New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
2A NeJw Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Wednesday, January 18,1984 .Cl SD board defeats calendar revision move
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
At least three CISD trustees weren’t too receptive to a proposed change in the 1984-85 school calendar Tuesday night.
Trustee David Way’s motion was to start school on Monday, Aug. 27 instead of Aug. 29, and begin Christmas vacation (rn Wednesday, Dec. 19 instead of Dec. 21.
Jim Rector voted with him, but David Boatner, Karen Rust and Erwin Lehmann didn’t go along. Board chairman Kenneth Wunderlich abstained.
“I’ve talked to teachers from five orCISD roundup
six campuses, and they’ve requested this,” Way said. “I’m just acting as their spokesperson.”
Boatner voted against Way’s motion, because he was concerned teachers might request personal leave on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, to give them two full weeks for spring break.
“Teachers can’t take personal leave close to a holiday,” teacher Kay Walling said from the audience. Supt.
Edgar Willhelm said that stipulation was in the old policy, but not in the current policy book.
Lehmann voted no because the long Christmas break comes just two weeks before mid-term exams. He wasn’t in favor of lengthening it at all.
That was also Rust’s reasoning. “I got a lot of parent input over this after it (the calendar) was approved last month,” she said. “They said the Christmas break was long enough. Some parents are pulling their hair out by then.”
In other schedule-related matters, the board voted in favor of new work hours for staff at the CISD Central Administration and Tax Office,
beginning on Feb. I.
Both offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute lun-chbreak, instead of the current 8 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule with an hour for lunch.
Willhelm said if anyone called ahead, an appointment could still be made after 4:30 p.m. past the Feb. I effective date. The new work hours will run through June I, at which time the system will be reevaluated and either changed or left the same, he added.
The board also discussed the tax office taking more of an active role in the collection of delinquent taxes. The district’s contract for such collection
has expired, and E.W. Neuse, CISD tax assessor-collector, has proposed his office staff handle the initial stages of the collection process before anything is turned over to an attorney.
“The firm we've used since 1977 has sent out one statement and one letter per year, and this was the first year they sent out a follow-up letter,” Neuse said. “I think we can do a more thorough job.
“I have in mind sending out a letter, waiting say, two months to send out another one, and then turn it over to a local attorney,” he added.
Boatner recommended that Neuse
and his staff “be given the opportunity to do the job in-house,” and Way liked the local attorney idea. “They could communicate better with us,” Way said.
If the alternative had not been acceptable to the board, a contract for delinquent tax services would have been drawn up.
Current CISD tax collections for the year to date are $2,208,739.76. The percentage for collections for December 1983 is 21.44 percent, as compared to 12.578 percent for the same month in 1982. The collection percentage for the year to date is 38.709 percent.
Bradberry's contract extended through '87
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
1 New Braunfels ISD trustees unanimously extended Superintendent Charles Bradberry's contract during their board meeting Tuesday.
The extension, with trustee Rudy Reimer making the initial motion and the rest of the board seconding, will be through June 30,1987.
Bradberry’s salary will remain at its current level of $51,875 at least until a later meeting when all district salaries will be discussed.
In other action, trustees approved the district’s audit report by Bob Milam of Findling, Milam and Pyle.
“Our tests have come out very good,” Milam told the board. “We’re V* very pleased with the internal controls (of the business and tax offices)”.
“We had a pretty good audit," said NBISD Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis. “It took a little longer this year.”
Milam said this was due to changes in the presentation of the report. “There was considerably more to it than in past years,” he said.
Immediately following the audit’s approval, trustees voted to employ Findling, Milam and Pyle for the 1983-84 audit. The audit’s cost, according to Curtis, is approximately $15,000.
Trustees also appproved extending the contract with Community Council to use the old high school for a month. The reason for the monthly
renewal, Curtis said, was because of the decision for the long term use of the building.
“If we go on to a yearly agreement with them, we'll be pretty well stuck with it,” Curtis said.
Trustees also approved attorney fee payments of $$22,067 to Marion J. Borchers of Botchers k Taylor. Of that total, the MALDEF case cost $20,066, to bring the total cost of the case to $33,706.
