New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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500NBISD shortfall could grow by $1M
By Will Wright
Projecting an additional $1 million loss for next year’s budget wasn’t what most folks wanted to hear at Monday night’s New Braunfels Independent School District school board meeting.
However, the NBISD board accepted the very real possibility the district could be facing an $8.6 million shortfall, which
was earlier predicted to be $7.6 million. Not knowing the Legislature’s remedy for public school funding has created havoc for districts throughout the state — New Braunfels included.
NBISD trustees held firm on one issue, voting to offer contracts to nearly 400 non-probationary employees. The district will wait until
after an April 7 board workshop meeting before deciding to make the same offer to nearly 130 more probationary professionals.
“It’s not at all to our liking not to take any action on probationary employees,’’ superintendent Randy Moczygemba said. “However, with the budget cuts we are facing, we are left with two options.
See BUDQET, Page 5
Trustees learn more about STAAR
By Will Wright
During Monday night’s New Braunfels Independent School District board meeting, assistant superintend -
ent Victoria Purscb presented her third installment on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readi ness (STAAR) exam, which
See STAAR, Page 5
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New Braunfels has already contributed; ball is in county’s court
By Greg Bowen
County commissioners on Thursday will consider pledging $6 million toward the state's planned $47 million Farm-to-Market 306 improvement project.
The City of New Braunfels has already promised its $6 million share of the project, which will be built by the Texas Department ofTransporta-tion.
The project would make FM 306, the increasingly crowded main roadway connecting New Braunfels and I-35 with the Canyon Lake area, wider and safer from 1-35 to west of Hunter Road.
Overpasses at railroad crossings near Goodwin Lane and Hunter Road in New Braunfels would be built, and the roadway would be widened from two lanes to four. Bike lanes and sidewalks would also be added.
Construction could begin on the project in late 2012 and be completed in 2015 or 2016, highway department officials have said.
Daily traffic counts have jumped from 2,300 vehicles in 1980 to 14,800 today on FM 306, where the two surface-level railroad crossings pose a public safety hazard because of significant delays caused by the 40-plus trains that cross the busy farm road daily, tying up emergency vehicles and other traffic.
Commissioners on Thursday also will:
• Consider a contract with the Haywood Baker geotech-nical construction company for the installation of a 100-foot-deep “deep wall” beneath the planned Krueger Canyon Dam on the Dry Comal Creek
IF YOU GO
What Comal County
When: 8:15 a.m.,
Commissioners' Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels
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► MILESTONE HIT
Most Wanted list tops 600 arrests
By J. Louise Larson
Some 600 suspects and almost 10 years later, Comal County’s 10 Most Wanted is an arresting example of what works in law enforcement — and in advertising.
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Sgt. Max Wominack has been Comal County Sheriff’s Office warrants officer for 15 years. He remembers starting the 10 most wanted on Aug. 8 a decade ago.
“The newspaper came to us and asked us if we were interested in featuring this in the paper,” he said.
The idea — and its $200 reward — as it turns out, was a good one.
“It’s helped a lot. We work the 10 Most Wanted really closely with Crimestoppers,” Wommack said.
“We’ve received all kinds of tips about where (suspects) might be hiding — in closets, under the bed. One tip said a suspect was hiding up in the attic under a bunch of mattresses — and that’s where he was,” he said. “We’ve found (suspects) in air conditioning ducts and under the kitchen sink.”
See 600, Page 5
Anti-bullying bills get hearing in Senate
U.S. ‘CONSIDERING ALL OPTIONS’ IN LIBYA
In this image taken Tuesday during an organized trip by the Libyan authorities, a Libyan supporter of Moammar Gadhafi salutes amidst the wreckage of what was described as a maintenance warehouse hit by two missiles Monday evening on a naval base in Tripoli, Libya.
Snipers, shells, tanks terrorize city
President Obama: U.S. days away from turning over control of air assault
The Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya—Moammar Gad-hafi’s snipers and tanks are terrorizing civilians in the coastal city of Misrata, a resident said, and the U.S. military warned TUesday it was “considering all options” in response to dire conditions there that have left people cow-ering in darkened homes and
scrounging for food and rainwater.
The U.S. is days away from turning over control of the air assault on Libya to other countries, President Barack Obama said. Just how that will be accomplished remains in dispute: Obama spoke TUesday with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in hopes of quickly resolving the squab
ble over the transition.
“When this transition takes place, it is not going to be our planes that are maintaining the no-fly zone. It is not going to be our ships that are necessarily enforcing the arms embargo. That’s precisely what the other nations are going to do,” the president said
See LIBYA, Page 5
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AUSTIN — Montana Lance was 9 years old when he hanged himself in the nurse's restroom at his elementary school in Lewisville. His parents say the school did not do enough to protect their son, who had been bullied for years.
Lance’s parents, Jason and Deborah, were among several witnesses who testified TUesday before the Senate Committee on Education in support of legislation that would prohibit any form of bullying in Texas schools.
“Kids won’t speak up because they’re afraid nothing will happen when they report bullying. The only way we can change that is if we have a law that backs us.”
BARBARA PARIS, a principal in Round Rock Independent School District
Bullying is the suspected cause of at least four Texas students who have taken their own lives since the 2009 legislative session.
“We need the Legislature to enact a
bill this session,” Deborah Lance said. “If we have to wait for the next session, that’s two more years and eight more children’s deaths at the least. These children are dependent on us. Let’s not fail them the way the schools are failing them.”
A bill proposed by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, would change the state’s current practice of sending a bullying victim to another school, moving the aggressor elsewhere instead. The legislation also requires school officials to be trained to identify bullying signs and learn effective
See BULLYING, Page 5