New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, Jan. 27,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of FRANK ECKART
I Vol. 142, No. 52
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Birthday wish** from the HeralckZettungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Kevin Korpi, Blake Horstmann, Jose M. Sierra (eight years), and Frank Eckart ( Happy 83rd!)
Nursing program sol for Fab. 1 at NBISD
RNs and LVNs - Earn Contact hours. "Nursing Law & You" will be held on Feb. 1,1994, at NBISD Education Center, 430 West Mill Street. Cost: $20. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This has been approved by Texas Nurses Assoc, for 2.4 hours.
Call (210) 620-6200 for more information. Use back door entrance.
NB Retired Toachsrs to moot Fob. 2
The New Braunfels Retired I Teachers Association will meet Wednesday, Feb. 2 in the NBISD Education Center Board Room.
The business meeting and program will begin at IO am. proceeded by coffee & cookies at 9:30 am. The program will consist of a discussion and slide pre-I seriation on wildflowers present-led by Dick Henderson.
[MeSe support group to I moot at FinkeTt
The People Against Violent I Crimes group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, beginning | at 7:30 pm.
Interested persons are invited to I attend For further information call Gladys at 625-1800.
Friends for Rivers will |meet today
Friends for Rivers, the non-Iprofit group which organizes the lannual clean-up of the lower [Guadalupe River, will hold their meeting of the new year at 7 pm in the Herb ineider Room of Victoria Bank Trust. The public is invited to and meet the new officers the coming year.
For more information, contact Dave Davenport at 609->543 (day) or (210) 420-3525 (evening), or Donna Murphy at 1315.
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Parents raise concerns about class schedules
By ROSE MARIE EASH
New state recommendations could mean students at area schools will spend more time in the classroom, but some parents are concerned the proposed change will mean their children will not have time for extracurricular activities.
New recommendations from the Texas Commissioner of Education requiring 24 credits including additional math, science, social studies and foreign language credits has caused both of Comal County’s school districts to start considering block scheduling of classes.
’The recommendation is for implementation in 1996 so we have to do something soon," said John Turman, Principal of New Braunfels High School. "Students can get 24 credits now but they would have to give up electives. The block scheduling will give them the opportunity to earn up to 32 credits."
New Braunfels Independent School District had an informational meeting with parents Monday evening. The NBISD board will hear a presentation on the proposed block scheduling program at the next board meeting, Jan. 30. The
‘They’re concerned because It’s new and many of their questions are legitimate. But ’recommendations’ become requirements and it is to be implemented in 1996, we have to do something now.’
— John Turman
Comal Independent School District board will hear an informational report on block scheduling tonight st their 7:30 pan. meeting at the Smithson Valley Middle School. '
Two hundred parents attended the NBISD meeting Monday and the school presented the reasons block scheduling was being considered. They include state recommendations requiring:
■ An additional math credit above Algebra ll such as pre-calculus or Calculus.
■ An additional science credit above Biology
such as Biology II, Chemistry II, or Physics II.
■ An additional social studies credit above Government/Economics such as World Geogra-phy.
■ A third credit in a foreign language.
Currently students at NBHS have the opportunity to take classes during 24 periods through their four-year high school session.
Thode classes currently include electives. Students would have to eliminate those, reduce involvement in extracurricular activities, attend summer school or take advantage of early class opportunities to acquire the recommended 24 necessary credits to graduate.
The NBISD plan is called the Accelerated Block Schedule and would consist of a school day with four 90 minute blocks of time for classes and would, allow students to earn up to 32 credits ip four years.
Questions concerning issues such as how bus and other schedules would be affected were also addressed at the Monday meeting with the following information provided by the district
No changes in the bus schedules is anticipated; however, there will be a IO minute change in the start of the school day with tutorials beginning
at 7:35 a.m.
The lunch schedule would change Bom three to four lunch periods.
Staff size would not have to increase because under the block scheduling 642 sections could be offered compared to 494 sections under the current system.
Extracurricular activities before or after school would not be affected by the schedule and students will have more opportunities to take electives with the block scheduling. With activities such as Band, Athletics, Choir and JROTC which Students may participate in for four ypars, choices will have to be made in the junior and senior years to either take a class or attend summer school in order to participate in two or more of these activities. School officials said this would be a problem regardless of the schedule.
Ihrman said many parents are concerned about the program.
