New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
■ SPORTS, IB
Mayfield wins 2 state titles, breaks her own Texas record
■ LIFE, 1C
Hittin' the road with Zack Walthers Band
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STAAR math path
School board will learn more about TAKS replacement on Monday
By Will Wright
The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will meet Monday night in what will likely be another long session with two main issues on the agenda.
The first will be discussing how to
approach the district’s projected $7.6 million budget shortfall for each of the next two years. The second will be a presentation on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam, which will be administered to grades three through nine beginning next year.
At last month’s regular meeting, assistant superintendent Victoria Pursch made her first presentation detailing the STAAR, which replaces the current Texas Assessment of Academic Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test next year. STAAR will be harder, as will the curriculum that goes with it, and high school students will need to complete 12 tests covering the core course areas of English, science and history and math to graduate.
While Pursch will focus on STAAR details for grades three through eight Monday, there is already some confusion regarding STAAR’s pre-AP (advanced placement) curriculum — particularly high school math sequencing and STAAR’s heightened curriculum levels,
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In math, some parents believe their children should follow the traditional sequence of algebra I, geometry, algebra
See STAAR, Page 7A
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Draft seeks 26 cfs for Comal Springs
Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program posts very preliminary proposal
By Greg Bowen
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average flow during the very worst Plan that has just been posted by the
weeks of a record drought, under a Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implemen-
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about one-tenth of its long-term liminary” draft Habitat Conservation
ensure the survival of the endangered species in the wider environs of Lan-da Park’s Comal Springs and in the associated San Marcos Springs in neighboring San Marcos.
annually — that would be taken to
See DRAFT, Page 7A
JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW AND SALE
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Zane Soechting, 9, pulls his steer out of the show ring following judging at the 2010 Junior Livestock Show
‘WE RE ALL IN!’
Group helps promote livestock sales, raise youngters’ self-esteem
By Megan Holt
Concerned individuals are teaming up to raise self-esteem during the annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale this year.
“We’re All In!” is a buying group organized by people who are actively involved in promoting the educational experiences gained by youth when raising livestock.
“There are some kids who go through livestock shows that don’t know a lot of people, and the bid on their animal starts dropping,’’ said Jeff Dees, organization co-founder.
“That’s when we step in.”
Dees said the organization gathers funds to purchase animals to boost a child’s self-esteem and support their educa tion.
The idea for “We’re All In!” was developed by Dees and cofounder Mike Besson last year.
“Basically it was developed
See SALE, Page 9A
Special section profiles 2011 Comal County Junior Livestock Association Show and Sale
► KRUEGER AWARD
‘Dallas’ star honored for his humanitarian work
By Megan Holt
A Texas-born television star was honored Saturday evening at the third annual Bob Krueger Public Service Award gala.
Actor I,arry Hagman, 79, of “Dallas” fame, was selected to receive this year’s award.
“I deserve every minute of it," Hagman said jokingly. “You’re not cognizant of the things you are doing until you’ve lived long enough to see the long string of things you’ve been a part of.”
Bob Krueger said Hagman is a deserving winner.
“It’s an honor to me that this international man would fly to New Braunfels to receive this award,” Krueger said. “He is a man who understands friendship. We’ve been friends for many years."
Event co-chairwoman Terri Truitt explained Hagman’s selection.
“We were looking for people to honor who are important to humanitarian and public service efforts," Truitt said. “We chose Larry for two reasons — his incredible work with organ transplants and for his role in alternative and solar energy.”
See HAGMAN, Page 8A
MISSING CHILD ALERT
JOSHUA DAVIS JR
Joshua Davis Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home on Savannah Hill Circle on Feb. 4.
He is the son of Josh Davis and Sabrina Benitez.
New Braunfels Police, Texas
Rangers and FBI agents are actively seeking information on Joshua's whereabouts.
Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information.
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Local schools in session Monday
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By Will Wright
Monday is Presidents’ Day, which would have been a holiday for area schools had they not been closed for the Feb. 4 ice and snow event.
Instead, students at New Braunfels Independent School District, Comal ISD and Navarro ISD will attend classes. It will be a holiday at Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, which has scheduled its bad weather day for May 30 (Memorial Day), and Marion ISD, which has April 22 (Good Friday) as its make-up day.
The NBISD board of trustees
meeting, previously scheduled for Tuesday, will instead meet Monday night.
Most area banking and savings institutions will be closed to observe the holiday. The City of New Braunfels and Comal County offices also will be closed. Solid waste and recycling will be collected, but the City Recycle Center will be closed.
All federal offices, including the U.S. Post Office, will be closed. It’s also a state holiday, meaning its offices, including the Texas Department of Public Safety’s office in New Braunfels, will take the day off.Big enough to serve, small enough to care.
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