New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
CISD to hold workshop meeting every month
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The Comal Independent School District board met in a special workshop session Saturday morning and decided to double the number of regularly scheduled meetings.
“The board needs to meet more often." said Tom Potter, board member. “I think we should consider doing as the NBISD does — having one working session and one regular board meeting."
The board was encouraged by the CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers to meet more frequently in workshop sessions to allow more discussion among the board, administration and the public. The board agreed to meet in workshop sessions the second Monday evening of each month and on the last Monday evening of each month for regular sessions. They did not exclude action from being taken at die workshop sessions and may use that time to approve
contracts, etc., when necessary.
The workshop on Saturday dealt primarily with planning for growth, contingency planning should Federal Judge McCowen close down the schools in June, and other budgeting issues such as transportation requirements, drug testing for employees, automating point of sale registers in school cafeterias, computer needs, and special education needs.
Regarding the possibility of the schools being closed as of June I, Abel Campos. Finance Director, said the school budget would allow teachers to be paid May 31 for the summer months in order to fulfill their contracts.
“The funds that I will not receive over the summer will be approximately $1.2 million (from the state and the County Education District).,” said Campos. “Come September, it's a different story. I won’t have any funds to open schools if funds continue to be frown.”
Veterans monument dedicated in Prince Solms
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Writer
• A monument dedicated to the men and women of Comal County who served their country during wartime was dedicated Saturday morning in Prince Solms Park.
New Braunfels Mayor Clinton Brandt, State Representative Edmund Kuempel, and County Judge Carter Casteel were on hand, along with color guards representing the Veterans of Foreign War, Sons of the American Revolution, and the United States Marines, to pay tribute to those who served their country so bravely.
“So many people have given so much for America and the state of Texas," Kuempel said. “I take my hat off and salute you for what you’ve done for mc and for the United States."
Kuemple then presented Veteran’s War Memorial Chairman, and monument designer, Fred Lingner with a personal donation.
Retired Maj. Jack Oilfrey, U.S.A.F. WWD fighter pilot, thanked the crowd of about IOO veterans and their families for their support, and also thanked the soldiers who paid the ultimate price during wartime.
“We are observing those who poured out their life blood for us and the United States," Gilfrey said. “God bless all of you and those who are memorialized."
Lingner then thanked everyone
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Texas Legislative Budget Office looks at reducing TDHS budget
This is the last of a two-part series.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The Texas Legislative Budget Office released their proposed budget for the Department of Human Services Wednesday with substantial reductions in many services.
“They usually put out a scary budget,” said Senator Jeff Wentworth. “It’s meant to sober Texans and members of the legislature."
The part of the Texas Department of
Human Services (TDHS) budget that usually gets the most attention from the public is the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), but according to the Texas Research League we may be looking in the wrong place to save money.
The AFDC portion of the TDHS budget is only eight percent according to them. The state says it has done a good job of keeping administrative costs for the program low. In the last ten years the administrative costs
have actually declined to $20 per recipient while the national average has grown to about $48 per recipient. During that time, however, case loads have increased by 140 percent. The Texas Research League says AFDC had one of the smallest budget increases with only a 23 percent change.
Overall the proposed TDHS budget is an increase in health and human services funding, but it cuts many services, reduces eligibility for many and results in huge losses
of federal matching funds according.to the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
The new budget proposed by the LBO would reduce coverage under AFDC at a loss of $200 million in federal matching funds and shift IOO percent of those costs to local tax payers according to the center.
They said the proposed budget will reduce the average monthly payment to AFDC recipients to $45 per month.
According to the Texas Research League,
Texas is the only state which has adopted a constitutional limit (I percent of total state expenditures) on AFDC cash assistance. Only Alabama and Mississippi have more restrictive eligibility and/or benefit standards. Currently, an AFDC recipient with a family of three and no income in Texas receives a maximum of $184 per month compared to the national average of $395 per month. The
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Toothpaste purchase can help pay medical costs for the young
By DAVID SULLENS Editor and PuMishar
You have to buy toothpaste anyway and under a program just initiated by Crest, when you do that you can help pay for medical care for young people whose families cannot afford it.
Under the program, for every specially marked box of Crest turned in at collection points to be established locally, 50 cents will be contributed to the Comal County Caring for Children program.
Caring for Children is based on the premise that many families who cannot afford private health care insurance but whose income is too high to qualify them for Medicaid are forced to choose between buying groceries or taking a sick child to the doctor. Caring for Children attempts to bridge that gap.
