New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Flu bug bites N Bl SD students, teachers
By WANDA LASATER Staff writer
New Braunfels schools are continuing to feel the bite of winter in the form of the flu.
New Braunfels ISD officials were considering closing the schools to break the flu cycle after only 86 percent of the district’s 4,213 students were in class Monday.
But Tuesday’s attendance figures rose by two percent and the decision was made to keep the schools open, administrative secretary Claudette Holliman said.
In addition, the district is having trouble finding enough substitutes for the teachers who are ill. Holliman said that many of the
substitutes are also sick.
She said that officials are continuing to watch the attendance figures closely.
Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School in Comal ISD reported a brighter story however.
Smithson Valley is only down by 10.9 percent of its enrollment of 684. The worst day for the school was Jan. 23 when 104 (16 percent) students were absent from class.
“We’ve been quite fortunate,” said Iris Hovelson, attendance clerk. She added that the school has not experienced problems finding substitutes for the few teachers who have been ill.
Canyon High Principal I^rry Moehnke
said attendance at the school was running about the same as in the past for this time of year.
“For the most part, we’re running about 90 percent,” said Moehnke. Attendance today was 94 percent of the 719 enrollment.
Dr. Jack Bergfeld, New Braunfels health officer, says that it is hard to tell what is actually flu and what is caused by another “bug.”
“But, I’d say 50 to 60 percent of what we’re seeing is caused by the flu,” said Bergfeld. The rest, he adds, is probably being caused by cold nights and warm
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Sisse/ services Thursday
Funeral services for civic leader Mrs. Vearl < Bunny) Sissel will be held Thursday at IO a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, with Monsignor Anthony F. Drozd officiating.
A wake and rosary are scheduled tonight at 7:30 at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Sissel, who died Monday at the Humana Hospital in San Antonio. Burial will be in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Sissel, 77, was a director and longtime chairman of the Dittlinger Memorial library board and played an important role in the establishment of the present library.
A member of SLs. Peter and Paul Church, she was instrumental in the continuance of the SLs.
Peter and Paul School. She was secretary-treasurer of the school’s trust fund.
“She was a very complex individual," said Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. who characterized her as a “hard-working, dirving influence" in New Braunfels.
“She gave a lot to this community,” he said. “She wasn’t one to ask for a lot of fanfare on it "
A philanthropist, she contributed financially to many persons in need.
“She put a lot of young people through school," Stratemann said. “She tried to help
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WEDNESDAY February 8,1984 25 Cents
Volume 93 —No. 28
30 Pages — 3 Sections
It s 1984, of course, but only the utility poles and lines and the paved highway (Loop 337) distinguish it from the 1850s. Trail riders bound for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rod^o,
which begins Friday, passed through New Braunfels Tuesday and Wednesday. Here, they make their way down Hunter Road toward Gruene Tuesday afternoon.
Marines ready to leave Beirut
BEIRUT. lebanon <AP> - The battleship New Jersey today bombarded gun positions in the central lebanese mountains with its 16-inch guns and U S .Marines awaited orders to pull back from their airport bunkers to ships off the lebanese coast.
The 115-man British contingent of the multinational force abandoned its suburban base and moved to a ship offshore.
A spokesman for the Marines. Ma] Dennis Brooks, said the New Jersey was “hitting targets way east of Beirut, off my map” with its 16-mch guns, the largest afloat.
President Reagan on Tuesday ordered the 1,600 Marines in Beirut redeployed to American ships off shore, and authorized broader use of naval guns and warplanes to supfKirt the lebanese army
Until now, U.S. naval firepower has been used only to protect the Mannes and other elements of the multinational force
It was unclear if the New Jersey’s shelling was intended to protect the Marines or aid the Lebanese army Brooks said he did not know if the Americans were fired upon before the battleship opened up at 1 .25 p m., bul said the compound at Beirut International Airport was hit by three
or four mortars or rockets” within
minutes after the battleship began
Moslem and Druse militiamen who took control of west Beirut after a week of fierce fighting tightened their grip on the largely Moslem sector today and the army’s 6th Brigade, under Brig Gen. Lutfi Jaber, said today it had defected to the rebels A statement published by the leftist newspaper As-Safir said the brigade would assume security duties in west Beirut.
The future of I^banon s Christian president, Amin Gemavel, was uncertain, his army weakened by Moslem defections and his U.S-backed government riddled by Moslem resignations
President Reagan on Tuesday ordered the 1,600 Mannes in Beirut redeployed to American ships off shore, and authorized broader use of naval guns and warplanes to support the lebanese army.
Until now. U S naval firepower has been used only to protect the Marines and other elements of the multinational force
A spokesman for the Marines at Beirut airport said they were aware of Reagan's decision, but had received
See MIDEAST. Page 12ARezoning request denied by city planners
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The Planning and Zoning Commission heeded neighbors’ objections Tuesday night, and reconunended denial of Gregg Weston’s request for multi-family zoning at East Avenue and Dittlinger Street.
City Council will make the final decision, but the commission’s vote was unanimous
Chairman David Hartmann thought the requested R-3 designation would
constitute “spot zoning,” and might set an unhealthy precedent in a primarily single- and two-family residential neighborhood. Other members said that the streets were too narrow, too poorly-paved, to handle traffic from Weston’s proposed 20-unit condominium project.
