New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 65 14 pgs. in 2 sections February 17, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Use of bed tax funds could go to voters
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
New Braunfels voters could end up choosing how the city’s hotel/motel tax revenue will be used if a petition initiative goes on the May 6 ballot.
At a special meeting 4 p.m. Friday in the municipal building, city council will decide whether the initiative, turned in Tuesday with more than 1,000 signatures, will go on the ballot.
Because the initiative has more than 30 percent of registered voters who voted in the last general election, council must consider the proposal, which would eliminate using the city’s portion of bed tax revenue for a convention center.
Council either could approve the amended ordinance as is or call a special election. If council votes against the petition, a special election is automatically called.
If the public approves the petition initiative, council could not consider using that money for a
convention center, as proposed by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, until the public approved that in another vote.
Friday’s meeting originally was called for 6 p.m. but was rescheduled to 4 p.m. because not enough council members could make it.
Council wasn’t told of the meeting until Wednesday, although the meeting was posted Tuesday.
“We forgot to call council (Tuesday night),” city attorney Floyd Akers said.
NBISD votes to start school on Aug. 23
By Heather Todd
Next year, New Braunfels Independent School District students and staff will start the school year Aug. 23 and end the first semester in January, despite protests from some parents and students that final exams should be taken before the holidays.
NBISD trustees approved a 2000-2001 calendar Tuesday night in a 6-1 vote, with trustee Jim Callahan rejecting the calendar draft.
Trustees heard presentations on four different calendar drafts before making a decision, including one that mirrored Comal Independent School District’s calendar.
In an overwhelming vote, trustees Tuesday night decided to support the calendar recommended by the Districtwide Education Improvement Council.
Superintendent Ron Reaves also presented three alternative calendars in response to trustees’ request for calendars with the first semester ending before the holiday break.
The committee, which is comprised of parents, administrators, teachers and business community members, began meeting in October to develop a calendar draft for board approval.
Under the new calendar, NBISD students will start school Aug. 23 and have Nov. 22-24 off for Thanksgiving and Dec. 18-Jan. 2 off for the holiday break.
The first semester will end Jan. 12, which means secondary students likely will take final exams when they return from the Christmas holidays.
Renea Ritchie, who was representing the DEIC, said the calendar proposed to trustees got 85 percent consensus fromKey DatesAUG. 23 —
Beginning of the 2000-2001 school year NOV. 22-24 — Thanksgiving holidays DEC. 18-JAN. 2 — Christmas holidays JAN. 12 —first semester ends
Callahan, who supported ending the first semester before the holiday break, said the DEIC calendar gave students seven less instructional days to prepare for the exit-level TAAS compared to CISD’s calendar.
To address some parents concerns, Ritchie suggested administrators next year require all projects be due before the holidays and direct teachers to not make assignments over the holidays.
Two NBHS students — student body president Michael Kendel and Hilary Ross — voiced support for the calendar that started Aug. 16 and ended the first semester before the holiday break.
Reaves presented CISD’s 2000-2001 calendar, which has an Aug. 16 start date and ends the first semester before students return from the holiday break.
CISD officials said trustees are scheduled to revisit the calendar issue at their Feb. 24 meeting after several teachers voiced concerns about breaks.
In the approved calendar, Nov. 22, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and Dec. 22, the Friday before Christmas, are school days. Teachers said they were concerned about poor attendance and student performance on those days.
Schertz considers annexing Comal Elementary land
By Ron Maloney
SCHERTZ — Schertz’s first public hearing on proposed annexation of land around Comal Elementary School came and went with scant attention Tuesday night.
One Schertz resident spoke against the annexation issue in the public hearing portion of the Schertz City Council meeting. A pair of adjacent landowners who City Manager Kerry Sweatt said wrote letters opposing the annexation didn’t attend the meeting.
Comal Independent School District officials approached Schertz in late October seeking to have the city annex just more than 16 acres of property near Comal Elementary School on Farm-to-Market Road 482.
The school property is in Comal County within the city of Schertz extra-territorial jurisdiction at 6720 FM 482.
On Jan. 18, council unanimously approved a resolution scheduling public hearings on the question.
Roy Linnartz, CISD director of maintenance and operations, said
annexation would municipal sewage service to be extended to the school, which now serves about 500 students in about 25 classrooms.
Comal ISD will seek bids in spring or early summer on a 26-classroom building project that Linnartz said would double the size of the school.
“Like the city of Schertz, Comal ISD is growing rather rapidly,” Linnartz told the council. “The (district) trustees recognize the need to expand the school.”
Currently, Linnartz said, the facil
ity is served by a septic system.
“The campus has been essentially landlocked,” Linnartz said.
To build the expansion, CISD had bought adjacent property that is contiguous to the school and to Schertz.
“About 40 percent of the school yard is in the septic field,” Linnartz said. About five years ago, Linnartz said, the system failed. Upgrades have kept it in operation since then, he said.
“It is not an optimal situation,” Linnartz said.
The school district would pay
the costs for engineering and building an extension sewage main some 150 to 200 yards under the nearby Union Pacific rail line and FM 482, at a cost estimated by Schertz Public Works Department officials at $123,428. CISD also would pay the city for waste water services, Linnartz said.
Mayor Hal Baldwin said the city had no other current plans to expand its limits in the area, but he said growth in the district would bring similar requests.
“Someday, that area will be in the city of Schertz,” Baldwin said.Inside
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Marion community unites to help New Berlin boy conquer cancer
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
NEW BERLIN —A 10-minute hobble around the living room is a bittersweet victory for a family here.
A father, Darvin Hartmann, leans down, slips his arms around his stepson and hoists him up, ever conscious of the portable IV bag and the frailty of the boy who struggles with each step.
The boy, Shayne Salge, wants to do more — he misses running, and even walking, by himself.
His struggle, however, is much more than physical — he searches every day for purpose and hope.
But Darvin sees that hope and can’t hide his delight. The strange dance — a husky father supporting a thin, bald 15-year-old — is progress, even if his stepson doesn’t know it.
It wasn’t long ago Shayne couldn’t walk at all — or even move. But now, his family expects a full recovery from theHowto Help
• WHAT: Fund-raiser for Shayne Salge
• WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
•WHERE: Marion Middle School, 506 Center St., Marion
• To donate items to bake sale or auction, call Marion ISD at (830) 914-2803, extension 211 or 205.
• Those interested in helping in other ways can contribute to an account opened for the family at State Bank & Trust, 200 N. Austin, Seguin, TX 78155. Call (830) 303-2211 for information.
rare cancer that attacked his brain this past year.
In October 1999, this seeming
Brain cancer not only has changed the life and look of Shayne Salge, it also has changed his family’s way of life.
Shayne Salge, 15, can’t wait until his recovery from brain cancer is complete so that he can do things for himself.
ly normal teen-ager was diagnosed with pineal blastoma — a brain tumor that currently affects only 120 people in the U.S. for reasons unknown. Only two of seven survive.
But Shayne will be one of those two, his family says.
They fight it every day — with prayer, hope and top-notch medical care.
The community of Marion wants to help fight it —just as it did with Kelsey Doege, an 8-year-old who lives only miles
away from Shayne and was diagnosed with a brain tumor called astrocytoma in July 1999.
Marion Independent School District employees and the Marion community are conducting a fund-raiser for Shayne from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Marion Middle School, 506 Center Street, where Shayne would be an eighth grader if it weren’t for this disease.
Sunday’s events include a spaghetti lunch, bake sale and