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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 1,2004 . - iLD-Zeitung SPORTS SWIMIMING Swimmers practice for the City Championship Swim Meet Saturday at Landa Park Pool. Pages SA FORUM LETTERS Readers respond to issues such as banning alcohol on river, Ann Coulter, politics and mall activities. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 180 10 pages, 1 section CLICK WWW; 500 ■56825 00001 O 70% Chance of Storms High Low 87 72 Details .... 6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 8-10A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM    4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 8AReaves’ contract not extended another year By Leigh Jones Staff Writer An evening that started out with congratulations ended with consolations. Although New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of four new principals Monday, they were divided on renewing Superintendent Ron Reaves’ contract. In a 4 to 3 vote, trustees declined to extend the contract by one year, as previous trustees have done. Trustees Paul Fisher, Randy Rust, Rob Johnson and Ed dark joined together to give Reaves a public vote of no confidence. ‘It’s a professional slap in the face to the superin- „ D tendent," Ron Reaws said Sharon Thte, Memorial Ele mentary principal. “The board is not representing what teachers and administrators want.” Tate said while Reaves still had two years left on his current contract, the board’s decision was tantamount to firing him. Reaves came to NBISD in 1997 with a three year contract. In January 2000, the board voted to extend the contract to June 2003. Every year after that, trustees extended the contract another year. Reaves currently earns $126,450 per year. Administrators said they were blindsided by the board’s decision, especially after Reaves delivered a balanced budget. “We're stunned,” said Leigh Ann Dees, Lamar Primary principal “He’s done everything (the board) asked. Our superintendent is doing his job.” The boardroom was full of teachers and administrators on hand to congratulate the new See REAVES, Page 3A New Braunfels in Motion Program offers people chance to improve health while having fun By Leigh Jones Staff Writer More than IOO New Braunfels residents are on the move to improve their health. Some are running in place, some are running in circles and some are “Sweatin’ to the Oldies." The flurry of activity is part of “New Braunfels in Motion," a healthy living program sponsored by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the McKenna Club. The program started June I and runs through the end of August. Deborah Chapman, president of the women’s chamber, said the goal of the program was lifestyle change. “We are encouraging people to learn to incorporate exercise into their routines and eat balanced, nutritional meals,” she said. Chapman and fellow chamber member DD. Ames were inspired by Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Round-up. The fitness initiative strives to combat rising obesity and diabetes. “We’re challenging everyone in New Braunfels to get fit,” said Ames, who is a nutritionist and personal trainer. Participants receive an ideal weight and body fat percentage recommendation from the McKenna Club when they sign up for the program. They also are required to submit to monthly weigh-ins and body fat percentage checks. At the end of August, McKenna will award a one-year membership to the person who makes the most progress. Monthly prizes, donated by local businesses, will be awarded to participants who lose the most body fat, lose the most weight and participate in the most chamber-sponsored group activities. Group activities, including walks and aerobics classes, are scheduled throughout June. New calendars will be available each month at the McKenna club. “We hope the group activities will help people get a feel for what it takes to get active and motivated,” Ames said. Both Ames and Chapourn said they were surprised at the number of people, men and women, who have signed up. “I think people just wait for someone to organize something like this,” Ames said. “Everyone is so excited about it.” TO JOIN NEW BRAUNFELS IN MOTION I Pick up an application from the McKenna Club or I Call the New Braunfels Womens Chamber of Commerce at 627-1575 MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Deborah Chapman uses the Body Fat Analyzer while Kelly Bonewald, a fitness specialist at the McKenna Club, monitors her readings. Tracking their progress Four participants have agreed to let Herald-Zeitung readers follow their progress. We will publish McKenna’s recommended weight loss and body fat percentage loss numbers for each person. Every month, we will check in with them and update their numbers. Deborah Aelvoet (numbers still pending) Aelvoet, a young mother of two, joined “New Braunfels in Motion” at the prompting of her neighbor. “I just had a baby last month,” Aelvoet said “During the pregnancy, I developed gestational diabetes.” Aelvoet said her condition was an eye-opener because diabetes runs in her family. Aelvoet plans to walk for her main source of exercise. She said it would be convenient because it was something she could do with her kids. “I will push my baby and my 3-year-old will ride her bike,” she said. During her pregnancy, Aelvoet met with a nutritionist and plans on continuing to