New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday, February 23,1993
Serving Comal County/ Home of Marlann Porter
CISD principal, assistant on the way out
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
The Comal Independent School Dis-trict board of trustees accepted the resignation of Canyon High School Assistant Principal Tom Cannon Monday night and voted not to extend the contract of Canyon Middle School Principal Robert Brockman.
The board did extend contracts for Canyon High School principal Will Klieg, Mountain Valley Elementary principal Leigh Ann Dees and Canyon Middle School assistant principal Bob Rambo.
The board took no action on Superintendent Joe Rogers’ contract considera-
Trustees take no action on Rogers, extend three contracts
tion, waiting until a later date at Rogers’ request, according to board president Bill Hays.
The CISD board concluded the consideration of racial discrimination charges brought by some parents in the district following a five-hour executive session.
During the audience participation portion of the meeting, Olga Lara presented the board members with data from the Texas Education Agency 1991-92 Academic Excellence Indicator System report
for CISD and asked them to reconsider the statistics during their deliberations on the personnel issues.
Rosa Rosales, Texas state director of LULAC, urged the board to keep in mind the investigative report and the steps they had already taken.
’The wheel of justice is in your hands,” she said. “You can ignore it, because you’ve come under pressure ... or you can be ... heroes and not tolerate, no matter what color a child is, those kinds of actions that have been brought to your
A parent, Steve Rich, cautioned the board to avoid taking action based on an investigation, whose validity he questioned, and urged them not to reveal the contents of the investigation’s report, which he said was based on hearsay.
Charles E. Soechting, the attorney representing Tom Cannon, said, “Mr. Cannon reached a very satisfactory resolution to this matter, and he’s happy and we’re going on about our business.” Soechting notified CISD of Cannon’s
intent to pursue a claim against the law firm of Walsh, Judge, Anderson, Underwood and Schulze and specifically against attorney Chris Elizalde, for “tortuous interference with Mr. Cannon’s contractual rights ”
The law firm and Elizalde represent CISD.
After the board meeting, Soechting confirmed Cannon's intention to pursue the claim.
In other business, action on the employment of a personnel director was tabbed as was consideration of a demographer’s report concerning establishment of single-member districts.
Members of the Noon Lions Club, the Lionesses and the Leos Clubs of New Braunfels scrubbed stones on the Seguin St. underpass during “Oper-ation Fireball" Sunday afternoon. More than 200 volunteers were on hand to participate in the clubs' annual environmental project. The project was designed to clean up the city in preparation for sesquicentennial celebrations in 1995. The detergent used to clean the stones was approved by the Texas Water Commission. The cleaner was prevented from running into the Guadalupe or Comal Rivers, city officials said. Photos by David Sultans and Karla Wenzel.
City facing doctor shor tage
By GARY P. CARROLL Herski-Zeltung
New Braunfels does not have enough doctors to meet the needs of the expanding community, Tim Brierty, assistant administrator for McKenna Memorial Hospital said Monday.
The city currently hosts 17 primary care physicians, including internists, family practitioners and pediatricians, to serve the 23,000 New Braunfels residents and residents of some outlying communities, according to Brierty.
“The people who live in the community, who maybe have not had a physician, or they’ve just moved here, and they need to get in to see a primary care physician, call the offices and find that the doctors are no longer taking patients,” Brierty said. The people are frustrated with that"
Brierty said local physicians are unable to take new patients because the general population is growing at a faster rate than the physician population, and because the doctors do not have the time to see more patients.
Currently, no general practitioners in New Braunfels taking new patients.
There are only so many hours in the day and the physicians can only see so many patients in one day,” Brierty said.
Because the physicians cannot accept additional patients, Brier
ty said some people are forced to use the McKenna emergency room as their primaiy source of medical care, which is not the ideal situation for the hospital or the patient.
Although a patient seeking treatment in the emergency room will receive quality treatment, he said continuous care is hindered by a lack of necessary follow-up examinations that would have been routine with a general practitioner.
