New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
CISD teachers, patrons list concerns at hearing
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
The Conia] Independent School District advisory committee wanted public input, and roughly 50 people made sure that's what committee members got Tuesday night at Frazier Elementary.
Twelve persons, ranging from teachers, parents, and taxpayers, appeared before the committee for three hours Committee members listened intently, as teachers told of
the intimidation said they had they felt this past school year, as parents related concerns they had for their children, and as citizens expressed worry over the district’s future.
John Reynolds, a driver’s education instructor at Smithson Valley High School, was the first teacher to the podium. “My concern is that changes were made in the 1982 summer driver’s od program without consulting me," Reynolds said on a prepared tape.
”1 have 25 years in the field, and I
was happy with the program I had with the emphasis on behind-the-wheel training I was finally able to contact Supt (Edgar) Willhelm about the changes, and he told me that statistics had proved that classroom simulation was an effective way to teach driver’s education “However, my concern is not the changes were made, but that I was not asked for my input. I was not consulted, prior to the decision," Reynolds said, adding that a meeting with his principal and the superin
tendent would have been the proper w ay to handle the situation Audy I.'Roy. who retired on June I as the head of the Language Arts department at Canyon High School, told the committee, “This is my swan song, I guess, on the pressure put on teachers,’’ L’Roy bogan. “I got a call from Judy Deville/, when she was on the sc hool board. She asked if I was watering down’ the curriculum for college-bound English seniors. I was almost insulted. People, we don’t do that.
L’Roy said the environment became “so stressful, that every time a teacher w as called to meet a parent or adult in connection with students, the teacher felt ‘Oh, no. What have I done now.’ Teachers can create a good learning situation, but not that way," she added.
L’Roy addressed the “famous TABS (Texas Assessment of Basic Skills) tests,” saying, “TABS doesn’t tell you what students know, but what the teachers know . lf you can’t teach the TABS test, you're not a good
“There was so much pressure on us that we gave pre-assessment tests We scored them ourselves, then gave tests on the objectives not mastered, to make sure," L’Roy said. “I had prostituted my own art of teaching."
The icing on the cake, though, was a form letter from Supt. Willhelm, L’Roy said. “It said, ‘Congratulations. You have ac-cummulated 25 days of sick leave.
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Sheriff Fellers will run in 1984
Bv JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The 1984 political pot is already beginning to simmer, even though the primaries are almost a year away.
Sheriff Walter Fellers, who will celebrate his 71st birthday next month, announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election to a ninth term.
Had Carl Davis not announced his candidacy for the sheriff’s job two weeks ago and Fellers, a Democrat, said lie probably wouldn't have made up his mind so quickly
“I think it s still too early do be announcing)," said Fellers, who is completing his Hist year rn office
Fellers told Carl Davis, GOP can didate and part time jailer, to hunt him up another job Monday.
"Ordinarily I'd make up my mind iii December or January But under the circumstances I feel like I need to make the people aware of my plans," he said referring to his Republican opponent’s announcement which came June 12 at a GOR fundraiser
I p until Monday, 47-year-old Davis, a former state trooper, laid worked as a part-time or shift” jailer at tile Comal County Jail meaning Fellers was his boss That changed Monday, however, when Fellers said In- told Davis to hunt him upanottier job."
