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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas High school basketball S JL lf NEW DNESDAY er 2001 20 piijjcs in 2 sections pages in scctii HERALDZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBISD approves software purchase BY ERIKA DURHAM Staff Writer The New Braunfels Inde pendent School District Board of Trustees approved the purchase of an enter prise software solution for 558 at Tuesday nights The district will use the software for student grade human payroll and finan cial according to district The one time startup fee of includes con nection fees and The annual fee for the main tenance of the software will be approximately Board members approved construction plans for Memorial Memori al Intermediate and Memo rial Elementary Construction includes addi tional a comput er erosion protection and air condition Board members had con cerns that a drainage would be installed at the schools to guard against major damage as in the flood of Do these plans fulfill what we promised the voters Superintendent Ron Reaves Planning officials said they could not guarantee this type of protection against the floods of 1998 but that the plans were what the voters asked New Braunfels High School Michael Fit sko announced the presenta tion of an American flag found at Ground Zero in New We are excited about this Fitsko See Winterland tale Sculptor brings creations to life in new book NBISD photo OnetoOne Mentor and New Braunfels High School graduate Brad Wilson reads his The Winterland Friends to students BY STEPHANIE FERGUSON New Braunfels ISO It all began with packages of old clay destined for the trash And when Brad Wilson picked up that clay some six years he began to mold not only a figurine but also his future as a sculptor and My mother was cleaning out cabi nets in her classroom and she found the old With the help of a book about making I began work ing with the clay to make small As a kid I always liked to draw and to make small I even liked making puppets out of Happy Meal Wilson He he liked making snow Growing up in Texas and gradu ating in 1991 from New Braunfels High Wilson has never built a snow but he says his creations go a long way for those who were snow challenged as Though Wilson graduated from the See Congress OKs Bush overhauls for education BY GREG TOPPO AP Education Writer WASHINGTON Con gress gave final approval Tuesday to the major educa tion overhaul sought by Pres ident providing more money for local school dis tricts and insisting on higher achievement in For millions of it will mean new annual math and reading The Senate marked a final bipartisan flourish for the most sweep ing overhaul of federal edu cation programs since the Great Society more than three decades The House approved the bill last week on a vote of Bush hailed the vote on an issue he made a centerpiece of his campaign for the White House this past These historic reforms will improve our public schools by creating an environment in which every child can learn through real unprecedent ed flexibility for states and school greater local more options for par ents and more funding for what he said in a written Bush expects to sign the measure into law early next year during a bipartisan vic tory lap through the home districts of the legislations chief including Democrat Edward GOP Judd Gregg and John Boehn The measure gives states and school districts more freedom over how they spend federal but requires them to raise student monitor teacher quality and close the gap between poor and mid dleclass students and whitennd m i n o r i t y School improve ment and a c h o o 1 reform are not option they are BUSH mandato said one of four key lawmakers who shaped the What were doing is creating opportunities for local school states and espe cially to take advan tage of using their federal dollars in a more effective way of educating the low income Several includ ing James I have complained that the billion plan falls short by not giving schools enough especially for costly programs to help dis abled who headed the Senates education commit tee until he left the Republi can Party last joined six Democrats and three Republicans who voted against the Beginning in the 20052006 school schools would be required to test every student in grades three through eight in reading and math each For the first the scores would affect how much federal funding a school gets and how school officials can spend Schools with persistently low test scores would get extra federal but low achieving poor students could ask that part of a schools fed eral allotment be spent on tutoring or transportation to See Party honors secretarys 31 years with city CHRIS New Braunfels City clerk Bonnie Sarkozi center shares laughs with close friends and workers Jo Bender right and Jill Mulhollan Tuesday during her retirement party in the New Braunfels Municipal BY JENNIFER MCMICHAEL Staff Writer After serving the City of New Braunfels for 31 Bonnie Sarkozi is retiring as city secretary on Sarkozi was surrounded by coworkers at her retire ment party giving and receiving good While the cakes were Danell manager of the New Braunfels said he wasnt surprised to hear about retire though he is sorry to see it But I guess shes ready to so thats he When Hector Tamayo returned as interim city he was glad to find Sarkozi still with the I was glad to see her because I knew the type of work that she would Tamayo and she Sarkozi started work with the City of New Braunfols as a municipal court clerk on About 10 years she was offered the position of city She jumped right in and accepted it on a moments and she never Tamayo accepted it and she never has skipped a boat Alicia New Braunfels Fire Department worked with She was always very helpful find polite to the pub She always had 10 things going at con stant but she kept it all Crespo I just admire Though slit1 doesnt have concrete plans for after Sarkozi said is look ing forward to spending more time with her grand possibly traveling with her husband and doing things around the I think my car will come hero automatically after all those sho at her parly When asked what she will miss most about her The peo Sixyearolds death unexplained BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County sheriffs deputies worked late into Tuesday night inves tigating the mysterious death of a 6 yearold New Braunfels The girls mother found the Memo rial Primary School firstgrader in her bedroom in the familys mobile home about 6 Comal County sheriffs detective Tommy Ward Paramedics and deputies were called to the in the Coastal Bend mobile home park on Farmto Market Road 482 west of New Braun Paramedics took the girl to McKen na Memorial where she was pronounced dead by 1 Justice of the Peace Diana who ordered an At 8 detectives said they did not know the causeof the girls Right we have We cant rule anything Ward Were investigating this just as we would any untimely See The HeraldZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund Schlitterbahn and Jerry Welch Klein Bert and Charlotte Wommack and Myrtle Ann Peterson Anonymous INSIDE Key Code 76 Victim still critical SAN ANTONIO The 14yearold girl who suffered major injuries when she was struck on Texas Monday night remained in critical condition Into Tuesday A University Hospital spokeswoman said that the girl was being treated in a surgical intensive care New Braunfols Police John Worn mack said the accident occurred at Mon day in the MOO block of Texas South whon the girl crossed the road in front of a Wommack said a 38yoarold San Mar cos man was the driver of the 1987 Toyota pickup ;