New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
CISD trustees'visit touches off controversy
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writef
Two school board members interrupted a Canyon High School Advanced English 111 class while students were taking a final exam last Friday The circumstances surrounding that incident have become a source of controversy since then.
Comal Independent School District trustees Cares Mi Williams and
Karen Rust came to Mrs. Vicki l^angham’s class and field an impromptu discussion with students But that’s w here the agreement stops, and the dispute starts.
Canyon Principal Uirry Moehnke said Wednesday. "It was my understanding the students had finished their exam, but evidently they fwd not." He added he had not stayed iii the classroom during the discussion
CISD Superintendent Edgar Willhelm said Wednesday The
board members asked to talk to the class Mr Moehnke said the class was finished with its testing, and took the board members to the class. They had finished their test "
But students in the Advanced English 111 class and their teacher. Mrs Ut ogham, tell a different story "I was watching the time more than usual because the class was in a testing situation," I Bingham began.
lhe test was in the Commons area, becuust the classroom we usually
meet in is too small for testing purposes.
"About 11:15 a.m., Mr. Moehnke approached me and asked me how soon the students would be finished. I told him some would finish faster than others, and I had promised some of the students time into lunch if they needed it He said two board members wanted to talk to the students "
Before Moehnke came back with McWilliams and Rust, I Bingham asked Audio I.'Roy, the CHS English
Department head, to sit in on the discussion. "McWilliams said he wanted me out, and I wasn’t about to leave those kids alone in there," l^angham said. adding I/Roy had announced her resignation to other English Department faculty later that same day.
A Mailbag letter to die Herald let tuny, signed by the Advanced English III Class, stated, "They (McWilliams and Rust) said they were there to evaluate the gifted and
talented program, but after a few questions about the program, they changed the subject to the recent CISD controversy over Dr. Willhelm and the ‘Gossip IOT supposedly being taught by district faculty."
The letter said, "As we tried to answer their questions, we felt that our answers were not being heard at all. Instead the topic kept returning to our teachers, and what they might
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Jasper official to lead NBISD
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Beginning July I, New Braunfels Independent School District will la* led by an experienced educator and administrator who characterizes himself as a strong believer in the three-R's "
The current superintendent of Jasper ISI) Charles R Baldberry was lured Tuesday to replace NBISDSupt 0 E Hendricks, who will retire June 30.
NBISD trustees signed 38-yeai -old Bra lberry to a three-year contract at .in annual salary of $51,87.) following a lengthy executive session Tuesday Baldberry plans to resign his post in Jasper, effective July I, to take the position offered to him here.
It was hard to tell who was flappier following the board s unanimous vote school trustees or the new superintendent, who brings with hun 14 years ut administrative and educational experted <
Following the board's decision, se bool Utard president Margy Waldrip called a short break '. allow administrator^, leathers ami otnei NBISD
personnel t i become aquainled with their new boss and his family Bradberry, who said that the executive session was held to discuss his contract, brought his wife Sharon an elementary school teacher* and 11-year* old daughter \luanda with him to Tuesday’s meeting
The Texas native, who has l>een superintendent of Jasper since July, 1981, was one of four finalists lH‘ing considered for the job that has been held by Hendricks since I960 Waldrip said Bradberry was chosen from the four finalists and 101 total applicants because of his experience
She emphasized that he is certified and experienced iii all levels of education from teaching elementary grades lo being an administrator. He can identify with all the people he’ll bt* supervising because he's been the! e." a smiling Waldrip noted Saying that Hendricks will t>c a tough act to follow," Bradberry noted that he was not "coming to make a big deal of changes" in the district Calling
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Lawmaker spends night in jail
SANANTONIO Al* I State Rep Joe (lame? spent the night in jail after appearing I hi irs lait for sentencing on his plea of no contest to .■ dr iv sr., w hile-mtoxu ated charge
County Court-at-l-aw Judge Keith Burns res**t sentencing for this morning after revoking Gamez $2,000 bond
Gamez, a San Antonio Democrat, said he was late for the 3 () in Tuesday sentencing because lie couldn't get transportation from Austin where lie had been attending Un* close of the legislative session
Gamez attorney, suite Rep Matt Garcia, said his client would spend the entire night iii jail
"The judge has been fair," Garcia said It was a reasonable dei ision Maybe some good will come out of the worst It is a regrettable position to have a state representative led away to the Bexar County Jail "
