New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Comal ISD stalled on building site
No action was taken on choosing a site for the new Smithson Valley High School at Tuesday night’s Comal ISD meeting.
But Superintendent Bill Brown said the board is definitely headed in that direction, and could reach a decision as early as next week.
The board is looking at a piece of property along Highway 46 which will need a water well.
“The board is going to look at the property, and we’re supposed to check on the price to drill for water there,” Brown said. “But we won’t drill until we have the board’s approval.”
That approval could be put on the agenda for a special budget workshop, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Frazier Elementary.
Specifics on the site location haven’t been released, except for these comments from Brown.
“It’s a ranch off Highway 46 about five miles from the present Smithson Valley campus. I ve walked all over this particular property, and ifs perfect,” he said.
At Tuesday night’s meeting. Brown also said cost of the site under consideration is “within budget," which stands at about $5,000 per acre. Architects working on the project have indicated roughly 50 acres will be needed for the new campus.
Smithson Valley High School is one of two new schools included in a $19.96 million bond issue, approved by CISD patrons ^ast May Completion date for the new SVHS isn t
expected until September 1987.
In other action Tuesday night, the board:
— Waived tuition for two student transfer requests involving five children. Three of them have lived in the Smithson Valley area all their lives; the other two (twins) live in the Garden Ridge area and currently attend CISD schools.
— Awarded the bread-bakery contract for the 1985-86 school year to Rainbo Baking Company, and the milk contract to Superior Dairies.
— Recognized Carolyn Pittmann, Brown’s secretary, as Employee of the Month for July.
Trustees also recognized five Smithson Valley High School industrial arts students who went to national competition in Orlando, Fla., June 30-July 3. Ramon DeLeon, Steven Gottardy, Brennan Hardy, Matt Severance and Kim Wagner competed there under the direction of their teacher, Glenn Williams.
Each student entered at least three areas of competition, and placed in the Top 20 in the nation at least once.
Severance and Wagner, who graduated last May, placed third and fourth, respectively, in the nation, in engineering problem-solving. Hardy was 14th in prepared speaking, and Gottardy 19th.
In technical writing, DeLeon placed 13th and Wagner 19th. Delton was also 15th in research papaer.
Smithson Valley’s Industrial Bowl team composed of Wagner, Severance and Gottardy took the 20th spot.
Drug dogs ok'd for continued use
Only New Braunfels ISD Trustee Don Bedford Tuesday opposed continuing the contract with the security service that provides searches with drug-sniffing dogs to the campuses Bedford has opposed the drug searches every time it has come up for a vote.
The contract this time included fewer hours I.ast year's minimum of 14 contact hours a month decreased to 14 contact hours every six weeks “Originally die idea had been presented by a board member,” Bedford explained after the meeting "But the high school counselors and principal were against it because they didn’t believe they had a problem, and they had developed a high level of trust w ith their students that the\ did not want t" jeopardize My vote was partially to support them.”
The searches have proved the high school administrators correct they have yielded very few signs of drug or alcohol on campus. Bedford said “Besides that, though, this is not the American way,” Bedford said. "We don't go into people’s homes looking for signs that they have broken the law I don't believe this is a good concept to teach our young people. I have been pleasantly surprised with Hie students reactions to the searches And I'm not near as against them as I w as
In the meeting Superintendent diaries Birdberry asked student representative Beverly Poole for a comment. She said, "I think its good. It keeps us on our toes.”
Bradberry said he thought that as the students continue to pass the searches, they have begun to consider it a badge of honor” that their campus has proved to be drug- and alcohol-free.
It just proves what neat kids we have here." he said.
In other business, the trustees accepted the resignations of three teachers, approved hiring 16 and approved the intra-distnct tranfer of four teachers.
Also trustees approved three changes in the air-conditioning system that was put in last sununer. Two of the changes were minor, costing less than $1,000. and amounting to fine tuning of the thermostat and time clock.
But the third change order cost $10,712 and was reworking the conduit system at the New Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High School to accommodate the new construction.
In other business the board also announced that bids on the renovation of the old high school on Mill Street to make it into administrative offices will be awarded next Tuesday.
SVFD honors businessmen for their support
Clifton Crook, president of the Schertz Volunteer Fire Department, expressed appreciation to several Schertz businessmen for their efforts in helping the fire department build its new building in the city park.
At the start of the regular city council meeting. Crook presented plaques to Randy Emesea of Gerard Electric, Arnold Moos of Moos Plumbing and Wayne Wolfers
(right), president of the Schertz Business Club.
Crook also had plaques for Garden Ridge Pottery and Naylor Realty for those businesses contribution to the building project. Representatives from those businesses were unable to attend.
"I would also Uke to thank everyone in the city who worked with us on this project,” Crook said.
Gunn considering leaving
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP)
In a talk before the Wichita Falls Jaycees, Texas Department of Corrections Chairman Robert Gunn, jokingly said Wednesday , “I haven't lost any arguments with Governor White lately,” in reference to an ongoing verbal battle between the two.
Then he went on to tell the group about the problems of the TDC. Gunn, a petroleum geologist from Wichita Falls, has been chairman of the board of the TDC for the past 22 months, and has been candid in the past about not being happy with his position.
He said last month he was trying to decide when to resign, and he restated his feelings on Wednesday.
“It’s no secret I’m trying to get out of it. Ifs not a very pleasant Job and
I’m ready to leave,” he said.
Gunn discussed the issues of violence, overcrowding and capital punishment.
"I had a woman who came in to talk to me about her son who was in one of our units. She said she couldn’t afford to give him any more money, and he had told her that if he didn’t pay a certain ‘gang’ HOO a week, he would be raped and beaten. It’s a disgusting and horrible life in prison,” Gunn said.
On overcrowding, Gunn said that there are a number of inmates who could and should be released.
“There are probably around 5,000 prisoners we could let go with no problem, but there are certain political leaders in Texas who are trying to keep a conservative image,” he said.
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