Three owners of nearby properties spoke against the rezoning at Tuesday’s public hearing. One of them, a Mr. Tristan of 794 E. Dit-tlinger, admitted he’d talked to
NBISD election: wanting on MALDEF
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
New Braunfels ISD trustees Tuesday called an election for two trustee positions for April 7, and now must sit back to see if the Mexican American legal Defense Fund tries to stop it.
The trustees were r**quired to call the election because uf the Texas Education Code, but had put off the decision because they were waiting for a Justice Department ruling on their new election plan.
That ruling has been postponed until imd-March, so the district will continue with its present system of electing at-large by numbered places
Two places will be on the ballot: Place I, which is held by Garland Lloyd, and Place 2, which is held by Margy Waldnp
Waldrip, the board president, said she was leaning toward seeking reelection Lloyd, the board’s treasurer, said he had not decided.
The filing deadline will be midnight of March 7. Candidates can file at the
district’s administration office.
MALDEF staff attorney Judith Sanders-Castro has indicated the group would seek a preliminary injunction to halt the election.
MALDEF has filed a lawsuit against the school district because of NBlSD’s proposed election system of five single-member districts and two at-large districts. MALDEF favors a plan of seven single-member districts.
The implementation of NBlSD’s 5-2 system, which was approved by the trustees Oct. IS, is awaiting Justice Department approval. The department requested a 60-day extension on their decision on Jan. 16, which will mean the final decision may not come until March 17.
In other action, trustees unanimously authorized for Superintendent Charles Bradberry to serve on the State Textbook Selection Comnuttee The appointment is for the August, 1964 hearings when the committee will be selecting science textbooks.
Weston previously, and told him he had no objection to the project. After talking it over with his wife, Tristan changed his mind, and he apologized to Weston Tuesday.
This site is in a neighborhood of single-family units, and we'd like to keep it that way,” said Maria Espinoza, who plans to build a home on some property off Dittlinger. “We get enough traffic during the County Fair.”
Commission member Joe Hartigan said residents opposed to the zoning
change might be “winning a battle but losing the war.” He noted that the acre of land under consideration was zoned R-2, and that developers could build three duplexes there under the present law He thought six rental units might ultimately cause more trouble than Weston’s proposed condos, which would be owner-occupied. But Hartigan said he'd still side with the residents, if they were opposed to the zone change Member John Dierksen said he wasn’t opposed so much on the
grounds of “spot zoning," considering that the neighborhood contains a ball field, a fair grounds and a Community Service Center But he agreed the streets were too narrow for multifamily housing.
The commission reluctantly approved the resubdivision of a lot at Clemens and Coll streets, where the old von Coll house is located The subdivision was requested by Hollis and Eve Woosiey, who have either purchased or plan to purchase one of the two new lots PAZ members
weren't sure what this would mean for the von Coll house, judged to be one of the oldest structures in New Braunfels
It s a shame the museum couldn’t get it.” said Hartmann, noting that the Sophienburg Memorial Association and the Conservation Society had both tried lo buy the house at one time Commissioners approved resub-divisions of two commercial lots, one
See HEARING Page 12AInsideToday's Weather
Cloudy skies and cool-to-mediurn temperatures are in store for Comal County over the next two days, with a 50 percent chance of light rain or drizzle today. Tonight brings a 50 percent chance of rain or thundershowers, diminishing to 30 percent on Thursday. Winds today will be from the southeast at 10-15 miles per hour, and around IO mph tonight Temperatures will range from the upper-50s today to the lower-40s tonight, possibly getting into the lower-60i on Thursday . Sunset today wit be at 6:15 p.m., and sunrise Thursday at 7:50 a m.
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NBISD mulls options on new offices
With additions to the New Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High School and the construction of the new elementary school in the final design phase. New Braunfels LSD trustees turned their attention toward plans the adnumstration office
But that decision will not be easy Trustees must decide whether to renovate the old high school building at 430 W MUI or build a new complex
The main factors will be cost and space.
Renovating the old school will offer the district 16,000 square feet ut the top two floors, although Superintendent Charles Bradberry said only 7,000 square feet is currently needed for adiiunistraUve offices.
However, the cost to renovate will run over 6479.000, well over the $326,000 budgeted from last May s bond issue, whch the voters appproved.
The estimated cost of the new building is ap-proximately $260,000. However, that is for 5,500 square feet, which Bradberry said is "the pretty minimum kind of (?pace) standards ’ the district needs He warned that this will not be enough for the district's long-term growth
Comparing the figures for the two buildings, Bradberry noted the cost of the old high school would be cheaper — $37 per square foot to over $51 per square foot for the new building
“The real focus < will be I how important it is to this community to save the old structure.” Bradberry said
Noting the trustees will have to decide the future of the old high school building anyway, Bradberry said the district has already spent $100,OU) for two vocational programs housed there and $16,000 for a new roof
He explained to the trustees that the building was not condemned structurally as an educational facility; instead, the Texas Education Agency educationally condemned the building because it did not meet space and need requirements
Bradberry said two engineering firms recently had looked at the building, which opened rn 1913, and reported it was sound
The district would have to do something about the electrical boxes in the building for fire prevention, Bradberry said
He said the costs would include gutting the upstairs for electrical reasons, closing many of the building’s rear windows, and installing a vault in the basement and an elev ator in the back of the building.
He noted some of this extra cost (rf renovating could be removed by selling the pressed-tin ceiling, which has a salvage value of $16,UM)
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