New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sports Day ..............1-38
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Ashley Williams, Marts Floras (belated, Saturday), Mary Medina, Cavin Velarde, Karan Bar-
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Friday), Bradlay HIH (belated, Saturday), Jane Ryala (belated, Saturday), Joe Luna,
Mavis Sheeter and Marie Haackama (Monday).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Marl and Juan Leybo Jr. (1 year).
To have a birthday or anniversary Hated here, call 625-9144.
Thrift Shop saaki
The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations. All items are welcomed. Bring donations to 132 Caddell Lane or contact Pate at 625-3439 for pickups on Tuesday and Wednesday Thrift shop hours are 9 a rn. to noon and 1 to 4 p m
Children's lulus turn plans citywide sale
The Children s Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annual Citywide Garage Sale from 10 arn to 4 p m today at the Civic Center. Admission is $1 for adults; with a maximum of $2 per family
Outstanding graduate nominees sought
Comal Independent School District is accepting nominations for The CISD Outstanding Graduate for Notable Achievement Award. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated (rum Canyon High School or Smithson Valley High School at least 10 years ago. Nomination forms are available at both high schools and the CISD Central Office, or call 62S-8081 or 885-7674
Barly voting now under way
Early voting for the March 15 special election to fill the U.S. Representative District 28 seat is now under way, and only one early voting poll will be open.
The seat became vacant when Congressman Frank Tejeda died Jan 30. after battling a brain tumor Gov George W Bush set a March 15 date to fill the seat.
Early voting tor tfie seat will run from 8 a rn to 4 30 p m in the Comal County Court!louse Annex beginning Monday and running until March 11. On March 15, four polling places will be open For the special oleo lions, precincts eight, 13 and 27 will be at Lone Star School, precincts 14 and 28 will be at United Methodist Church, precincts 15, 29 and 30 at Eagles Hall and precincts 16 and 17 at Frazier Elementary School
There are 15 candidates running for the seat
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Honey Creek State Natural Area “Outdoor Classroom" envi ronmental education program is in need of activity guides Guides must be able to volun leer from 9 a m to 2 p m two or more days per week during May For information call (210) 980-2311 or (210) 438 2656
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Tickets for Circle Arts Mystery Dinner Theatre are available at China-n-Thmgs in Lands Plaza shopping center. Doors tor the dinner show open at 6 30 p rn Saturday at Wesley Hall behind First United Methodist Church To reserve tables for eight, tickets must be pre-purchased. Cal 625-4824 to make reservations Seating is limited to 200 No tick eta will be sold after Monday
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Vol 145. No 78
CISD approves settlement for discrimination suit
By DENISE DZIUK
A lawsuit that lias been looming over the Comal Independent School District for almost four years may soon be a thing of the past.
In 1993, seven parents, students and former employees filed a lawsuit against the district claiming discrimination, said Sabrina Arellano, who is representing the plaintiffs Arellano said the plaintiffs filed complaints that
they were discriminated against based on national origin and disabilities.
"I filed the original complaint which slates our reasons and amended it several times,” Arellano said Friday.
The suit alleged discrimination through racial slurs by teachers and administrators, unfair grading and inferior education, searches of Hispanic students without suspicion or reasonable cause and a lack of multi-cultur-alism among employees.
Arc!lam) said the two sides in the
case have met several times during tile years. On Thursday, tile CIS!) bourd of trustees approved a settlement of $37,500.
“All the details of the settlement w ill remain confidential as a condition of the agreement," CISD Public Information Officer Don Clark.
Arellano said she does not find it unusual that it took almost tour years to reach a settlement
"That’s just the nature of litigation sometimes," Arellano said. "It takes a
while to come to an agreement"
The lead attorney representing the district was unavailable for comment Friday.
In other business, the board authorized negotiations to begin between attorneys representing the distnct and the estate of a former head basketball
Hill Mad .cay originally filed a suit against the district saying he was reassigned for pointing out substandard teaching practices. Macl.cay killed
►(•(•kl fritting photo by Carnal!
UM Sixty touts to two of hor eager students emily Ksvy, 7, and Alexis Pope, t, during s riding end Jumping techniques elses et her equestrian riding oentor nam Bulverde et 6029 PM IMS.
Riding trainer merges profession, passion
By ABC LiVY
if Lisa Sixty’s parents had their way, their 27-year-old dan git lei would have been an attorney at the brink of a successful career by now.
While legal work seemed interesting, it was mH her passion A lover of horses since her first riding lesson when she was M years old, I (sa began her own horse riding business five years ago with ahi sit IO clients, a $450 loan and a small Welsh Pony named Munchkin.
The step was risky and her parents and many of her friends tried to sway her to consider more predictable paths,
"I felt very scared that I was investing money in this animal (fiat everybody said would go wrong," she said. "I had so many people say, You can’t do this. You can’t make a business in this ”*
Despite the critics, about 60 riders from all
walks of life make the drive to Sixty (.questnan Center, 5925 FM IK63 in west ( oms! County, for her courses including a few lawyers.
Her political science degree from die University of T exas ut San Antonio may come in handy someday, but meanwhile she enjoys teaching the art of Ivqucstriuii ruling to children and adults of all skill levels.
"(Ijiw) was an interest Ka rax nearly as much as the horses,” slit* said. “Any inlier job was a means to support my other desire."
