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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas N.B. Little League holds closing ceremonies. See Page 5. Inside Editorial............................... .............4 Sports.................................. 5 Comics......................... 6 Market Place...................... 8-10 I Stiimmtisch I Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Calvin Kraft (70 years), Pete Matemoros Jr., Annie Stoeltje (belated), Emily Loyola (19 ; rears), George Lombardo Jr. i belated, 8 years), and Antonia C. Alvarez (81 years). Happy 60th anniversary to Hilmar and Lucille Scheel. Pollen Count Mold —1,130 Grass —12 Oak —0 Hack.— 32 Pecan —0 Elm—0 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken Wednesday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River—125 cubic feet per second, down 8 cfs from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 621.95 feet above sea level, down .16 from Wednesday. Canyon Dam discharge — 75 cfs Canyon Lake inflow—40 cfs Canyon Lake level —905.52 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.) **— sa-----a.i.    a    uiiuin- wew araunms minims NBL) reports pumping 7.7 million gallons of surface water and 1.745 million gallons of aquifer water Wednesday. American Q.l. Forum to moot tonight The American G.l. Forum will meet at 7 tonight at the American Legion Hall on Coll St. Quilt Build to 'Joss It up' Saturday The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday at the First Christian Church on Loop 337. Program will be given by Sherrie Spangler, "Jazz It Up - Wearable Art.* Public is invited. Retired Eagles to meet Sunday The Retired Eagles Activities Club will meet from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Eagles Hall. Meat will be furnished by the club. Bring a covered dish. Those with a birthday or anniversary this month should bring a cake or cookies. Unitarians to hear speaker on Jim Crow The Unitarian Universalists will have Margaret Adams speak on her experiences of 75 years growing up black in New Braunfels. She attended a one-room black school and experienced Jim Crow segregation at every turn. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Faith United Church of Christ, 907 N. Loop 337. Public invited. Road to Recovery The road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society Volunteer Drive Program. Volunteer Drivers take cancer patients for their treatments locally and to San Antonio. The program covers Comal County. To become a volunteer drive, call Bob Peterson at 625-3252. Financial counseling Consumer Credit Counseling Service, a non-profit organization, has an office in New Braunfels to serve area residents. CCCS offers free, confidential financial counseling to help solve credit or debt problems. Call 1-800-410-2227. This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The strawberries are back on the shelves at the New Braunfels HEB. Even though it has been confirmed that people in the Houston area were infected with a parasite from eating strawberries grown in California, the parasite has not been found in strawberries in this area, a Texas Department of Health spokeswoman said on Wednesday. ‘There are no warnings in other parts of the state as of yet,*’ TDH Director of Communications Lynn Denton said. Denton said that cyclonpora, a parasite which causes diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite and abdominal pains, has been found in 28 confirmed cases in the Houston area. The people who ate the infected strawberries had eaten them either at a private club or a restaurant in Houston. TDH alerted people about the parasite over the weekend. found to be OK “We are testing the stool samples of people who have it or have the diarrhea,” Denton said. “We have another 64 people (in the Houston area) who are suspected of having it. So, we are in the process of confirming whether or not they have it (cyclospora).” Because of the concern over the strawberries, HEB food stores in New Braunfels and South Texas removed the strawberries from the shelves earlier in the week. The store put them back on the shelves when it was confirmed there w as nothing wrong with the strawberries, an HEB spokesman said. “Our quality assurance division representatives visited with health officials from both Texas and California and upon conversations with them, our quality division people determined it was safe to return them to the shelves,” said Michael De La Garza, HEB vice-president for public affairs ami communications. CISD takes a stab at multiculturalism By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer An evaluation of a diversity plan in the Comal Independent School District shows the district is making headway in addressing multiculturalism and inclusiveness among its students. CISD has completed the first year in the District Diversity Management Plan adopted in April 1995. Richard Lewis Jr., PhD, president of Round Top Consulting associates, said although all the goals have not been met, progress is being made in the plan, which is an attempt to address the diverse population in the district. “This plan was developed to provide inclusiveness, reflectiveness, and equal access to all students in the district — period,” said Lewis. Lewis said he would return with recommendations at a later date, but said the implementation has been “very good.” The plan consisted of 19 goals broken into 54 specific strategies. Of the 54,61 percent were completed, 35 percent are in the progress with ‘‘substantial movement” toward completion, and 4 percent, which is 2 strategies, were not completed. “This is a model plan. It’s a model effort. This is one of the best processes I have ever seen to improve inclusiveness in a district," said Lewis. Among the completed goals were enhancing diversity training for personnel, giving all parents the opportunity to take an active role in their students’ education, and providing students with access to counselors. Lewis said the goal with the smallest percent of strategies complete was the need for more emphasis on multicultural issues and teaching multicultural sensitivity. However, he said there are several things being done, and it takes time to get all the material needed to carry this goal out. ‘‘It’s just taken longer to create that situation and get those (teaching materials and information) on hand,” he said. Although there were no recommendations made to the board at this