New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2 — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, januaiy 26, 2011CISD seeks to balance perception of spending, growth
By Will Wright
After hearing about new attendance zones that will accommodate two new elementary schools, a few members of the Comal Independent School District's board of trustees on Tuesday voiced concerns about public perception of money spent to fuel the district's escalating growth.
With members Carolyn Miller and Donna Holmes absent, trustees approved the rezoning for Kinder Ranch ielementary this August and the opening of an elementary school in the Indian Springs subdivision in August 2012. Both schools will be located in the fastest-growing area of Comal County, drawing students from nearby elemen-taries when they open their doors.
Kinder Ranch will Ik* located on Kinder Parkway near the intersection of Borgfeld and Bulverde roads, affecting the attendance zones for I imber-
wckkI Dirk, Johnson Ranch and Specht elementary schools. Indian Springs will be located on the east side of U.S. 281 in Bexar County. Its opening will affect the attendance zones for Johnson Ranch and Bill Brown elementary schools.
When the new sch(X)ls open, attendance will drop at all of the others in their areas for up to three years. Kinder Ranch has a projected enrollment of .195 students in its inaugural year, dropping Timberwood J’ark to 531 and Specht to 490. Indian Springs' projected enrollment of 440 students will drop Johnson Ranch to 317 and Bill Brown to 674.
The desired elementary school enrollment is 757 students, meaning there will be an imbalance until growth catches up. However, trustees generally agreed those temporary reductions are a necessary evii that can't be avoided.
“There might be* an assumption by the taxpayer that some of our elementary schools will be empty," trustee David
Spencer said, adding the district hits got to do a better job of explaining that fact to district residents. Otmal currently has 15 elementaries and five middle schools, and Spencer warned of an impending storm if the district doesn't begin discussing plans for another middle school soon.
Superintendent Marc Walker said the district can't afford to postpone construction of either or both new elementary sch(X)ls — and run the risk of incurring the increased costs that might come with delay. Not wanting to chance another bond issue so soon after the successful campaign in 2009, trustee Bill Swint agreed.
"Having seen the ride that comes with the waste that goes with portable buildings—what we re doing is right,” he said. “Sure, it might be a tougfi sell (to the public), having a half-empty school there. But that's much better than being on the other side of it."
The board next approved a line shift that would switch 30
students from Smithson Valley Middle School to Spring Branch Middle School. Next fall, that move will balance enrollments at 857 and 873 students, respectively.
Public input during hearings conducted in November and December resulted in the final recommendations to the school board. Copies of the new zones are posted on the district's website and at the front offices of the affected schools.
Also, Tammy Lind, Comal ISD's director of staff development and accountability, gave a brief presentation on the district sTAKS performance and other information in the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) and Adequate Yearly lYogress (AYP) reports for the 2009-10 school year.
Comal ISD bettered its scores across the board from its 2008-09 levels, increasing its TAKS net standard to 86 percent, up by 4 percent in all five test areas, and Ix’ttering the state average by 9 percent.
Smithson Valley High School cheerleaders conducted tours of the renovated campus on Wednesday as part of a PTSA-sponsored chili dinner. Parents and students started in the new performing arts center and were led through new entryways and hallways, classrooms and gyms.The renovations are part of a $44.2 million project included in the 2008 Comal ISD bond package. Construction continues on additional classrooms and a new culinary arts facility.POLICE INCIDENTS IN BRIEF
From staff and wire reports
TV NEWS DIRECTOR FOUND DEAD BY WIFE
A 53-year-old man found dead in his backyard had apparently been dead for a number of hours, said Lt. Michael Penshom of the New Braunfels Police Department.
I he man found in his yard Monday around 4:30 p.m. in the 210() block of Small Town Drive has been identified as New Braunfels resident (ireg Koelfgen, news director for KABBTV in San Antonio.
1 lis wife discovered his body.
“The cause of death was not immediately apparent. T he JP ordered an autopsy and we are
still investigating, although we do not suspect foul play,” Pen-shorn said.
Kcx»lfgen was recalled by colleagues and friends as a devoted news journalist and husband and father.
MAN PUNCHES ESTRANGED WIFE'S APARTMENT WINDOW
Hard feelings had a sharp edge Monday morning around 6:30 am when a man punched a window at an apartment in the 13(H) block of Wald Road.
“The complainant and her husband just separated," said Lt. Michael Penshorn of the
New Braunfels police department.
The husband had been calling in an effort to talk to the woman, Penshorn said.
“He came up and he actually punched the window. He was wearing a big heavy glove," Penshorn said.
Ihe matter is under investigation, Penshom said.
WOMAN WALKS OUT OF HEB DECKED OUT IN FILCHED UT GEAR
A shopper decided to casually exit the new HEB on Highway 46 showing her Djnghorn loyalty in the form of a UT
Longhorn T-shirt and lounge pants that she didn’t pay for Saturday morning.
