New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, December 25, 1996 Q 9A
Comal independent School District
The following actions were taken by the Comal Independent School District at the meeting held on Dec. 19, 1996:
■ Recognized Smithson Valley High School fall sports. The volleyball team were District 28 AAAA Champions. They advanced to the third round of playoffs, winning both the bi-district and area championships.
The tennis team advanced to the regional round for the first time in the school’s history. The Rangers were co-champions for District 28 AAAA.
The "Ranger football team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in the school’s history. They were bidistrict champions, area finalists and runners-up in District 28 AAAA.
■ Recognized Beverly Legate, a teacheifat tile Comal Leadership Institute; for being nominated to receive’a'^ 1997 Texas Excellence Award for Outstanding High School Teachers.
■ Received a report on the building committee minutes for Nov.
21 and Dec. 2.
■ Received reports from architects working on various projects in the district. Ken Pritchard, from Barnes Architects, reported that the current cold temperatures have delayed the laying of asphalt at Arlon R. Seay and Canyon Intermediate schools. The contract is hoping for a few days of warmer temperatures to get it completed.
■ Received a quarterly investment report as required by law.
■ Approved the agenda for the Dec. 19 meeting.
■ Approved the minutes from meetings held on Nov. 21 and 23.
■ Approved the financial statement and expenditures for November. Superintendent Jerry Major said the expenditures are on target with the revenue.
■ Approved the tax office report and report of tax dollar loss or gain for November 1996. Total collections for November were $2,153,481.86, which was 5.92 percent of collections. The year to date loss through November 1996 is
Child’s injuries shock doctors, state workers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend face felony charges of injury to a child for tying a string around her 4-year-old son’s penis keep him from wetting his pants — and leaving it there for IO to 14 days.
Doctors, police and child protection workers were horrified by the boy’srinjuries when his mother took bim to Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Center in Grand Prairie on Nov. IO, police spokesman Dee Anderson said.
“A lot of people who deal with childhood injuries were just shocked,” he said. “This boy was in pain for IO lo 14 days before he was' brought4^ the hospital. They could not imagine the amount of pain this child was going through.”
The injuries forced doctors to amputate part of the boy’s penis, and, he has since undergone reconstructive surgery, Anderson said.
Felony charges of injury to a child and injury to a child*tj|ft omission have been filed against Angela Christine Thornton, 24, and Jesus Manuel “Chuy" Hernandez,
Thornton is already in Tarrant County Jail in lieu of $ 100,000 bail, officials said. She was in custody
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$10,667.13 and the year to date gain through November 1995 was $22,505.61.
■ Approved the 1995-96 annual audit report. Suggestions were made on how to improve the audit process, including hiring someone specialized in accounting. No major problems were found in the report.
■ Approved budget amendments to the 1996-97 budget as presented.
■ Approved the out-of-state travel for Canyon Middle School, Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School cheerleaders. All three groups will travel to Orlando, Florida from Feb. 7 to 12 for the National competition. One class day will be missed, and no tax dollars will be used to cover the expenses.
■ Approved the out-of-state travel for the Smithson Valley Speech and Debate team for the Berkley Round Robin Forensics Meet in San Francisco from Feb. 20-23. The students will miss two days and no tax dollars will be spent.
■ Approved the resolution to give 4-H club members the status of
extracurricular. This means rules for missing school and no pass/no play will apply. In previous years, the state granted this status, and now it is up to the local school board to approve it.
■ Approved a bid for IO regular, 71-passenger buses to Hemphill Bus Sales with a bid of $488,190.
■ Approved a bid for two special education, 35-passenger buses to State Wide Bus Sales in the amount of $88,450.
■ Approved awarding grocery bids.
■ Rejected all the bids for the Smithson Valley High School Athletic Facility septic system bid. All the bids were at least 40 percent over what was expected.
■ Approved the Canyon Middle School Eight Classroom addition to Suburban Construction Inc., in the amount of $766,000. This does not include a gymnasium. The gym was taken out of the bid to keep the project within budget.
■ Approved softball field lights for Canyon High School. A patron has
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on an unrelated charge of violating IO years probation she received in July for food stamp abuse.
Hernandez had not been arrested as of Monday night, police said.
At the time of the child’s hospitalization, Thornton and Hernandez denied any prior knowledge of the injury and told police that the child bathed, dressed and cared for himself, Anderson said.
“The mother claims that the day she brought him to the hospital was when she learned of his injury,” Anderson said. “She said she saw it while he was bathing.”
The incident is one of the most severe child-abuse cases Arlington police can recall, officers said.
“The intent was not sexual ... Anderson said. “We’ve not had anything like this before.”
Anderson said investigators needed more than a month to obtain the arrest warrants because of the statements from physicians and records needed for the investigation and the lengthy process of determining who was responsible for the injury.
