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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas OMI neraid-Zeitung■ Sunday, March 13.1994 Continued from Page SA Fifth Point If Watson and his bunch don’t like the way I represent the public, then they are welcome to work to prevent my re-election. (However, this is a moot issue. The powers that be have gerrymandered the election districts so that when my term is up I will be ineligible to seek re-election.) Sixth Point If my objections to ongoing violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act aren’t enough, then let it be know, too, that I object to the broad brush by which I am being painted by those who claim to have the best interests of the kids in mind. It is this same dynasty that has put us into the mess we’re in right now. We have trustees who have been on the board nearly nine years each (and recently lost two trustees who serv ed even longer!) Yet, every effort is made to blame my 22 months on the board as the cause of I) the lack of long range planning; 2) the inefficient management; and, 3) the lack of facilities alternatives. •How do they expect the public to buy the notion that my occasional NO vote causes all the problems? •When I vote NO I am constantly on the losing end of the ballot; yet the wild bunch expects the public to believe that I’m somehow responsible for what all of the other trustees’ consistent decade-long-mn of YES votes have caused. •To say that it’s La-La-Land is an understatement. Seventh Point Watson wants to indict my credibility by suggesting that my missing one non-action discussion session with some TEA guru is a dereliction of my responsibility as a trustee. •I’ll match my record of visiting schools, talking with teachers and listening to the kids, against any trustee, any time. • The Texas Association of School Boards recommends that trustees receive 32 hours of board training credit during their three year term. Presently I have 31 hours of credit, and I have 14 months left on my term. •Actually, the expectation is that the trustees receive 26 hours during his first two years. By the standards set by the TASB, I’m well ahead of schedule in my training. Oh, well, Watson sees it differently. Numbers may not be his long suit. Eighth Point Watson seems to have a little trouble with other facts, too. He reports in his editorial that “in December, the board elected to not replace Tom Potter.” Oh? What ballot was that? •The fact is, Agenda Item X was designed to consider the method by which Tom Potter’s vacated seat would be filled. I made a motion that the seat be filled by voters at the regular school COMPLETE EYE CARE Now accepting New Patients for: Dr. Mark G. Carolan • Adult & Children's Therapeutic Optometrist Vision Care Edward R. Rashid, M.D. • Contact Lenses Ophthalmologist • Diagnosis and Robert H. Poirier, M.D. Treatment Ophthalmologist of Eye Diseases • Cataract, Glaucoma and Corneal Conditions 1099 N. Walnut • Radial Keratotomy New Braunfels Across from Victoria For an appointment call Bank & Trust 620-6151 board election in May. That motion was killed in a tie vote. To tie-up the vote, the board president suddenly agreed with me arid with Tom Bruce, despite a long standing record of public statements on his part that there was an urgency to fill the seat by appointment. • So Watson sees the tie vote as “the board elected to not replace Tom Potter* 7 Wrong. A decision was not made. Or, was it? The board president seems to think that he had the consensus of the board to bring Potter back. But where was that vote taken? It didn’t take place that night — at least, not publicly. •But then, one trustee said something publicly that night about taking a straw vote. Did that happen? Wouldn’t that be prohibited under the Texas Open Meetings Act? Bingo. Ninth Point Tom Potter said to a radio audience of KGNB that he was told by the board president there was a consensus of the board for him to return to the board. Oh, wow. I didn’t vote for that. When did they vote for that? I realize a 4-2 ballot would have easily created a legal consensus for that to happen. •However, no such vote is in the public record. So how did it happen? (The remaining portion Douglas Kirk's column will be printed in the Wednesday issue of the Herald-Zeitung.) , Spring Allergy Sufferers^ We need individuals age 12 to 65 with tree or grass allergies for a Spring Allergy VI Study testing an investigational medication. POLLOM AL ..... Skin tests, physician monitoring, and laboratory tests provided at no cost. Paid up to $115. Chronic Asthma Sufferers!! Do you take asthma medication either daily ^ J or occasionally?? If so, you may be eligible for an asthma research study. All testing is done free of charge and you are compensated up to $530 for your participation. Call now! Central Texas Health Research 629-9036 THE CENTER FOR QUALITY LIVING is inviting those in the community and surrounding areas to attend a class on CODEPENDENCY (compulsion to fix others). Are you battling with the need to rescue and control others. Do you know "the art of giving" or do you feel drained. Some of us do not know how to say "no" and wind up feeling used. If this describes you come join the class March 17-May 5 for 8 weeks. This class will cover the first three steps FOLLOWING a 12 step workbook. Lisa Arrendell, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) will facilitate this class on Thursday evenings, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at THE CENTER FOR QUALITY LIVING. The book cost is $14.99, ”12 Step Programs of Overcoming ^Dependency”. The classes are FREE OF CHARGE. 'VeSoraftStokes, INTERNAL.MEDICINE New Patients Welcome Medicare Assignment Accepted No Referral Necessary 264 West Mill Street (210)629-2040 New Braunfels, Texas Attention Homeowners If you have had high price quotes before-You'll be amazed at our low prices. TOP QUALITY PRODUCTS AND PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION AT AFFORDABLE PRICES! •VINYL SIDING - Unlike any siding you've seen. Looks like real wood! •INSULATED REPIACEMENT WINDOWS - Cuts utility bills - Save You Money! •KITCHEN CABINETS - Makes your old kitchen look brand new for 1/2 the price of new cabinets • CARPET - The best quality carpets and flooring for your home or office. •AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING -Replacements, name brands. Best Prices! If you haven't received a quote from us you probably paid too much. •Factory Direct *No Money Down/100 % Financing 7^4yttaMt P Local Area References Available Senior Citizen and Military Discounts Call for a FREE Estimate: (210) 525-6991 (SA) or 1-800-569-8479 (Out of Town) Serving San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and surrounding areasCounty? <4For twenty years I have been fortunate to live in Comal County. This County has a strong moral, spiritual, and ethical fiber, a commitment to education; a belief in preserving our heritage and promoting the arts; an involvement in caring for those less fortunate; a true concern for our environment; a dedication to providing an opportunity for jobs through economic development; and an understanding of the importance of participating in our democratic process. All of this sets the stage for volunteerism which truly makes us different. Many of our accomplishments come about because of our citizens' volunteering, being a part of a team, and understanding the importance of healthy, constructive discussions. Comal County is unique as it has distinct and varied communities of interest; however, it has a common thread in the spirit of volunteerism. County government and our city governments benefit each day because of citizens' involvement. We are truly blessed and we will be so as long as we remember we must work together. Judge Carter Casteel Comal CountyIt's Coming... Sunday, March 27,1994 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung J* at ;