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Nm Braunfels, Texas Volume 93 — No. 38 30 Pages - 3 Sections (LISPS 377-8801
Fourth grader Mel Nolte III researches his genealogy at the County Courthouse Tuesday. Nolte is a student in Ethel Saur s special projects class, and students made a trip to the Courthouse to look up
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Staff photo by John N Son tar
family records at the conclusion of their study of genealogy. Studies included how to research their "roots” and how to construct a family tree
The election apparently will go on as scheduled in New Braunfels Independent School District, as NBISD and the Mexican American I^egal Defense and Educational Fund reached a tentative out-of-court agreement Tuesday.
NBISD trustees unanimously approved this agreement at their Tuesday meeting.
MAI.DEF has agreed to NBISD’s use of the proposed election system of five single-member and two at-large districts in the April 7 election. One of the settlement’s changes is to make the at-large districts unnumbered.
The settlement came in the wake of a lawsuit filed against the existing plan 1 seven numbered places 1 last April in federal court The 5-2 plan was proposed by NBISD as a compromise, w hile MAUMEE wanted an election system based on seven single-member districts.
‘ The election as called will go as scheduled,” said NBISD attorney Marion J. Borchers. He explained that the current election call, which used the previous NBISD election system, will be amended by court order.
Also as part of the settlement, NBISD will pay $10,500 of MALDEF’s claimed $32,000 attorney fees and court costs.
This agreement will be implemented upon receiving preclearance under the Voting Rights Act or by order of the U.S. District Court.
Hate s how the NBlSO trustee election* snaoe up tot the ne«t ttvee years in the make ot adoption ot a compromise plan calling tor five districts and two unnumbered at large places Incumbents are Mated along with the year ai which their terms enpire
1984 Disfnct3 Garland Lloyd District 5 Wergy Waidnp
198*> District I Rudy Renner two at large positions
1986 District 2 Gene Scott District 4 Gladys Battling
NOTE Trustees Dr Don Bedford and Bob Salt also live rn District 3 Their terms e»pire in 1988 They have the option of running tor District 3 m 1984 or seeking the at large ptar.es rn 1986
Borchers said the current system is tentative and still could “blow-up ” However, he added, “I don’t
anticipate anything As far as we’re concerned, it’s (the settlement’s > solid ’’
The new system still will put two single-member districts up for election April 7 — board treasurer Garland Lloyd in District 3 < instead of the previous system’s Place 11 and board president Margy Waidnp in District 5< instead of Place 2».
Two other board members. Dr Don Bedford and Bob Self, could seek election in District 3. although their terms don’t expire until next year. Otherwise, they can seek re-election in the two at-large positions in April, 1985 These positions will go to the two candidates receiving the most votes
See MALOUF. Page HA
More red ink
Reagan deficit too rosy, figures show
WASHINGTON (API — The $180 billion deficit projected in President Reagan’s new budget is low by $12 billion, congressional economists said today.
Overall, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the use of rosy economic predictions has led the administration to underestimate by $313 billion the amount of red ink the spending plan would produce through the end of the decade.
Rudolph G. Penner, director of the agency that provides Congress with non-partisan economic information, was unveiling the analysis of the president's budget before the Senate Appropriations Committee
Reagan's budget sent to Congress at the beginning of this month projects a deficit of $180 billion for the fiscal year that begins Oct. I, declining to $123 billion by 1989
In its analysis, the budget office states “the budget deficit under administration policies would grow from $186 billion in 1984 to $192 billion in 1985 and $248 billion by 1989.”
The analysis added, “These estimates are higher than those of the administration primarily because GBO assumes no decline in inflation-adjusted < real I interest rates.”
The new estimate of red ink in the president’s budget comes on the eve of the resumption of bipartisan talks between Reagan administration
officials and legislators on reducing federal budget deficits. But the prospects for success are so bleak that plans already are being made in Congress for proceeding ofter the bargaining collapses
Almost as soon as White House aides and congressional leaders agreed Tuesday to resume the talks on Thursday, bickering broke out again over whether Reagan's military buildup will be on the agenda.
Majority Leader Jim Wright, D-Texas, representing House Democrats in the talks, said he will seek to focus the discussions on reducing military spending.
Appearing Tuesday before the House Budget Committee, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, echoing sentiments expressed by Reagan, refused to give ground on the administration’s proposed $305 billion Pentagon budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. I
Democrats and Republicans alike in Congress have questioned whether the talks will be able to produce any meaningful result in the face of elec-tion-year pressures, and some in Congress already are contemplating the collapse of the effort
Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., will convene the Senate Finance Committee he chairs on Thursday to begin drafting a $100 billion package of tax hikes and spending cuts to reduce deficits.Students riot in Nuevo Laredo
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) - The mayor of this border city said more than IOO businesses closed by a solidarity strike were to reopen today after protests that injured three men and damaged a newspaper office.
Hundreds of students noted in protest against the strike by Confederacion de Trajabadores Mexicanos (CTM), ransacking a pro-labor newspaper’s offices and setting fire to a labor leader’s home.
Mayor Ricardo de Boyos announced the strike settlement late Tuesday and said businesses would reopen at 8 a m. today. City officials and members of a committee appointed Monday afternoon to mediate between the striking factions and the city had been meeting at city hall Tuesday night.
The mayor abo announced 64 employees of the Union of Nurseries, Parks and Gardens would be dismissed effective today and others hired to replace them, the l^iredo Times reported.
More than 7,000 LTM workers walked off their jobs at noon Monday in sympathy for the municipal parks employees, who began a strike Jan. 31 after De Boyos refused to recognize their own union.
