New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, March 7,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Ctobie Cays*
Vol 145. No 82Inside
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Birthday wishes from th# Hsralif TsltiioflT
llhe New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes |to: Clobfte Cayse, Nancy Ortiz, Tammy Barber, Marsha Caballero (Saturday), Gloria I Barling (Saturday), Jon David Gonzales, Becky Vodka, Arthur Wages, Erica Renee Leal (6 yean old).
■7b have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144,
Pollen Count Mold-639 Mountain Cedar — 6 Aah# —26
Elm-4 Hackberry —10 Mutiny—IO Oak-10 Sycamore —16
(Potan rnaanrwl In parts par cubic malar of air. MomwOon provided by Or. Frank Mampal.)
Comal River — 234 cubic toe! per second, same aa Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We* — 624.09 feet above tea level, up 02 Canyon Dam discharge — 966 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 421 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.86 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
NBU nporupurr^ muon gator*
of aurtect—tar Thursday, and 205,800 gator* of teal weiarwsra usad.
County talrgrauiMls launch trail rids
The 13th annual Austin Founders Trail Ride wilt begin its 116-mile trek through the Hill Country at 9:30 a m. Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
Horses, mules and covered wagons will ride down River Road along the Guadalupe River to Settler, then to Canyon Lake, Wimberley, Driftwood, Buda, and into Austin to officially kick off the 59th annual Austin-Travis County Livestock Show and PRCA Rodeo,
The trail ripe recreates cattle drives and wagon trains that settled Texas. Riders from ages 4 months to 83 years will traverse the trail, crossing some of the old cattle drive routes
Retama Park play* host to Job fair
Retama Park racetrack will hold a Job Fair from 10 a m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the park's administration building, at which candidates for employment at the track during the live racing season may complete applications and be interviewed. Reta ma’s live racing season opens May 9.
“We are seeking enthuses tic, customer-oriented individu als who can work flexible hours," said Joe Strauss Jr chairman and CEO. “We have more than 300 positions to fill in such departments as food service, guest relations, sales, security, admissions, parking gift shop, maintenance and mutuel ticket sales/
Ail areas of food service positions are available including cooks, wait staff, concession sales, bus service, dishwash ors, bartenders and more. Rota ma Park will be bringing the food and beverage business inhouse starting March 23 and has immediate positions avail able in that department.
Interested individuals should apply in person Saturday at Retama Park administration building located next to the paddock area
Call (210) 651-7000 for infor mation,
CISD OKs settlement in MacLeay suits
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved a settlement Thursday in two suits stemming from the reassignment of a basketball coach for less than what the tab in the federal suit would have totaled.
Bill MacLeay originally filed a suit against the district saying he was reassigned for pointing out substandard teaching practices within the district. MacLeay killed himself in 1995, and his wife continued the legal battle under the Whistleblower Act. In September, a federal jury sided with MacLcay’s estate, and a judgment was
rendered for $600,000.
In addition to the federal suit, MacLcay’s estate filed a wrongful death suit against the district.
The board, which had origins MacLeay nally planned to appeal die federal case, voted unanimously Thursday to end all litigation with the family for a settlement of $700,000.
“We’re ready to put closure to this and get back to the business at hand,’’
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MACLEAY LAWSUITS TIME LINE
1993 — Smithson Valley High School coach and algebra teacher Bill MacLeay discussed the issue of students being placed in classes where they did not belong, being told to inflate grades to pass them and watered-down curriculum with an assistant principal at Smithson Valley High School.
1993 — Recommended for nonrenewal, but the board renewed his contract, adding that he had a winning season as head boys basketball coach.
1994 — He continued to voice concerns about minimum state
standards not being met, and failure rates remained high in his algebra class.
1994 — MacLeay was reassigned to a middle school coaching position and a study hall class. The district contends the reassignment was based on job performance.
1994 — MacLeay files a lawsuit against the district and members of its staff.
July, 1995 — MacLeay commits suicide and his wife continues the suit under the Whistleblower Act.
September, 1996 — A federal
jury decides in favor of MacLeay’s estate, The jury awarded damages of $793,000 and the final judgment of $600,000 is rendered.
September, 1996 — The Comal Independent School District board of trustees unanimously vote to appeal the decision.
1996 — MacLeay’s wife and daughter file a wrongful death suit in Bexar County District Court against the district.
March, 1997 — The CISD board unanimously votes to settle both cases for $700,000. The plaintiffs agree to the settlement.
Herald-Zertuna photo by Michael Darnel!
