New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, June 17, 1994 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 7AMacLeay takes grievance into final stages, CISD Board could make ruling next week
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A decision regarding a grievance filed by former Smithson Valley High basketball coach and math teacher Bill MacLeay could be decided next week.
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees listened to complaints filed by MacLeay in a Level III grievance hearing earlier this week and comments by Superintendent Jerry Major regarding those complaints.
MacLeay charged he was told to “water-down” math grades and that administrators did not follow due process in response to complaints from parents regarding math and basketball.
“I’m being discriminated against because I dared to step out and say, Hey, we’re not following policies and we’ve got a tremendous problem in our math department”
MacCleay claims SVHS Principal Joe Rogers asked him to “water-down” grades. He claims students are placed in algebra classes where they do not belong and thus, fail at higher rates. He also claims state law requires certain essential elements be taught.
"That’s what I mean by watering down the course. That means we’re not teaching the minimum curriculum,” he said.
MacLeay did receive a good report on his latest teacher evaluation. Dr.
Major said, however, a brief, 45-minute observance is not a true measure of teacher effectiveness and that most teachers in the state receive good evaluation reports.
“If you look at failure rates, if you look at conflicts with kids and parents, that’s an indication of effectiveness," said Dr. Major. “...The first thing we need to do is teach students the curriculum, we don’t teach the curriculum to students. In my opinion that’s not what is happening with Coach MacLeay.
“...When we’ve got 40 to 50 to 60 percent of children failing any one class, I don’t care why they were placed there, we’re not getting the job done in my opinion, as a staff. Again, that gets back to teaching the students.”
MacLeay claims he was demoted to parking lot duty late in the spring and was reassigned to Canyon Middle School as an assistant coach and PE teacher for 1994-95 because of problems stemming from both the math curriculum and coaching duties. Complaints from basketball parents regarding a letter sent by MacLeay and issues regarding team policy were also addressed in the hearing.
"I was demoted without a hearing and without due process, specifically a violation of district policy,” said MacCleay. “...When teachers and coaches arc not involved in the earliest possible level because administra
tors do not have the backbone to say • whoa, wait a minute, we’re going to follow the rules, and when administrators will buckle to the pressure of parents that are uninformed and uninvolved, that’s when teachers get hurt just like I’ve been hurt."
Dr. Major said he discussed MacLeay’s situation with both Rogers and Athletic Director Larry Hill a number of times.
He said issues regarding the math department, basketball program and relationship between Rogers and MacLeay all factored into his decision.
“It was very apparent to me that Coach MacLeay and Mr. Rogers, to put it quite plainly, just didn’t get along...There was a very strange working relationship there. I just felt like that relationship could not continue,” said Dr. Major.
While MacLeay was reassigned to parking lot duty from coaching this spring and will not teach math next year, rather PE at Canyon Middle Schoo, Major said the move was not a demotion because MacLeay would still be making the same salary and was still classified as a tcachcr/coach.
When asked by board member Douglas Kirk to explain the difference between the responsibilities of a basketball coach and one assigned to parking lot duty, Dr. Major replied, “None. You are responsible for the health and safety of kids at Smithson
, ... .. . . Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Bill MacLeay makes a move this year as head basketball coach at Smithson Valley. MacLeay had a grievance hearing before the CISD Board Monday night.
Valley High School. As a matter of fact, parking lot duty may be an upgrade.”
“It was all done without any consultation whatsoever," said MacLeay. "Because if there would have been consultation, a lot of
these problems would have been clarified before it got to this point.”
Board members decided to read documents presented by MacLeay and listen to remarks by Rogers and Hill at the next
board meeting Monday before making a decision.
That meeting will be held at Bulverde Elementary and is set to get under way at 6:30 p.m.Texas-Oklahoma is a love/hate relationship for most fans
She was no average Boomer Sooner. She bled crimson red.
My family would get together during the holiday season several times. More often than not, we would all be there together watching the Texas-OU game in late October. And there she was, ranting and raving on every play about how the Sooners were on their way to routing the ‘Horns. No one else in the room dared speak up in defense of the ‘Horns.
Until one day ...
I had enough of the Boomer Sooner business. I taunted my aunt right back and talked boldly of Longhorn legends and how God would see to it that Texas retained their rightful place on top of the Sooners. A few years I was right, a few proved me wrong. The important thing was that I stood up to her. The first time she heard me mutter “Hook’em Horns” you could’ve heard a pin drop. Everyone in the room acted as though they didn’t
hear me, praying hard that she had missed what I had just said.
She looked down on me like some Marine Sergeant would look down on a private w ho just spoke out of place and said “those ‘Horns need every cheer they can get when they’re playing die Sooners.”
The early 1970’s went by and I was miserable. Oklahoma and every school in America was figuring out the Longhorns’ “Wishbone T,” and the results were some pretty dismal years, especially since part of the measurement of success at UT is whether or not die ‘Horns had beaten OU that year.
Then came the years of Roosevelt Leaks and Earl Campbell. Things changed. UT was winning and I was back on top. loving every minute of our family get togethers in late October.
I wore every conceivable piece of Longhom-
dccoratcd clothing known to man, just to get the goat of a certain Boomer Sooner with little reason to cheer. This, of course, prompted the infamous conversation about “next year.”
The 1980’s came and with it a pretty even exchange of wires and losses between the two teams. The four-year period where Texas beat Oklahoma, with Peter Gardere al the helm, was downplayed by the fact that Texas do anything else during those years to merit recognition.