Site counts licrself fortunate as few people earn a successful living doing what they really love, six* said
The eventual success of their daughter's business made believers out of her parents, said Lisa's mother, Linda, who also rides arui assists in training and boarding
"We told her this would never work - thai you must go to law school - and we witlidrcw all financial support,” said Linda,
Her school began al Marcos Stable neat fiesta Texas in San Antonio about five years ago, but moving Iii her parents’ residence in October last year has unproved operations
Hic land formerly housed an Arabian bleeding farm and was ideal for lier business with stables ami storage facilities that conveniently accommodate lier six lesson horses ami oilier Im uses she boards for lier clients
lier training course is one of two iii the county that specializes iii IquesUian riding, a style Lias prefers because of the skill level and attention to detail that it requires.
Some of lier clients drive long distances from die Bexar < ouiily area, including several Air force pilots in San Antonio
Her Equestrian dressage arena stands oui aiming tile cedar trees around the Bul verde area Hic arena is a 20 by 60 meter field, that also has bnght-
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Ceremonies slated to celebrate new CISD schools
By DENISE DZIUK
Patrons of tile ( omal Independent School District are invited to join hoard members, administrators, stair and public officials for the dedication of three new schools this afternoon.
CLSD superintendent Jerry Major said finding a time when a large num ber of individuals can attend a gathering is difficult, to the district is lidding all three dedications on the same day Today will start with die dedication of Canyon Intermediate School, which
opened Jan 21, at 1:30 p m. Major said there will be a short program, with Mike Moses, commissioner of the texas I.dilation Agency, and State Representative Edmund* Kuempel making short remarks.
"< lf course, the schoola will be open as well to give people an opportunity to look around and see the new facilities," Major said.
Major said die CIS ceremony will be followed by a 3 p m dedication of Arlon K Seay Intermediate School, which opened Jan. 7,, and a 4:30 p m dedication of Mountain Valley Inter
mediate School, which opened Dec 16, 1996. Majoi said the piogram will be die same, with the exception that Moses and Kuempel will ma he available Major said that instead, State Hoard of Education representative Bob Offutt said he would try to attend one of the hill country dedications.
"Because of their schedules, (Moses and Kuempel) both had other commitments Major said "(Offutt) is going to try to be at both of (Im mc (Hit iii die hill country "
Major said current and fun lief board members and city and county of ficials
himself in 1995. sum! his wife continued the legal battle.
In September, a federal |ury sided with MacLcay’s estate, awarding $793,000 in damages The attorney for the plaintiff said once attorney fees, cost and interest arc included, the total could he around $1 million.
( lark said he was not certain what the negotiations would include.
Interim superintendent offers compromise to lingering controversy
had been invited to attend (he dedications, ami the public also is invited "Folks can stay and visit the schools," Major said "We’re hoping tor a giant turnout."
The three schools were funded by a $17.6 million bond issue passed iii 1994, Major said the openings went smoothly, arid all three are operating ideally.
"We're just finishing out die little Hems," Major said "The kids like the new schools arid the staffs arc very pleased "
By DENISE DZIUK
I he New Braunfels Independent School District bourd of trustees will (Mice again take up the issue of where everyone sits during board meetings ut the workshop meeting slated f(M M(Mi-day nigh!
In September, the board spent rough-ly 90 minutes debating the seating arrangement lot hoard meetings Sup-|MMters of a clum which seats the superintendent al a table below the dais, said it was necessary to luivc some distance between tin* board and tin: super -inteiMk*nt so (lie district ciNtld tx* mn as busmens Supporter* also said it would increase efficiency and communication I hose against the arrangement said it was a ship iii the face of then-superifileitdenf < buries liiudhcrry Hie ivsix’ luis rcsurtiiced several iinx*s since Ilion, including wlien a candidate fix the interim superintendent position took his name oui of consideration because of die seating and when consultants conducting dx* superintendent search, said it could tx* ail issue for some candidates
NBISI) inlet im supenntei ident lorn Moseley said he placed die seating arrangement issue on the agenda for possible action because lie feels the In Mid in ready to move forward.
"I think ii tuts been discussed ami dis cussed in New Braunfels and a 1(4 of jxoplc have stiong feelings als nit it,” Moseley vim! ‘Bul, we luive lo |sil lltose feelings Ix’limd us because ti would be detrimental to our sypcnritcndcnl scan Ii because ll could tx* an ivsix "
Moseley said lie will recomnxnd dial dx hoard apjirove a compromise, and scat dx* siijx’iinletuk’nt (Mi die dais I he only dillcrencc from original the set up would he that the superintendent would (sit tx- seated nest to dx’ p chm kill
Dx' last time the issue was raised dining a board meeting on Fob 5. only a few minutes were spent on the issue lite meeting was adjourned without taking action on die seating Moseley said lie d<x*s not expect much discussion lins time either because the board is ready to put tile issue behind it
"I don't dunk there's going to tx* a lot of discussion I dunk die Itoard is working very hard at coming together on issues that might affect our search," Moseley said "I dunk thcy'll think of our district and not of themselves."
I he workshop meeting will lx’ IxTd at 7 p m Monday at die I ducalion Center hoard room, 430 W Mill St Anyone wishing to speak lo dx* bourd on un issix’ not (Mi dx* agenda can do so dur ing die public forum ponton of the meeting,Kudos to to an educator who truly made a difference. See Opinion, 4A.