New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
Danielle Dias gets help from her mother. Janis. filling out the necessary forms for her FAFSA application. The application process can be tedious, with some forms consisting of 25 pages or more, and for many colleges the deadline for financial aid is fast approaching.
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‘Should city be in convention business?’
Pinto: Maybe private sector should do it
By Scott Mahon
Even if New Braunfels opts to build a “scaled-down" addition to the existing civic center rather than a new facility, some say the idea should be left to private investors who can afford the risk.
“I like to call it inverse privatization," said City Manager Chuck Pinto, “lf government doesn’t have to do it and if the private sector can, then government shouldn’t do it.”
Pinto said he would guide city council in whatever direction the members choose.
“I do think a convention center will work, but maybe the private sector should do it," he said. “Besides, I think we need to stick to the basics, like fire protection and maintaining the city’s infrastructure. And if the convention center business is such a good idea, someone in the private sector may do it.”
The initial concept for a new convention center was to help get more year-round convention business to New Braunfels.
Now, some officials say expanding the existing civic center “on a smaller scale" rather building a new facility might he the city’s best option.
“The 1999 study proposed a 50,000-square-foot facility in Gruene, hut the city has since opted to keep the civic center downtown," Pinto said.
Michael Meek, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president, said although the chamber funded the 1999 study, it also favors expanding the existing civic center on a smaller scale.
See CIVIC CENTER. Page 5A
• A 1999 study proposed a new civic center on Gruene Road.
■ Officials say that study is outdated
■ The city has held two elections regarding expanding or building a new civic center
• City council has discussed expanding the existing center, converting the old H-E-B building, constructing a new facility on the Comal River and building a new municipal complex on South Casted Avenue.
For students, mounds of paperwork can be daunting as deadlines loom
By Dylan Jim6nez
Paul and janis Dias have been thinking about college tuition for their daughter, Danielle.
“We’re wondering where it’s going to come from,” Janis said laughing.
Danielle is a New Braunfels I Ugli School senior with a great academic record.
But if she is eligible for any assistance, experts say financial aid applications need to be turned in to schools and the government immediately.
The Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) form, Ute general application for government aid, is considered the first and most important step to any tuition assistance.
Hie government began accepting FAFSA applications Jan. I.
“They can submit them for quite a long time,” said Kristin Crouse,
spokesperson for ACT, creators of tile ACT assessment exam. “But it s important for families to get the FAFSA in as soon as they can."
Scholarship agencies and states use the FAFSA as a guideline for giving tuition assistance.
The Dias family plans to jump on the financial aid question as soon as possible. They also have applied for scholarships based on Danielle’s academic record. Many scholarship applications were due Jan. 15, Janis said.
Parents and students should be aware of all deadlines, Crouse said.
Some colleges require forms other than the FAFSA and might have different deadlines.
Danielle lias applied to the University of Texas, Cal State-1A and San Diego State University.
See FINANCIAL AID. Page 5A
The application deadline for the fall semester at the University of Texas-Austin and Texas A&M University-College Station is Feb. 1. Kelly Tanabe, coauthor of ‘Get Into College’ offers the following tips during college application crunch time:
■ Form an application assembly line Group pages of applications that ask for the same information and fill them out together. This cuts out the need to repeatedly look for the same information
■ Don t skip proof-reading Careless mistakes can detract from an otherwise strong application
■ Recycle essays. Many college and scholarship applications require one or more essays. Students can save time by rewriting the introduction and conclusion.
■ Put mom and dad to work Parents usually have better organizational skills than teens. They can help make sure students don t miss any deadlines and that all forms are filled out completely
Bt Don t panic and pay for overnight delivery. Some universities accept applications postmarked by the deadline. Others expect all materials to be received at the admissions office by the deadline
Financial aid information available online
— financial aid need estimator and information
■ collegenet com — free college scholarship search
■ www fmaid org — financial aid information page
www ed gcv/fnatd
— federal government financial aid page
www fafsa ed gov
— free application for federal student aid
ti www.fto.gov/bcp/ conlme/edcams/s chotarship — scams
Commission looks at 2004 annexation areas
From Staff Reports
The New Braunfels Planning Commission Tuesday will begin reviewing its annual list of areas for possible annexation, including two areas adjacent to the airport.
Frank Robbins, director of planning and community development, said the two areas adjacent to tile airport are under con-sideration for annexation because “they are the end of airport runways."
“Almost every time we get into
annexation, it s potentially controversial,’’ Robbins said. “The two areas adjacent to the airport are farming areas, so I suspect well have some people show up Tuesday night at our meeting."
Robbins said the commission will also consider annexing an area up 1-35, north of the existing city limit.
"We’re reaching out as far as we can up 1-35 to the Ski Ranch," he said. “That’s almost to the point of the city’s inter
local agreement with the city of San Marcos, near Watson lime."
Robbins said the commission’s list of potential areas for annexation include an area north on Texas 46.
“We will keep annexing where growth occurs," he said. “And one area on our list is a subdivision past Waco Spring Road out north on Texas 46. It includes County judge Danny Scheel’s property, which wasn’t on our list last year.”
NB Planning Commission
6 30 p m. Tuesday
Municipal Building. 424 S Caste!! Ave
COMINGWEDNESDAYA taxing dilemma
In September, voters passed a constitutional amendment allowing cities to freeze property taxes for seniors. Wayne Rudolph wants to New Braun-lels to do just that.