New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, February 19, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol 145, No 70
NBISD approves school calendar
Editorial .. ................................. 4A
Market Place ...................... 4B-8B
Birthday wishes from Ilia HarakkZaitung!
The New' Braunfels Herald-Zeitun# extends birthday wishes to: Bob Longest, Shealynn Kks-ling Korpi, Jacqueline Shinker, Trint Rust (IO yews old),
Kathryn Reynolds, BUI Olden,
Pat Hamhauer, Shelly Diaz, Jake Hartman (84 years old), Sarah Keith.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold -700 Mountain Cedar — 38 Elm —13
(PoS«n rn—und In pads par cubic malar of air information provided by Or Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 219 cubic feet par second. same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 623.76 feet above sea level, up 01 Canyon Dam discharge —150 cfs Canyon Lake inflow—173 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909 28 feet above sea level (Above conservation pool)
New Braunfels UttiKiee NBL) reports pumping 5.775 m*wn gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 713,000 gallons of we! water were used
wommunny ■ firm Shop needs donetions
The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations.
All items are welcomed Bring donations to 132 Cadded Lane or contact Pete at 625-3439 for pickups Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thrift shop hours are 9 a m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
WTM HH sir* uaroen deadline today
The Men s Garden Club will again sponsor a Children’s Garden, open to any child 8 years or older.
The application deadline is today Call 620-3440 or 625-• 8922
TABS orientation for parents slated
Carl Schurz Elementary will hold a TAAS orientation for parents of fourth grade students at 7 p m. Thursday in the school cafeteria The focus will be the fourth grade writing portion of the test
Celebrate the Comal County Reading Council’s first birthday at 4; 15 p m Thursday at Memorial Primary Library The program will be “Surfing and Searching Developing Reading Programs Using the World Wide Web ."
Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.
Running club beard meeting on tap
The monthly board meeting of the New Braunfels Running Club is scheduled for 6:30 p m Thursday at Professional Therapy Services.
For information call 606-8862 or 620-5058
After Hours Chamber mixer elated
1 The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is scheduled for 5 to 7 p m. Thursday at the Hummel Museum The mixer is sponsored by Accurate Litho & Printing Co.. Clear Springs Catering & Decorating. The Hummel Museum Inc . and Witting and Miller Inc
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District approved a school calendar for the 1997-98 school year Tuesday that starts three days later than this year, and adds an extra weekend to the summer break.
The calendar calls for classes to begin Aug. 18. Under the approved calendar, the first semester still ends pnor to the Christmas break, and the school year ends May 28.
“I think it’s a great calendar for the amount of work that goes into it,” said interim superintendent Tom Moseley.
By DENISE DZIUK
A policy that would allow New Braunfels High School students to be exempt from finals based on attendance and grades is being sent back to committee to be revised, if possible Karen Simpson, NBHS interim principal, said students in the past have been exempt from taking certain finals, based on attendance and grades. Simp-
“I think it should satisfy everyone.”
Terri Adams, general manager of Schlitterbahn, said the early start of school affects the entire community. She said families have less time for vacation, tourism ends early and summer employees have to quit their jobs early. Adams, who serves on the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce education committee, said although she would like to see school start after Labor Day, it's progress.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Adams, ‘i’m so delighted that the educators, the board, business leaders and the community are looking at education and business as a marriage. We
son said this was an incentive for students to attend class
“In the fall, every student took a final, but our attendance dropped, said Simpson “So, we were trying to find something to entice students lo attend classes.”
Simpson said a committee spent the past month wotting on a policy That policy was supposed to be presented to the board of trustees at their meeting
can have a win-win situation. That's what this is ultimately going to be.”
Adams said even though the start of school is only delayed by three days, it will make a big difference in the community. She said the problem of the school year starting early is statewide, and she is glad to see New Braunfels leading the way.
