New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 55 14 pages, 2 sections
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
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CISDCourse links city, profit hiring
Golf-pro and course manager Dario Sassenhagen says many avid golfers are driving up from San Antonio to enjoy the Landa Park Course.
Thanks to improvements, municipal golf course’s revenues finally exceed expenses
Chris Kopp enjoys a game of golf at the Landa Park Course.
By Scott Mahon
While the decline of recreational golf has taken its toll on municipal golf courses, including San Antonio’s seven city-owned courses, Landa Park Golf Course is showing a profit for the first time in years.
City officials say a change in management, a more service-oriented staff, new golf carts and better maintenance have all helped pull the course out of a slump.
“The golfing industry has been in a slump, but Landa Park golf course is turning around,’’ said Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson. “A year ago, it was significantly in the red, but now we have a management and staff team that have a positive attitude and are more people-oriented. Plus, the course has never been in better shape.’’
According to Jeff I Huson, the city’s chief financial officer, revenues were $91,000 more than expenses last year.
For fiscal year ending lune 30, 2003, revenues were $706,179, and expenses were $615,005. For fiscal year 2002, the course lost almost $50,000, and in 2001, it had a $75,000 loss.
According to published reports, San Antonio’s municipal courses were projected to lose about $250,000 in fiscal 2003, and the number of rounds played nationwide dropped 3 percent from 2001 to 2002.
However, approximately 39,000 rounds were played at lamia Park in 2003, and golf-pro Dario Sassenhagen said he expects that number to be about the same for 2004.
"Starke Park in Seguin had about 35,000 rounds played
last year,’’ Sassenhagen said.
Don Talley, who serves on the landa Park Golf advisory hoard, said some of his golfing friends are from San Antonio.
“They quit playing in San Antonio because of the poor condition of the courses and the high fees,” I alley said. "And I think the municipal courses in San Antonio aren’t very userfriendly. San Antonio is chasing fewer golfers with higher rates, neglected maintenance and personnel layoffs. Most local golfers are looking for availability and service. T hey don’t want the greens and fairways to be in such poor shape that the challenge is immaterial to the final score.”
Talley said service to golfers has been one of the hoard’s main priorities.
"Service is being addressed by the staff," he said. “Also,
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Consultant to examine whether district has too many employees
By Dylan Jimdnez
Comal Independent School District might have hired too many people over the past few years.
Superintendent Nancy Puller is in the process of securing a consulting to determine whether the district will have to rectify the situation.
The consultant would gather staffing information the last week of January and report recommendations in February.
“Hopefully, it will show our strengths and weaknesses in staffing," Fuller said.
The consultants will determine whether CISD is hiring too few or too many people for instructional or support services. Fuller will take suggestions to the board of trustees.
"I’m not saying there’s a problem,” Fuller said. “I’m just saying I want to start the next budget with good information."
At Fuller’s request, Texas Education Agency studied the district’s staff patterns.
CISD is the county’s largest employer.
From 1998 to 2003, the district grew from 1,344 to 1,673 employees. During that time, the number of students in the district grew from 9,753 to 11,297.
One new person was hired for every 4.69 students.
TEA recommends between six and seven new students for each new hire.
The 4.69 ratio was “kind of a red flag," Fuller said.
Although district staff already has begun to meet concerning the budget, the official budget calendar will probably be set in February.
Personnel is always a big part ol the budget, said Kari Hutchison, (MSD spokeswoman, and is usually the first place to find savings if their are any inefficiencies.
CISD also will look at the way the district calculates the amount of teachers budgeted.
Fuller said the district will have to balance fast growth with low government funding.
"Our district is in a very fragile position,” she said.
PETA crosses road to protest eatery’s treatment of chickens
By Bon Maloney
Call it the “Finger-licking had" tour.
Christopher Greenslate and four of his friends are on a trip across the southern United States that brought them to New Braunfels for about an hour Thursday.
It wasn’t a rock tour, wrestling throw-down or entertainment shindig—it was a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tour to protest IGC and the way it raises the billions of chickens that find their way into red-and-white boxes or
buckets each year.
PETA is working to change people’s attitudes toward animals, use of meat products and abuses of pets, livestock, laboratory and wild animals.
Greenslate, who recently earned a degree in English literature and is headed off to a master's degree program in San I )iego, started iii Florida, and is on iiis way to (California. Today, he and liis crew will protest at a KEG outlet in El Paso, lie’s been protesting the way KFC's
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protests KFC's treatment of chickens
Thursday at the restaurant off Walnut Avenue near
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Main Street director talks about how New Braunfels* downtown revitalization efforts are going.