New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
(day June 5. 1987
Herat6-Zeitung New Braunfels Texas
Page 5Comal Independent School District's Nine Goals for the Nineties
■ me < Ina Is for the Nineties In order of priority1
Superintendent s Administrative CabinetMore competive teacher and supportGoal No I
staff salaries Where are we now ?
Career ladder is up in the air pending legislation Hie district is inthe process of revising job descriptions for stipends
I here is a high medium low salary schedule for all employees other then certified teachers based on evaluations and cost of living increases Where do wo want to qo?
We need to develop two local pay scales one to include career ladder, on without
We need to look at above base local supplements to entice teachers to this district
Keep the support salary schedule in place How do we get there?
Consolidate two Hill Country middle schools, creating fewer staff positions
( reate guidelines for stipends improving uniformity and fairness, considering number oi students supervised and number of hours worked
Goal No. 2 More comprehensive vocational training program encompassing a larger variety of occupations Where are we now?
Texas education Agency is cutting programs State funding is threatened
Lack of work stations at Smithson Valley High School (‘('cognize that two unique situations exist at < .uiyon and Smithson V alley high schools and each must he dealt with separately Where do we waul to qo?
Need more programs such as auto mechanics health occupations, building Irades, lend service'
Must meet needs of at risk students who cannot function in regulai program it high school md middle school levels How do we qet there’
Perform a job survey for training stations for Smithson V alley High School
Share some Canyon High teachers with New Braunfels ISI)
More teaching diversity
Need more active vocational advisory council and a voeat ional coordinator
Goal No. 3 Continue and emphasize drug awareness program
Where are we now?
Drug awareness programs are in place on all grade le\els Student councils at both high schools are involved and working with the superintendent
Materials are begin previeyved for use next year Health and home economics classes are addi et mg the issues
Speakers and programs have been used this ye rn throughout the district. CIS!) is working with AIRISH Where do we want to qo?
eliminate drugs from campuses educate and counsel all students and parent Continue practice ut limited media coverage of expul sinus ect
Work I rot ii within to strengthen policies Improve teacher knowledge of reasons tor drug use emphasizing positive sell concept as strength to withstand the temptations and peer pressure
Bring more programs to elementary md middle schools
How do we qet there?
Formulate strong supportable policies at the lei ru t level to keep drugs off campuses
Contract with reputable drug dog ‘ firm Encourage teachers to help police when on duty at lunch and in parking lots
Continue dialogue between administrators and students
Encourage more activities to otto, students a healthy soc ial outlet
Purchase materials for teachers to use to better understand and deal drug problems
Bring motivational speakers to open and close our an nual teacher inserviee Stat! needs to feel more positive about initial classroom entry each year
Eliminate use of all tobacco products on campus »>n force stiff penalties
Goal No. 4 I I iii/e and implement proven effective learning models or programs iii carli disc p* ic in hiding science educat ion Where ar e we now?
Mathematics leachers have been trained in the Math Solution, receiving Advanced \cademic Training credit teachers have attended til** Mathematics In st it lite. (ISI) has hosted at Mathematics Institute < Isl) participated in a Mathematics Institute in San \nt< mo training all secondary teachers
Language Arts Numerous training sessions have been held and approved for VAT credit teachers It ive participated in Great Books Training, the Hill Country Writing Project, attended the Texas Joint Council o! reachers of English workshops a S \ (LE program was instituted at Mountain Valley Writing to Head labs have been established at Comal Elementary anti Cond win Primary schools; honors programs have been writ ten for English I. ll III and IV and \dvaneed Plaeena**a English I and II
Science Efforts have been made to improve safety and equipment cited by TK \ a Science Institute a as of tered for teachers grade K through ti I Diversity of Texas consultants visited campuses to make recommendations for improvements, monies have been budgeted to purchase more science equipment training for Mi valu ed Placement Biology was completed by instruct!)! anti materials purchased science fair was reinstituted a summer science was held at Smithson Valley High School for middle choel students
Social Studies Social Studies Institutes for teachers on ill levels have been offered and approved for A VT credit hut received minimal teacher participation Hon Hayworth anti Kathy Simmons is scheduled to i‘ive advanced placement government training Where do we want to qo’
Mathematics Retrain teachers iii th** mathematics institute during the summer including special education leachers
Language Arts The Houghton Mifflin basal reader for gratles K through H y\ 111 he an improvement for the program anti should alleviate too many management
Science Purchase additional supplies and equip inent attempt to schedule another science institute coordinate program yvith special education, especially al middle sc bt Mils have prom am evaluated bv a consul taut
So. tai Studios Coordinate social studies mort* citee lively villi special education espciaily it middle school ley el stress content skills development and content area reading skills
How do we qet there?
