New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. HO, No. 222 - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 centsComal I.S.D.’s TASS scores maintain same level as those in ’91
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) scores for the Comal Independent School District’s (CISD) junior and senior high school students were presented at Monday night’s board meeting.
“The scores reflect approximately the same percentage in 1992 as in 1991,” said Carol Hall, assistant superintendent for instruction.
A comparison of the scores for junior students from 1990—1992 showed a decline in achievement in math and reading. In writing the scores dipped one percentage point in 1991 and recovered that point in 1992. In Reading scores declined by one percentage point since last year and in math they declined by two points.
Compared to state and NBISD levels of achievement, the scores were lower in writing and math, but were one point higher than the state level in reading. CISD students
scored two points lower than NBISD students in Reading.
Referring to the presentation of the TA AS results, Larry Neptune, a CISD patron from the Canyon Lake area said, “We had a briefing that came up before us and we sec that Comal Independent School District excels in mediocrity. I would like to sec in much more detail, an incisive look at where Comal Independent School District comes short. The key thing is we have standards that have been set. Let’s look at why we’re not achieving them and what we can do to make it better for our kids."
"The principals are working with their campus teams to identify areas we need to work on,” Hall said. “We’ll be looking at our instructional program and identifying areas so we can help students meet these requirements.”
CISD administration made no recommendations at the board meeting on this issue. The report was presented for
CISD (three-year results)
Comparison with State and NBISD-1992
informational purposes only. The board made no requests of the administration.
Although some districts do emphasize TAAS material at the beginning of the year to prepare for the testing, both local districts said they do not specifically study for the tests.
In other business Monday night, the CISD board accepted a Wimberley Independent School District offer of $32,000 as its share of the bonded indebtedness for the
detachment of the Spring Hollow Subdivision.
The board also met in executive session for about two hours to discuss personnel issues, consideration of property detachment settlement and evaluation of the superintendent. No action was taken.
TASB to hold workshop In Austin
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) will conduct a workshop Thursday
to provide school board candidates and other interested citizens an understanding of what is involved in being elected and serving on a school board.
Topics will include the role of a board member, ethics in board service, campaigning for office, and the importance of board membership in community service. An experienced school board member and a representative from TASB will explain the key responsibilities and the qualities necessary for effective service.
Two positions will be open on the Comal Independent School District (CISD) board this spring. The election will be held May I and candidates may file from February 15 to March 17. You must be a resident of the district and a registered voter in order to be eligible.
The TASB workshop on January 28 is in Austin at the Education Service Center Region XIII, 5701 Springdale Road from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge.
Landa Park trees worth estimated $3.7 million
By GARY P. CARROLL Staff Writer
According to a report from Burditt and Associates, Community Forest Consultants, the 967 trees in Landa Park are worth an estimated $3.7 million dollars.
Thej report was the first item reviewed at the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting Tuesday night.
The Urban Forest Management Plan in Landa Park cataloged and assessed every tree in the park so that plans can be made to initiate projects to care for the trees.
Charles Dave Burditt, of Burditt and Associates, said not only do the trees add beauty to the community, but they also represent an economic draw as well as a vital ecological staple.
"Most folks arc unaware of what trees are worth, and certainly it’s hard to put a price on urban trees that might be in a high-use area like a park ,” Burditt said.
Burditt said that trees represent a community calling card and attract people to the park. He said also that trees provide a favorable environment for businesses.
“Businesses like to do business in areas with trees." Burditt said.
However, Director of Parks and Recreation David Whatley said the maintenance of the trees should be a matter of civic pride.
“Landa Park is going to be here a hundred years from now and Lamia Park is going to be here five hundred years from now ...,” Whatley said.
77ie goal of the parks board is to maintain the resources it has during its generation in an effort to perpetuate the presence and the future growth of trees in the park.
“The thousand trees arc why the people come to picnic, the thousand trees arc why people come on the weekend," Whatley said.
Currently, $4,(XX) is budgeted for tree care in Landa Park, but more money is needed to maintain existing trees, remove high-risk trees and relieve ground compression that can prevent a tree from receiving vital nutrients as well as hinder
"Most folks are unaware of what trees are worth, and certainly It's hard to put a price on urban trees that might be In a hlgh-use area like a park."
— Charles Dave Burditt
proper oxygen exchange in the soil.
Burditt's report suggests that no one species represent more than IO percent of the forest population, trees need to be planted on the golf course to replace trees that may soon die, trees should be properly pruned to extend the trees’ lives and prevent accidents caused by branches that could rot and fall.
Billy Drum, also with Burditt and Associates, suggested that the parks board should stress variety and color when planning to buy new trees.
Burditt stressed the necessity for a continuous care program in which all uees are pruned once every five years.
The project was funded by a $3,800 grant from the Texas Forest Service in conjunction with the America the Beautiful Program.