Last year, with Texas looking pretty certain to lose to the Sooners, I took the position of “well, just wait until the Aggies come to Norman and put die Sooners back in dieir place.”
Boy, did they. After blowing out dx Aggies 44-10, the Sooners probably felt real comfortable knowing they' had beaten the best of die Southwest Conference in convincing fashion.
I got a phone call from my aunt the other day. During our talk, she brought up the UT football
program again, asking if they still had one.
I gave her my usual shpill about how the ‘Horns were on their way back to the top, with a real young team, good recruiting season, and another year ahead of head coach John Mackovic. I also explained dial Texas’ entry into the Big Eight (Big 12) was the single most damaging thing to happen to OU in years. I claimed that Texas no longer had a problem with home slate athletes, leaving for out-of-state schools because they wanted die national spotlight instead of just the Texas spotlight.
I told her die upscaled competition would only improve dx play of die Longhorns and would lead better athletes to Austin.
She didn’t buy into that.
I’m not sure I do cither.
But I’d never tell her that.
IMark Lyon is the Managing Editor at the Her-ald-Zeitung.)
Oilers get first look at life without Moon
By MICHAEL A. LUTZ
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Oilers players have had a sneak preview of their new-look offense and
The Oilers completed mini-camp on Thursday with Cody Carlson as die starting quarterback instead of Warren Moon and Jeff Fisher as the defensive uxxiiinaior instead of Buddy Ryan.
They’ll have a better idea of what to expat when they open preseason uauiing camp July 18 in San Antonio.
Tlx run-and-shoot offense will be supplemented diis season by two-back sets and tight end Pat Carter, who left dx Los Angeles Rams for a chance to be part of the new-look Oilers.
Fisher, who replaced his farmer boss Buddy Ryan, plans lo add a color-coding system designed to teach dx* complicated “46” defense dial Ryan installed last year.
“I dunk I’ll have a chance to catch
some passes, but we’re not doing away with the run-and-shoot," Carter said “You don’t do away with something that’s been so successful.’’ Thanks to the new NFL salary cap, the Oilers’ locker room has taken on a new appearance during this off-season of change.They have lost big names on offense and defense.
Moon has been traded to Minnesota and Pro Bowl defensive ends William Fuller and Sean Jones are gone in the firee-agent shuffle.
Sean Salsbury. a starter for the Vikings last year, has taken up residence in Moon’s old locker as Carlson’s backup.
“I really feel excited about the upcoming season for the team and my opportunity to play," Carlson said. “I was happy before, doing what I was doing, but not satisfied.
“Really, as far as the game, until we win the Super Bowl, we won’t be happy.”
Fisher, who played for Ryan at Chicago and coached under him at Philadelphia, will continue preaching the defensive schenx that Ryan.
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■ AEROBICS: Water aerobics to bo offered
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering Water Works aerobic classes again beginning May 30th at Landa Park. Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7-8 p m. and Saturday mornings from 9-10 a m.
This is a self-paced aerobic class done rn water to music. Classes are open to ages 15 and up Cost is S3 per class or S35 per month. Contact Kaye Krampitz at 629-6374 in the evenings for information.
■ Low-Impact classes set to begin
Low-Impact Aerobics for adults of all ages with light weights, stretching, and choreographed routines to musx will be held from 8:15 a m. to 9:15 a m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fndays beginning June 6 at the Senior Center on Landa Street. For more mformauon call Bonnie Meaux at 629-0068.
The classes will run all summer.
■TENNIS:Tennis lessons offered
New Braunfels Park and Rec will offer Summer Group Tennis Lessons for youths ages IO and up. Morning one hour classes will be held once a week begining May 31
Private and semi-private lessons for youth and adults
arc also available.
For more information and to register call 825-6411.
■ SWIMMING: Landa Park
Dolphins Holding tryouts
Children of all ages who are interested in competitive swimming can try-out for the Landa Park Dolphins Swim Team at the Landa Park Pool from 5:30 p m.-7 pm Registration forms are available at the pool from the coaching staff during evening workouts.
The Dolphins are sponsored by The New Braunfels Rotary Club and The Parks and Recreation Department. For more information contact Bud Dallmann at 625-6342
■ Bravos to hold open tryout
The Atlanta Braves will hold tryout camps on June 8 at Southwestern University in (ieorgetown and June 25 at St. Mary's University in SanAntonio.
Players must be between the ages of 16 and 23, and they must supply there own glove, shoes and uniform. Members of an American Legion team f must have a note of penms-sion from their coach or commander at the legion post
The Atlanta Braves will pay no expenses unless the player is already signed by the organization.
■ Little League: NB to host
series of tournaments
The New Braunfels American League and National League parks will be playing host to 9, IO, ll and 12 year old All-Star Tournaments this year, The acuon begins Monday, June 20, with the 9, IO and ll year olds.
The 12 year olds will start play July 5.
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When I was a young boy, I was a die-hard Texas Longhorn fan.
There was no real reason for my allegiance to the Longhorns. I grew up in East Texas, hundreds of miles away from Austin, I knew no one from Austin or UT, and I never saw the ‘Horns play in Dallas or __ .
I still haven’t. Lyon
But I had this aunt who lived in Norman, Oklahoma who loved to hate the Longhorns. She was a close friend of Barry Switzer arui also of Switzer’s predecessor, Chuck Fairbanks. Switzer walked into a hospital room one day where my aunt was recovering from a minor surgery, just to give his get-well wishes.