Mathematics Allocate money for ’cachet training make attendance mandatory
Language Arts ((induct writing institute tor elemen tare grades expand Writing to Read labs to Bulverde Elementary aud Mountain V alley Elementary schools when space allows conduct Houghton Mifflin mmtvico training
AIDS in infants spreading
WASHINGTON \P Cases of MDS in infants are suddenly appearing nationwide, with black babies being 25 times as likely as whiles to suffer from the discase, researchers say I nill recently AIDS iii infants occurred almost ex elusively in New York, New Jersey aud Florida, wheie drug abuse is a common source of MDS infection iii mothers yvfio then pass it on to their offspring, said Margaret Oxtoby Of the federal Centeis for Disease Control iii Atlanta.
Infant AIDS now has been reported in 2<> states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. with a total of 194 cases tallied as of May I, Oxtoby said Thuisday ai the Third International Conference on MDS
The numbei of new cases is doubling evei y 11 mon ths. she said
‘ Sixty two pet cent of the iniaiits haw died oui there have been very Jew long lei in suivivois. Ox toby said
Oxtoby noted that no case of infant AIDS bas been reported that yeas acquired through household contact or through routine contact iii a school or day care center
Children diagnosed with AIDS before they are t year old fare much worse than children detected alter one year of age. she said.
Those discovered early survive tor a median of four months alter diagnosis Those identified alter a veal of age live for a median of 22 months atte! diagnosis Oxtoby said.
Seventy-nine percent oi the cases wert? acquited by tin* infants I rom their mothers at or before birth, and 17 percent occurred iii hemophiliac miauls or ut tiers who had received blood transfusions before blood was screened for the AIDS vii us The remaining 9 percent *i the cases va eof undetei mined cause* Oxtoby aid
Almont three foul His of tin- cases ai* a result oi ii ug abuse iii one oi bott) of the infant s parents
Science Continue upgrade of science .supplies and equipment schedule mn science institute schedule consult at ive services from TE \
S()cial Studies Schedule content area reading skills training sessions emphasize spacial education regular education coordination in curricula) offerings
Goal No. 5 Meet or exceed state personnel and staff mg guidelines Where are we now?
Have requested waiver from TEA tor 22-1 ratio in gradesK 2
Have weakness in some areas and some discrepancies from campus to campus Where do we want to qo?
Try to have remedial intervention classes pre kindergarten md pie first grade even smaller than slate guidelines
Need truant officer
Need ESL floating teacher from campus to campus tea meet requirements, but would not count against slatting formula on any part icuiar campus
Develop plan for all campuses to have advantage of more counseling services
Have curriculum specialist halt day teacher on elementary campuses How do we qet there?
Stay y it hut state stalling guidelines at least Recommend Mist net develop own slatting formula
Goal No 6 - Provide alternative programs tor those w ho do not do \y *»l I in t egular classes Where are we now?
Elementary: Pre Hi st program iii place some schools have intervention remedial classes or groups all schools have either Chapter I or SEE programs Bulver ie Elementary has development kindergarten summer school is provided for those who ire retained or barely promoted tutoring is available
Middle school SPE reading, summer school tutoring grouping are provided
High school Remedial math and language arts mc available some vocational classes ire (callable Where do we want to qo’
Elementary Maintain pre first Chapter I SPE summer school tutoring expand and improve tevelopnien tai kindergarten Chapter I SCH; expand remedial in tervention classes giv- ill students opportunity to work with students ol other ability levels otter mid veal pro motion it possible with group size
Middle school Maintain programs nine in place otter transitional individualized time out seventh grade pill I out for special help students repeat only subjects failed train teachers in earning modalities md variations <»t materials peer tutoring md networking, hire part time stall or shat** with other campus tor alternative school test taking, study skills remedial programs
High school Maintain remedial classes maintain and increase number ut vocational classes oiler classes rn hoyv to study provide counseling activities to motivate students to exit remedial classes How do we qet there?
Elementary Differentiated slatting teacher could -el y e special group and regular group examine schedul-ng iud departmentalize teacher serve multiple grade cvcls multi-age grouping tor language arts and math solicit parent and grandparent volunteers hire aides tor remedial groups rewrite expand special program Chapter I and SEK campus instructional facilitation hail tune leacher hail curriculum tacilitatoi
Middle school Differentiated stalling teacher would serve special group aud regulai group examine scheduling and departmentalize teachers serve multiple grade arid multi age groups
High schools Provide belter alternative school program that addresses needs ut students iii discipline and remedial academic program
Goal No 7 — Place compatible (imputers ti each campus will) central system at administration building
Wht**(* arc vc now’
District Ila* been utilizing erviccs ti Region Nill Education Service ( enter tor administrative computet needs, including iccountmg services to central ottice and grading services it* two high schools
Cost of this services has been .steadily increasing A technology advisory committee was formed in t«4 to address the use of computers in the district
Two committees now exist to study the future ase of computers in th** district one made up of teachers and principals whose expertise is in instructional systems one made up of principals and central office administrators who are looking at the computer as a business tool for communications data storage data retrieval and other labor saving applications Whore do we want to qo’
Need to use computers as an instructional tool to adp children learn
Need to use computers as in administrative tool to help teachers and administrators have more tim* to spend with children rather than doing paperwork How do we qet there’
I se most cost efficient and ost effective method of utilizing our current computers and any future purchases Make instructional computers available to every student in district
Network administrative computer systems between campuses and central office as yvell as office in **ach building
Have ail systems operable by 0K8-H9 school year and provide training
Goal No. 8 - Where are ve now*
( ISI) has provided a well-balanced curriculum of basic education for students reeking to terminate then pinnal learning witha high school diploma and has or*-deb an adequate basic education for those seeking a leg!* admission
District istnaking necessary curriculum changes to br ;ng us in compliance with House Bill 72 Where do we want to qo?