The sheriff said Im- did not think it was appropriate for Davis to continue working under his administration under the circumstances
In announcing his candidacy, Fellers addressed
the criticism that “my age might get iii the way’’ of his job lf re-elected in 1984. Fellers would Im- 76 when he completed Ills ninth term in 1988
“President Reagan 172 * is older than I am and I’m sure he's got a heavier load to handle," quipped Fellers. When asked about his health, the sheriff said he's gotten "the green light from the dot tor who just gave mea physical ”
One thing that prompted Fellers to seek another term was that he wanted to see the new county jail in operation Currently tin- county is planning a 100-inmate jail to be built by August. 1985 on a rune-acre tract off Water I .ane “I worked hard to get that new jail and I would like to see it in operation at least one term," he said But the new jail is not the only reason why Fellers decided to run again “I feel like I’ve built up a good sheriff s department, with go<*d people and I would like to work will) it some more,” he said Since winning the office 31 years ago, Fellers only luid one general election opponent, former sheriffs deputy John Mullins In this 1980 race, which was referred to as a **jIIivwhat billet rat e, ** »Tleis got 7.849 to Mullins' 5.637 v oles Fellers has also faced a few ‘ write-in candidates In 1964 Milton Doerr, another ex-deputy. got o4U write-in votes compared lo Fellers' a.001 Another ex-deputy, Juiiu Espinoza, was also an unsuccessful candidate fur Fellers’ job in the Democratic primary in May, 1980. gaining only 557 votes to Fellers* 2,349
The incumbent first sought his office iii 1950 hoping to unseat then-Sheriff Edo Schleyer Fellers lost iii this attempt by 312 votes out of approximately 3,000 But Fellers, then co-owner of ilk* Hotel Faust Coffee Shop, did not get discouraged and iii 1932 was *uc-cessful in unseating Schleyer, who was seeking his third term.
Sheriff Walter Fellers running again
Schaefer unsure of plans; Winkler ineligible to run
By DYANNE FRY Staff triter
Only half of New Braunfels will Im- voting in the Aug 13 City Council election, if the U S Department of Justice allows the city to have an election at all As of Wednesday morning. Blere weren't any candidates running
Mayor Bro Tem Gerald Schaefer, one of two council members whose terms expire Uhs year, hasn't de* ided whether to run again. The oilier member, Max Winkler, isn’t eligible under Bu* new district voting plan
Schaefer, first elected after a four-way race in 1977, lias less than two weeks to make up Ins mind whether to seek a third three-year term Uncertain wliat the Justice Department was going to do, Council delayed passing an election ordinance until Munday night But Bm- filing deadline is still July 12. and voters must be registered by July 14 in order to
participate in the election Schaefer, knowing all along Blat this was the last year of hts term, lias had plenty of tune to think about seeking re-election. But he said fie hadn t made a decision yet
It was up in turmoil, whether or not we were going lo have an election," Im- said ‘ Now we know that we're going to have one may be The Department of Justice can still nix the charter amendment approved by local voters on April 2 By law, it doesn’t have to report until Aug 7. six days before the election. But City Attorney John Chunn urged the council to proceed with plans for the election, so Blat citizens can vote Aug 13 if Bm* word is**go.M
If Bm- plan is approved, districts I and 2 will be electing council representatives Bus year Schaefer lives in district 2, which encompasses .southern and central New Braunfels No one has filed as yet from district I, the only one
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WASHINGTON i AB i President Reagan says he has in* idea who gave his campaign Jimmy Carter's briefing papers for their debate in 1980 or whether they were obtained by illegal or unethical means.
But a congressmen heading an inquiry of the matter says, “There’s a lot of unanswered questions" and promises to pursue them
l'he president, at a nationally broadcast news conference Tuesday night, repeatedly refused to pass judgment on the propriety of his advisers’ use of documents from the rival Carter camp in preparing hun for the debate.
While say ing he wants the Justice Department to investigate “very carefully” whether there was any wrongdoing, Reagan said he does not intend to reprimand any of his staff over the matter.
Rep. Donald Alhosta, D-Mich., chairman of a House subcommittee that has been looking into th matter, said, "I think we have to continue There s a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of different view points as to what went on."
