New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Texans on the hot seat
Cisneros, Clements, Strauss eyed for Central America panel
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan has named three Texans, including former Governor Bill Clements, to a 11-member commission that will draft recommendations for the nation’s long-range policies in Central America.
San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, a Democrat, and former Democratic Party chairman Robert Strauss of Dallas were also picked for the panel, which will be headed by former former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, Reagan said Tuesday.
The other members of the commission include Lane Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO, and former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart.
Strauss, who directed Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign in 1960, said his first reaction to the idea of the commission was that “It’s a real loser.
“I am in substantial disagreement with the administration on Central American policy,” he said.
Cisneros, one of two Hispanics appointed to the commission, also has been a critic of the Reagan administration's police in Central America and is a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, the former vice president.
“I have indicated to the administration that I will approach this task as a person skeptical of the present direction of the U.S. policy in the region and intend to maintain the independence to make recommendations as I see them,” Cisneros said.
"I am a Democrat. As a Texan and as a Hispanic, I have particular concerns and bring a particular point of view to the table,” he said The mayor, now in his second term, served a
White House fellowship during the Nixon administration.
Clements became Texas first Republican governor since Reconstruction in 1971, but was defeated last year in his race for a second term Clements, who served this spring on the presidential commission that recommended the MX missile be deployed in existing silos, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Other panel appointees former Sen. Nicholas Brady, R-N.J.; Yale University economics professor Carlos F. Diaz-Alejandro, Wilson S. ’ohnaon, president of the National Federation of Independent Business; Richard M Scammon, a political consultant, John Silber, president of Boston University, and William B Walsh, president of Project Hope
N«w Braunfels. Texas
WEDNESDAY July 20,1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 143
32 Pages —4 Sections
CISD panel presents long list of ideas
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The 11-member Comal Independent School District advisory committee came through with its initial report Tuesday night, dealing with communication problems within CISD.
Now it’s up to the school board, as one CISD patron put it, to implement some “awful fine suggestions.’’
The committee, appointed on June 14, limited its first report to only Items No. I and No. 4 on an approved nme-item list. The items taken to task were: IJ How can the board communicate to the school district, teachers, and patrons what the duals and objectives of the board are in relation to the total education program; and 41 the arca of communication with employees and the patrons of the district.
These two items were combined and restated, then broken down into these major components: ll informing patrons and the public about activities, goals and policies; 2) communicating their respective goals, policies and concerns; and 31 improving parent-teacher communication.
The committee divided into sub-groups, each responsible for one of these three
major components. Public input was gathered, ideas were hashed out at committee meetings, and the final report was presented by chairman Col. Robert Van Horn and committee member Kay Walling.
The committee s findings were stated in this manner: Board members are aware of a breakdown in communications. An active public relations program has been put on the back burner for too long in CISD In some cases, the superintendent's interpretation of board policy did not reach the teacher level in its entirety. either in spirit or letter.
Some teachers think parents do not have the right to make recommendations regarding curriculum and instruction, while others disagree Some teachers believe parents do not trust them as professionals and are prone to go over their heads to resolve their problems Some parents, to the contrary , question what they perceive to be unprofessional conduct of teachers.
"On the whole, this conunittee found that perhaps professionalism is a term that may need defining," Walling said.
The committee's recommendations came in the magic number of 19. They were: establish a paid public relations
position, provide for an active press release program, seek time slot on local radio station, make the board policy manual more available, reactivate the school district newspaper ( "Open Roads" was stopped two years ago).
Also, provide the news media with a monthly CISD calendar of events, reactivate the Super Sac concept 1 a committee of teachers, students and parents that meets on a regular basis with the superintendent), re-establish the student representative program for school board meetings, explore the possibility of each high school's newspaper be included as a local newspaper insert.
Also, encouge the superintendent to visit each campos regularly, emphasize a uniform teacher handbook, establish an informative memo program tot the superintendent to articulate board policy changes, re-emphasize the upward and downward movement of the chain of communication
Also, enhance the in-service education for school board members, explore the possibility of local workshops and seminars for school board members, enforce a uniform administrative policy in
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Teacher pay plan
New CISD salary schedule rewards experience
Salary schedules approved Tuesday night for Comal Independent School District personnel will cost the district an additional $32,000 in 1983-84 But trustees felt it was money well spent.
The Texas State Public Education Compensation Plan is the basis for all salary schedules. Then each school district takes on the burden of local supplements, added to that state base figure.
Teachers will still get three percent above state base to 0-10 years of experience, and five percent above base for ll or more years of experience for teachers. But Tuesday's action added $2,000 to those with bachelor degree at Step ll and above and $2,100 to those with a masters degree at Step ll and above, instead of last year’s 1,800 for a bachelors degree and $1,900 fora masters.
Trustees considered two salary schedule plans. Plan A reflected step increases approved by the state legislature, plus local increments. But Plan B was more of
an effort to “equalize the dollar amounts received by teachers as much as possible, because the state plan varies so much," Supt. Edgar Willhelm said.
"The approved plan rewards those with 12 years or more experience, whereas Plan A would not have increased those people by much,” Supt. Edgar Willhelm said. "Plan A put more emphasis on beginning teachers, giving them more This board wanted things the other way around.”
"I'm inclined to be conservative, but I feel we have to add something to the salary schedule, and I think it's more appropriate to add extra to those teachers who've been teaching the longest," trustee David Way said.
And where will the additional $32,000 come from’ Business Manager Hugo Nowotny pulled his pockets inside out at the Tuesday night meeting, and said, “from the taxpayers’ pockets.”
