New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ June 2,1993Heratd-z^n^ng33 Serving Comal County • Home of Walter Sears
Vol. 141, No. 139
Hie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Mitchell Smith, Beverly Tim-mermann, Danny Marshall, Gilbert Moline, Jr., Lupe Sierra. Happy Belated Birthday to Matthew Sultemeier.
OM Timers Rodeo set for weekend
The Comal County Sheriffs Posse is hosting the Old Timers Rodeo at the Sheriffs arena located at 1-35 South at the Solms Road exit.
Members of the Sheriff s Posse Drill Team will perform Friday and Saturday nights, with a Salute to Texas.
The Comal County Women’s Center need volunteers. Volunteers are needed to staff the crisis hotline, provide transportation for clients and assist with office work.
Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kristin Seibert at 620-7520 for information.
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department has begun registration for summer Junior Lifeguard Camps for ages 12 to 15. H A one week session is $30 at the Land Park Pool. Session I will be June 21-25; Session 2 will be July 26-30. Sessions will be IO a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Call 608-2160 for information.
Rhythm on Parade
This year’s extravaganza
is nearing curtain time and features more than 150 dancers from around the area including dancers from the New Braunfels Dance Studio.
The performance will take place in the New Braunfels High School Auditorium on Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 each and can be reserved over the phone by calling 625-9892 or 629-4697.
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The 40th reunion of the New Braunfels High School class of 1953 will be held on July IO. A 4:30 p.m. social hour and 6 p.m. catered dinner will be held at the Senior Citizens Center. Class members who have not received letters of registration or know of class members who have not received theirs can call Shirley Hayes at 620-4543 or writer 405 E. Zirk, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 or call Harvey Pfannestiel at 625-2509.
(The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, Stammtisch" represents a sitting place reserved for members of a community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)NBISD stands to lose state funds under new school finance plan
By ROSE MARIE EASH Heraki-Zeltung
At Tuesday night’s meeting of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees, Lonnie Curtis, assistant ^superintendent of finance, reported on the impact of the newly-passed school finance law. Curtis said Ole district will probably lose some fonding under the bill.
"Essentially we'll get $400,000 to $500,000 less — it’s going to be less money per pupil,” said Curtis.
Curtis reported that the basic allotment per student had dropped from $2,400 to $2,300 per student across the state, that there were significant changes in teacher incentives which will make it more difficult to attract teachers from other districts, and that the local fond assignment had gone down.
Charles Bradberry, the superintendent
for NBISD, reported on other changes included in the school finance bill.
There’s now a $1.50 cap for everything for everyone—formerly that only affected
ll districts (including _
NBISD),” said Brad-berry. “Anything over that must be approved by voters.”
Bradberry explained that any district whose tax rate was currently over $1.50 would have
to go to voters to have -
the additional amount approved.
Bradberry said the new school finance bill also requires more accountability from school districts and gives the state far greater power in controlling exactly what superintendent and school board responsibilities are.
He added that the bill gives the state
the authority to place districts under the jurisdiction of an appointed patron committee if a school board is deemed irresponsible according to state standards.
_ Sylvia Sanchez
was sworn in as the newest NBISD-board trustee and Leo Chafin became the vice president of the board during the meeting.
Sanchez was appointed to replace her father Nayo Zamora who resigned in May. She will run to complete his term in the August 14 NBISD trustee election as a candidate for the district #1 position.
The district #3 and district #5 positions will also be up for election. Dick Robinett, the president of the board, is up for reelection in district #3 and Margie Rabom’s
"Essentially well get $400,00 to $900,000 less -Its going to bo loss money per pupil."
• Lonnie Curtis NBISD Assist. Supt, of Finance
position in district #5 is up for re-election.
The board ordered the election and called for the order and notice to be posted at the Comal County Courthouse, the Guadalupe County Courthouse and the Education Center.
All qualified voters in NBISD districts #1, #3, and #5 are eligible to vote for the candidate of their choice in the district in which they reside.
The candidate with the most votes in each district will be declared the winner. For this election the candidates must have been a resident of the state for 12 months and a resident of the trustee district for six months prior to June 30 — the deadline to file application for a place on the ballot.
Leo Chafin was elected to replace Nayo Zamora as the vice president of the board in the only reorganization required by Zamora’s resignation.
Totals for early voting top May figures
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hwald-ZeHung
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the early voting total was 4,002 — about 1,000 more than in the May I election, according to County Clerk Joy Streator.