Questions about the briefing book and Central America dominated the news contemn e
Die president refused to flatly rule out ever sending 1comb:-* In kips to Central America Presidents never say never. Reagan said, quickly adding that he has no plan or intention of scndirn forces to the region and that the nations in Centi. America don't want them In an opening statement, Reagan said tin ad ministration was revising upward its estimate of economic growth this year, from 4 7 percent to 5 5 percent He said America's economy is beginning to sparkle” after the deepest recession since World War ii
Reagan declared himself frustrated bv critics who portray him as a president whose policies favor tin rich at the expense of the pool The rich don't need
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of Bit- four which lias a majority of Hispanic or other cthiiic-iiunority resident*
VV'inkier, contacted Wednesday. Bunks lie may have several months on the council yet, because he’s not sure the Justice I apartment will come up with a verdict before Aug i i
in Bu- summertime, iii Washington, something can fay oil a guy’s desk for months without anybody (in king it up." fie said But, lie added, it doesn’t bother hun "one particle" that tie can’t run again
Winkler lias been on the council since 1976, when he was appointed to replai e Jim Hays in I iud-ter I ii Ifs been a very, very meaningful experience," be said, adding Butt he was going to "gel acquainted with my wife and enjoy grandchildren,"
But he promised to stay active in the community.
Bin not bowing out I will continue to bt- vitally interested in Bu- operation of this little town," he said
Ifs been a hot one, with temperatures near IOO degrees predicted and breezes from Bit-south near 15 miles per hour. Tonight will bt- nu Id, w ith skies becoming purtly cloudy by Thursday morning. Winds will shift to the southeast, blowing near IO mph tonight and 10-15 mph on Thursday Sunset today will be at 8 35 pm, and sunrise Thursday at 6 34 a in.
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Nasty cockroaches targeted by Utilities 'manhole crew'
StmH photo bf Cm<jy Rnh&dton
Cockroaches living in manholes in New Braunfels aren’t going to take over the city, but they have begun to visit area homes via Die bathroom pipes Don’t fret, though, because folks at New Braunfels Utilities luive come up with a plan to stamp out the problem The program, still in the experimental stages, spelled doom for many af the disgusting creatures in its first public test Tuesday morning on Mission Drive and Mission Circle “We’ve been getting calls every day, because these Little devils are conung out the manhole laterals into peoples sinks,' John loeller, wastewater superintendent, said "This isn t a new problem, but ifs excessive Bus year, I guess, because of the mild winter we had ’
The mechanics of the system came from Steve Elder and Pumps Unlimited in San Antonio. “John called me for help, and we devised the set up you Elder explained A gasoline engine (that looks
Roaches run for cover in a manhole
like a lawnmower motor) operates a pump, designed
to release a certain number of gallons per minute from a holding barrel of the natural chemical Pyrethrum.
The set up fits iii Bm* bed of a Utilities truck, and is connected to a "stinger nozzle,” Elder said “Nothing comes out of Blat nozzle until the trigger is pulled, and when Bud happens, Bie chemical is released in a fine mist."
The pump was designed to deliver a pint of chemical in IO seconds per manhole, dueller said ‘ That gives us Bm- saturation we want Now for some manholes, Bk* deeper ones, like 14 feet, we'd spray for more like 15 seconds,” he added. "We estimate a 30-gallon barrel of chemical can do 300 manholes, but we can probably only get around to about 200 a day on an estimated lh gallons of gasoline Tin* chemical Py rethrum recently came out using a water base "Before it had to be nuied with diesel fuel, and Blat wasn’t very practical," dueller said Also part of the program’s cost-effectiveness is
manpower "Before when we aid something along these* lines, it took three men But when w» get Bus Bung going full-swing, we'll have one man doing it full-tmie He won t even have to get out of his truck He ll use Bm- holes in the manhole cover, place the stinger down inside, spray, and drive onto the next one
"See, roaches run from the light They run up the lateral walls,” dueller said “No by not lifting the cover i Bit* lid weighs 150 pounds), we don’t disturb Bieni, and we get a more effective kill ”
Pyrethrum lasts for a day, then breaks down. But ditelier has plans to follow up with a boric acid solution as a secondary chemical, which carries a residual of 30 days. We’ll get the immediate kill of what’s Blere, and the residual will get Bm? eggs that hatch out," he added
Hunches have been around a long time, so they
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