Three people, two students and a 36-year-old man,
See RIOT, Page HA
Today will bo door and wanner, with a high in tho low-78i aAd winds switching to the southeast at IO milos per hour. Tonight will be fair and not so cool, with southeast winds at 5-10 mph Thursday will bo ninny and mild, with winds from tho south-southeast at 10-15 mph. Sunset today will bo at 1:2$ p.m., and sunrise Thursday at 7:89 a.m.
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The Reagan administration and the Congressional Budget office differ sharply on the future of the federal deficitNBISD board OKs computer project
New Braunfeb ISD trustees said they wanted a master plan for microcomputer utilization, and they got it Tuesday.
Trustees unanimously the computer project, which Superintendent Charles Bradberry described as “a big plan at a low cost.”
The major cost would be the onetime charge to buy the computers, Bradberry said.
Administrative Assistant Dr Anita Stipnieks, who headed the committee that formulated the program, said, “In order for students to be prepared for the job market, we’ve got to start preparing them now The plan, which has been in the works for several months, will un-plement computer training for students from kindergarten through 8th grade Each grade level would be responsible for the appropriate objectives of that level
Bradberry said the program will mean an addiUon of one-half staff member to serve as a district-wide programmer, but no other additional personnel would be necessary Current admimstrauve aides will be trained, and then will pass that training on to others in the district.
To start the program, Bradberry said, 46 Apple II computers will be purchased at a cost of $87,275 Of this amount. $46,000 would be allocated in an amended 1983-84 budget, with the rest be utilized from other sources. This would be a one-time expenditure According to the proposal, the computer literacy curriculum would include terminology. history. skills in computer usage, hardware and software principles, major uses and appropriate applications, limitations of computers, personal and socual
See COMPUTER. Page HACISD chooses S.A. architects to draw plans
Bv DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
The San Antonio firm of Bradley and McChesney Architects will be helping Comal ISD cope with growth, thanks to a vote by trustees Tuesday.
The firm s proximity and fee structure struck the board s fancy over four other firms interviewed rn a Jan 24 workshop Others in the running were SHWC Inc , Marinon-Mok Partnership Headon, Andrews, and Sotomayor; and Cavitt. McKmght and Weymouth.
CISD started looking for an architect because the district expects its student population to double by 1990 A future bond issue has now been termed as • inevitable” by some trustees, although no firm figure has been mentioned
The Bradley and McChesney firm brought a case study of Boerne - complete with scale models — for the board’s consideration at the January workshop
There was a lot of politics getting a $10 million bond issue passed in Boerne, David Bradley said at the workshop “We analyzed over IOO buildings in two different cost configurations there We reached 200 civic groups, and all our meetings were open to the public.
‘’Like we did in Boerne. we’U stay with you until the last worm is pulled out (rf the can.” Bradley added
Using a $5 million dollar bond issue as a basis the fee structure offered by Bradley and McChesney was 5.9 percent, excluding pre-bond work
“The front-end charge would be eliminated once the bond issue passes, Supt Edgar Willheim said But if it doesnT pass. wed still owe them ( Bradley and McChesney i for the pre-bond work ”
Two of the other firms offered fee schedules right at 6 percent, and two were slightly over that at 6 25 percent. But all four indicated the district wouidn I owe them any money for pre-bond work if the bond issue failed
That difference didn t seem to dampen the board’s support for Bradley and McChesney, though ‘ This is Uke picking the best for the Super Bowl,” trustee Carey McWilliams said “I know some nught be concerned over the front money,” he added, but everyone knows a bond issue is inevitable Bradley and McChesney was involved in bond issues in Boerne and Fredericksburg, and they’re familiar with the conservative tone of this area McWilUams put that reason behind his motion tor the firm’s selection over the other four, and the vote was unanimous Erwin l>ehmann abstainedCISD drops battle to keep Encino Park
Carnal USD trustees have decided to permanently drop any appeal to keep Encina Park.
Raymon Bynum, state Com-misainner of Education, recently approved the deannexation of Encino Put from Comal to Northeast ISD, but CISD officials still had the option of appeal to tho State Board of Education.
That option was extinguished Tuesday night when the board ’’went
on record” to drop the matter. "I’m for letting it go,” trustee Karen Rust said. “I say let’s drop it,” echoed David Bos tiler
The Encino Park headache has been a lasting one for CISD officials. It peaked when the Bexar County Commissioners Court, acting as that county’s Board of Education, approved the deannexation in December of IMI.
A handful of school-age children
who presently Uve in the 4 84-squarely Ie disputed area along US Highway 281 north of loop 1604, started going to school rn Northeast ISD. CISD schools had served that area since the district’s consolidation in 1959
CISD sought to reverse the Bexar commissioners decision through the Texas Education Agency. However, in August of 1983, hearing officer Judy
Underwood reconunended ClSD’s appeal be denied Then, on Jan 27, Bynum concurred with her recommendation.
The Comal district originally fought the detachment because of the possible precedent it might set, arguing that the concurrence of the Comal County Commissioners Court, as well as Hays, Kendall and Guadalupe, should have been
required to validate the detachment order
Trustee Carey McWilliams, who said CISD shouldn’t continue to spend tax dollars on the Encino Park issue, also expressed concern over the area's unresolved bonded indebtedness owed to CISD of over $28,OOO Supt Edgar Willheim said Northeast ISO would eventually have to cover the indebtedness by la w.
Willheim also said the Texas
Education Code has since been revised to require that aU five commissioners courts, as applied to the Encino Park case, would have to hear the matter,
They wouldn't have to necessarily approve it, but they would have to hear it,” he said, adding that would mean other (^annexations Uke Encino Park “can’t be done in the same way.”