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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ^=====~ N GW ^y^KIPGLS U]0 9 10/2 2 it (, \ niCROPUBLl^H WI- J '       .    t'.D /HHOEI- ' B)RHeRALD-ZeII UNG yol. 148, No. 56    22    pages    in    2    sections February 5, 1999 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsCISD trustees set to hire new Coos Committee presenting selection today; list of finalists includes familiar names From STAFF REPORTS Candidates for the position of Canyon High School athletic director and head football coach came from all comers of Texas. And one of them is expected to be hired today, when Comal Independent School District trustees meet. Superintendent Jerry Major will present an ad hoc committee’s recommendation to trustees at a noon meeting at the district administration building, 1421 N. Business 35. The committee reviewing applications and conducting interviews consisted of CHS principal Will Klieg, superintendent Jerry Major, two parents, two CHS teachers, Canyon Middle School principal Nancy Cobb and two CISD central office employees. Initially, IO finalists were named but two later withdrew from consideration. The remaining eight, who were interviewed this week,are: • Riff Hardin, head coach and athletic director at Gatesville High School; • David Denney, head coach and athletic director at Marble Falls High School; • Dan Burk, assistant head coach at Wimberley High School; • David Husmann, head coach at Gladewater High School; • Les Goad, head coach at San Antonio Southwest High School; • Ron Rittman, assistant head coach at San Antonio Madison High School; • Ricky Matt, assistant coach at Seguin High School; and • Leonard McAngus, head coach and athletic director at Gonzales High School. T\vo applicants have ties to New Braunfels and CHS. Burk was an assistant coach during Larry Nowotnyls tenure at the school and Rittiman is a Canyon High School graduate. Rittiman^ sister, Renata Goebel, is head volleyball coach at CHS. Carl Gustafkxi resigned from the position in January to take a similar position at his alma mater, San Antonio Churchill High School. Canyon enjoyed its finest football seasonMeeting WHAT: Comal Independent School District trustees WHEN: noon today WHERE: CISD administration butting, 1421 N. Business 35 WHY: Approve hiring of new Canyon High School athletic director in school history this past fall, advancing to the Region IV-4A championship game. The school district received about 50 applications from coaches and athletic directors interested in die job. Fire Investigation Continues Schedule decision goes back to Reaves REAVES Authorities say little, have no suspects in downtown blaze Bv Bai. O’Connell Staff Writer New Braunfels city fire investigators worked with state and federal authorities Thursday to determine the cause of Wednesday’s downtown fire. Local fire department officials remained tight-lipped about the investigation and said circumstances surrounding the fire that damaged several businesses at the IOO block of North Casten Avenue were considered “suspicious.” New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said evidence gathered at the scene Wednes day was being analyzed and authorities were questioning several people about the blaze. No suspects had been identified in connection with the fire by late Thursday. Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip toured the fire scene Thursday but declined comment on the investigation. Waldrip said fire investigators briefed him as to possible causes. “They were just pointing to some of their suspicions,” he said. Downtown business owners affected by the fire were busy Bv Heather Tooo Staff Writer The future of a 1999-2000 New Braunfels High School schedule is in the hands of Superintendent Ron Reaves after the scheduling committee failed to come to a consensus Wednesday night. The committee met for the last time Wednesday night and decided it could not reach a decision on a scheduling plan for New Braunfels High School students. Leslie Kriewaldt, New Braunfels Independent School District spokeswoman, said the committee agreed to hand the decision-making process over to Reaves after nine months of meetings and discussion. The 30-member program committee was comprised of 15 high school staff and 15 community representatives who examined high school structure and programming options for New Braunfels High School. The committee used a “fist-five” consensus process to gauge support for various scheduling options during committee meetings, said Rosalyn Bratcher, assistant superintendent for instructional services and an ex-officio mem ber of the committee. “The committee set up a criteria that members would vote based on different levels of support, ranging from 5 to 0,” she said. “A vote of five means you fully supported the option, and zero meant fruit you could not support the option at all.” The committee established that a “consensus” would be reached with at least 24 