follow that diet plan. She said she would watch her carbohydrate, sugar and protein intake. n W Deborah Chapman 11 percent body fat; 31 pounds Chapman blames her son and her busy schedule for her weight problems. “My son is 19, and I’m still carrying around 20 pounds from when I was pregnant with him,” she said. Chapman, who co-owns a pool supply and maintenance company with her husband, said she planned on swimming a lot during the three-month program. She also plans to work out at home with an exercise video. As for food, chicken is on the menu. “I’ll be eating grilled chicken salads and fruit for three months,” she said. “I don’t have time to cook.” n Vera Anderson 26 percent body fat; 55 pounds Anderson said she had a simple reason for joining “New Braunfels in Motion." “I’ve got a great and dynamic personality, and I need a body to go with it," she said. Anderson’s hair salon, Jenesis, is sponsoring the program’s “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” group event every Friday. In addition to jumping around with Richard Simmons, Anderson said she plans on walking to get fit. [Exercise is only one part of Anderson’s regimen. “I will be changing a bad habit everyone has: not eating breakfast,” Anderson said. “I’m going to stay away from fried foods and focus on low carbs and more protein. I've also increased my water intake." Jack Lopez 13 percent body fat; 39 pounds Lopez has a small bet with fellow program participant, Chapman, to add extra motivation for his weight loss goals. “We have a wager on who can lose more weight,” he said. “The loser has to buy the winner dinner.” Lopez said he wanted to lose weight because extra pounds were not good at his age. Because he works almost all daylight hours at Schlitterbahn, Lopez must get up at 5 a.m. every day to make it to the gym for his workout. I Ie said he also plans on walking as much as he can. Iopez's diet is based on several popular low-carb plans. Meek: proposed civic center would benefit both cities By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer SAN MARCOS — Local officials studying a new civic center will consider in their planning a convention center proposal San Marcos will present to the public Thursday Last week, San Marcos city and cl lamber of commerce officials rolled out a $50 million, 45,000 square-foot proposal for a convention center and adjacent 250-plus suite hotel. The New Braunfels avie Center, built in 1971, is — at 15,000 square feet—just one-third of the proposed facility being considered 15 miles up Interstate 35. Essentially, a single room and lobby with no break out space for smaller meetings, the New Braunfels avie Center can accom modate only one meeting or event at a time and has long been considered inadequate. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce manages the New Braunfels facility. President Michael Meek says its most attractive booking times are reserved as much as two years in advance and the city consistently loses conferences to oth er communities. A possible upscale housing development and 18-ltole golf course considered for an adjacent site would push the San Marcos project’s price lag to $ 150 million and create a destination resort San Marcos officials believe would be a linchpin of the city's revitalization plans for down- See CENTER Page 3A Garinger to take over at high school By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District will have four new principals July I, but only one is new to the district. Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to elevate three existing employees to principal positions. Memorial Intermediate Principal Debbie Garinger will take over the reigns of New Braunfels High School. Garinger said she was sad to leave the school she helped start six years ago but was thrilled to stay with the district. “The good thing is I know the people here and the community,” she said. “It will he neat to be reunited with the families I ve worked with before. Next year’s juniors are the first fifth-graders that came through Memorial Intermediate." Garinger also said she was not daunted by the thought of following unpopular principal Ricky Williams. “Some good things happened last year," she said. “Discipline will continue. School is about learning.” One of Garinger’s Hist assignments as principal will be to replace Assistant Principal Robert Rodriguez, who will leave the high school to become OakRun Sixth Grade Center principal. See PRINCIPAL. Page 3A COMING FRIDAY Tour of Faith Another church is profiled in the weddy series. Police searching for suspect in attempted kidnapping case From staff reports New Braunfels police are looking for someone believed to have attempted to kidnap a 4-year-old girl early Friday. Police Lt. Mike Rust said the incident occurred at about 2 a.m. Friday at a home on Country Club Circle. “Someone evidentially entered the home and went to the bedroom of a 4-year-old girl,” Rust said. “We believe the intent was to take her because they placed duct tape over her mouth.’’ The girl, awakened, pried the tape loose and screamed, awakening her mother, Rust said. Whoever attempted to take the girl escaped the home without leaving any signs of forced entry, Rust said. “T he girl described what she thought was a female,” Rust said. “It could have been a male with long hair. We haven’t ruled that out.” Rust said the incident remains under investigation. ;