time, Lewis said there would be when the evaluation is complete. He said there are always some changes the second year of a plan. CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the plan has already benefited the district, even if changes are needed, and the district will continue to work toward completing the goals set out in the plan. ‘‘We’re ahead on some things and behind on some things,” said Major. ‘‘I think the district is better off because of this process, and we’ll continue to improve.” End of the season New Braunfels Little League held its closing ceremonies at the National League fields Wednesday night. Pictured above, Daniel Polk and Ryan DesFosses play some “air baseball1 after the ceremonies were over. At right, members of the Dodgers receive congratulations at the end of a great season. At far right, Andrew Sauceda and Mark Klesel watch the ceremonies. Hentd-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL uouniy c/ourmouse 10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, June 13,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of CALVIN KRAFT 50£ttfVt ■IBI    SHM    A    m Herald-Zeitu 20332    M016 10/22/99    177 SO-WEST HICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- Vol. 144, No. 153 Proposed NBISD budget would lower tax rate However, spending would increase and higher appraisals mean many would pay more taxes Marion to By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION — Everything is on schedule for the opening of the new $500,000 Marion Community Library, which is expected to be completed in September. “We are at the point where the foundation is in and the main beams and backbone (red iron structures) of the building is in,” Marion Independent School District Superintendent Craig Stockstill said “We are getting ready to put the roof on and start the framework of the structure. We are also putting in the base for the parking lot.” The 5,000-square-foot library, which is being built in front of Marion Middle School, is a joint effort between the school district, the City of Marion, open new ‘It won’t just be a library. It will ba an information cantar.’ — Craig Stockstill, _Marion    school    superintendent Guadalupe County Commissioners Court and the state. In March, die Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC) awarded a $25,000 grant to the library. The current Marion Community Library is housed at a 1,700-square-foot facility at Marion High School and holds 5,200 volumes. The new library will have space for 20,000 volumes. The library will include a circular vestibule/lobby front entrance, an arched, forest green roof, sand-colored $500,000 library this summer brick and a meeting room.    I- ~    ~ “The biggest change in the library is that our technology committee has equipped the library to handle computers, networking and ultimately connect each campus,” Stockstill said. “Ultimately, we will go to the Internet ... It won’t just be a library. It will be an information center.” When it opens, the new Marion Community Library will mean a lot to Marion School District students and I city residents, Stockstill said. “I think it will create an atmosphere ... as a place where students can go and share information with adults,” Stockstill said. “It is a symbol for learning and an example of how groups can work together.”    _ Stockstill said the community will _    ^    Herald-Zeitung photo by DAVID DEKUNDER reap big benefits fhmi the library.    ^ ,,branr construction I. on schedule in Merton. By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer After weeks of juggling numbers, New Braunfels Independent School District administrators have a preliminary budget to present to the board, including a reduced tax rate. Although the tax rate would be reduced, higher home appraisals would mean some homeowners would pay more taxes than they did this year. Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance, said the preliminary budget calls for an $30,179,044 in expenditures, which is up $2,695,778, or 9 percent. However, Curtis said this is not an accurate representation of the difference in expenditures. He said for the first time, districts have to show what money the state is putting into the teacher retirement hind. He said this shows up on both the revenue and expenditure portion of the budget, and accounts for $ 1, 124,119 of the expenditures. This brings the actual increase in expenditures for the 1996-97 school year to $ 1.5 million, or about 5 percent. “(The state funds) will inflate every school district’s budget in the state,” said Curtis. Of the $1.5 million increase, Curtis said about $1.4 million is for salaries. He said teachers will get an extra two days added to their contracts and a 4 percent raise on the mid-point of the pay scale, which is a raise of about $1,269. Curtis said a few teachers may require a little larger raise to bring them up to the state minimum. He said the district knew this was going to be costly, and limited budget requests in other areas. “Many school districts are finding themselves in very bad shape in trying to afford the pay raise. We were prepared for it,” said Curtis. “All of our teachers will be at state minimum or above.” Under the proposed budget, 72.23 percent of spending would be for payroll, 8.12 percent is contracted services, 5.41 percent is supplies and materials, 1.85 percent is travel, 8.81 percent is debt service, and 3.58 percent is capital outlay. Instructional costs are $16,711,518, or 55.38 percent of the budget. Curtis said the proposed tax rate to fund this budget would be $1,465, down from the 1995-% rate of $1.50. The taxes would be determined by the January 1995 tax rolls. The proposed tax rate would include $1.165 for maintenance and operations and .30 for debt service. Despite the lower tax rate, Curtis said some may still pay more school taxes, since the appraised value of many homes increased. The average home in New Braunfels would see an increase in taxes of $25.33, or 2.69 percent. Curtis pointed out that this was less than the 2.75 percent increase in cost of living. “We work to get the lowest tax rate possible to fund the budget we need,” he said. A public hearing is being held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Education Cento' Board Room at 430 West Mill to discuss the tax rate. Approval of the finalized budget is slated for Monday.Sierra Club deserves big thanks for suing us. See Opinion, Page 4 ;