“It adds another weekend for us,” said Adams. “If we can do this statewide, we can dramatically impact tourism Local business leaders arc not the only ones fighting for a later starting date for schools. Port Isabel Independent School District and its local chamber of commerce are trying to
Tuesday. However, Simpson said the Texas I ululation Agency did not agree with the policy, and it would be sent back to the committee for additional work,
“Before, we could still get our funding for the students who were exempt," said Simpson. ’This year, they said they didn’t care if we gave them a final, but they had to be present for the district to get funding. And, to our
get a bill through the state legislature that would require all schools in the state to start after lutbor Day. NBISD trustee Bette Spain told the board Tuesday that she attended a conference by the Texas Association of School Boards on hills pertaining to education. She said the group was told that there is a lot of money and support for the plan.
"TASB thinks it has a chance,” said Spain. "Their position is they’re opposed to it.”
Spain said if the bill is passed, the late starting date could have a negative impact locally. She said students will have to come back for a week of
students, that’s not a reward.”
Simpson said in addition to comprehensive tests, students are required to take mid-terms. She said that when a school is on a block schedule, a midterm is equivalent to a final!. Even with the policy, students would have had to mastered the subject.
“Our intent is not to get students out of finals,” Simpson said “Every teacher will have a final. Any parents
instruction after the Christmas break, and then will be required to take finals. She said the late date could cause classes to last into June. She said this would throw oft'any employee or student who wanted to take college classes in the summer.
Moseley said if classes start after Labor Day, the required number of days could not be fit in before the beginning of June. He said the approved calendar gets around the issue of classes going into June.
“I personally don’t know how they did it, but it’s a good calendar,” Moseley said,
EEA chief eager for challenge
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SAN. ANTONIO — Edwards Aquifer Authority Interim General Manager Gregory M. Ellis said he likes a challenge.
Ellis, who has been on the job for only two days, will have a challenge guiding the fledgling EAA.
"I enjoy a challenge," Ellis said during a recess at the EAA meeting Tuesday night at the authority’s headquarters. “This authority is breaking new ground in Texas water law because we are setting a precedent for the entire state of Texas.”
Ellis will be given at least six months to meet those challenges that face the EAA as it tries to establish procedure's to permit wells and regulate irrigation wells that pump water from the Edwards Aquifer.
The EAA approved a six month contract for Ellis on Monday. The contract runs through July 31.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ellis is guaranteed to make $84,000 and is guaranteed a signing bonus of $15,000 which is payable within the first lf) days of the agreement.
Ellis told the board he vvants to get the initial well permits and meters placed on irrigation wells by May.
Under Semite Bill 1477, which created the EAA, the authority must permit wells which use no more than a total of450,000 acre feet per year.
Comal County EAA representative Doug Miller said he hopes Ellis can succeed in doing that
“I think that is an admirable goal,” Miller said. “Ile lues the lull support of the hoard The sooner we do it, the better."
Putting meters on the irrigation wells, which are located in Bexar, Medina and Uvalde counties, will he a tougher task. Miller said.
“That is little more of a challenge because there arc so many wells that need it," Miller said “It will take approximately $1 million lo do it. Unless we get appropriations from the Legislature, it is unfeasible.”
Comal County PAA representative Rita Banda said it will he tough to accomplish Ellis’ goals, hut the P.AA’s only choice is to get the job done
"We will luivc to do it," Banda said “A lot of things are coming together at once “
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who wanted their child to experience that could sign a form voiding the exemption.”
Simpson said that many concerns about the policy may be moot points Slur said tlve committee will be given tile onginal policy, as well as policies from other disuicts, to see if a new one can be created. If the committee develops a new policy, it will he bn sight hack to the board, said Simpson
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end CHS seniors Erin Outlay and U« Parra said the things they learn through academic decathlon help ten in their other classes.
"The stuff we teen is easy to apply to our oth-ar classes,” mid Outlay. “Some of it is stuff we need to know for dais already.”
The members of the academic decathlon team must maintain their regular school work, while absorbing a lot of extra knowledge for the corn-petitioa They take on the extra woridoad for a variety of reasons, including the enjoyment of competition, the variety of subjects and the learn spirit.
"It’s the team work involved,” said junior Wench Pollock. “For mc, I don’t do sports. This is a team, and you're part of it.”
Mote than $27,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to the top scoring individuals. Romani 1-Tum to DtcBhlon, Page 2A
Finals exemption plan heads back to committeeKudos to our winter visitors. Page 4A