New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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look for state aidRepresentative says budget should be complete by May
By Will Wright
Helping the state cope with a budget shortfall of $27 billion is one of the priorities for state Rep. Doug Miller, who is empathizing with area school districts forced to make do with much less beginning next year.
Texas public schools are facing a loss of between $9 billion and $11.5 billion in state funding over the next biennium, leaving the Comal and New Braunfels school districts with a lot of questions. Topping the list: When will the state adopt its budget?
With both local school districts’ budget plans hinging on state funding — and two vastly different spending proposals now before the House and Senate, Miller said he believes there’ll be no need for a special legislative session this spring.
"I’m not so sure it’s going to take a special session,” he said. “I hilly expect to have a House budget out within the next two to three weeks. After that work will begin with the Senate, and by April 15, no later than May 1, I think (school districts) will have a budget they can look at for their planning purposes.”
Comal Independent School
See MILLER, Page 7
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50 centsToddler’s great-aunt suspects someone who knew Joshua took him
By J. Louise Larson
The family of toddler Joshua 1. Davis is clinging to hopes that the baby was abducted by someone he knew, someone familiar to the family.
In a Wednesday interview,
Joshua’s maternal great-aunt,
Jennifer Vann, said news that authorities ruled out stranger abduction gave new hope to family suspicions that someone familiar with the 18-month-old took him the evening of Feb. 4, when he disappeared from his family home in the 2600 block of Savannah Circle.
"I was very excited when I saw the (Herald-Zeitung) article ruled out stranger abduction ... We really feel someone took him,” Vann said. "When we heard kidnapping was ruled out, we were crushed, because that would mean nobody in the public is looking for him anymore, but once we heard they ruled out stranger abduction, we thought maybe they have hope... We just need people to keep looking for him until we find him,” she said.
"I was like, ‘Oh, great! That means they’re still looking at kidnapping and abduction — just not stranger abduction. They’re thinking, if somebody took him, it’s somebody he knows — which is what the family was thinking from the beginning," Vann said.
“I think if Joshy wandered off, we would have found him by now,” she said. “There are no street lights on that street... it’s so dark at night. I can’t see Joshy being 18 months old and walking into the pitch dark, fearlessly just wandering off— there’s no way.
“They said they did not have die porch light on that night... He’s not just going to wander off in the pitch darkness. What 18-month-old do you know that’s not afraid of the dark?”
See JOSHUA, Page 7
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NBHS principal reassigned
Move comes in the wake of two years of grade-point average, rankings errors
By Will Wright
New Braunfels High School principal Bob Rodriguez has been reassigned to New Braunfels Independent School District’s Learning Center.
The move comes in the wake of two straight years of data entry errors at New Braunfels High that led to mistakes in computing grade-point averages and class rankings for dozens of students.
Rodriguez, 58, who has served as NBHS principal since 2005, was
informed of his reassignment earlier this week by NBISI) Superintendent Randy Moczygemba. He will serve as principal through the remainder of the school year.
The district released a statement Wednesday saying Rodriguez informed his staff of his retirement
from his current position to take a leadership position at the learning Center.
Rodriguez and school officials would not comment further about the reassignment, nor would they
See NBHS, Page 12
Local men will sport ‘Great Legs’ for CIS fundraiser
John Archer, left, Tom Wibert and DuaneTrujillo will be among the competitors hoping to fill their buckets with donations for Communities in Schools as part of the Great Legs Contest.
By Will Wright
Being the newest to town among the six competitors in the Men’s Great Legs Contest, Tom Wibert admitted his shortcomings.
"I’ve got to say that I’m at a disadvantage," said New Braunfels’ police chief, who started his job in November. “Being from Michigan, my legs are white — they haven’t been properly sunned. So, we’ll see how it goes.”
Wibert will have a month to tan up to help raise funds for the Great Legs Contest, which benefits Communities in Schools (CIS). The contest is a lead in for Rock n’ Roll for Kids, which is April 2 at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center.
On Wednesday, each contestant was given a large bucket and one month to raise the most money. Other contestants include John Archer of Huser Construction; Trevor
See LEGS, Page 12
CLASS 4A BOYS BASKETBALL QUARTERFINALS
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Canyon High School's Ian Gulick (32) shoots during the second period Wednesday against Cedar Park
COUGARS FALL SHORT
By Chris Hoffman
KYLE — The tables turned on Canyon pretty quickly against pesky Cedar Park Wednesday.
Instead of cruising with a huge second-halflead as they had throughout the playoffs, the Cougars were staring at a huge deficit early in the third quarter and looking for someone to
make some shots.
Junior Sean Tollinger was looking at the polar opposite of his hot-shooting night last week against Cedar Park.
The Canyon guard, who went 7-for-7 on 3-pointers last week against McCallum, was held scoreless in the first half, but his back-to-back baskets gave the Cougars some hope in the fourth period.
The Cougars came roaring back to
cut the Timberwolves’ lead to three twice late in the fourth, but Cedar Park sank its free throws down the stretch to end Canyon’s season with a 39-34 loss in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals at Kyle Lehman High School.
“They guarded us well,” Canyon coach Brad Lacey said. “Sean got some good looks, but that’s basketball. One night, you can’t miss, and the next
See CANYON, Page 9