Th» Canyon and New Braunfels school districts Joined Thursday to sponsor their annual Senior Prom for Motor citizens af the Canyon High School Commons. Horn Horton— Ackormann goto o Mg kick out of (fencing In hor whoolcholr with Chris Smith and Jonntfor Regalado
County considers reinvesting in TexPool
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County pulled its money out of TexPool in 1994 because of questions about the fund's management, and Thursday the commissioners began to discuss the possibility of reinvesting money in that pool.
TexPool is an investment pool designed under former governor Ann Richards in 1989 to help cities and municipal districts invest funds and have them liquid on a daily basis. In late December 1993, the pool manag
er quit, and there was no indication who the new manager would be.
At that tune. County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew took the county’s $7 million exit of the pool because of potential risks, and began investing it himself. Bartholomew said the county made $488,000 from investments last year, with $90,000 from government securities and the remainder from money market accounts. County Judge Carter Casteel said it might he time for the county to consider putting the money back in the pool.
"There was a problem with TexPool several years ago, but I think that's been fixed," C asteel said. "That’s why we're asking (Bartholomew) to take a look at that It may not be a problem anymore ”
Bartholomew said TexPool is now under the management of f irst Southwest and Texas Commercial. However, he is still not certain reinvesting in the pool is in the best interest of the county. He said he is waiting to see what the new managers of the pool do.
He said there are undivided inter
ests in a pool, and the county would im rf have ownership. In the event of a problem, it takes longer to get money out of a pool, and the benchmarks used to measure the pool are not reported daily in Reuters, Dow Jones or Bloomberg reports He also said dealers and brokers are screened right now, and that could not he done in a pool "I would like someone watching them, and dial doesn’t happen,” Bartholomew said. “When there are other good alternatives out there, why should we invest in a pool, regardless of wlial pool ii is."
Group seeks committee to plan sister city events
By ABE LEVY
City officials and leaders from several local organizations plan to form a committee that would be the central contact for communications with New Braunfels’ sister city, Braunfels, Germany.
The group met in February and most recently Wednesday night to discuss plans that would place the primary responsibility on the city to oversee central communications with Braunfels officials.
Fur example, phone calls for official business from the sister city would he
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taken by the city and delegated to the relevant sources who would respond to the various requests.
The proposed committee would act as an informal group of volunteers to ensure initiatives made by Braunfels officials are handled appropriately.
"B’s important that the city be responsive to oui sister city and that we have one focal point that they can call so that we can he hospitable," said Mayor Jan Kcnnady. “We’d be the clearing house.”
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Casted sees need for substations
By DENISE DZIUK
Herekl-Zeltung photo by Michael Camail
J—n Harris, president of th# Comal Gar dan Club, cafebratea Arbor Day on Thursday by donating and planting two Chinquapin oak traaa at Canyon Intermediate School. Arbor Day la osfetoratod aero— tho United by planting a ti—.
With rural portions of the county growing by leaps and bounds. County Judge Carter Casteel told the court Thursday it is time to consider opening substations to provide services in the Bulverde and ( anyon Lake areas.
Casteel said the county is expected to grow to a population of 150,000 by the year 2010, and a lot-of that growth is already occurring. She said most of the expansion is in the western portion of the county, while the county seat is in the eastern portion.
"We are booming, and we expect everyone to come way to the ha comer of the county to conduct their business,’’ ( asteel said C asteel said department heads and commissioners had recommended opening substations iii the county to handle some of this business She said "the time is now" to consider the feasibility of opening substations to handle some of the functions of the county clerk’s office, lax office and perhaps even environmental health "All I’m doing is throwing oui the idea,” Casteel said “I’m looking to the department heads because it’s basically up to them, and saying let’s look at it seriously.’"
Casteel said part of the task ahead was to determine what additional stall', equipment and resources would be needed. Slie Simi space was available iii tile Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace office iii Bulverde, and space could lie made available when the Precinct 4 office was built iii < allyou I ake “Logistically, I think we can do it, and financially, I think we can do it,” Casteel said. "It’s just a matter of when, where and how "
I ax Assessor/C ol lector < dona ( len-nan said the idea would be a great benefit to the taxpayers and residents. She said, however that expanding lier office would Ik* costly because of the additional computer software needed to link the remote offices with the state. She said managing remote offices would be more difficult , hut that she supports the measure if it will help residents.
( asteel said she dties not know what it would cost to open substations, and thai it part of what she wants to find out. SIk* said slie would like the department heads to consider the substation idea, and include that cost estimates they generate in the 1998 department budget. She said the court can then look at the costs and determine if it is feasible when it prepares next year’s county budget.Act of kindness draws kudos. Page ,