barrett will do is forward the materials to the TNRCC and let them have a chance to respond to the issues raised by CLEAN .”
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Grey Overgynder paints a Christmas flower pot Tueaday at Fellowship Bible Church. She was among 501 vt o-schooled children who visited the church.
Building contractor seminar and lunch
A building contractor seminar and luncheon will be held at Honors Hall, Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jim Bradley, structural engineer, will lead a discussion on the latest irv concrete foundations and many pointers on improving your slabs with little or no extra cost. Co-sponsored by RE/MAX RiverCities and American Engineering. Reservations required, call 629-1745.
QI Forum moots Thursday
The American GI Forum, Chapter 1014, meets Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 179 Hall on Coll Street.
Boroavomont Support Group moots
Bereavement Support Group meets Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center. Call Jan at 629-8181 for information.
Historical Christmas Journey
The public is invited to the Historical Christmas Journey, Saturday, Dec. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at First Protestant Church, Seguin and Coll streets. No admission charge.
Featuring: The first Christmas on the coast, Christmas at the orphanage, a Victorian Christmas, Christmas eve candlelight service, historical church buildings in miniature, a live nativity, festive music and refreshments.
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Robber strikes Factory Stores
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
No one was hurt in a robbery at the Geoffrey Beene store in the New Braunfels Factory Stores yesterday — in fact store employees handled the incident so smoothly that customers didn't know it was taking place.
The lone robber entered the store at about 2 p.m., according to New Braunfels Police records. He told clerks he had a gun and took an undetermined amount of money and merchandise.
“They quietly gave him what he wanted,” said Manager Margie Pfeil, “then they went back and called 911 and stayed on the line.”
Police reports describe the suspect as a white male in his 40s, about 140 pounds with silver hair just touching his shoulders. He was wearing blue
‘They quietly gave him what he wanted, then they went back and called 911 and stayed on the line.’
— Store Manager Margie Pfeil
jeans and a dress shirt.
The robber never displayed his gun, police reports said.
“Our employees are trained to do what a robber asks when threatened,” Pfeil said.
The store will not change hours or policies as a result of the robbery. “We’re back up and operating and everything's fine,” Pfeil said.
New Braunfels Police are still investigating the incident.
Leave your headlights on today to honor those killed by drunk drivers
CHmt Fund donations continuo
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations includeMar-garet Priebe - $150; Edna Richter - $10; Wallace and Dorothy Johnson - $25; and Jerry Daugherty - $20, bringing the fund total to $3,843.11.
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144
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By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND yesterday. •
Staff Writer New Braunfels has had 11 traffic
Henki-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A man on a bicycle was hit by a truck yesterday at about 1:30 p.m. Police reports state that Jamie Hernandez was riding his bicycle, when a truck driven by Cheryl Comelison made a right turn off San Antonio Street onto Sente Clara, striking Hernandez, who was taken by McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Car lights across Texas will be glowing today to remember those killed in alcohol-related accidents.
The Texas Department of Transportation asked Texas drivers to use their car lights today — to remember the 1995 victims of alcohol-related traffic accidents in a news conference
deaths to date in 1995, according to New Braunfels Police Department records. Seven of those deaths were alcohol related.
As they shine their car lights today Texans are also asked to remember to drive responsibly if they drink dunng the holidays.Mexico power plant pumps pollution into pristine Big Bend. See Opinion, Page 4.