New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
JUNE 17, 2007
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The need to stay competitive has NBISD comparing its salaries with other districts
By David Saleh Rauf
Like most in lier profession, Julie Estes didn’t become a teacher for the money.
When she started working for the New Braunfels Independent School District IO years ago, she
knew that other school districts in the area were not just paying teachers more
— they were paying a lot more.
But the sur-rounding community, the students and the district’s reputation solidified
Estes’ decision to work for the NBISD.
For now, those components are enough to keep the 38-year-old communication and student leadership teacher at New Braunfels High School
— even though she continues to make substantially less than her peers in neighboring school districts
On average, Estes makes about $6,000 less than a teacher with the same tenure at the Shertz-Cibolo-Universal
WHAT WOULD TEACHER RAISES COST NBISD?
■ $1 .OOO raise would cost the district about $450,000
■ $1,500 raise would cost the district about $680,000
■ $2,000 raise would cost the district about $900,000
■ $2,500 raise would cost the district about $1.3 million
■ $3,000 raise would cost the district about $1.5 million
City ISD and about $7,000 less than a teacher with IO years experience at Lackland ISD in San Antonio.
The substantial discrepancy in pay is an issue that has resonated across the district for some time, leaving many to conclude one thing: Pay scales for teachers in the NBISD need to become more compet-itive — and quickly — or the overall quality of edu-cation could suffer at the hands of experienced teachers leaving for jobs with better pay.
“My concern lately has been that we’re losing a lot of amazing teachers because of the money,” Estes said. “We need to be competitive. Quality education comes from qualified teachers, that’s what it comes down to. You’re not going to get highly qualified teachers if you don’t pay them well.”
Estes’ concern is one that is shared by New Braunfels school board trustees, who
See TEACHER, Page 9A
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Police: City river citations number about same as ’06
Cooler citations being written, but most frequent violations are alcohol-related
By David Saleh Rauf
Citations on both the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers so far this year are on par with last year — despite the fact that the number of tubers is substantially down, New Braunfels Police Officers patrolling the rivers said Saturday.
Exact figures were not available as of Saturday afternoon but Zac Armstrong, a river patrol officer, confirmed that citation numbers were “about even with last year’s, even though the number of people police are seeing and dealing with is actually less.”
New ordinances approved last spring by the New Braunfels City Council — that affect the entire Comal and the portion of the Guadalupe River within the city
See CITATIONS, Page 12A
Tubers enjoying the Comal River have more space than last year, but police say not everyone is following the rules.
President pledges to veto excessive spending
By Deb Riechmann
Associated Press Writer
CRAWFORD, Texas — President Bush warned Congress on Saturday that he will use his veto power to stop runaway government spending.
“The American people do not want to return to the days of tax-and-spend policies,” Bush said in his radio address.
The House passed a $37 billion budget for the Homeland President Security Department on Friday, but Republicans rallied enough votes to uphold a promised veto from Bush.
The measure — one of several annual spending bills that Congress began to consider
this week — exceeds Bush’s request for the department by $2.1 billion.
The administration, hoping to appease Republicans who demand fiscal restraint, has pledged to keep overall spending to the level in Bush’s proposed budget in February.
The president has had uneven success.
Most recently, Democrats added $17 billion to an Iraq war funding bill, money not sought by Bush. All told, Democrats plan spending increases for annual agency budgets of about $23 billion above the White House budget request.
House COP conservatives
See PRESIDENT, Page 9A
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Comal County Assistant Civil Coordinator Angela Umphrey processes a passport application at the courthouse Friday afternoon.
Four month wait is forecast for applications
By Mark Koopmans
Passport requests for U.S. citizens visiting Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean have been lifted until Sept. 3.
But the Comal County District Clerk’s office in New Braunfels warned people about the backlog of passport applications.
The District Clerk’s office, which processes passport applications at its location on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex, is one of only two locations in the county where passports applications are handled — New Braunfels Post Office is the other.
“We’ve been overwhelmed since the new rules were implemented,” District Gerk Kathy Faulkner said Friday. “That’s why I decided to change our application times to Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (instead of 4:30 p.m.) Our staff needed the extra time to get their work done.”
While travel to most international destinations already required a passport, the current backlog appears to stem from a January 2007 decision by the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security. The new rule meant anyone — including U.S. citizens — traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and
South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda were required to present a valid passport.
The temporary lifting of the restrictions is confined to those who have applied for — but have not received — their passports. All other Riles still apply, according to information on the U.S. Department of State’s Web site.
In 2006, die county processed a total of about 1,100 and 1,200 applications.
“I just ran a report and we’ve already passed 1,200 (applications this year),” Faulkner said. “That’s the same as last year in only six months.”
See PASSPORT, Page 11A
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