Established in Comal County late in 1991 and effective the first day of 1992, the Caring for Children program in its first year enrolled 62 youngsters in Comal County, a spokesman said late last week.
Jack Borchers, who heads the Caring for Children program here, said Friday that some $32,000 was contributed to the program in 1992 in Comal County, and that it takes $312 to provide medical insurance coverage for one child for one year.
The Comal County program was one of three pilot programs in the state. Others were in Hayes County and Collin County. *
All administrative costs of the program are paid by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Borchers said, so all money contributed by groups and organizations actually is used to benefit children. And the money donated in Comal County benefits Comal County youngsters.
Borchers said he expects the number of children served in Comal County to grow steadily.
Applications for participation, he said, can be made through any of the county's school nurses or through McKenna Hospital.
Participation is confidential. Borchers said, and applications are available in both English and Spanish.
To be eligible for participation, Youngsters must be “school age," according to Borchers, meaning between the ages of six and 18.
The Comal County program is administered by a steering committee that includes, in addition to Borchers himself, Don Maxwell. Kathy McCloud, Johnny Johnson. Joan Jamela. Abel Campos, Laverne Cutback, Herb Schneider Jr., Doug Miller, Jack Krueger, Diana Guerrero, Denise Beard, Karen Preiss and Shel McWilliams.
Contributions to the Caring for Children program, according to Borchers, can be in any amount.
For more information on the program, contact Borchers at 625-7711, or any member of the steering committee.
for their support and gave his special thanks to those who helped erect the monument, including the New Braunfels City Manger William Dobrowolski, Bobby McNeil, and Lafarge Corp.
The monument is made of blue granite, weighs 24,(KH) pounds and stands 21 feet high.
The next phase of the monument involves paving the area surrounding the monument with 3,(XX) bricks. Lingner said he hopes to have the bricks laid in time to dedicate this final phase by Memorial Day.
The bricks will be reserved for personalized memorials, and the
Veterans War Memorial Committee will take donations for those interested in memorializing someone at the monument.
For more information on how to make a donation to the Memorial Committee, call Fred Lingner at 629-2140.
Fire damages vacant building
Members of the color guard and of the Sons of the American Revolution bow their heads during the dedication of the veterans monument in Prince Solms Parti on Saturday. (Photo by John Huseth)
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Writer
The Lake Dunlap Fire Department, assisted by the New Braunfels fire department, responded Friday evening to a blaze in a vacant building on Highway 725.
Lake Dunlap units were the First on the scene and made first entry into the building before calling for backup.
Lake Dunlap Fire Chief Charlie Mills said his department received the call at approximately 6:40 pm.
According to Mills, the Fire was contained to one end of the building but the remainder of the building received heavy smoke damage.
“We contained the Fire in an arca of the building that used to be the ofFice and bathrooms," Mills said. “The rest of the building was wide open and was damaged by the smoke.”
Mills said at the time of the Fire no cause could be determined, but investigators would look into possible causes.
The building was vacant and there were no injuries reported.
New Braunfels and4.ake Dunlap firefighters douse a fire through the window of a vacant building at Highway 725 at Klein Road Friday night. (Photo by John Huseth)
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Werner Rowald, Scan Wamiund, Randy Davis, Lacinda Means, Roger Hoffmann. Robbie Rodriguez, Dianna Bridges, Ernst Rahe, Amelia Ortiz and Ryan Keith Gonzales. Monday birthday wishes go to Ashley Bird and Nell (iidos. Belated birthday wishes go to Juan I .ope/. William Robert Feltner and Louie Perez aiul Brett Smith.
Anniversary wishes go to Paul and Ellen Bar sch.
New Braunfels High School Band Booster will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Band Hall. Parents and supporters of the Mighty Unicom Band are invited to attend. Call 629-0262
Defensive driving class
The New Braunfels Independent School District.will have a Defensive Driving Class at the NBISD Community Education Center, 430 W.Mill, Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 19 - 21, from 6 - IO p.m. There will also be a class Saturday, Jan. 23, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Red Cross orientation
American Red Cross Volunteer Orientation will be held at McKenna Memorial Hospital's second floor conference room on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 9 a m. Anyone interested iii becoming a volunteer at the hospital, sursing homes or Red Cross office is asked to*call Lola Behrens at 625-9764
Carl Schurz Parent Support Group
The Carl Schurz Parent Support Group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Carl Schurz Elementary School Library. It will focus on the topic, Put Yourself “In the Way."
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