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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas Twitj?,wc 780 *Hf?;»akR3 EL PASO TX 7ms H»,.ll,f11fl|,l||l,|,.(fni{i(| f 22. 2004 Zeitung SPORTS STATE GAMES Nine members of the New Braunfels Rapids Track Team will participate in the TAAF Games of Texas. Pages SA FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Richard Thelan writes about how it doesn't take a scientist to know there s phosphorus in the river. Page Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 216 10 pages, 1 section CL www: SOO I 8 *56825 00001 1 1 10% chance of rain High Low 95 72 Details .... 6A 21-day notice maybe set for rooms By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District could begin requiring 21 days advance notice to use its classrooms, gymnasiums or athletic fields. School district trustees con sidered Tuesday a first reading of policy revisions for nonschool use of school facilities. The policy sets out rental fees, advance notification requirements and priorities for afterschool use of district property for meetings or other events. The revisions have been cre ated by a committee that has met for several months to discuss the issue. The biggest change in the policy, Superintendent Ron Reaves said, would be requiring 21 days notice and requiring a deposit to reserve the space. “Sometimes, you have peo ple who walk in this morning and want to use it in the afternoon,” Reaves said. “There are a lot of hoops the campus has to go through to make sure a building is available and properly equipped. That’s why we need this lead time.” Priority would go to school- related functions, Reaves said. Second priority would go to meetings of school support groups, followed by groups made up primarily of school-age children, employee organizations and activities of all other See FACILITIES, Page 3A EAR ABBY 8A LASSIFIEDS 9-10A 0MICS 7A ROSSWORD 7A ORUM 4A BITUARIES 3A PORTS 5A GRIDS SA DID YOU KUMM? lllVVN rn ■ Use of classrooms, athletic fields or other school facilities outside school hours can be requested after Aug. 17 by logging on to clicking on 'services" and then "facility rentals." For information, call 643-5700. Chapa named new assistant principal at nigh school By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District named a new assistant principal Tuesday who has a name very familiar in New Braunfels. Trustees announced the appointment of Aria Chapa as New Braunfels High School assistant principal. Chapa is the wife of former New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and the daughter-in-law of Ramon Chapa, local businessman and civic leader who died in late 2003. She will replace Bob Rodriguez, who has been named principal of OakRun Sixth Grade Center. Chapa's responsibilities will be the mathematics and foreign language programs, as well as freshman and sophomore discipline. Most recently assistant principal of Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Chapa said Wednesday she was excited at the opportunity to come back to work in her family’s hometown—and grateful for being chosen for the post by the NBHS administration. “I was looking for an opportunity to serve where we live," Chapa said. “This is my community. My children will go to Tool where we live—and in the district See NUNS. Page 3A COMING SATURDAY Starting a college tradition Aria Chapa Mike Fitsko assists Ashley Haynes, a New Braunfels High School 2004 graduate, with questions about some of her classes. CTTC registering students for first full semester offered at center NWD to i Mock party DIP YOM Young Leaders Conference Participants: ■ Jessica Aulas, Victoria Campos, Elizabeth Diaz. Jennifer Guerrero, Blanca Harper, Brittney Hernandez, Courtly Juarez, Brenda Olmos, Laura Rodriguez and Vioente Romero. Texas Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Session participants: ■ Angela Gomez. Victoria Rhodes and Krista Villanueva. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Evan Herbold, who hopes to be in law enforcement someday, decided it would be less expensive and closer to home if he started his college education at the Central Texas Technology Center. His mother, Sharon, agreed. “We though it’d be a good way for Evan to ease into college and get his feet wet,” she said. “It's less expensive, and the commute won’t be as far as it would be to San Antonio.” Evan and hundreds of other students spent Wednesday afternoon registering for fall classes at the center. “This will be the first foil semester of classes offered at the center;” said Mike Morphew, CTIC interim director. Built at a cost of $2.6 million, the CTTC center was fonded by a federal grant and the dries of New Braunfels and Seguin. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and NBISD were also instrumental in developing the center. The center is managed by the Alamo Community College District, Morphew said. Fall classes begin Aug. 23; registration is scheduled again on Aug. 4. “The CTTC center was created to provide education to local communities and the regional area to help stimulate economic development utilizing workforce education,” Morphew said. Christina Cowey, 23, registered for classes Wednesday, and said she hoped to earn an associate degree. A single mother, she said she hoped to eventually find a higher-paying job. “It's a two-year program, and I want to study computer networking,” said the 1999 Seguin High School graduate. “I'd like to go to school full time if I can arrange my classes. I think the starting pay for computer networking is about $40,000 a year.” Ashley Haynes, a recent New Braunfels High School graduate, said she wanted to pursue a career in health care. “I’d like to get a nursing degree or some other field of medicine,” said Haynes, who registered for 12 hours of classes Wednesday. “By taking classes at the CTTC center, it saves me money and the cost of driving to San Antonio.” Located off Sauer Lane in Guadalupe County near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport the center opened in May and offered summer classes beginning June 1. St Phillips College, San Antonio College and Palo Alto College — all part (J AGCO—will offer off-campus educational programs at the center. This summer, San Antonio Col lege offered five academic courses, including English, government and history. “San Antonio College's academic classes will transfer to four-year universities, and this fall SAC will also offer technical programs for emerging occupations such as home building, auto technology, manufacturing and welding,” said I lelen Torres, San Antonio College director of distance education. Mike Fitsko. SAC off-campus coordinator, said San Antonio College has had a presence in New Braunfels since 1995. “SAC also offers classes at New Braunfels High School and Canyon High School,” Fitsko said. “Students will be able to take video classes, online classes or off-campus classes at the center, at New Braunfels High School or at Canyon High School. See CTTC, Page 3A Students to debate at Young Leaders Conference By Ron Maloney Staff Vttiter Blanca Harper of New Braunfels goes to trial this week in Corpus Christi. No, the New Braunfels High School sophomore hasn’t broken the law. She's going to be one of the lawyers arguing for or against — she won’t know until she gets there—the fast food industry’s offerings to Hispanics and the food’s effects on their health. Harper will be part of a group of IO members of a debate team going to the annual National Hispanic Institute’s Young Leaders Conference today through Sunday. The Youth Leadership Conference is designed to build character, teach students communications skills and build thinking ability in a university setting, reinforcing the value of a college education. This week's conference for sophomores is being conducted at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Three NBHS students are attending the Texas Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Session — a sort of Boys and Girls State program rolled together — at Southwestern University in Georgetown. Participants in the NHI program, which runs eight years through high school and college, must maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average on course work that is part of a college preparation program. NBHS teachers Michelle Gonzalez, Marisol Vela and Denise Ortiz are mentoring the NHI program. “This is really team-based,” Vela said. “Each year See DEBATE. Page 3A MANDY REARY/Herald-Zertung Vicente Romero fine tunes his research for the upcoming debate. UPDATES J? Tracking the news Accident on Common Street LAST NE KNEW: Zachary Vestal, 10, was critically injured Monday in an auto accident on East Common Street. He was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, which listed him in critical condition with major injuries. LATEST: At the request of the family, University Hospital officials declined Tuesday and Wednesday to release any information about the boy's condition or that of his sister, Amanda, 8, who was also injured in the 3:15 p.m. accident. MILLER A MILLER Insurance Agency Check us out on the web at: www.miller-millerlnsurance.com625-3000186 S. Casten Ave. - Downtown New Braunfels Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Evan Herbold, a Seguin High School graduate, fills out registration information for his classes while his mother, Sharon, looks on. ;