l<arry Smith, the Bexar County assistant district attorney prosecuting the drunken driving * ase, said Gamez was very remorseful’' when he finally showed uj) Tuesday
Smith had recommended the judge serpent e Gamez to five day s in jail and fine hun f jim Chief adult probation officer Caeser Garcia has said he w mid recommend probation since the legislator was a first offender and lias a job Gamez was arrested and charged with drunken driving Jan 28 after an accident at a downtown intersection lh* pleaded no contest to the charge April 29
lh. lawmaker s late appearance brought to five the numtier of times he failed to show up or appeared late on the drunken driving charge, including missing a meeting w itll his probation officer
Ihf whole situation is ridiculous," District At tome) Sam Millsap said Millsap had agreed to postpone sentencing, scheduled for last week, ta*cnuse the legislature was in session
We tried to work with Gamez in good faith by not forcing hun to collie bac k last I aday," Millsap said, but that gesture was thrown back iii our face Ile th st r \ es to go to jail I don't know how to get to him I think he needs to sit quietly and think about it
This baseball fan seems intent on tho Unicorns Robstown contest Tuesday, but ber yourn) companion seems mole in forested in a nap and keeping out the unusually cool weather The Unicorns won, however, so it was worth the discomfort See Sports. Page BAComplaints 'on target'Appraiser resigns, says district's woes are true
By DYANNLIRY Staff wnt»M
The Comal County Appraisal District found itself minus an appraiser Tuesday afternoon.
With the first draft of the 1983 tax roll now in the office, and a move to abolish the office still pending on the Board of Directors, Mike Smith walked out.
He thinks it might not la* such a bad idea to turn the whole operation over to County Tax Assessor Gloria Clennan, as an ad hoi committee recommended to the bear Ion May 16
The committee wasn’t in unanimous agreement, lilyn Guff iwliu as representative of two taxing entities was allowed to vote tw ice I defended Chief Appraiser Glenn Brinks' handling of the office, and filed a minority report stating his position Margie Euhianski of Selma abstained
The rest of the lO-memtier committee agreed with Garden Ridge representative John Phillips, who found much bad, and nothing good, to say about the present appraisal operation Smith, who has worked under Brucks for just over a year, said, Everything that committee brought up is true Basically, they said there is no management And there isn t We don’t know who’s boss
He talked o| a power struggle between Brucks and Ins administrative a sistant, Patricia Fox He claimed that complaints made to Brucks by head appraiser Weiner Row dd were "laughed off’’ and got no results And even it the 1983 tax roll does get out on tune i which would be a big improvement over 19821. Smith says the roll is totally botched."
It was a hurry-up job; just throw it in the computer and spit it out," fie said, indicating (fiat the findings of the ad hoi committee may have led Brocks to put on the pressure for fast results He said many of the chief appraiser’s orders wert countermanded by Fox, apparently without Brucks’ knowledge He pointed out that Fox was hired as an appraiser. but has done \ »*i y little work iii that area "It there's going to ta* a seeond-liwonunand. it ought to be the head appraiser," was Smith s opinion.
He accused Brucks of annoying inconsistencies There are deadlines for some appraisers, and others don't know what the deadline is, or ap parently don't have a deadline," he said And, "Why does the chief appraiser say he’s not going to grant
See APPRAISAL, Page 12A
Federal judge halts cattle quarantineInside
ACS I IN AP A federal judge at least temporarily halted a quarantine he said could cause* immediate and irreparable damage to the Texas cattle industry by prohibiting th*' interstate shipment of breeder cattle The C S De partment of Agriculture had scheduled the quarantine to begin at midnight I uesday However, I S District Judge James Nowlin issued a temporary restraining order after a two-houi hearing Tuesday that stopped the quarantine at least until he < an have a hearing on either June 13, or June 27 At the hearing I plan to take ex tensive testimony," the judge said The order for a temporary restraining order was requested in suits filed against tire L'SDA bv T rates Seeligson, president of the Texas and Southwest Cattlemen s Association, and Robert Mason, Harris County cattleman Attorney General Jim Mattox joined in the request “Texas lias a brucellosis program now that meets the federal standards," said Austin attorney C harles Herring, arguing for Seeligson "The program lias been in effect four years and nothing has happened recently to call for an emergency quarantine ’’ Herr mg said Seeligson had several herds of cattle that needed to tx* moved to New Mexico where grass was available but would not be able to
do so if Hie quarantine w as iii effect. Attornev Jerry Hammett said
Mason had a salt cattie scheduled Wednesday and $800,000 Dave Richards tome) general, regulations were
of purebred Angus in Burnet County could lose up to
first assistant at-said brucellosis being enforced in Texas according to 1982 rules that had ta*en approved by the federal government
H* said louisiana, Mississippi aud Arkansas have highei rates of the cattle disease but are not quantic tined.
