New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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50©Moczygemba: No term-contract staff cuts
NBISD superintendent emphasizes savings in operations, not personnel
By Will Wright
At the New Braunfels Independent School District school board on Monday night, superintendent
Randy Moczygemba was clear on one thing: He expects none of the district's term-contracted teachers will lose their jobs because of next year's $7.6 million budget deficit.
Addressing the board during a
workshop session, Moczygemba presented a partial plan to help the district stem the tide of red ink brought on by the state's funding crisis.
He said $1.3 million in cuts to maintenance and operations, along
with a $3.5 million allocation from the district's $18 million fund balance, should reduce NBISD's deficit to $2.8 million for 2011 -12.
“We don't feel like we've wrangled every dollar we can out of the operating side,” Moczygemba said. “We haven't finished (making cuts) and we have options....
“There's no reason for us to declare for a reduction in force, despite what you may have heard or read otherwise."
However, Moczygemba is not in a position to guarantee anything to the district's 394 tenured professionals
See NBISD, Page 8
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Police yet to ID trucker killed in Friday’s fiery 1-35 crash
By J. Louise Larson
Authorities are waiting for a positive ID on a trucker killed Friday night in a fiery explosion on 1-35.
Police believe the man is a 49-year-
old from live Oak, but since the body was burned beyond recognition, positive identification takes longer, said Sgt. Chris Peltier of New Braunfels Fire Department.
“We have a belief that’s the person, but we don’t know for sure — we’re
waiting for ID pending dental records,” he said. An autopsy has been ordered in the case.
Justice of the Peace Mike Rust pronounced the man dead at the scene, who was killed near Exit 183 (Solms Road) when his 2007 Volvo tractor-
trailer rig burst into flames and a series of explosions after hitting a guardrail and the support legs for an overhead sign around 8:53 p.m.
The sign fell into the northbound lanes and was struck by another 18-wheeler and a pickup truck.
LEGENDARY BATTLE OF THE ALAMO TURNS 175
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Notice of intent given for COs
Funds would cover capital improvements, drainage
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By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels City Council on Monday took a step toward issuing $18.2 million in certificates of obligation to iund projects that will improve drainage, widen a busy street, repair flood damage in Landa Park, lengthen an airport runway and more.
Council also laid out to a developer — for the second time since the June 9 flood — requirements for funds to be set aside to ensure a new Boyer subdivision’s drainage system can be improved if found to be inadequate after being installed.
Certificates of occupancy
Council OK’d giving notice of its intent to issue the certificates of obligation. Notices will be published in the newspaper and on the city website to let the public know it can comment on the financing plan before it is officially voted on by council at its April 25 meeting.
Projects that would be funded are: the North Tributary Flood Control Project, $7.2 million; the Walnut Avenue widening project, a $5.4 million partial payment; the Landa Plaza property acquisition, $2 million; the Gruene Crossing drainage project, $1.2 million; repairs of June 9 flood damage to Landa Dam, $847,000; replacement or repair of three bridges in Landa Park that were washed out or damaged by the June 9 flood, $700,000; flood-warning sirens, $280,000; replacement of lighting at Fredericksburg Field, $150,000; and a $70,000 cash match for the lengthening of a runway at the municipal airport to accommodate larger aircraft.
See COUNCIL, Page 8
Editor’s note: Sunday marked the 175th anniversary of the legendary Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio.
By J. Louise Larson
In this, the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo, New Braunfels has its own unique links to the most definitive moment in Texas history.
One local family is directly descended from the oldest
defender of the Alamo.
At 57, Gordon C. Jennings was the senior member of the brave Texans who stood their ground in revolt against the Mexican government and the forces of Santa Anna.
In the shadow of the venerable Alamo, his fourth-great-grand-daughter, Stephanie Anderson of New Braunfels, pointed to a diorama detailing the famed battle that showed the rear wall of the fort where her ancestor made that desperate last stand in Cpl. William Carey’s artillery company on
“He was artillery and they always put the artillery on the back wall,” she said last week.
Jennings re-enlisted under Col. William B. Travis and could have left with honor as an elder soldier, but instead chose to stay to the bitter end in the company of fewer than 200 other Texas militiamen.
After a 13-day siege, awaiting reinforcements that never came in the needed numbers, and then
See ALAMO, Page 3
DID YOU KNOW?
■ The Ferdinand Lindheimer New Braunfels Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas sponsors an essay contest each year for fourth- and seventh-graders studying Texas history, and donates Texas flags, books, replicas of historical documents to area schools.
■ Chapter members created the table centerpieces at the Alamo Gala in October, using cactus species found on the Alamo grounds in Talavera pottery. They also have served on the French Legation Committee in Austin, the Alamo Committee in San Antonio and the Alamo Library Committee. For information about the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, visit www.drtinfo.org.
REMEMBERING THE ALAMO
Local family makes pilgrimage to battleground to honor ancestor
Stephanie Anderson, left, and her mother, Pat Jackson, standThursday outside the Alamo in San Antonio.The women are descendants of Gordon C. Jennings, who fought and died at the Battle of the Alamo.
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