New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 29 14 pages, 2 sections
DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6-8A TV GRIDS 4BEmissions testing put on hold—for now
By Scott Mahon
The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AAGOG) reported Monday that mandatory emission testing of vehicle tailpipe may not be necessary to meet the region’s federal clean air standards.
“The computer model we submitted for analysis has just been validated, and the ozone pollution fore
casts indicate that we will not have to necessarily implement vehicle emission testing,” said Dorothy Birch, natural resources/transportation coordinator for AACOG in San Antonio.
“The final decision, however, will be up to the leaders in the region.” Mayor Adam Cork, a member of AACOG’s Air Improvement Resources Technical Committee, said AACOG’s analysis “indicates no one single thing, including emission testing, is going to solve ozone pollution.” “The committee has been working on a computer model that includes strategies for reducing ozone pollu
tion,” Cork said. “The analysis of the data shows that only one-half of I percent of ozone pollution would be eliminated by implementing emission testing. If that’s accurate, then we shouldn’t be considering emission testing simply because of the costs involved.”
AACOG officials said Monday that the region’s strategies for clean air could be met without mandatory
vehicle emissions testing.
"Based on the validation of our scientific analysis, we can proceed on the path to reducing ozone and making the region’s air healthy again through clean air strategies other than mandatory vehicle emission testing,” saidAlJ.Notzon 111, executive director of AACOG.
See SMOG. Page 5A
NBISD network upgrade plan has $992,000 price tag
By Dylan Jim6nez
A proposed fiber-optic backbone billed as a boost to New Braunfels Independent School District’s technical capacity would cost about $992,000.
About $492,000 would be provided in in-kind services by New Braunfels Utilities.
NBISD trustees heard an update Tuesday on the 5-year-old project.
Jennifer Faulkner, instructional technology director, told the board the planned 13 miles of fiber optic lines could connect 12 NBISD sites by September 2004.
“Technology is the future of New Braunfels,” she told the board, adding that 60 percent of new jobs will require technology fluency.
The fiber-optic lines would allow the district to expand its technology over the next 25 years.
Once installed, the lines would be hundreds of times faster than current network connections and would allow data, voice and video information to be shared among the district’s campuses.
The lines would allow the necessary technology to teach district students new skills like digital graphics, animation, Web publishing and audio and video editing.
Fiber-optic lines have an almost
infinite capacity for supporting information, Faulkner said. The current connection is a limited and becoming outdated.
The district’s current connection about $58,080 per year.
At times, the connection gets clogged and slows, Faulkner said.
“Our kids are digital,” she said. “We need to make sure our infrastructure is enough to maintain our students.”
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Council worried for waste workers
By Scott Mahon
Walking like an Egyptian
Students bring ancient culture to life in school
By Dylan Jim6nez
Most fourth-graders don’t play Senat.
The ancient Egyptian board game’s rules are complicated and unknown.
Still, a small group of Comal Intermediate School gifted and talented students played the game with made-up rules Tuesday.
“Every day it changes depending on who plays,” said teacher Tracy Rogers.
For the past 18 weeks, Rogers has been taking her fourth-grade class through a study of the Egyptian civilization.
They have learned the culture and the everyday lives of the ancient people and have brought the lessons to life through art.
Tuesday, pupils presented an Egyptian artifacts exhibit to their peers and parents.
Students have studied tile number system, their science and hieroglyphs.
“The way it manifests itself is through the art projects,” Rogers said.
Students studied the values and ideas of the Egyptian culture. By building a model pyramid, fourth-grader Paulina Gil learned about the Egyptian value of stability She learned that the triangular
See IGYPT. Page 5A
City Councilman Ken Valentine said Tuesday night that he didn’t want Waste Management Inc. to "yank the rug” from beneath city employees if the company takes over the city’s sanitation operations.
Council conducted a workshop with representatives of Waste Management to discuss issues of privatizing the city’s garbage collection service, including the future of
Ken Valentine the dt^s 40 employees Although council has not made a decision regarding privatizing the city-operated service, council expressed concern for city employees who would be affected by privatizing the service.
Valentine said he was especially concerned for those city employees who would lose their city retirement plan.
“The last thing I want to do is yank the . rug out from under our employees,” Valentine said.
Waste Management officials, however, assured council that they would work with the city toward a solution.
Also, Waste Management said, it expected to hire all the city’s employees if the city opted to privatize the service.
“Our goal would be to hire all the city’s garbage collectipn employees,” said Tom Carrol, district manager for Waste Management. “The health-care benefits with Waste Management are extremely good. However, I don’t know how we’d address the retirement issue but if there’s some way we can figure it out, we will.”
Earlier this year, council said it would make a final decision on whether to
See COUNCIL, Page 5A
Canyon Intermediate School fourth-grader Bethany right, fourth-grader Paulina Gil shows math and scF Hernandez Tuesday explains to her classmates once teacher Kim Wright the inner workings of the how she made her Egyptian death mask. Above, pyramid she built as part of her studies on Egypt.
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