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CISD book shortages now infrequent, Willhelm says
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Once a upon a time, Comal Independent School District didn’t have enough textbooks to go around. But CISD Supt. Dr. Edgar Willhelm said rumors of present-day shortages are fiction, not fact.
“That was a problem when I came in,” Willhelm said in a recent interview. “The principals assure me, though, there are no long-term book shortages. Short-term, yes...those happen in every school district when four new students come into the same grade, etc.”
Supt. Willhelm, who was named superintendent in
April of 1982, said the root of CISD’s problems was textbook multiple-adoption. “Before I came here, this district would adopt textbooks and break them down by percentages. Like there were five reading books, CISD would get 70 percent of one, IO percent of another, IO percent of third choice, 5 percent of fourth, and 5 percent of fifth,” Willhelm went on. “Then, say teachers liked textbook no. 2 the best. Well, there weren’t enough to go around, and the district just got caught.
"We haven’t adopted any books for large bourses like reading or math since I’ve been here, he added. “But we will look at single adoption as a solution, depending on what books come up, to
prevent a repeat of past problems.”
The question of a textbook shortage surfaced at the February board meeting, when trustees adopted curriculum changes that increases requirements in reading and English. The board was asked how it expected kids to be able to read when each child didn’t have a book.
Willhelm said he was on the phone the next day to all principals, and was assured if shortages did exist, they were only short-term in nature.
“Textbook shortages may have been the situation before I came here,” Willhelm concluded, “but I feel the records have been corrected.”
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The price is right
OPEC oil ministers agree to lower cost
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations agreed today to cut their $34 base price by an unspecified amount, but will use “all their weight” to avert an all-out price war, Saudi Oil Minister Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani said.
Mana Saeed Oteiba, oil minister of the United Arab Emirates, said talks will begin soon with Mexico and North Sea producers “to coordinate stands between OPEC and these countries on the market.”
He said there were “encouraging indications favoring the creation of some kind of definitive coordination between producers within and outside OPEC.”
Oteiba, in remarks distributed in Abu Dhabi by the official United Arab Emirates news agency, said an OPEC ministerial conference will be held in Geneva or Vienna next week, but he warned that unless a reduced price level is agreed upon “the five gulf Arab states will slash their prices to a greater extent that they would have accepted within OPEC.”
Yamani, who said Tuesday that the five gulf Arab states were "the principal power within OPEC,” told the Kuwaiti News Agency today that the gulf group would “interfere with all their weight” to avert a bottomless price war on the international oil market.
“It is in the interest of Nigeria, and all oil-producing countries, not to start such a price war,” Yamani said.
The Kuwait News Agency said the Arab gulf members of OPEC — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq — and African producers were still adamant on their conflicting viewpoints about price differentials, which are the key to market sharing.
Yamani told reporters in Riyadh that Indonesian Oil Minister Subroto assured him in a telephone call that Indonesia was “in complete agreement” with the viewpoint of the five gulf members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
The oil ministers met in emergency session in
See OPEC, Page SA
Fingers pointed for bonds' defeat
Supt. O.E. Hendricks
Trustee Gene Scott
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Voters may have turned down the $9.3 million New Braunfels Independent School District bond package Feb. 12 because they didn’t know enough about it.
Lack of publicity and not enough time to inform the public were common reasons given by many of the 50 citizens, parents, NBISD teachers and administrators in attendance at a hearing held Tuesday night to discuss the bond issue’s recent failure.
“It failed because there was not enough information given to the public," said one teacher. “Nobody’s going to vote- for something that they’re not sure of. We need to get the information out to the voters to get it passed.”
Among those critical of the distr ct for not publicizing or giving the public enough time to stud) the bond package was former NBISD Supt. Curt Schmidt.
Schmidt, who was superintendent before Supt. O.E. Hendricks took over in 1966, broke a 17-year silence concerning speaking out on school affairs upon hearing that Hendricks planned to retire at the end of this school year.
“When Pete resigned I released myself from the promise I made myself (not to interfere in school policy or issues) and now I want to be one of you again," said Schmidt, referring to the school administrators and board members.
“Nine million is not just a little bitty bond issue...it’s not something that you just throw (out) without lots of coven age)," said Schmidt.
"People want to hear about it,” he added, referring to service, religious and social organizations.
Katie Gordon, who served on the district’s long-range planning committee, also criticized the board for not actively campaigning for the bond issue.
"This is not just Pete Hendricks’ bond issue," she said. “I didn’t see the rest of you out there...you
should have been there (campaigning). It’s an issue you recommended to the voters of the school district and I’m disappointed you weren't out there "
Calling for another bond issue right away would not be the proper thing to do, Schnndt said. “No new bond issue proposal should go to the people right now. I also say that we're not in such a hurry that a few months won’t matter.”
Several school board members disagreed with Schmidt’s idea about postponing another bond election.
“At some point in time we have to move ahead with a building program,” said Trustee Rudy Reimer. “We're going to need the space... bef ore we can complete our plans now."
Trustee Gene Scot?, chairman of the district s long-range planning committee that made the recommendations included in the bond package, strongly disputed Schmidt’s statements “What he said was very much out-of-date,” said Scott. "How can he know the needs of the sci ->•>. district at this time...this * the bond package is something that we need desperately * There’s not a thing on the bond issue that's not needed desperately. I think we need to keep goir,.; with it and go ahead and try to run it through right nigh like it was proposed in the beginning,” Scott added.
Ar. informal study done among NBISD teacher -revealed that they all felt everything on the bond issue was needed, said Marilyn Kolacek, a teacher at New Braunfels Middle School and president of th* New Braunfels Educators Association - one of the groups that campaigned for the bond package \ passage.