The board discussed the problems associated with a parking lot located on the west side of the pa[k in which several trees arc endangered by cars and the possibility that problems associated with the ground being compacted in the event the parking lot is re-paved.
Delores Schumann, co-chairman of the arboretum committee, suggested the parking lot. located on Fredericksburg, be removed in order to preserve the trees, and the board will be considering that proposal in the future.
The board discussed fee structures charged to river outfitters using shuttle buses to transport patrons and their equipment in Cypress Bend Park. That item was tabled so board members could get more
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Kevin Korpi, Phillip Neff, Marianne Brockman, John Gabriel Lopez. Fritzie Richter, Caroline Ortiz and Montezuma Rodriguez.
Frss persntlng classes
In conjunction with the Comal County Emergency Children's Shelter, Family Outreach will be offering free parenting danes for parents of young children and teenagers. Early childhood classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 27,
and Teenage classes will begin on Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 23. Anyone interested in attending the classes is invited to an orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Comal County Extension Service in New Braunfels. For more information, call 620-1299 or 629-0659.
Tonight on UNIC news at 6 p.m. on cable channel 37 Denise Schmide and Jennifer Guerrero anchor the student produced news show about happenings at New Braunfels High School.
Mstsrnlty pre-admlsslon clsss
McKenna Memorial Hospital Maternity Center will be offering a pre-admission class to women planning to deliver at McKenna. Information about a typical stay, patient’s rights, documents, infant care including preparation for breast and bottle receding and a Maternity Center tour will be included. Preadmission forms will be provided. Significant others are welcome. This class is provided as a service to the community. Call 625-91 ll, ext. 355, to reserve a time. Classes will be the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9-11 a.m. Or, for those needing
an evening class, the second Monday of each month from 7 • 9 p.m. Select one class eight to tenweeks prior to your due date. Anyone closer than that to their due date shoudl schedule a class immediately.
Comal County Alumnae Panhellenlc
Comal County Alumnae Panhellenic invites all area college sorority alumnae to the annual membership meeting Sunday. Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. in the home of Jo Ann Bedford, 667 Fredricksburji Rd. A short business meeting and informational update on local and national panhellenic activities will be presented.
New Braunfels Police responded at 10:30 last night to an accident in the 5600 block of Interstate Highway 35 South in which a pick-up truck driven by Todd Michael Walden of Windcrest struck an 18-wheeler from behind. Walden was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital emergency room in New Braunfels where he was treated and released. The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured. Walden was ticketed for failure to control speed. (Photo by John Huseth)
Hepatitis strains can be as dangerous as AIDS virus
By OARY P. CARROLL Staff Writer
The rapid increase in the AIDS virus in our society over the past decade has overshadowed other diseases which, if go untreated, have the potential to be just as deadly. Among these diseases is hepatitis.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control recognizes three main types of hepatitis • type A, type B and type C.
Type A hepatitis is transmitted by
the fecal-oral route, which means the
disease is contracted by orally
ingesting something that has come
into contact with stool from an
infected person. According to a
CDC report, most infections of this
type of hepatitis are passed among
people who share a household and
among sexual partners. Often,
infection can come as a result of
eating food or drink contaminated
with the hepatitis A virus. Casual contact with friends or co-workers has not been proven as a route of infection for this type.Health Beat
Dr. Edward Coles, M.D., who practices medicine in New Braunfels, distinguished between two patterns of the illness • acute hepatitis and chronic hepatitis.
“Hepatitis A only occurs acutely,” Coles said, “meaning you get sick and you get better - if it doesn't kill you." Coles said that currently there is no other treatment for acute hepatitis other than to let it run its course.
However, a Gamma globulin is given to persons infected with type A within two weeks, but not to those who have causal contact with the
infected person due to the relatively low chance of the virus being passed in that way.
Hepatitis B is a bloodborne infection transmitted by exposure to the blood of an infected person or by sexual contact xx iih an infected person. This chronic type of hepatitis is not transmitted by stool contamination or by casual contact.
"For the majority of the people who get hepatitis B, half of them never knew they hud it,” Coles said. Most people who die from hepatitis B, die as a result of liver cancer caused by the virus.
For most people, however, Coles said hepatitis B affects them acutely.
“You may be sick for a month, but usually you’ll get over it."
A hepatitis B vaccine is available and will provide protection for up to 95 percent of the people receiving the vaccine. The vaccine consists of
three injections of the vaccine over a six-month time period.
Type C hepatitis is also a chronic, bloodborne infection which can cause inflammation of the liver. People at risk for this type include intravenous drug users who share needles, workers with exposure to blood, hemodialysis patients and blood transfusion recipients as well as unprotected sexual contact. There is not yet a known prevention for this type of hepatitis.
Coles did say that there is a new drug on the market called Alpha interferon which is effective for treating type C cases.
‘They’ve just approved this new treatment (Alpha Interferon) which is primarily indicated for type C, but we have some studies now that show it's pretty good for hepatitis B,”
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