Robert Duffey, assistant U S District Attorney, San Antonio, argued the quarantine was needed principally because one Texas rancher. R J Nunley of Uvalde, got a permanent injunction in 1979 that keeps the Texas Animal Health Coiiumssion from inspecting his herd for brucellosis, on grounds the program was unconstitutional
"This order prohibits state inspectors from even going on his property," Duffey said, and Nunley ships cattle throughout the state although he is free of regulation.”
Nowlin asked why Ila* USDA had riot decided on the quarantine earlier since it was issued in 1979 The USDA announced its quarantine on May 24Today s Weather
Considerable cloudiness is expected this afternoon, with a 30 percent chance of thundershowers Winds will be from the northeast near IO miles per hour Tonight will be cloudy and cool, with light, variable winds Thursday will be partly cloudy and warmer, with winds from the southwest at 10-15 mph. Sunset today will la* at 8.26 p iii., arid sunrise Thursday at6:31 a.in.Sixers Sweep
The I ,o.s Angeles leakers lost their NBA crown in convincing fashion 'Tuesday night, as Moses Malone, Julius Erving and Co. powered the Philadelphia 76’ers to a 115-108 victory. The 4-0 sweep by Ha* Sixers ended seven years of frustration, which saw the team make it to the finals four bines without winning the title. Sports, Page SA
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City v. MALDEF
Agency preparing reply to city plan
Washington has received no correspondence from the Mexican American I-cgal Defense and Education Fund on New Braunfels new city council election plan
But MAI.DFF attorney Judith Sander s t astro says, "There will definitely Ire something there before the day a decision is due That day is June 19, said New Braunfels City Attorney John Churm The U S Department of Justice received the plan (approved by local voters April 2 as an amendment to the city charter) on April 20 By law. the agency must reply either make a decision, or ask for more time and additional information w ithin CO days Sander^-Castro just received copies of the information Ch min sent to Washington, and she says
thats the reason for the delay iii filing MALOFF* promised complaint against the plan.
In any case under review by the Department of Justice, "We have to get hold of what the jurisdiction i ill this case, the City of New Braunfels) sent," she said The only thing I had r eceived until last Friday was a copy of the letter from Mr. ( ll Ulm."
She now has the entire file, shipped from the Department of Justic e Bul she hadn’t had time to review it as of Tuesday morning
I ’rn going to have b get on it this week," Sanders* Castro said, adding that her comment would la* filed w believer it gets there They’d better hurrycommented a Department
See MAM)KF, Page 12A
Sticking point — at large places
New Braunfels currently has a seven-member city council, with all members elected at large by the entire populace Each candidate has to file fur a specific seat, and must get a majority of the vote to win.
A new election plan, approved by charter amendment on April 2 and now under review by the U S Department of Justice, calls for just three council members to be elected in this manner The other four will U* elected by neighborhood districts, one of which will have a 62 percent Mexican* American population
MAEDEL s associate counsel, Jose Garza, said shortly after the April 2 election that his group would
impose the plan iii a limited fashion It has no quarrel with the four districts as drawn, but does object to the way the ut-iarge council members are to be elected
MAEDKE supported the city Districting Charter Review Committee’s original recommendation, which was to elect the three at-large member* by plurality, with no runoffs and no numbered seats. Churm found this to la* in violation of the Texas I(institution So the City Council amended tile committee’s proposal, over the protests of MALDEF and a group of local Hispanics, and put it to a public vote.