votes in the five through three range, no more than four votes that were twos, and no more than two votes that were ones, she said. “The committee did not want any zero votes because they did not want to recommend a schedule that people could not support at all,” she said. Bratcher said a consensus was different than a majority vote. “Committee members may not vote for a particular option, but in a consensus they are basically saying they will support a scheduling option after it has been implemented,” Bratcher said. Michael Meek, a community-related member of the committee, said the committee failed to reach the agreed-to levels of support after taking a vote on three programming plans. “In lieu of changing the rules we set, we decided it was proper to turn over the data to the administration and let them take it from there,” he said. Reaves said he would continue to See SCHEDULE/SA Master plan includes parks, rec improvements ROON CORNETT /Herald-Zertung Top, Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip, center, holds up paperwork as Thursday. Above, Debbie Reiley, owner of Kids Again, hopes to return to business next week. Thursday as they prepared to reopen their stores. A total of six businesses on North Casten were damaged when the fire, which began shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday, swept through a common attic above the shops. First Plaza Finance, a loan company at 140 N. Casten, was hit hardest by the fire. Damage was estimated between $100,000 and $150,000. Another loan company next door received minimi fire damage, while other surrounding businesses were limited to smoke damage. (Editors Note: Todays story is the first in a series on the comprehensive plan for the city of New Braunfels.) Bv Heather Tooo Staff Writer New Braunfels residents and city planners are recommending extensive improvements and additions to local parks to bring the city’s recreation facilities into the 21 st century. City officials have scheduled a public forum Feb. 16 to hear residents’ input on New Braunfels comprehen sive plan, a document intended to serve as a guide for decision making about future city growth and development. The city hired a national consulting firm to create the comprehensive plan, but residents in nine subcommittees customized recommendations contained in the document this past year. The Planning and Zoning Commission received the document Feb. 2 and is responsible for recommending the plan to the mayor and city council for See PLAN/SA District judge to make ruling on McKenna suit soon By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer A state district judge is expected to rule later this month whether to dismiss McKenna Memorial Hospital from a 1997 wrongful death lawsuit. Attorneys for McKenna asked 207th District Court Judge Jack Robison to dismiss the hospital from the lawsuit Thursday during a hearing at the Comal County Courthouse. “I obviously think the hospital shouldn’t be in the lawsuit,” attorney Jonathan Hull said. A member of the New Braunfels law firm Reagan, Burrus, Dierksen, Lamon and Bluntzer, Hull has handled McKenna Memorial Hospital’s defense. The suit was filed in April 1997, almost a year after the death of Daniel Hernandez. The 27-year-old New Braunfels man was admitted to the hospital on May 20, 19%, complaining of severe chest pains. He went into cardiac arrest and died two days later while still at the hospital, according to court records. An autopsy performed at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office indicated a rupture of Hernandez’ aorta filled his heart with blood and killed him, court records showed. An aneurysm was suspected as the cause of the rupture. Members of Hernandez’ family in Uvalde said they hoped the hospital would not be dropped from the suit. “We all think that it was the hospital’s fault, too,” said Hernandez’ sister, Letty. Attorneys for Hernandez’ parents alleged that negligence caused his death. The suit named the hospital as well as two physicians who treated Hernandez as defendants. Plaintiff’s attorneys alleged two physicians who participated in Hernandez’ diagnosis and treatment contributed to his death. In the lawsuit, attorneys contend Dr. Stephen Ousley “immediately considered the diagnosis of aortic dissection,” when Hernandez was admitted to the hospital but failed to order the appropriate tests to rule out the diagnosis. Ousley and fellow physician Dr. Lynn Thompson were cited by attorneys for “fail-See RUUNG/5A Inside Abby.............................. .......7A Business....................... .......5A Classifieds.................... .5-106 Comics.......................... .......8A Crossword.................... .......7A Forum........................... .......SA Local............................. .......4A Obituaries..................... .......3A Sports........................... ....1-4B Today............................ ......2A Television..................... .......SA I-. WHH TW WW' ;