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Vol. 92 - No. 33
34 Pages —4 Sections
WEDNESDAY February 16, 1983 25 cents
Longtime superintendent decides to retire
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
After being in the “education business” for 39 years, O.E. “Pete” Hendricks, superintendent of the New Braunfels Independent School District, is calling it quits.
The resignation of the 61-year-old Hendricks was accepted by the NBISD Board of Trustees Tuesday following a late-night executive session. His resignation becomes effective June 30.
In a telephone interview Wednesday Hendricks emphasized that there was no particular reason for his resignation other than “I’m tired and I want to retire.”
“It has nothing to do with the bond issue or anything else,” he noted. “I’m just ready to retire.”
Board members were not caught totally off-guard by Hendricks’ resignation, since he said he told them of his plans to retire in an executive session on Jan. 4.
“At that time, they asked me to stay on,” he said. Despite their request, however, Hendricks said he felt it was time for him to retire and tendered his final resignation to the board Tuesday night.
Hendricks came to NBISD in 1966 as superintendent, prior to which he served as superintendent of Corsicana ISD. Before that he was superintendent of
Harlingen ISD and Pharr ISD.
His educational background also includes tenure as assistant principal, high school and junior high school principal and athletic instructor and head coach in several south-Texas towns and Lousiana.
Hendricks, who plans to continue living in New Braunfels and remain active in the school system “as a private citizen,” said he is leaving the district “with mixed emotions.
“But we’ve got a great school district and I wouldn’t want to leave it unless it was in good shape.” he said.
Following the accpetance of Hendricks’
See HENDRICKS, Page 10A
Lee won't seek new NBISD term
O.E. Hendricks —resigned Tuesday
Because he wants to devote more time to his family, dental practice and church and community activities, Dr. William I^e Jr., will not seek re-election to the New Braunfels school board.
Lee, who has served in place 5 on the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustess for seven years, is currently completing his third full term.
The local dentist is not leaving a vacancy on the board, since at least one candidate has already filed for his spot. Local church secretary Gladys Barding filed for place 5 Monday.
At Tuesday’s school board meeting. Supt. O.E. Hendricks noted that someone
has now filed all three places on the board which are this year up for re-election.
Incumbent school board members Rudy Reimer, place 6, and Bob Self, place 4, are both seeking re-election. In addition, local resident David Cook has filed for place 6, giving Reimer competition for the April 2 school board election.
Lee emphasized that he was not leaving the board with any negative feelings. “I respect all the board members even though we haven't always agreed on everything,’’ he said in a telephone interview \\ ednesday.
“I’m just at a point where I want to devote more time to my church activities.
my family and my dental practice,' he said. “I’ve got a lot of things going right now...and it’s a case of I'm burning (the candle) at both ends and something has got togo.”
In addition to his dental practice, I^e, who has two teenage sons, serves on the board of directors of Rotary and on the governing board of St. John s Episcopal Church.
Lee emphasized that the recent failure of the district’s $9.3 million bond package, as well as Supt. O E. Hendricks' plans to 1 dire June 30, nab nothing to do with ;ii.s decision not to seek re-election.
— JACQUELINE SMITH
Bill Lee - no new termWalker chosen to lead new arts commission
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
January’s tie vote unraveled itself Tuesday when Roxolin Krueger nominated Michael Walker as chairman of the New Braunfels Arts and Cultural Commission.
The new board’s first vote on Jan. 17 produced a 3-3 tie between Walker and Krueger. The seventh member was not there to cast a deciding vote, and neither candidate volunteered to withdraw. So the commission postponed the election of officers until this month.
On Tuesday, with all seven commissioners present, Walker was elected by acclamation.
“I saw how it was going to be, so I decided I’d just step in there and nominate him,” said Krueger after the meeting. “I didn’t want to start off like that.”
Bob Fisher was named vice-chairman, also by acclamation, and Dan Sedgwick secretary. Sedgwick voted against himself, but was outnumbered.
Now that ifs gotten started, the commission is ready to get busy. It will hold its next meeting at 12:20 p.m.
Friday, in Krueger’s classroom (Room C-3) at New Braunfels High School.
The purpose of this .special session will be to finalize the application process for art groups that want a share of the city’s hotel-motel tax receipts. The commission would like to have all such requests by March 7, so that it can review them, hold hearings and make a recommendation to the City Council.
The hotel tax is collected quarterly, which means this year’s first installment will be due at the end of March. The first quarter is usually the
lightest; the four-percent tax brought in $21,215.17 in the first three months of 1982. If that trend is followed this year, the arts commission will have a little over $2,000 to allocate to various organizations.
“Each of you, I am sure, is aware that the city council in their regular meeting last night allocated 80 percent (of this tax) to the Chamber of Commerce convention and tourism community,” City Manager EN. Delashmutt told the commission. An additional IO percent goes to the city for maintenance of public facilities. The remaining IO percent was
designated for arts and cultural organizations.
As tourist business picks up in the summer months, hotel tax checks generally get fatter. The total tax for 1982 was $192,007. If this trend continues, the city will contribute approximately $20,000 to the furtherance of the arts in 1983.
Deciding just which groups get a piece of that pie is the primary purpose of the arts and cultural commission, Delashmutt said.
In past years, the 10-percent share has been divided between Circle Arts Theatre, the Mid-Texas Symphony,
New Braunfels Conservation Society and the Sophienburg Museum. But the commission wants to hear from any group that thinks it’s entitled to the
Members decided Tuesday that they would depend on radio, TV and newspaper announcements to get the word out. rather than send letters to individual groups and risk leaving someone out.