Project ID by the City (found PTA, in which students will be voluntarily fingerprinted, also was approved, as were LVN contracts, the calendar for 1984-85 school year, entering a special education pilot project, and a change in New Braunfels High School band’s plan for a trip.
Trustees also approved an out-of-district transfer, the temporary leave by Usa Schmidt at Seale Elementary, the appointment of Susan Kasper at Seele, and several student trips.
The December, 1983 tax office report showing 96.14 percent collected, was approved as were payments to Geotechnical Consultants and Guarantee Plumbing and Air Conditioning, Inc.
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Texas Ranger Ray Martinez digs in a wooded area in Whispering Hills subdivision as the search continues for more clues into the fate of Pamela Sue Pace. Remains from
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Parallel terraces might improve erosion control
New Braunfels ISD received the word from the U.S. Justice Department on their proposed election system plan. And that word was send more information.
The Justice Department, on the last of the 60 days given to report back to the school district, made the request and will have another 60-day period in which to review the material, NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said Tuesday night.
“We’ve found that’s not something unusual,” said Brad
berry. He said much of the newly requested material was sent in the original report.
Because of the extension, the new 60day period will not run out until mid-March, although the school district may receive the Justice Department's report before then.
However, NBISD officials plan to schedule an election for April 7 for two trustee places which are currently held by Margy Waldrip and Garland Lloyd. “By law, we’re required to call an election,” Bradberry said.
Officials must call an election 30 days prior to the polling date.
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By CARL ENGLERTH District Conservationist
Several years ago, farmers applied the conservation practice of terracing to reduce erosion, pollution, and to conserve moisture. The older terraces were designed and laid out by the Soil Conservation Service technicians rn cooperation with the landowner as a member of the Conservation District.
Today, cropland on erosive slopes in the (fomal-Hays-Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District is being conserved using parallel terraces.
The old gradient terraces which were limited to definite types of farm equipment, especially those being produced at the time, resulted in rows ending in the middle of the field. The parallel terrace is the modem concept in conservation farming which provides for more farmable terrace system basides saving fuel. The modern parallel terrace system can be designed to accept either a 4, 6, or 8 row equipment or a combination thereof to include nunimum tillage systems according to the topography of the land.
Farmers thinking of setting aside acreage in this year's grain sorghum or corn program may want to rework the old terrace systems on the field that ut set
Many farmers in the district are making the tange from the conventional terrace system to the iraliel terrace system. Farmers realize the need r improved conservation techiniques and are aking changes in their farming operation to meet a demands for more efficient fanning methods. Ie SCS will provide technicial engineering aistance to the landowners in the design, layout, id construction of the parallel terrace systems. ie terraces take into consideration any needed
unprovement of tile waterway and its design
The grass waterway is necessary for the removal of excess water from tile terrace system without creating an erosion problem. Farmers considering licking the change to parallel terraces should first consult the SCS to determine if their old grassed waterway will be adequate to carry the increase of water flow from the terrace system.
A solid grassed waterway should first be established and is essential to any terrace system provided on cropland.
Presently, there are approximately 35,700,000 feet of gradient terraces and approximately 400,000 feet of parallel terraces within Comal County portion of the Conservation District. Some fields of cropland have been converted to improve pastures. Where landowners are considering converting cropland to pastureland, old terrace systems are not needed and should be removed by grading the terrace level with existing slope.
The improved grass plan will be sufficient to prevent erosion provided proper managment of the grassland iis maintained. In some cases, old terrace systems allowed to remain in pastures have often caused erosion and added cost of maintenance.
Once a terrace system is installed, annual maintenance is necessary to insure the system will function properly. One way to reduce maintenance cost is to make all necessary cultivations parallel to the terrace.
Following this year’s crop harvest is also a good time for farmers to make an inventory of their terrace system and make the needed adjustments. Those needing assistance on terrace maintenance or installing new terraces can call their local Soil Conservation Service for technical aaaistance. In New Braunfels the SCS is located at 3S8 Lands 84., Room C of the Park Mall Building. 625-MU.
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