Also, the hospital takes on the financial burden of people without primary care physicians or health insurance who use the emergency room. Often, people wait too long for treatment which requires much more extensive and expensive procedures than would have normally been required from a preventative health care plan, and the hospital pays the bill.
Medicaid reimburses the hospital for about 50 percent of the actual expenses incurred during a patient’s treatment “We are here to serve the community so that is not a complaint,” Brierty said. “It’s just not the ideal situation.”
Brierty said the problem of uninsured people using emergency rooms for primary care is not just a problem in Texas, but is prevalent throughout the country.
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Council opts to table move of public comment
By GARY P. CARROLL Hereld-Zettung
The New Braunfels City Council decided Monday to table a proposal moving citizen communications from the beginning of the meeting to the end.
Several citizens, including Linda Zavala, told the council that the best thing for the citizens is to leave the citizen communications segment at the beginning of the meeting.
“I feel that the council is here for the people, for the community, for the citizens, and if the citizens can speak out you
should be able to listen to them,” Zavala said “Kit starts at a real late time in the evening then more people like myself would be unable to come forward and speak.”
Zavala said that several people were in her same situation and had children to attend to that would prevent them from attending and speaking at city council meetings.
Paul Pennington also spoke out in opposition to moving citizen’s communication saying that the rights of the citizens to address the council outweighed the council’s agenda items.
“I personally believe that one of the things we’re here for... the most important reason the city council should be here is to serve at the pleasure and convenience of the people who elected them,” Pennington said.
New Braunfels resident Allan Seel-hammer presented the council with a petition with more than 150 signatures from citizens opposing the proposed agenda item move.
Councilman Bill Arnold suggested moving the meeting time back to 7 p.m. and allowing for citizens communication prior to the start of regular council busi
ness, and proposed reducing the time the citizens have to speak to allow for more citizens to participate. ., Councilman James Goodbread offered a motion to table the agenda item until after the May I election so the new council could address the issue as it sees fit The motion was approved unanimously.
In other business, the council listened to public concern for the annexation of the areas of land occupied by Newk’s Tennis Ranch and T Bar M Tennis Center.
Although no one spoke out in opposition to the annexation, Johnny Oberkampf voiced his concerns about
when city service to the area would begin.
City Manager Hector Tamayo said services would begin immediately, but Oberkampf said that since the annexation of the area where he currently lives ll years ago, he has not seen much involvement fay the city.
Oberkampf said that his area receives minimal police service, the same fire service it received prior to annexation and garbage service only once per week.
“We’ve been in the city eleven and a half years, and I was just wondering why
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Maripnn Porter, H. Javier Vela, Pinkey Landin, Matias “Matt" Moncebellez, Paula Rose Feltner, Rita Vesa, Melvin Riedel, Roger Garcia and John Brotze. Anniversary wishes to Leroy and Han-nelore Brotze.
BeUted birthday wishes to Brandon Voss and Kirk Smith. Belated anniversary wishes to Melvin and Cora Tausch, and Larry and Shirlyn Tausch.
There will be a special meeting of the New Braunfels Community chorale on Fob 23 at 7 p.m. at the Eden Home Friendship Room.
We will Im discussing future plans for Chorale. All members are asked to be present. Please bring with you all music that belongs to the Chorale.
Young Woman of tho Yoar
The 1993 New Braunfels Young Woman'of the Year scholarship program gate underway this week at the Civic Center. Preliminary judging for the annual event honoring high school juniors in the New Braunfels area will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Final judging and winners will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27. Tickets will be sold at the door both nights for $5.
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Tho Now Braunfols Unicorns take on tho District 27-4A champion Westlake Chaparrals tonight in Bi-Distrlct'playoff action at Strahan Coliseum at SWTSU at 8 p.m.
For a preview of tonight's basketball action,
•porta, page 7.
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