As noted above, the procedure will be finalized at Friday’s meeting. Roughly, the commissioners will ask
See ARTS, Page 10A
Lehmann files for second term
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Erwin Inhuman Jr., didn’t waste any time filing for the single spot up for grabs in the April 2 election, called by Comal Independent School District trustees Tuesday night.
“It was just after executive session last night,” CISD Business Manager Hugo Nowotny said Wednesday. “And Supt. (Edgar) Willhelm walked up to me and said, Hugo, you got your first customer.’” Hours before, CISD trustees had called the election, as per a ruling by 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer on Jan. 31. The Quo Warranto proceeding set up the following structure to reduce the CISD school board from nine to seven trustees: “The school district shall elect one trustee in 1983
for a term expiring in 1986. At the 1984 election, the school district shall elect three trustees, who shall draw lots so that two serve for terms expiring in 1987, and one serves for a term expiring in 1986 At each subsequent election, the school district shall either elect two or three trustees as appropriate for a board of seven trustees with staggered terms of three years.”
The district was told of the too-many-trustee dilemma last July, when CISD policies were reviewed by a staff attorney for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASBl. The board presently has nine members, because the original election process called for the consolidation of eight rural school districts and one at-large person.
See ELECTION, Page IDA
English requirement increased
Beginning with the 1983-84 freshmen class, four years of English will be required at Canyon and Smithson Valley High Schools.
The additional year of English was approved by the Comal Independent School District school board Tuesday night. Courses in developmental reading were added to curriculum at the high schools, computer literacy was added for grades 7-9, and trustees saved high school advanced courses in American History, World History, Federal Constitution and Geometry from the chopping block.
The proposed 1983-84 secondary curriculum modifications were presented by Dr. Aden Tieken, Assistant Superintendent for Community Relations. Supt. Edgar Willhelm coordinated the recommendations in curriculum changes at the middle school level, where reading will be a required course in the sixth grade, and computer literary will be
offered in seventh, eighth and ninth grades.
“We are dealing with the society of the 1990s And I strongly feel that if these students aren’t given a background in computer, they will not be employable,” Supt. Willhelm said.
“I support the additional year of English I think we need it, but even more important, is what is taught in that year,” Trustee Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich said, reflecting over his own difficulty in English at a college freshmen level. “I would like to see composition stressed, sentence structure, grammar. To add more is fine, but let’s ensure the quality that goes into the additional year.”
Trustee Carey McWilliams was upset at the suggestion to drop high school advanced courses in American History, World History, Federal Con-
See CURRICULUM, Page IDAPUC Resignations
Two of the three members of the Texas Public Utilities Commission, a group Mark White attacked heavily in his campaign for governor, resigned Tuesday. A “delighted” White immediately fulfilled one of his campaign pronuses and appointed a housewife to fill one of the two vacant slots. See Page 10Cougars Rip Gonzales
Mike Garza led the Canyon Cougars to what could be their first-ever victory over the Gonzales Apaches Tuesday night. Canyon rolled 55-45 in a game coach David Taylor said was “to give the fans something to remember.” See Page 8A.Today's Weather
Today’s weather will be mostly clear and mild, with north winds near IO miles per hour. Tonight will be partly cloudy and cool, with light, variable winds. Thursday, again, will be partly cloudy. Sunset tonight will be at 6:21 p.m. Sunrise Thursday is predicted at 7:09 a.m.
Bond issue failure puzzles trustees
Trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District art still trying to figure out why their proposed $9.3 million bond issue failed Saturday.
Each had his own theory at Tuesday’s school board meeting. But all seemed to agree that more public-input w as needed.
For this reason trustees scheduled a meeting for next Tuesday to give themselves and any interested patrons a chance to review the bond issue. This meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. in the library of New Braunfels High School; however, if a big enough crowd shows up the meeting may be moved to the cafetorium.
Among those to comment about Saturday’s election was Gene Scott, the school board member who headed up the district’s Long-Range Planning Committee — the body responsible for making the recommendations included in the bond package.
Scott was upset that voters waited until they got to polls to express their dissatisfaction w ith the proposed bond issue. He’s hoping that patrons will come to next week’s meeting to provide input to the district for working on another bond package.
“We as a school board and the Long Range Planning Committee gave them (voters) every opportunity to ask questions...but we never heard a word,” said Scott. “Why didn t they come forth?”
What most surprised Scott about
Saturday’s election “was that there were a lot of people in their late-20s and early 30s who voted against it," said Scott. “I felt they were the ones w ho should interested in it.
But some people are so up to their ears right now with expenses that they feel like they can’t take on one more thing,” added Scott
Elderly voters lover age 65) might have also caused the bond issue to fail, since they “possibly didn’t understand the freezing of their taxes or else the\ didn’t believe what we said," he said.
Trustee William U*e, Jr., thought that portion of the bond issue earmarked for a new administrative office might have been what caused many people to vote against it.
“I guess it’ll always be a sore point,” said Lee, referring to previous bond elections when voters have turned down similar propositions. “I guess you guys are going to have to stay working in the old barn,” he said.
The only other comment I.<ee heard was from a patron who said there could be other ways to finance the district’s expansion and renovation other than through bonds. “But no comment was made after that,” said l^e.
Trustee Don Bedford noted that he preferred to look at the bond package “as it almost passed,” referring to the 1,004 votes cast against it to the 846 for
See BONDS, Page 10A