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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY March 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Ill Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Inside Today SVHS vaccinates The Herald Zeitung launches its 2001 Horizons report with a special report on health and edu cation in todays edition BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON and pub lic health officials wrapped up a threeday vaccination program Tuesday at Smithson Valley High Comal County Public Health Nurse Karon Preiss said more than Smith son Valley students and staff were vacci nated against the bacterium that can cause spinal We still have no new Thats the best Were almost out of the danger Preiss Were praying to God that this is We think weve done what we can to prevent the spread of The vaccinations were recommended Fri day by the Texas Department of Health after tests of two students who became ill about 10 days ago showed they were infect ed with Subtype C of the meningococcal meningitis Both 16yearold boys who are members of the SVHS varsity soccer are according to One was released from a San Antonio hospital on The other is still See Smithson Valley High School junior Juan Morin gets his immu nization from Denise Tuesday JESSIE Herald Zeitung Winners on board JESSIE Family and friends gather to send the New Braunfels High School girls soccer team off to play Lake Travis Tuesday The Unicorns beat the Lady Cavaliers 10 to advance to the third round of the area See relat ed story on Fed drops rate halfpoint CISD mulls third high school site BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer confusing and filled with dis agreement is how many people would describe Comal Independent School Dis tricts recent discussions about a new high Once trustees will step into the verbal boxing ring when they meet at 6 Thursday to reach a decision on the fate of the new high The board will meet at Bill Brown Elemen tary Board president John Clay This board is going to have to hash it out once and for Im as frustrated as anybody else This past trustees instructed finance director Abel Campos to get the ball rolling and prepare for the sale of million in which were approved in Proposition II in the 1999 bond The district will need the money to buy the land on which the new high school will On trustees are scheduled to vote on the actual sale of the Trustee John who repre sents the Canyon Lake area the area targeted for the new high said he would oppose the Im really uncomfortable with what CLAY we are Ber telsen There have been so many and thats the boards Bertelsen said he wanted the board to come out and let the public in on the prob lems and planning for the new Canyon Lake area high Clay said the delay was caused by trying to figure out where the district would get the money to staff the new The district is at its tax rate cap of more than per property valua The new school would require money for staff and maintenance Campos said operating the new school would cost million to By the time the school is built in an asyetunspecified amount of the costs will be Clay Our backs are definitely against the These are some pretty tough times for the Aware that the board has come under Clay We could be doing BERTELSEN the really smart thing for Im disappointed by the I wish the majority would give us a break these are very difficult Both Clay and Bertelsen are in favor of buying the land for the high school now but differ in how to pay for 1 still Lets find the said who wants to sell just enough of the Proposition H bonds to buy the Bertelsen said he supported postpon ing the sale of the bonds and adding onto Smithson Valley High School to increase the maximum capacity to The district could use bond interest from the Proposition I bonds to pay for the he The current estimated enrollment at SVHS in 201011 is he That would give CISD at least a fiveyear window to evaluate the prepare for a less controversial plan and to spread the tax burden over a larger tax he Bertelsen also said the level of educa tion at SVHS would not cit ing examples of efficiency at other student high schools in San Antonio and Also on the board is expect ed to call for a workshop meeting some time in the next week to get public opin ion and involvement with the new high BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON AP The Federal Reserve deliv ered a halfpoint of interest rate relief to the ailing econ omy citing sub stantial risks of prolonged weakness and signaling it would take further action if needed to stave off The size of the reduction disappointed Wall which had been looking for a bigger and investors sent stock prices down Private economists empha sized that the central bank had sent a strong message that it would do whatever was needed to avoid a reces The latest reduction in the federal funds rate brought this key benchmark for short term loans down to 5 percent following earlier halfpoint cuts on 3 and The cuts since the begin ning of the year marked the most aggressive rate reduc tion effort in 16 since the Fed under Paul Volcker as chairman slashed rates by percentage points in the last two months of Were teetering on the edge of a recession and todays action by the Fed is a significant move toward pulling us back from the said economist Jerry the president of the National Association of Wall Street was not Investors had been hoping rates would be cut by a bigger percentage believ ing such a move was needed to boost badly shaken confi dence after the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its worst selloff in 11 years last The which had been trading around the level at the time of the Feds midafternoon announce fell to its lowest close in two The Dow has now lost during the past eight trading sessions and is down 17 percent from its record high in January The technologyheavy Nas daq dropped to close at down more than 63 percent from its record close in March Accountant enters CISD trustee race SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEITUNG Charles a certified public accountant in San filed Tuesday as a candidate for the District 6 seat on the Comal Indepen dent School Districts Board of District 6 covers most of the Bulverde area of the school Doug for mer school board member and an is the only other per son who has filed for the District 6 seat cur rently held by Robert BURT See Excess garbage will have residents seeing green on June 1 BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer florescent green tags will soon be spotted on all New Braun fels trash cans and bundles in excess of the current limit allowed for solid waste Starting June the col ored stickers must decorate all trash bags in excess of the 30gallon container per collection limit set by city New Braunfels Recycling Advisory Committee approved the color of the stickon tags on The pay as you throw plan provides a method of controlling the amount of trash that goes to the committee mem bers have Finding retail outlets and busi to distribute the tags is the next said Don assis tant to the city We are talking to grocery to retail he any one who wants to sell so we can get them out to the And theyll be available at city of Monthly trash fees will not he city employees will not pick up extra trash without the stickon The city plans to provide the first five tags free of After residents must pay for a set of five The program pays for Fer guson The price tag covers the expense of printing the But there is an additional benefit as well The taxpayers he If there is less trash going to the the tipping fees go And ulti those fees are paid for out of taxpayer Landfill Also on the recycling com mittee began discussing alternatives to dumping the citys solid waste into the which is nearing capaci The group started the process of exploring the citys trash disposal The need to begin to come See INSIDE Key Code 76 ;