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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYArea athletes sign college letters of intent. See Page 5 so CENTS New BraunfelsHerald -Zeiti_ 20 332 MOO V 10/22799    7    I S 0 - Lf E SI MI c: R 0 P U h I J S HI N G 2627 E YANDELL DK 12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, February 6, 1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Robin Williams Vol 145, No 61inside    NBISD board refuses to budge on seating chart Sttimmtisch Editorial    4    I    By DENISE    DZIUK Sports...............  5    I    Staff Writer Comics..........................................8 Market Place...........................9-12    I    Despite    warnings from search con- Dear Abby 2    |    sultants and    the interim superintendent about the ramifications of the current seating arrangement, the New Braun-Birthday wllhil fyowi I fcls Independent School District board Horaid Zf Itunqt    of trustees avoided discussing any pos~ _    sible modifications to that chart ■neNrw Braunfels Herald-    Wednesday night. Zeiumg extends b,ithdaywishes    The    board    spenl roughly 90 minutes luHe    'n SeP,ember deba,in8 ,be sea,ln* WlKaim, Wands Barrow. June    arrangement for boaid meetings. Sup- Geyser, Hero BocMion, (vail    porters of a chart, which seats the Crews. Nena Burns. M«««n    superintendent a. a uble below the Gwcobm, Jacob Goodwin, Don H. Offerman (SO years old), Kirsten Brotze (8 years old, belated), Beverly Pledger, Dana Somers (40 years, belated, Wednesday). Happy anniversary wishes go to: Shirley and (George Wright (43 years). Alma And Cary Williford (54 years), Raymond Mary Cass (50 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-VI44 dais, said it was necessary to have some distance between the board and the superintendent so the district could be run as a business. Supporters also said it would increase efficiency and communication. Those against the arrangement said it was a slap in the face of then-supenntendent Charles Bradberry. The seating plan passed on a 4-3 vote. A candidate for the interim position withdrew his name from consideration in December because he said taking the job would be selling out superintendents across the state. Tom Moseley, who took the position, said he would Board assesses damages to contractor / 2 not take a permanent position with that type of arrangement. The board met with the search consultants from the Texas Association of School Boards last week. During that meeting, the seating plan again came up, and consultant Hank Wheeler said it sent a negative message to administrators and staff members, and implied “the superintendent is a second-class citizen” He said the board should consider its stance on the issue. Pollen Count Mold — unavailable Mountain Cedar — unavailable (Pollen measured rn parts par cube mater of air Informal ton provided by Dr Frank Hampel) River Information Comal River — 206 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.56 feet above sea level, same Canyon Dam discharge — 139 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 142 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906 99 feet above sea level (Below conservation pool) NBU reports pumptng 5.292 mien gallons of Mrteoa water Monday, and 2.0 miion grions of wet water were need HeoWH Boo lunet! New Braunfels residents will haw yet another opportunity to let Mayor Jan Kemady know wha! is on their minds regarding the city at a bag lunch forum Friday. The forums are held the Fridays before regular City Council meetings which take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month The lunches will take place from noon to 1 p m in Conference Room A B of the New Braunfels Municipal Building. 424 S Casten Ave Kemady said she will schedule the brown bag lunches throughout the coming year For more information, contact the mayor at 625-6739 Qinum Aumrie rh Society dance The German American Society of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Mardi Gras dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Friday. Music will be provided by the Bohemian Dutchmen from 8 p m until midnight. Tickets can be purchased from $6 at Centex Office Center. Chamber of Commerce and Lepp Juwelier before the dance. Tickets are $7.50 at the door Beer. wine and set-ups are available. BYOB, For information call Florence Riedel at 625-2760, Helgard Suhr Hollis 625-6330, Elsie Lee Biesenbach (210) 438-3053 or Frances Copeland (210) 494-2107 Young Artist Competition on tap The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit the high notes Saturday as the Young Artist Competition opens to the public at 3 p.m. in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Lutheran University Undergraduate and graduate music students compete for a $750 first place purse and a contract for one performance with the Mid-Texas Symphony in May with the renowned conductor Davis Mears For information, call Caroline Weston at 606-0462 Board member Bette Spain raised the issue at Wednesday's meeting, but other members did not entertain any discussions about changing the plan. “Well, that's just their opinion," said board vice president Carlos Campos. "At this point, I say let the search go on." Board member Anne Miller said Moseley was working on a compromise, but it still docs not have the board's Full support. She said she thinks the current seating arrangement will hinder the search. “I really think it will reduce the number and quality of candidates w e get," said Miller. “The new- interim and both finns said w e really need to do something about it." Board president Jaime Padilla said “'the majority of the Ixia rd passed that" chart. He said it could become an issue during the superintendent search, but the board will have to deal with it at that time. “I think it could create problems," Stud Padilla. “I think the issue can be readdressed it'it's a big enough concern and possibly some modifications can be done.... If there an* some good quality candidates who have a real problem with it. the hoard could rethink it." Public offers input on new school chief By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The search consultants helping the New Braunfels Independent School District find a new superintendent spent Wednesday talking with parents, leachers, administrators, board members, religious leaders and students about what they want in a superintendent. Two consultants from the Texas Association of School Boards met with seven