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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NBISD superintendent offers two options for A-B block schedule By Heather Todd Staff Writer The New Braunfels High School scheduling plan for the 1999-2000 school year will try to offer students the best of both worlds. New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves announced the scheduling change to teachers Wednesday. The new plan will allow students to choose between a regular A/B rotating block schedule and a hybrid rotating block with a daily core option. The rotating block will have eight 90-minute classes during a two-day period with four classes each day. The hybrid schedule would consist of English and social studies classes on a daily basis for 45 minutes each and six other 90-minute classes during a two-day period with three classes each day. However, all students taking Algebra I will be required to have the class 90 minutes each day all year. Students will earn eight credits per year under each scheduling option. The scheduling change comes after a nine-month probe into programming options by a 30-member scheduling committee formed in May 1998. The committee was comprised of 15 high school teachers and 15 community repretenta-tives. The committee announced on Feb. 3 that it was deadlocked on the issue and placed the burden of deciding a scheduling option on Reaves* shoulders. On Wednesday, Reaves said, “We are providing students with tremendous flexibility to achieve the requirements of the highest level graduation plan. We need to Decisions, Decisions For the 1999-2000 school year, New Braunfels High School students can choose to take eight 90-minute classes during a two-day period, with four classes each day, or take English and social studies on a daily basis, 45 minutes each, and six other 90-minute classes during a two-day period. All students taking Algebra I will have the class 90 minutes each day all year. Below are the examples for a ninth-grade student’s schedule: REGULAR A/B ROTATING BLOCK A Day    B    Day English (90 min.)    Social Studies (90 min.) Algebra I (90 min.)    Algebra I (90 min.) Extracurricular/elective (90 min.) Extracurricular/elective (90 min.) Science (90 min.)    Foreign Language (90 min.) HYBRID DAILY CORE AND ROTATING A/B BLOCKA Day English (45 min.) Social Studies (45 min.) Algebra I (90 min.) Extracurricular/elective (90 min.) Science (90 min.)B Day English (45 min.) Social Studies (45 min.) Algebra I (90 min.) Extracurricular/elective (90 min.) Foreign Language (90 min.) increase the number of students graduating under the recommended and distinguished graduation plans in order to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and skills for the future ” Rosalyn Bratcher, assistant superintendent for instructional services, said students could graduate under three plans — minimum, recommended and distinguished. “We want to encourage more students to graduate under the recommended and distinguished plans because they are more in line with the academic expectations of the state,” she said. New Braunfels High School currently has a hybrid schedule that allows students to take two 90-minute accelerated block classes each semester and three 60-friinute classes throughout the entire year. Reaves said one of the concerns of the current schedule was students in extracurricular activities earned insufficient credits to graduate in the recommended, or distinguished, plan. Students earn only seven credits under the school’s current schedule, which was instituted at the beginning of the 1997-98 school year.Herald-Zei on3-,3    M009 l°/22^TNr    78 SO-WE ST "^PUBLISHING 2627 E YfiNDEl-L DR EL PASO, TX 79903 x UIMVJ Vol. 148, No. 64    14    pages    in    I    section    February    18,    1999    rp_    __    __    _    T    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents ThursdayReaves gives students a choice RONN CORNETT/Herald-Zwtung new oraumeiv muepenuwu ocnooi Lnsinci supenmenoeni Ron Reeves addresses faculty members gathered inside the high school cafeteria Wednesday. Reaves said the scheduling plan represented a compromise between options supported by the scheduling committee. Elisa Racanelli, assistant principal and a member of the committee, said, “I think the schedule meets the needs of what many in the community wanted, which is the choice of core classes every day. I think it’s a workable schedule for the teachers because there will be less staff struggling with the different time frames.” Under Reaves’ plan, some teachers will teach certain subjects in 90-minute time periods while others will teach in 45-minute frames.>|See SCHEDULE/3 GBRA seeks flood relief from state lawmakers By Chrs Crews Staff Writer Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority is looking for state money to help pay for the cleanup of flood debris from the Guadalupe River. GBRA General Manager Bill West told board members Wednesday he was scheduled to be in Austin at 8 a.m. today to speak before the finance committee of the Texas House of Representatives. West said the legislature was considering appropriating as milch as $20 million for relief from the October 1998 flood. “We feel like we have a fair shot at it,” West said. “The governor’s office supports it.” West estimated GBRA could face a total bill of $4.6 million for flood-related cleanup. Though the Natural Resources Conservation Service could provide up to 75 percent of the funds, West said GBRA still could spend more than $1 million of its own money for cleanup. West said Texas was unlike other states in providing money for areas affected by natural disaster. “Other states appropriate funds for emergencies. In Texas they always appropriate money after the fact, if at all,” West said. lf the funds were approved on an emergency appropriations bill, the money could be available in about two weeks, West said. Under a regular appropriations bill, the money might not be available until late summer or early fall. Chamber thanks ‘Winter Texans’ Bv Chris Crews Staff Writer Local business leaders have two things to say to the “Winter Texans” who make their winter home to central and South Texas each year Welcome back and thank you. Judy Young, director of the visitors and convention bureau of the Greater New Bra mids V Chamber of Commerce, and other chamber staff will welcome Winter Texans from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. today at the New Braunfels Civ ic Center, 390 S. Seguin Ave. Young said about 4,000 people come to “w inter” in Comal County each year and contributed an estimated $30 million to the local economy. Guadalupe flo\^ cut for cleanup From staff reports The flow rate of the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam will be reduced to little more than a trickle this weekend so divers and workers can get into the river and remove debris left by the Octo ber 1998 Hood Officials said river How would be reduced to 125 cubic feet per second to accommodate the first major cleanup. The cleanup effort will cover the area of the river from Farm-to-Market Road 306 to Cypress Bend Park. Inside Abby........................ .......5 Business..................... ........5 Classifieds.................... .11-14 Comics....................... ........7 Crossword.................. ........5 Forum......................... ........6 Local........................... ........4 Obituaries.................... ........3 Sports.......................... ...9-11 Today......................... ........2 Television.................. 7 County eyes tobacco funds for public health educator Staff Comal County commissioners will consider today using a portion of the tobacco settlement funds to create a position for a health educator in the county. County Health Authority Dorothy Overman is scheduled to make a presentation and ask the court to adopt a job description and fund start-up and operating costs for the position. County Commissioner Moe Schwab said Overman’s recommendations likely would be turned over to the human resources department to write a job description and a classification committee to determine salary for the position. “I feel like we’ll probably approve the position eventually, but I doubt it will all be done on Thursday,” Schwab said. County Auditor David Renken said he estimated the salary and benefits for the person holding the position of health educator would be about $35,000. That figure did not include an office bud get or possible travel expenses. The county received more than $900,000 from the state as a part of its $300 million lump sum payment from the tobacco companies. The state is scheduled to receive $150 million from the tobacco companies in the next two years. The formula to determine how much the county will receive from those payments has not been determined. The court is also expected to appoint a five-member committee to review requests for funds from the tobacco settlement.Commissioners’ Court WHAT: Regular meeting of the county commissioners’ court WHEN: 8:15 a m. Thursday WHERE: Third floor, Comal County Courthouse annex See the complete agenda on Page 2 of today’s paperAsh Wednesday ROBIN CORNETT/Heraid-Zertung Msgr. Eugene (^Callaghan places ashes on the forehead of a student from Sts. Peter and Paul School at the Wednesday morning Mass inside the school gym. Worshippers worldwide celebrated Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. ;