New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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50«Strickland leaves McKenna; ex- CISD chief fills in
By Greg Bowen
Longtime McKenna executive Allen Strickland has announced his resignation as interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer of the McKenna System effective Feb. 15.
Strickland has been with McKenna for a dozen years and was CFO at New Braunfels’ McKenna Memorial Hos-pital before it was sold to Christus Santa Rosa in 2008.
In September 2010, Strickland was named interim CEO of the McKenna System after the resignation of
longtime CEO Tim Brierty.
Former Comal Independent School District superintendent Jerry Major will replace Strickland as interim CEO effective
“(Major) was the superintendent of Comal ISO from 1993 to 2001 and was a middle school and high school teacher in New Braunfels in the ’70s," McKenna board chairman Wes Studdard said Thursday. “He’s in the Wurst-fest Association and the
Rotary Club. He’s been in New Braunfels a long time and knows a lot of people. He’s going to be a good face for McKenna.”
Over the coming months, the McKenna board plans to conduct a search for permanent leadership, according to a Thursday news release.
► TRI-COUNTY DILEMMA
Schertz refuses no refusal’ policy
By J. Louise Larson
It’s a mouthful. And in Schertz, it’s a problem.
That’s where three county lines and two major freeway systems wreak havoc with efforts to collaborate on initiatives like Comal County’s new “no refusal weekend” policy.
In Schertz, you can be in Bexar County, then cross the street and be in Comal County, then go a block or two and be in Guadalupe County.
That makes participating in one county’s “no refusal weekends” program confusing, and that’s why suspected drunken drivers will not be forced by a judge’s warrant to give a blood sample, said Brad Bailey, public affairs director for the City of Schertz.
See SCHERTZ, Page 5
Vol. 158, No. 61 12 pages, 1 section
Under a New STAAR
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Assistant Superintendent Dr. Victoria Pursch speaks to eighth graders at OakRun Middle School on I hursday about the new assessment tests they will be required to take.
School systems scramble to ready for new tests
By Will Wright
Every few ydars, the state of Texas comes out with a new and improved version of standardized testing. Through the past 20 years, their acronyms have abounded — from TEAMS to TAAS to TAKS. The latest version to join this alphabet soup is called STAAR. And students in the third through ninth grades — and their teachers and parents — will come to know it well beginning next year.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam will replace the Texas Assessment of Academic Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in phases over the next four years. Beginning next year, eighth-graders must pass it in order to enter ninth grade for the following school year. Next year’s sophomores, juniors and seniors will remain in TAKS testing.
The TAKS exam, in place since 2003, is a general assessment examination. Prescribed to 2.3 million in grades 3-11 in 2009, it helped decipher exactly what a student had learned in four core course areas. State and local educators say that STAAR will be “more rigorous” than TAKS,
INFORMING EIGHTH GRADERS, PARENTS
NBISD: NBISD assistant superintendent Victoria Pursch will meet with eighth graders from New Braunfels Middle School on Jan. 26-27. Sessions will be held for eighth-graders and their parents at New Braunfels High School's registration fair, from 5:30-6 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. on Feb. 1. The NBISD will host a STAAR parent-student workshop on Feb. 7. For information, visit www.nbisd-tx-net CISD: Tammy Lind, Comal ISD's assistant superintendent, will make a presentation at the CISD Parent/Community Summit, at Spring Branch Middle School on Feb. 5. For information, visit www.comalisd.org.
with a “greater emphasis on alignment to college and career readiness,” as per directives passed during the last session of the state legislature.
“Every five or six years, the state ramps up its assessment,” said Tammy Lind, Comal ISD’s assistant superintendent in charge of staff development and accountability. “TAKS was more rigorous than previous tests, and now there's STAAR. With the TAKS test, you are actually testing what was done in previous grade levels. The STAAR test determines what they
See STAAR, Page 8
Highlights of the new STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) exam
• End of course high school assessments will be held in the following areas, beginning with incoming freshmen in the 2011-12 school year:
— 9th grade: English I, Algebra I, Biology, World Geography
— 10th grade: English II, Algebra II, Chemistry, World History
— 11th grade: English III, Geometry, Physics, U.S. History
• Students who entered the ninth grade prior to 2011 will still have to pass the exit-level Texas Assessment of Academic Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test to graduate.
• Grades 3-8 will also begin STAAR testing in 2011-12, in the same grades and subjects as TAKS.
• To graduate under STAAR, a student must achieve a cumulative score at least equal to the product of end-of-course (E0C) assessments taken in each foundation content area, and a scale score that indicates satisfactory performance.
• Students will not be required to retake a course after receiving credit for the course. The STAAR assessment in the course may be retaken if needed, and students can retest for any reason.
• School districts must provide accelerated instruction to students who fail a STAAR exam.
• Testing will occur at the end of the fall, spring and summer semesters.
• A student's score on assessments must be worth 15 percent of a student's final grade for that course.
• There are currently 25 testing dates under TAKS. STAAR could require up to 45 testing days when fully implemented.
• The first reports on STAAR will be available in June 2012, with the first retest opportunity available that summer.
— Sources: Texas Education Agency; NBISD
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Strickland did not wish to comment for this story. But Studdard said Strickland was planning to take a position in hospital management in San Antonio.
After the $84.5 million sale of McKenna Memorial Hospital, the organization Strick-
See CEO, Page 5
► ANIMAL CRUELTY
Concerns raised in horse’s death
Sheriff’s office says horse was‘just old’
By J. Louise Larson
Reports of suspected animal cruelty in rural Comal County have been flying in the case of an elderly horse that attracted the attention of neighbors in the 11000 block of FM 1863.
With ribs and hip brines jutting, the listless white horse prompted enough concern for an area resident to aJert a San Antonio TV station. The result, said Lt. Mark Reynolds of the Comal County Sheriffs Office, was a report that “missed it by a mile.”
“The horse was under a veterinarian’s care ... They had been trying to get the horse to eat special oats and hay to gain weight,” Reynolds said. “The gentleman was not neglecting the horse, the horse was just old... he was trying to take care of it in its latter years.”
Reynolds said that from a distance, ribs showing, an older horse could evoke concern — but age comes into play.
“1 don’t expect to look like I look now when I’m 90 years old,” he said.
Reynolds said the CCSO had responded to calls about the animal in December, and had been out to see that the horse had food, water and shelter, he said.
They went out again Wednesday afternoon after receiving a call for service, and found the animal in obvious distress, he said.
See HORSE, Page 5
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Animal cruelty concerns were raised by neighbors who alerted a San Antoni television station.
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