She was highly critical of those voters who voted against the bond issue without ever visiting any * the district’s schools.
“I would venture to say that nine out of ten of them iwho voted against it) have never set foot in the
See BONDS. Page HA
Planners wade into subdivision rulesInside
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
It will take at least one more workshop meeting before the updated subdivision ordinance is ready for City Council review.
The Planning and Zoning Commission met with local surveyors and developers Tuesday night to discuss the current 106-page draft of the ordinance. In three hours, they got as far as page 40.
Commission chairman David Hartmann called for a five-minute break at IO p.m. Surveyor Craig Hollmig had a better idea.
“Wouldn’t it be a good time to quit?” he said. And everybody went home.
The next workshop has been tentatively set for March 15. The professional consulting firm has already made all the workshops its original contract called for, but Planning Director Debra Goodwin said some extra funds had been set aside in case the ordinance took more work than was predicted.
“I think in areas where you have citizen input, you can’t really program how long ifs going to take,” said Mel Iacquement of Freese & Nichols. Planners and zoners started work on the ordinance in August, and Iacquement figures it will probably go before the City Council in April or May.
His firm is also working with the City of San Marcos, which has spent more than a year on its subdivision ordinance, he said.
“I’ve attended two workshops here, and (citizens) have been pretty vocal both times,” Lacquement added.
Commissioners made a special point of inviting surveyors and developers to Tuesday’s meeting. About a dozen showed up, and they had a lot to say.
The most-discussed sections of the proposed ordinance were, in many cases, the same ones that had bothered city planners at past meetings.
Section 20-6, which states that no building permits will be issued for a piece of property for which no plat has been filed, is one such section.
lacquement’s feeling is that ifs rn the city’s best interest to have a plat for every piece of property. It would protect the government, and future property owners, against problems which might arise later. But planners and zoners expressed some misgivings at a workshop last fall.
"Your grandmother dies and leaves you five acres of prime land in New Braunfels, and you want to build a house on it. All of a sudden you’ve got to spend several hundred dollars having it platted before you get a building permit,” said one commission member at the time.
Goodwin, commissioners and assorted developers agreed Tuesday that there would probably be an unwieldy number of “one-lot subdivisions” — individual units of property that were sold by meets and bounds and never platted. They’re still wondering if it would be worth the paperwork.
But Goodwin said that wasn’t the main point of discussion Tuesday. “The problem that came up last night was where we cut off the grandfather clause,” she said.
Section 20-6 requires not only that a plat must be filed before a building permit can be issued. It also requires that everything already done to the land must be in compliance with city codes. If the property in question wasn’t in the city when existing improvements were made, said surveyor William Kolodzie, that just isn’t fair.
“This bothered me a little bit, too,” said developer Ken Karger. “It seems like you could go way back in the past and open some cans of worms with this.”
“You can only go back to 1967,” said Goodwin. “It says so in here.” That was the year New Braunfels’
See PLANNERS, Page SAToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for sunny today, and fair and cool tonight. It will be foggy Thursday morning, becoming partly cloudy by the afternoon. Winds will be light and variable. Sunset will be at 6:26 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:02 a.m.Walker signs
In what coach Vince Dooley described as a black day for Georgia football, Heisman trophy winning running back Herschel Walker found himself forced to sign a contract with the new United States Football league after learning he would be ineligible to play for the Bulldogs next year Sports, Page 6A.Daley loses?
It’s hard to believe, but Richard Daley, son of the former Chicago mayor, came in third in a three-way race for his father’s old job. Instead, a black man, former congressman Harold Washington, won the job. Page 3A
New laws may affect Appraisal District
House Bill 646 would push up the budget process, and HB 647 would absolutely require the Chief Appraiser to come up w ith a tax roll by July 25.
At least one Texas legislator wants to give central appraisal districts the power to buy property. Another wants to turn the whole function of central appraisal and collection over to county tax offices, on a local-option basis. Still another has proposed to abolish property taxes and count on sales tax to finance the services that revenue used to pay for
The Comal County Appraisal District is going on with business as usual, even though its directors aren’t sure what “usual” will mean at this time next year.
Chief Appraiser Glenn Brocks gave them a brief summary of some 30 tax bills under consideration in Austin. Some would affect the district only slightly, if at all. Others would call for major changes: in the most extreme cases, Brucks wouldn’t really have an office any more.
HB 813 would allow the voters of a given area to decide whether to have a central appraisal district, or whether to let the county take over. To call such an election, IO percent of the registered voters in a district would have to petition for one.
If the vote was in favor of a county takeover, the county tax assessor would be in charge of appraisal and collection for all school boards, cities
and other taxing entities within the district The Commissioners Court would appoint an Appraisal Review Board (commissioners themselves w ould not be allowed to sit as a Board of Equalization, as in the past * and the tax offices for individual entities could be abolished.
This incorporates some of the philosophy behind the so-called Beveto Bill, which set up the central appraisal districts in the first place. Comal County Tax Assessor Gloria Clennan thinks it s a good idea
"It sure would save the money," she said. She figures she’d have to increase her budget by $1-200,000 to handle the extra work. ‘ But not $485,000,” she said, referring to the appraisal district’s 1983 budget
The appraisal district sets property values and keeps track of exemptions, but does not collect. So at this point, all local governments are still maintaining their own tax assessors and offices. Their share of Clennan’s budget, if this bill should be passed and go into effect in Comal County, should be at least partly offset by the savings of not having to have a tax office any more.
“Our office has to be there anyway,” Clennan pointed out. Understate law, county tax offices are responsible for voter and vehicle registration, no matter what happens to property taxes.
See TAX LAWS, Page 8A