New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 910A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 8ACISD consolidates staff to help budget
By Leigh Jones
Comal Independent School District is tightening its belt to whittle down next year's budget.
Superintendent Nancy Fuller
is leading the district’s diet plan by eliminating roughly $250,000 in central office staff.
“It’s tense around here,” Fuller said. “We are reminding all employees to stretch themselves. We are compressing and becoming more efficient. We
need to operate like a business.”
Fuller’s changes include four consolidations.
The controller and the assistant superintendent for business positions will be combined into the director of business
services. That position will be filled by current controller Debra Smith. Assistant Superintendent Abel Compos is retiring.
Sherry Pennington, director of purchasing, will assume the staff accountant’s position as well.
Trade Moos, the grants financial manager, will become the internal auditor and budget officer.
The assistant superintendent of personnel services and the director of services and benefits positions will be com
bined into the personnel services director. Sid Ridgway, current services and benefits director, is retiring, and Assistant Superintendent Linda ( iii sh am is leaving the district.
See CISD, Page 3A
Grandfather I Beating the summertime blues
returns to face charges
By Bon Maloney
A 52-year-old man arrested in the death of his grandson was returned to New Braunfels Wednesday to face charges.
Comal County Jail Administrator David Ott said Gregory Robbins was booked into jail on a first-degree felony charge of causing injury to a child.
Gregory Robbins if convicted, Rob- I bins faces between five and 99 years in state prison.
Robbins’ 15-month-old grandson, Brandon Lee Robbins II, was found dead Dec. 2, 2003, in his New Braunfels home.
Autopsy tissue tests returned in March revealed the boy had cocaine and methadone in his system when he died. Cocaine is an illegal stimulant. Methadone is used to treat heroin
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OTmTC—QT—Austin Trainor, 10, and Whitney Walleck, 7, race on the monkey bars under the watchful eye of School Age Child Care Assistant Director Cindy O / ' Martinez at the Landa Park playground Wednesday afternoon. Children attending the summer program at several CISD elementary schools take a
field trip once a week and swim at the Landa Park pool every Tuesday and Thursday.
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By Bon Maloney
Comal County commissioners today will decide whether to adopt a plan to protect rights-of-way along its roads and hear a report from Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. on the availability of water for future growth.
The water report, which sets out how much water would be available for development over the next 20 years, is required every three years from CLWSC and New Braunfels Utilities under the county’s water availability rules adopted in 2001.
“CLWSC is showing they have adequate water resources to serve their service area for the next 20 years," said County Engineer Tom Homseth.
Acceptance of the report by commissioners means that new construction
AT A GLANCE
■ Commissioners' Court
■ Time: 8:15 am
■ Location: Courtroom. 199 Main Plaza
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Retulfs of the softball game between New Braunfels
By Brandi Grissom
Keeping young ones occupied during the lazy days of summer can be an expensive endeavor for parents.
Local camps offer many fun activities to make sure youths' minds and bodies are busy during time off from school, and prices for camps vary just as much as the activities.
For parents seeking the best learning experience for their child at the most economical price, deciding where to enroll their children can be a tough choice.
Joani Coker said she and her husband will pay
about $1,000 for the various camps in which their two boys, ages 8 and 12, are enrolled this summer. Coker said they tried to balance care and affordability.
"We looked at the quality of the staff — that's really the key," Coker said. "We look at who works there and how they hire them. When we go to visit, we judge their enthusiasm and consider the number of adults per child and just the variety of activities."
Ester Reyna, whose daughter is a first-grader at Specht Elementary, said she and her husband spent a lot of time searching for the best place for their
“Listen to the child. Is [the campJ fun? Do they like going there? That's the real flag for a parent. Most parents really know what their children would most likely benefit from”
— Rosalyn Bratcher
On how to choose a camp which fits best for their child
child while they are at work this summer. They compared prices and activities at several local camps and decided Comal Independent School District’s summer program worked best for their family.
“The price was the best for everything they do here,” Reyna said. “And we don’t have to pay for the field trips."
CISD's summer program started this week with the theme “Let the Fun Begin.” Until school starts, students in the district can register for weekly sessions that include arts and crafts activities, swimming and field trips as local as Landa Park and as exotic as Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. The cost is $85 per week.
The YMCA of Comal County, in conjunction with New Braunfels Independent School District, offers a similar program beginning Monday. The
theme is “Where the Wild Things Are," said YMCA Program Director Cathy Flocke.
The program is also $85 per week, and Flocke said assistance is available for those who meet low-income requirements.
In addition, local museums, churches and the city parks and recreation department, among others, offer programs that allow children to be artists, historians, lifeguards and even park rangers for a few days during the summer.
Prices for those camps range from $50 for three days learning about early settlers and American
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Popular Concerts in Park series starts tonight
By Scott Mahon
Hie New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will host this year’s first summer concert tonight at Landa Park.
ReBeca and Peace Riot, a local group that plays original rock and pop, will per-from 7:30 to IO p.m. on the dance slab in Landa Park.
Linda Lane, youth activity programmer, said this year's concert schedule includes The Craze, a group that performed at the first summer concert in 1984.
“Last year’s biggest draw was Jay Erie and Blieder’s Creek, a country group,” Lane said. “We draw anywhere from 300 to 1,500 people each concert, depending on what group is playing.”
Lane said attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and coolers.
“Alcohol is allowed,” she said, “but glass containers aren’t allowed.”
Concerts will be performed on the dance slab in Landa Park.
“ IUm onto Landa Park Drive from Landa Street, and go past the parks office,” she said. “The dance slab is on the right, past
the aquatic park."
Several concerts will be benefit events, Lane said.
“This is the 20th year for summer concerts," she said “On June IO, the concert will benefit SOS Food Banks, and the concert on july 15 will benefit the Women’s Shelter.”
On Friday, the first swimming cinema will be held at the aquatic complex on luanda Drive.
“We tried this last year, and we’re going to do it again this summer,” lime said. “We
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DID YOU KNOW?
■ June 3 -ReBeca arx! Raace Riot
■ June 10 — Grapes of Wrath benefit for SOS Food Bank
■ June 17 — After Midnight Blues Band
■ June 24-10 West