New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Friday, March 5,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Krtaten Lamsfuse
Vol. 141, No. 76
Grade scam alleged
Coach says principal tried to influence scores
Bill MacLeay: Up for renewal?
By DOUGLAS PILS Hsrald-Zakung
SMITHSON VALLEY — Smithson Valley High School's head basketball coach was told Thursday his contract would not be recommended for renewal, which the coach alleged is the result of his refusal to inflate grades of algebra students.
SVHS principal Dr. Hon Hayworth told Coach Bill MacLeay Thursday he was recommending the coach's contract not be renewed for the 1993-94 school year, according to MacLeay.
MacLeay said the principal’s action is the result of parent complaints and his refusal to inflate grades in his Algebra I classes at Hayworth’s request
Hayworth, who is resigning this spring to return to teaching, said he did not want to comment on specifics of the situation until after the March 15 meeting of the Comal
Independent School Board, citing MacLeay’s comment, “you better get a good lawyer,’’ following their Thursday conference.
“If he says I asked him to inflate grades, he’s not telling the truth. I really don’t have anything else to say on the matter," Hayworth said.
CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers was planning to meet with both educators Friday morning to hear both sides of the dispute.
MacLeay, who was pulled from his algebra classes Thursday, alleged that on three separate occasions Hayworth requested he inflate the grades of his students to push them through the classes.
The coach alleged that first incident occurred at the end of the fourth six weeks, the second was one week to IO days ago, and the third case was during a 45-minute conservation Wednesday.
See COACH, page 2A
Iselin plant to shut down
By GREG MEFFORD Herakl-Zettung
West Point-Pepperell’s Iselin plant will cease operations in May, plant employees were told Thursday.
Workers at the Seguin Avenue plant said Thursday night they’d received notice that the plant would cease operations in the coming months.
Plant manager Art Jones confirmed the report Friday morning but was unable to provide details on the decision at presstime.
Jones said three of five shifts
Doctors passing up rural jobs
By GARY P. CARROLL Hsrald-Ztltung
Increasing government regulations and declining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are steering doctors away from rural private practice and into areas of specialty or into the
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Tim Owens, C McKenna Memorial Hospital said.
Owens said that doctors today are being offered lucrative deals with health maintenance organizations and large urban hospitals, and fewer and fewer doctors are willing to spend the money to pet up a small rural practice.
"The problem is, that your medical schools are in lag cities, and the doctors are not schooled in the day to day practice," Owens said.
Owens said that to practice in New Braunfels, a doctor must find a place to live, find a place to set up his practice, learn all applicable government regulations, hire and pay a staff, and learn skills not traditionally taught in medical school such as patient charges and billing — “and do it right because if you screw up they'll come and get you.
“You’re flying blind and taking on a humongous amount of debt," Owens said.
Head-hunting agencies seek out and place doctors and charge sizable fees, often in the tens of thousands of dollars, but the fee is paid for by the employer.
Tim Briefly, assistant administrator at McKenna, said he deals with several firms in his effort to attract doctors to New Braunfels, but the cost of paying the search agencies is not passed on to the patient
“Those fees come out of our normal operating Rind,” Brierty
Mark Guzman of San Antonio is carried up the bank of the Guadalupe River late Thursday after being swept into the river and catching his foot on a rock. A New Braunfels Fire Department rescue team responded and transported Guzman to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. Photo by John Huseth.
working at the plant had been notified by Friday morning.
The New Braunfels-baaed woven fabric operation announced Wednesday the sale of its Mission Valley facility, which was purchased by members of the plant’s management team and The Lewis Company, a Dallas-based investement firm.
The sale of the Mission Valley site, the older of the two plants, is expected to be completed by late April, according to plant officials.
Chamber of Commerce officials estimated the Iselin facility’s
workforce at about 350.
Clay first to file for CISD seat
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
Garden Ridge businessman John Clay is the first candidate to file for the Comal Independent School District boaiid of trustees election May I.
“I want to help," Clay said. "I have three kids in the district, I’m a businessman, and I think a lot of problems can be solved by good communications."
Clay is the golf professional and manager for the Northcliff Country Club about IO miles south of New* Braunfels in Guadalupe County.
He said his business experience and his active participation in the schools will help him be effective on the board.
“I’m a people person,” Clay said. “I think good communication and understanding between teachers, parents and the board is important “I’m active in the schools and my wife has been active. I know about running a business, Clay said. “I think ifs a real good district — with some problems — and I want to help."
Clay has lived in Garden Ridge for seven years.
Filing for May I election began Feb. 15 and will end March 17.
Commissioners OK juvenile crime, punishment grants
Bee DOCTORS, page 2A
By ROBE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
Applications for three grants to address juvenile crime and punishment in Comal County were approved Thursday morning at the regular session of Commissioners Court
Carol Robison, Chief Probation Officer of the Juvenile Probation Department presented a request for approval for two grant applications.
The “Purchase of Youth Services” grant would provide funds for residential services, detention and psychological evalua
The Diversionary Program Officer grant would provide funds for a juvenile probation officer to work with Communities in Schools programs, Choices — a program similar to DARE focusing on keeping juveniles away from crime — runaway and truancy programs, and mediation services.
“We thought this would be the most costeffective way to get another officer," Robison said.
“The Juvenile Probation Commission has a standard that says we should have one probation officer for every IOO referrals we receive annually. In 1992 we had a
total of 449 referrals — we’re not in compliance. We feel this would be a real beneficial program for us."
Sheriff Jack Bremer asked for approval for application for the third year of a “Juvenile Officer" grant ’This is the third year on this grant," Bremer said. “It’s been a real effective program — we’ve gotten a lot of good training. (Juvenile law enforcement) is one of the most difficult fields to operate in.
“We all have more than we can do. It really takes a lot of expertise to be able to do this, and it’s worked so much more smoothly having one person trained and
responsible for that Believe me, it’s a worthwhile program.”
Both requests were approved unanimously.
In other business the court:
• Tabled awarding bids for the fiberglass boat for the sheriffs department
• Re-appointed County Judge Carter Casteel and County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander to the CH-Condominium Council (Landa offices) board of directors.
• Approved application for and administration of Health grant hinds to the Local Emergency Planning Committee tor training in hazardous materials response.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Cameron Dalton Timmermann, Molly Koepp, Erie Stolinski, David Camareno, Nicolasa Monceballez and Megan McCutchin. Saturday Birthday wishes go to Janet M. Hummel and Domingo Maldonado Jr.
Belated Birthday wishes go to Irma Martinez and Jennifer Bustos.
Anniversary wishes go to Arnold and Sharon Feltner and Ruben and Gloria Mesa.Sausage dinner
The Canyon Lake Forest Club is hosting an old-fash
ioned German-style sausage dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 7. Tickets for adults are $5.50 and for children, $3.Church Women
The Church Women United of Comal County will celebrate World Day of Prayer at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 5 at the First United Methodist Church.Gun show
A gun show will be held March 6-7 at the Civic Center. Guns may be bought, sold or traded.
More information is available at 679-6112.
Tho New Braunfels Noon Lions Club charted four new Leos Clubs In Comal County Thursday night, making the county home to four of only five such dubs in the state. The chartering of the organizations, which are made of high school students, brings the total number of Lions dubs in the city to eight
Bee Sunday’s edition of the
New Braunfels Hara&Zaltung tor details.