Officials with Child Protective Services took emergency custody of the boy on Nov. 15, said Helen Grape, an agency spokeswoman.
The following actions were taken by the Comal County Commissioners Court at the meeting held on Dec. 19:
■ Set commissioner’s court meeting days, times and place for 1997. The meetings will be held on Thursdays, with the same agenda format. A swearing in ceremony will be held on Jan. I, 1997 in the District Courtroom, 150 N. Seguin, on the third floor. The court will also meet on Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, as required by legislation for selecting a salary grievance committee. No meeting will be held on Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Nov. 26 or Dec. 22.
■ Tabled the reclassification request to upgrade JP Clerk ll position from pay group-6 to pay group-7. County Judge Carter Casteel said she heard from various pay group-6 employees, and wants the human resources manager can look into the matter further
■ Approved a grant application for capital assistance related to the purchase of a van to transport veterans to medical facilities and authorize the County Judge to
sign the application and certification documents. The county would be responsible for $10,106, and the grant is for $30,319.
■ Set a public hearing for IO a.m. on Jan. 9, 1997 in the commissioners courtroom to consider and approve proposed street name assignment of changing Patch Road to Lonesome Dove.
■ Approved the street name assignments of Convenant Lane and Providence Trail.
■ Ratified the purchasing agent’s action to request bids for unleaded plus gasoline and low sulphur diesel No. 2.
■ Opened bids for a contract for office supplies, unleaded plus gasoline and low sulphur diesel No. 2.
■ Removed from the table of December 12, 1996, and awarded the bid for placement of reflectorized traffic paint pavement markings.
■ Awarded bids for a diesel dump truck, road materials for the county road department, radio maintenance stationary equipment, unleaded plus gasoline and low sulphur diesel
offered to help cover the expenses, and it will cost the district $ 13,500.
■ Approved listing the current board members and the maintenance director on plaques for the new intermediate schools.
■ Approved the resignation of Julie Shattuck, SVHS computer literacy teacher.
■ Approved the employment of Erie Atkins, SVHS biology teacher. Joe Trevino, SVHS Alternative Education Program teacher, and James Rimmer, CHS AEP teacher.
■ Approved the addition of one more English position at Canyon High School.
■ Upheld the administration’s action in a student’s discipline appeal.
■ Upheld the administration’s decision in a Level 111 Employee Grievance Hearing regarding her 1996-97 salary for Priscilla Koehler, an instructional assistant at Canyon Intermediate/Middle School.
■ No action was regarding the suit between Anita MacLeay vs. Comal ISD.
■ Approved a half day holiday for Dec. 31, 1996. County offices will close at noon on that day.
■ Discussed the procedure for releasing the sheriff’s handgun from county inventory. The county attorney said the gun would have to be declared surplus and placed in a public auction. The sheriff said he has misplaced the gun, and may have to discuss paying for it with the county auditor
■ Approved line-item transfers from the auditor’s office for various departments to adjust line items for the remainder of 1996. Booking records were adjusted to show a move in funds from various accounts to cover expenses that were over the budgeted amount.
■ Approved elected official bonds and authorized the county judge to sign.
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NATIONAL SOLD — The Sam Caters have sold their National Hardware and Electric to the David Scotts, now of Cypress Cove, effective Jan. I. Scott retired from Foley’s Houston, in February 1969 after nearly 25 years. He was merchandise manager for men’s and boys wear and home furnishings, previously buyer of housewares and toys. ... The Caters have been in New Braunfels since 1939, operating their store first in the building now occupied by Woolworth’s National has been at Mill and Casten since 1962.
RUPPEL AUTO CO. Wednesday (yesterday) was the day for the final decision on whether or not to continue Ruppel AutoCo., Chrysler-Plymouth dealer.
FILM CREW... for a television commercial on a beer not marketed in this area intended to shoot scenes on the Comal and Guadalupe River here this week. ... But it all went down the drain, along with the weekend rain. The Los Angeles company decided the weather was not what they had in mind. ... The script called for a couple to float in a boat past a leafy background near Landa Park Golf Course, or perhaps up at Horseshoe Falls. A crew of eight to IO was to have come. ... It all started when a man with a Los Angeles film company passed this way and was impressed with the beauty along the rivers. When the project for Olympia Beer came up, he remembered New Braunfels.
A counselor at three local schools is going to fly to Europe next summer with a group of students to attend classes at schools in London, Paris, and Rome. ... Mrs. Flora W. Pacharana of 126 Grandview has been appointed by the American Institute for Foreign Study (A1FS) Greenwich, Conn. to chaperon a group of high school students on a European study tour dunng June and July. They will attend classes at the University of Rome, the University of Paris, and Westfield College in London. In addition they will visit such cities as Florence, Geneva, and Brussels.
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