"She picked up the items and walked out past one of the closed registers and fled the area in her vehicle," said Lt. Michael Penshorn of the New Braunfels Police Department.
The woman was apprehended at a convenience store at Loop 337 and River Road.
WOMAN STEALS $1,000 WORTH OF COSMETICS
On Saturday morning, a woman stole an estimated $1,000 in cosmetics, concealed in her very large purse, from
Albertsons. The store alerted the New Braunfels Police Department, which is investigating, said Lt. Michael Pen-shorn of the New Braunfels Police Department.
MAN 'AMBUSHED' BY EX'S NEW BOYFRIEND
A New Braunfels man paid a call to the New Braunfels Police Department after he was reportedly “ambushed” by his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.
“The victim received a call from a female friend of his to pick her up at an unknown address,” said Lt. Michael Pen-
shorn of the New Braunfels Police Department.
The man followed a set of directions to get to the house, where a nasty surprise awaited.
“Instead of the ex-girlfriend coming out, it’s the new boyfriend coming out.
“He was confronted by the new boyfriend, who began yelling at him... and pointing a weapon at him,” said Pen-shorn.
“When he flees, the new boyfriend fires the weapon into the air.”
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Off-duty officer s vigilance leads to bust
By J. Louise Larson
An odd thing happened on the way to work for a New Braunfels police officer Saturday evening.
Cpl. Clint Penniman was on iris way in to work and stopped at a stoplight. A casual glance at the car beside him gave him reason
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"He sees the occupants of the vehicle next to him passing a glass pipe around,” said Lt. Michael Penshorn of the New Braunfels Police Department.
"He stops the vehicle. Once they get everyone out of the vehicle, they find a number of things, including prescription meds and methampheta-mine,” said Penshorn.
Ultimately, all five in the 2001 Mazda 626 tan four-door were arrested, Penshorn said.
Jessica Michelle Gonzales, alias Littlebit orXx, 18, New Braunfels, was charged with VPTA — theft of property, between $50 and $500; possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram; possession of a controlled substance, less than 28 grams; possession of drug paraphernalia.
Others charged were:
Lisa Christine Gonzales, 41, New Braunfels, possession of a controlled substance, less
than a gram; possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tyrone Devoe Flowers, 20, of New Braunfels, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Larry Wayne Bordovsky, 30, alias Casper, of San Antonio, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Clayton Brian Strutz, alias lames Bishop II, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram; possession of drug paraphernalia; and two charges of failure to appear from Concho County on judgement/NISI bond forfei-ture-fraud use/possession of ID info.
Once Strutz was booked into jail, he faced charges of failure to identify/fugitive intent to give false information.
“In his personal property, he had some checks and ID belonging to other people,” said Penshorn.
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AUSTIN (AP) — Legislation requiring Texans to show a photo ID before voting cleared a major hurdle Tuesday night and appears headed for Senate passage this week.
The bill passed 20-12 along partisan lines in a committee made up of all the senators and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
The full Senate could take up the measure beginning Wednesday night, with a floor vote likely to come by Thursday. Republicans say the measure is needed to prevent fraud. Democrats say it’s more about keeping voters — their voters — away from the polls.
After the vote, Dewhurst, the Republican leader of the chamber, applauded the "camaraderie" during a debate that otherwise revealed sharp partisan divisions.
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"I expect that there will be a number of changes that the Republicans will accept," Dewhurst said. He said even in tight budgetary times the state would find enough funds to educate the public about the new law once it’s passed as GOP leaders anticipate.
"We’re listening," said Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, the author of the bill. "We're going to make sure this is a good bill, that is fair and ... does increase voter turnout."
Passage is all but a foregone conclusion in a chamber where Republicans hold a 19-12 majority. Democrats have said as much.
"This is like a dance where we have another song, another round," said Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, leader of the Senate Democrats. "There is no doubt this bill will pass."
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Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County booked the following people between Jan. 21 and Jan. 25:
♦ Steven Anthony Flores, 24, New Braunfels, theft of property between $50 and $500, assault by contact family violence.
♦ Belinda Paredez Garza, 45, New Braunfels, three counts comm — public intoxication.
♦ David Berel McDonald, 32, La Vernia, speeding over 10 percent of the limit - 89 mph in a 70 mph zone.
♦ Maidelein Sulema Moreno-Rico, 20, New Braunfels, theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000.
♦ Julisa Rico, 21, New Braunfels, theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000.
♦ Abelardo Rodriguez, 57, New Braunfels, failure to identify/fugitive intent to give false information, theft under $50, parole warrant.
♦ Slitine Moulay Sounny, 58,
Austin, driving while intoxicated.
♦ Justin Lincoln Wilkinson, 30, Bulverde, driving while intoxicated, third or more.
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