I- xeeed minimal requirements of the state Implement advanced placement course-' nth veighted grading and honors status at both high schools Offer academically challenging alternatives to ,**i-vanced placement courses
ofter at <*ach high school an array if stimulating and challenging elective courses tailored to the need' ,,j cacti campus
Appropriately modify middle school curriculum to reflect requirements of House Bill 24s and 72
Ofter accelerated levels of an e academic subjects and -hallenging electives on the middle school level ( moi '.finale high school and middle '•choel progi anis ’** provide foundation
Institute exti acur riculat activities for academic and art subjects at elementary middle and binh school ex **k How do we qet there’
Designate master teachers ut coaches '<> direct!* and execute these activities
Appropriately reward teachers coaches through pro tessional rank monetar y stipend and time allowances Actively rod ut and enc nit .go students *» participate iii programs through a system >t ecogmtions ewards and honors
Goal No sta\ •linen! xdb the building prog:..ut
and anticipate growth Where are we now’
By January IPKH vju million bond issue building pc* gram will tie complete
Renovation on existing campuses will continue mr next two years Where do we w ant to go
Develop long range plans mr expected growth ti eluding:
Change <loodw iii to K l, make Frazier gr aries 2 > Look at another area tor iii additional Hill Countty elementary school
Build satellite transportation division in Hill Counti Build central warehouse
Anticipate larger growth than percent .n town per cent in Hill Count! y How do we qet there?
Continue building program
Sell Canyon Middle School property to tund program May use CMS campus as stop gap until building pro grain is complete
May use CMS campus tor special education classes relieving classrooms on other campuses
s**ek passage ut another bond issue iii txx«» to duo* years
Federal agent says more police will help drug war
conin s CHRISTT AP More local investigators ann border guards are needed to tight drug smuggling. i tedeial agent told the Governor s Task Force on Drug Abuse
The panel, holding public bearings to determine how to spend almost SH.»> million iii federal grant money, heard Thursday thai suspects olten remain tree Un months because pro seculars and investigators have too many cases to follow •‘That bothers me quite a hit. because those* people .ne back on the streets doing their tiling. ' said Bill McDonald, in chai geol the I is Drug Enforcement Administration office here
McDonald said be knows ut a backlog more than 50 drug cases iii his 17-county region Rial can t be pro sec uteri because oi a shortage ol ol fleers to conduct the investigations And lie said the seizure oi 415 pounds ut cocaine at a Soutti Texas highway checkpoint early Thursday shows Hie magnitude <>t drug traffic iii Texas
Federal agents st* I zed tile cocaine worth about $7 million, about I a iii at the I S Bolder Pain*)! check point in ai ta aiel finding a false bed in a pickup truck driven bv a South Texas mail. Mi Donald said
Such seizures apparently are not putting much ut a dent iii the flow of cocaine into the state tie*muse the sti *-et price has remained the same for several years. McDonald said Seizures oi cocaine and marijuana tins year have increased dramatically partially because Hie I" S Bolder Patrol last October started searching tor narcotics, he said
Availability oi marijuana in his district bas diminished, but cocaine remains just as plentiful, be said lave Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby told the task terce thai officers in bis area often accidentally come across drug shipments while making traffic stops
There s no way of knowing how much passes through, but there s bound to !>e a lot. judging I rom what we just stumble across “ Busby said
He said a good use ot the money would be for additional drug agents rn lave Oak. Jim Wells and Duval counties through which he said most northbound 'Texas traitic must pass
Drug traffickers, tie said. ofter) fly over tfit* highway checkpoints or drive around them on rural roads
Melvin Arnold, chief deputy for
nm Wells County, said lie knows of IT landing steps smugglers use iii Ins counts. but Rial tin* county does not
have the personnel to watch them particularly it night
Nueces County District Attorney Grant Jones recommended using the money tor peace officer training upgrading law enforcement equip merit training prosecutors,
educating the public and hiring com puler experts to design programs rn aid officer s
“Intoxication with legal and illegal drugs is a major factor in crimes of all kinds.” Jones said
He estimated that Hie crime rate would drop 70 to ho percent if abuse of alcohol cocaine and other drugs were eliminated
Rider Scott. Gov Bill Clements’ general counsel, said the governors Criminal Justice Division hopes to present a proposal tor use of the money to the CS Justice Depart merit in July, arid should receive Hie federal iunds in September
Under the federal Anti Drug Abuse Act. the slate will receive an additional $ti ti million lor drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation and another ill million tor drug abuse pi ex eiition and education
Other public hearings will l>e field
Tuesday in Arlington and in El Paso Thursday.