New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 45 12 pages, 2 sections
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Lack of class space sets school plans back
By Dylan Jimenez
Plans for a new Canyon Lake high school were pushed back to the stage they were almost a year ago.
Comal Independent School District’s new superintendent, Nancy Fuller, stopped the
process, saying the current designs trustees OK’d in August didn t include enough classroom space.
“We build a school for one reason and that is to house students and have instruction,” I tiller told several administrators, trustees and architects Monday at a meeting of the
school’s design committee.
The plans, which were 60 percent complete, did not include enough classrooms for several subjects, including special education, foreign language and computers, Fuller and other officials said.
Officials and architects said the classrooms were inadequate
because some administrators chose not to attend planning meetings in early 2003. Others said they were not invited. But the group generally agreed the first set of planning meetings were not very productive.
In April 2003, administrators told PBK Architects of San Antonio how many classrooms were
needed. Trustees approved the preliminary plans in April and August of 2003.
Administrators, trustees and architects will have another series of developmental meetings this and next week to determine how to fix the problem this
See SCHOOL, Page 3A
3 county races go unopposed in primary
By Ron Maloney
Three Comal County incumbents emerged from the filing period unopposed in bids to keep their jobs.
Sheriff Bob I lolder, Tax Asses-s n r / C o 11 e c t o r Sherman Krause and Precinct I Constable Ben Scroggin will be unopposed in the March 9 primary election.
"It’s a really big honor," Holder said Monday. "The message, I believe, is those who might entertain the thought of running for sheriff feel like the agency’s probably doing such a good job that theres no point in throwing your name in the hat.”
I lolder considered what he might change in his office and how he might meet a challenge if one were offered.
“What would I change? I don’t know what I would,” Holder said. “I’m very fortunate to have a great group of employees. I think we make a great team."
Like I Lolder, Krause credited his stall and employees.
See ELECTION. Page 3A
■ Sheriff; Bob Holder
^ County Court-at-Law 2: Charles Stephens; Randy Gray, Joe Soane
Tax Assessor/ Collector: Sherman Krause
*?• Precinct 1 Commissioner. Jack Dawson; Bob Wickman; Diane Dasher
Precinct 3 Commissioner; Cristina Zamora, Ramon Chapa Jr (Democrats), Greg Parker (Republican)
Precinct 1 Constable Ben Scroggin
Precinct 2 Constable Ken Smith
’ Precinct 3 Constable Randy Galindo Sandy Morales, Joe Gomez (all Democrats)
Precinct 4 Constable Al Marin; Alan Svoboda, Doug Dunlap; Shane RappArt project
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Garden Ridge police officer Tracy Acevedo shows off one of four of the new cars in the department s fleet. (Above) The vehicles leased from Ford sport a black and red paint scheme designed to stand out from other police cars. (Below) State-of-the-art radar equipment also is leased
New police fleet designed to send strong message
By Ron Maloney
HAWI)FN WIIK.I - What’s black and red, plenty mean-looking and laster than almost anything that moves on Farm-to-Market Woad 3009?
It s a brand-new (.alden Widge police car, and the c ity has four of them, even though it only uses three on patrol at any given time.
An extravagance in this era of ever-tightening public funding?
Not at all, city officials say.
Ibis southern Comal County city recently got four new Ford (Town Vic
toria police cruisers — for little more than the price of one.
No, they didn’t steal the cars, although Chief of Police Walt Myers feels like he did
"T he whole idea is to try to save taxpayers money," Myers said.
The cars were leased from Ford Motor (Company on a three-year, $ I buyout deal for $28,000 a year — just $3,000 more than the GRPD pays for one cruiser.
Myers said Ford has always offered a municipal lease arrangement, but it
See POLICE. Page 3A
Hospital seeks local permission to test blood substitute
By Dylan Jimdnez
University I lospital in San Antonio wants to experiment on some Comal County trauma victims.
Poly!ieme is an investigative blood substitute the hospital is studying for effectiveness in helping critically injured patients survive.
I'olyl Ieme has been tested in about 300 patients in hospitals across the country.
Before I Jniversity I lospital can use the treatment in
Comal County, (lie hospital must have community consent. Community consent means the hospital will be allowed to give trauma patients Polyheme without individual consent.
University Hospital surgeons will present a ques-tion-and-answer session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the New Braunfels Public Library to explain the treatment.
University Hospital has scheduled several meetings in the San Antonio area.
T he hospital chose to pres
ent one ol the meetings here because of the high number of Comal County trauma patients served there.
Although University I lospital serves 22 counties in tile South Texas region, IO percent of the hospital s trauma victims come from Comal County, said Sharon Smith, project coordinator for the Polylleme study. More than 60 were treated there in 2002.
“The purpose of doing this is to get the community’s opinion,” Smith said.
During the study, University Hospital will treat pen pie who are experiencing significant blood loss, are over age of 18 and are not preg naut. Only trauma victims airlifted to the hospital will be eligible.
T he Polyheme treatment will not cost victims any money.
Only 40 people will take part in the two year study, once approved.
“We certainly want anyone who has any interest to come hear about it,” Smith said.
What Community Meeting on new trauma treatment
When 6 30 p rn Wednesday
Where New Braunfels Public Library. 700 E Common St