“Well have more than that,” Streator said. “We’ve had a steady stream of eight to ten people in here all day.”
The tally includes 290 mail-in ballots.
Streator said the grand total could include an additional 100-125 votes by the 4:30 p,m. dosing of the polls.
Tuesday was the last day for early voting. Voters have to wait until Saturday, June 5, to cast their votes now.
The voting locations are the same as thjy were for the May I election:
■ 4, 18, 19 - Canyon City Fire Station
■ 16, 20, 22, 24 • Canyon High School • New Gvm
B.1, 2, 3, 9, 23 - New Braunfels Presbyterian Church
■ 6,10.21- Emergency Services Building
■ 11- Garden Ridge Municipal Complex
■ 5-Startz Cafe
■ 8.13-Lone Star School
■ 7,12,17-Fire Station #5
■ 14,15- Eagle’s Hall
Polls open at 7 a m. and dose at 7 p.m.
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TCI to change cable lineup to make room for required additional channels
TCI Cablevision of Central Texas will change its channel lineup to make room for local broadcast stations that the system is now required by law to carry-
“We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers and we ars doing our best to avoid disruptions,” said General Manager Mark Morrison. “However, we have no choice. We have to
make room for the ‘must cany stations.
Under the “must cany” regulation, cable operators ere required to carry all qualified local television broadcast stations. As a result KVDA Channel 60, Tele-mundo, will be added to the cable lineup.
Other changes may include a need to reposition certain channels several times since many of
Legislative session was productive, records indicate
Approximately 739 bills made into law
the “must cany” stations are entitled to specific channel positions, even if those poeitions are already in use.
The changes will start June 28 and should be finalized by October 6.
Thirty days notice will be given of the changes.
TCI Cablevision of Central Texas serves New Braunfels and Garden Ridge areas.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
According to a representative at the Texas Legislative Reference Library, there were 4,560 House and Senate bills and amendments introduced this session and 739 of them eventually made it to the Governor's desk for signature.
Sen. Jeff Wentworth was pleased with the session overall.
The stuff that’s always most important, the budget, was passed at $70 billion with no tax bill," said Wentworth. The Edwards Aquifer issue finally came to a head this session. Tm grateful that problem will be handled locally and not at the federal level.
The Penal Code reform which had to be done and the school funding problem which I feel we did an adequate job on, all add up to a good session,” he said. “I think that when public bodies meet with a quorum for staff briefings the meetings should be open to the public. Presently there’s a hole large enough to drive a Mack truck through in the public information law. They get by with it by not describing it as a meeting because there is supposedly no discussion and no action.” Wentworth said that he knew that ^evidently some discussion does occur and then only the action is taken in public leaving citizens and the press without any knowledge of what issues were considered in making the decision. Wentworth sponsored a bill to correct this problem and it was passed 30 to one in the Senate, but it died in committee in the House.
Wentworth mentioned other accomplishments as a product liability bill and a bill which will prohibit companies with limited business in the state to sue in Texas because the perception is that the Texas courts award more generous grants.
He said there may yet be a special session to address the Dental Examiners board which will be dissolved unless it is renewed prior to the next session and the Public Utilities Commission
which was only renewed for two years. Wentworth said there is also a possibility that federal funding changes over the next two years could require a special session to adjust state policy.
Rep. Edmund Kuempel apparently left the Capitol early on Monday. He did not respond to a request for a comment on the session Monday afternoon and no one was answering phones in his offices in Austin and Seguin by 6 p.m.
According to Governor Ann Richards, the two rmyor accomplishments of the session were the passage of the school finance bill and a $70 billion state budget that did not require new taxes.
“We should not forget that coming into this session, the state was faced with the closing of the public school system in this state,” said a release from the Governors office. “First, the legislature managed to get a constitutional amendment approved and placed on the ballot ... the legislature then passed a sweeping school finance bill in record time."
Although the budget was increased by 11.4 percent, according to a the release it is the lowest increase in more than 30 years The release also said that there has been nearly a 70 percent increase in federal funds over the four years of Richards’ administration.
The release listed other significant legislation as initiatives in health care insurance, immunizations, and bills on job training and criminal justice.
Specifically the Legislature passed the Health Insurance Bill which is meant to help small businesses and their employees get affordable health insurance and provided for immunization against preventable diseases for every child in Texas according to the release.
Under job training the Smart Jobs Plan is described as an innovative program to assist Texas businesses in training workers. The plan also provides financial incentives for expanding businesses with an estimated $50 million per year available for funding according, reports showed.For subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144