Salary schedules for extra-curncular
personnel Uke coaches, band directors, etc., remained the same as last year (although most will move up a step on the state step increase). Trustees did, however, add $100 above state base to special activities personnel such as drill team, cheerleader and pep squad instructors.
Salary' schedules for secretaries, clerks and aides remained the same, while food service personnel and maintenance and operations personnel will receive a five percent increase above the current salary' schedule. The approved salary schedule for bus drivers was also increased by 75 cents an hour.
In other money matters, trustees approved a 10-cent hike per meal for school lunches and a 5-cent raise in breakfast prices for 1963-84 The per meal increase will, in turn, provide funds to cover the five-percent salary schedule increase for food service personnel
-DEBBIE DeLOACHLand search begins for Post Office
By DAVID KING Staff writer
The search has begun in earnest for the site for a new poet office to serve the New Braunfels zip code area, Postmaster Kenneth Rheinlander said Wednesday morning.
A site of approximately 112,000 square feet or a lot with dimensions of 265 feet by 350 feet is being sought by the real estate branch of the U.S. Postal Service in Dallas.
Rhetnlander said a preferred site would be in sn area bounded by the Comal River on the north, Santa Clara Street on the south, Garden Street on the east and the Miasourt-Kansas-Texas railroad tracks on the west — downtown.
“We need almost three acres, and that’s a lot of land -especially downtown," the postmaster said. “But we don’t want to settle for leas. We don’t want to box ourselves in the way we are now.”
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Renner (left!, Evans —looking for county budget answers
Schroeder, Reimer seek agreement on assistant
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The idea of sharing an assistant district attorney with the county attorney’s office won t work. Comal County Commissioners learned Tuesday.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder researched the law and found that a district attorney can’t legally prosecute in county court The same goes for an assistant district attorney
However. Schroeder said, a county attorney (or any of his designated assistants! can prosec ute felonies in district court, if the distnct attorney requests it
"In other words, ll s just the opposite of what you had originally thought." said County Judge Fred Clark in a Commissioners Court budget hearing
Faced with those facts, Schroeder was willing to give up his request for a full-time assistant in 1984 “I can't swear I could keep an assistant busy full-time,” he admitted. But he said he could certainly use some help from the county attorney suffice.
County Attorney Bill Reimer who spoke to conuiussioners about his proposed budget last week, has indicated a willingness to help rn district court But he didn t like the idea of
cutting we of his part-Ume assistants, even if he would be getting the services of an assistant district attorney.
Now, commissioners are looking at expanding Reimer’s staff, possibly making one ut the assistants full-time, so that he can lake up the slack in distnct court They suggested that Schroeder and Reimer, both elected officials, get together and see if they could w ork out some sort of agreement We can't, and we have no desire to, run either of your two offices." said Precinct I Commissioner J I, Evans * Whether it works or not is up to you two ”
"But we have to look at the economics." Clark said Although the court has no direct control over any elected official, it does control the county budget And its members are determined not to raise the lax rate next year Schroeder and Reimer already agree on we point If commissioners decide w a full-time assistant to help rn both courts, "Give us enough mwey to get somebody who knows what he's doing,’’ the district attorney pleaded Reimer said last week that one reason he has two part-Ume assistants instead of one fulltime. is that no experienced lawyer would work
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There’s a 20 percent chance of thundershowers still
around today, but the rain should end by tonight Skies
today, tonight and tomorrow will be partly cloudy The
high today will be near 90 degrees, the low in the nud
70s and the high Thursday in the low 90s Winds will be
from the southeast at IO to 15 miles per hour today.
Frank Reynolds dead at 59
WASHINGTON (AP) - Frank Reynolds, the ABC World News Tonight” anchorman depicted by a colleague as a man who “felt other people’s pain very deeply," died early today of viral hepaUtis and bone cancer He was 59 Ted Koppel, anchorman for ABL News' “Nightline" program, said today the hepaUUs was a result of "a bad blood transfusion ”
The immediate cause of Reynolds’ death, at 12:40 am. at Sibley Memorial Hospital rn Washington, was viral hepatitis, but the anchorman alae suffered from multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer, said Flue Adde, a network spokeswoman Reynolds, who had been absent since mid-April from “World News Twig bt," was recognised for his sturdy, sometimes stiff, appearance
w the air But Koppel, in an interview w ABi^'s “Good Morning America,” said Reynolds “felt other people’s pain very deeply ’”
"He has a radiant smile when he flashes it,” Av WesUn, sn ABC News execuUve said in his recent book, “Newswatch, “but his burden w my shoulders' atUtude sometimes comes across if the news is particularly weighty ”
“Frank had the rock and steel, integrity and character,'' said Dan Rather, the CBS “Evening News’’ anchorman He was interviewed with Koppel and NBC “Nightly News ” anchor Tom Brokaw, who said Reynolds was “a kind of 24-hour-a-day newsman ”
Katherine Bayti, an ABC News spokeswoman, said Reynolds un
derwent surgery w March 17 for a broken leg, and that the hepatitis was diagnosed w April 29 "His doctors at the time said they thought it was a result of the blood transfuse" administered during surgery, she said The chief anchorman of the evening news program since 1978, Reynolds network broadcasting included coverage of all major political conventions since 19S5. the Senate Watergate hearings, and U S manned spaceflights During the Iranian hostage emu in 1979, Reynolds anchored a nightly show recapping the day s events, a program that grew into ABC’s popular "Nightline.”
He won broadcasting's George
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