different groups Wednesday to develop a guideline for finding a replacement ft* Charks Bradbmy, vin* went lo work with the Keller ISO on Jan I. Each session began w ith the reasons why a person would want to come to New Braunfels. Key issues repeated throughout the (.lay included the community’s commitment, dedication and support to the educational system, the city’s location between two major cities, the quality of life and the district's tradition and pride All groups stressed the high level of involvement from both staff and community members “I don't think you’ll find another group of people w ho w ant to sup|x>rt a superintendent as strongly was the pew ple in New Braunfels," said a member of the parent advisory group The student group also said ii was proud of the zero tolerance policy for violence, and the sale feeling ii creates “They couldn’t believe a high school could have so much pride in what we are and what s going on," said student Leigh McKinnon. The next step in profiling the potential superintendent was to determine what characteristics were wanted I he parent adv isory group stressed the need for a strong leader who is open minded and receptive. Central office staff, members of the teacher advisory group and board members also wanted a good listener and communicator Members of the ministerial alliance said the candidate needed to be someone experienced who has a stable family lite and a lot of integrity. It was also important for staff members that the candidate be someone with a proven track record who had worked his or her way up “The superintendent needs to be someone from a district in better shape than us." said leacher Marilyn Kolaeek “Bec ause, if they aa* not from a district far better than ours, what do they have to offer us." l o students, the key traits were experience as a principal and teacher, a business background, a strong-willed leader and someone able to talk w itll them. "We really want someone who is open and someone we know,” said high school student Leslie Scott The groups were also asked what things the superintendent nhixild know right away, whether they are things that need to he fixed or not. The students at the high school felt the most pressing issue was growth iii the district. Almost all of the groups, especially the parent advisory group, w anted him or her to simply be visible and observe for a while before making sweeping changes. Division among tile board and the community was also mentioned, and was a focal point to the ministerial alliance. People said the new administrator would need to be strong minded and willing to defend his beliefs while also creating some healing in the district so progress can take place. “ I lie individual is going to have to get nil of (fear and anger among staff and the community) very quickly or we won't he able to move forward." wild Joe Parra, coordinator of special programs. Many of those attending Wednesday's sessions expressed thanks for making an effort to include them ’‘We’re excited and I feel they really listened to us." said Scott "I think (the Ixturd) is going to make a fair decision " Profile sessions w ill be held throughout the liny ii slay, ending with a session for civic and business leaders at 5 p rn in the board room, 430 W Mill Si At the end of the sessions, the responses mentioned the most will Ik used to compile a profile for candidates Anyone who cannot attend tile profile meetings, but would like to voice an opinion cab submit their comments in writing to Don killough and Hank Wheeler. I ASB. P < > Box 4(H), Austin. TX 78707-04(H) Sparks fly during discussion of filling Garden Ridge vacancies By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — In a sometimes heated discussion, a former city secretary, citizens arid councilmen!-hers debated how the city of Garden Ridge should hire its next city secretary and city administrator. The discussion arose during W ednesday night’s meeting of the Garden Ridge City Council. Jim Jeffers, who resigned as city secretary in 1995, said he was concerned by what he said was heavy turnover of employees at city hall. “It seems like we have excessive turnover in the city,” Jeffers said. “We need to have longev ity here and develop institutional memory. It’s time to look at the selection procedures” Jeffers was referring to the recent resignations of City Secretary Chris Boong and Police ( hid Thomas Curd, who left for other job opportunities in January, Boong had been city secretary for more than a year while Curd served as police chief beginning in May 1995. Curd had been hired as a police officer in 1992. Jeffers said as city secretary he knew of city employees win) weren’t doing their jobs. He said he knew of one who was an alcoholic and one who was a drug addict. City ends fiscal year with revenue surplus / 2 “You have no facts to substantiate that,” Mayor Jay P. Millikin said “I was awarn of it," Jeffers said, When pressed further outside the presence of the council, Jeffers would not give specific details about his claims. “We need to look at having background checks," Jeffers said. "It is suspicious we have a turnover of st) many people ” Jeffers said when the council eventually hires a city administrator he is afraid the council will try to micro manage the position since he said the council did that when lie was city secretary. Councilman Russ Sanders said the recent resignations of Boring and ( un! were not because they were unhappy at city hall, but because the individuals moved on to better job opportunities Councilwoman Georgia Eek hard t said that when Boring was hired it ltx)ked like she would stay on for a while but that circumstances change. “I don’t see liow doing a background check would have helped,” Eckhardt said Jeffers brought up the fact that the city secretary candidate hired before Boring quit a couple of days later Millikin said the candidate was selected by the council and never worked a day before deciding she wanted to stay near her home. I lie mayor said the council had gone through 48 candidates and narrowed the field to five candidates before Boring was lured “We flail several council sessions with the five finalists," Millikin said. “All of us together interviewed them." ( amitie Brot/ke suggested the coun-cilmembers name a committee of citizens to interview potential city administrator candidates. “ I he culling of applications should be done iii a business and professional manner,’’ Brotzke saidEven good intentions can be bad ideas. Page 4. ;