"They’re concerned because it’s new and many of their questions are legitimate,” he . said. "But ’recommendations’ become requirements and if it is to be implemented in 1996, we have to do something now.”
Buns across America
HerWd-Zettuno photo by JOHN HUSETH
David Love, the author of a aarlaa of ehlldran’a books on geography, was at Lone Star Primary and Memorial Primary with Buna Bunny Wednesday. Buna la a rabbit who has had hie picture taken at various famous locations around the country to teach children about geography. A book of the pictures has sold wall. Buns and his friend ara pictured at Memorial Primary.
Chamber to celebrate another big year
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Members of the Grater New Braunfels Chamber of CkMnmeroe will bettor several chamber members Friday night during the 75th Annual Chamber Meeting and Banquet
The-program for the banquet will include a review of last year's work and plans for the upcoming year’s work, according to Bonnie Tetrault, vice president of special projects for the chamber.
"We let chamber members know what we’re going to be doing this year," she said.
Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. The presentation of awards will be held after dinner. According to Tetrault, Honors Hall awards, chairman of the bard awards and life memberships will be presented. Of pwtifflifrr imerppfd will be the presentation of the Beasenmg (cr citizen of the year) Award. r
"It isawarded to someone who bu given to the community a lot of their time," she said.
This year’s banquet will also celebrate the 25th annivenuy of the chamber’s involvement with Randolph Air Force Base’s Airman of the Quarter program.
Tetrault said a musical pregr**" horn an Air Force show band will be presented and the Saber Guard will be on hand to honor award winners.
New Braunfels woman shaken by LA. quake
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
What began ai a relaxing trip to California turned into a harrowing, frightening experience for New Braunfels redden! Pauline Landis.
Landis, 75, went to Califbmia earlier this month to virit her grandson and several Mends in the Northridge and Los Angeles area. The leisure part ofher trip was abruptly ag short when aha was awakened re 4:31 am. by la* week’s earthquake.
"I thought I was having a nightmare. I thought I wu here. I heard my grandson call and say "Grandma, are you okT she said.
Landis said she wu told by her grandson to not gat out of bed until she could get some shoes on because there was glass all over the floor. Her grandson lives in Reseda, ju* one mile flora the epicenter of the earthquake.
I Anally got up and got my glasses. I don’t how we both cot our shoes and glasses,” she said.
I,-UMH! said she and her grand-ron got in their oar and turned on the radio until it was daylight.
Landis said later that day, ber grandson went to look for his niwftt and she visited a friend.
"When I started toward her house, I noticed the streets were cracked and water wu gushing out Many people then have brick walls around their property and those were Chiniiwyf wpf ilfO taodnd down," she said.
During her drive, Landis said abe came acron several streets th* were dosed and mw Area started by broken cis lines.
"I made h to my friend's. Her houn wu utter destruction. Her daughter nam# picked bsf Up I
went back to my grandson’s. He didn't have electridty at his house, but ha did heve water and gas,” she said
Landis said she wu in Califbmia in 1971 during another mqjor earthquake. However, she said this one wu worn because of the many
"By Thursday, things quieted down a little biC she said ’There wu nothing open. We heard a Burger King wu open and we drove there and got a sandwich, but they had nothing to drink," said Landis.
Landis went acron the street to a Chinese restaurant to get drinks. She said rite returned to that same restaurant on Friday and aal in a
"I wu for flue milk.
urn anda heevyone hit The ceiling started felling down. I wu sitting in the place by myself," she said.
However, Landis missed a citee call earlier in the week. She wu scheduled to have her hair done at JC Penney’! in Northridge Mall on Monday. However, she discovered later th* the fourth floor of the mall fell into the third.
"lf the earthquake had been later, Northridge Mall would have bun foil of people because of foe holiday," she said.
"Unless you had Men it, you wouldn’t believe it"
Landis returned Bom her trip on Jan. 24.
She said she was reluctant to move to Texas three years ago, but now she would never move back to her former home in California.
"I said there wu no way I would oome to Texu and there wu no way I would leave California. Now, I wouldn't go back," she said.
"I wouldn’t go back out there if tfceygave-ree the whole sure. I rather put up with the ha* and the humidity. I've never been so scared in my life," she Mid.
Landis said the efforts of the Red Cran and the Salvation Army have bun wonderful.
"Ju* people helping people, fo*'s wh* it wu out there," she said.
"Ifs sad wh* they are going to have to do to rebuild. People are going to have to suffer a lot. It will be years before It gets back like it
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