New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Residents could lose their homes if sewage is not cleaned up
Deadline looms for
As high school soccer playoffs heat up and teams advance, defense is the key to make it to the state level. Page SA
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I Martin Nealeigh, guest colum-! nist, writes on how freedom I comes at a cost, and soldiers I will die. Page AA
By Bon Maloney
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 153, No. 116 12 pages, 2 sections
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Memorial Primary Librarian Claudia Mendenhall reads to kindergarten students Taylor Watson, left, Max Leslie and Steven Sanchez.
School librarians expand student’s horizons
Perry to present award Friday at Texas Legislative Conference
By Scott Mahon
f riday Gov. Rick Perry will present the Texan of the Year award f riday to NBA champion David Robinson.
The noon awards ceremony is the centerpiece of the .38 th Texas Legislative Conference that opens tonight with a 7 p.m. reception.
“We are thrilled Gov. Perry will be the keynote speaker Friday," said Cyndi 'taylor Krier, chairman of the conference advisory committee and a former Bexar County judge and state senator. "We look forward to honoring David Robinson as Texan of the Year as much for what’s lie’s done for education and setting an example as for his leadership in
sports with the Spurs."
The Texan of the Year was first awarded in 1974. Robinson, a two-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, follows such Texan of the Year honorees as Red McCombs, George W. Bush, Barbara Jordan, Dolph Briscoe, John B. Connally, Lloyd Bentsen, John Ben Shepperd, Phil Gramm and Bob Bullock.
"It s a nonpartisan award to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to Texas," Michael Meek, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president, said, Friday’s seminars will be led by panels consisting of state legislators and business leaders. Ray Perryman of the Perryman Group will
moderate a seminar on globalization.
State Sen. Steve Ogden, chairman of Senate Finance Committee, will discuss public school funding.
All three seminars will last one hour.
Hie conference Is open to the public, hut tickets for Friday have already sold out, Meek said.
"We sold over 7(H) tickets for Friday, which is a record,’ he said.
Tickets for Thursday’s reception at the civic center are still available. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at 390 South Seguin Ave.
For information, call (830) 625-2385, or (800) 572-2626.
Developer arrested over platting charges
By Bon Maloney
SPRING BRANG! I —The developer ensnared in controversy over failure to plat three sulxlixision lots — including one purchased by retired San Antonio Spurs superstar George Gervin — was arrested tuesday.
Guillermo de Alba Brewster, 40. was booked into Comal County Jail on three charges of subdividing property without meeting platting requirements.
Authorities said they believe Brewster’s arrest to be the first time a developer lias been arrested in Comal County over platting issues lf proved, the allegation is a class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months in county jail Brewster posted $3,000 bail and was released from custody.
County Qnuisel Geol! Bari said the district attorney’s office took the action because Brewster had so far been unable to correct platting issues pertaining to property adjacent to his Spring Branch Meadows subdivision.
“This goes back probably close to a year ago, Barr said. "Mr. Brewster subdivided and sold off tracts of land to purchasers, one of whom was George Gervin. Ile did so in violation of Chap ter 232.601 of die Texas Dual Government (axle, which sa\ - a plat must be filed and approved to lay out tin se i acts and easement access.” Commissioners’ Court was made aware of the problem in June 2003 when Brewster, Gervin and See DEVELOPER Page 2 A
With an aging population) nursing nome industry is poised for growth.
DID YOU KNOW?
Library variables that affect standardized testing performance
■ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
• Library volumes purchased in 1999 to 2000 per 100 students
• Library operational expenditures per student
• Library computers connected to a modem per 100 students
• Library software packages per IOO students
■ MIDDLE/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL:
• Identifying materials for instructional units developed by teachers.
• Providing information skills instruction to individuals or groups
■ HIGH SCHOOL
• Library staff per 100 students
• Library staff hours per 100 students
• Library hours of operation per IOO students
• Volumes per students
• Current subscriptions to magazines and newspapers per 100 students
• Planning instructional units with teachers
• Providing staff development to teachers
* According to a 2001 Texas State Library and Archives Commission study
By Dylan Jiminez
It is said the amount of information in the world doubles every six months.
Librarians teach students to dig through that flood of data so students can become lifelong learners.
“People have the old idea of a librarian that they sit behind a desk and check out books and sort magazines," said Mary Jay Ridgway, head librarian for Comal Independent School District. "That couldn’t be further from the truth.”
At the elementary level, librarians help children develop a love for reading. At tile secondary level, students are equipped to find and evaluate information.
"Libraries should be the hub of the school,” Ridgway said.
The library at Memorial Primary in New Braunfels is the hub of learning there. Bach student visits the library and checks out a book at least once a week, said Librarian Claudia Mendenhall.
Mendenhall’s role is to "instill in students a desire to be lifelong learners,” she said.
Kindergarten students Taylor Watson, left, and Max Leslie listen as librarian Claudia Mendenhall reads to them Wednesday afternoon in the Memorial Primary Library.
This desire is important for students to develop, said Rosalyn Bratcher, NBISD assistant superintendent for instruction.
“We know that kids who like to read read more and read better,” Bratcher said.
They also develop analytical thinking and reading comprehension skills— necessary building blocks of education, she said.
In 2001, the Texas State
Library and Archives Commission studied the effect of librarians on standardized testing scores. It found that IO percent more students in schools with librarians than in schools without librarians met minimum test expectations in reading.
Still, there is no law that says there has to be a school library'
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BULVERDE — Time runs out Friday on a month-old deadline to either clean up septic problems or move hundreds of residents out of a mobile home park.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip said no solution had been reached with the Tessye Maurer family over numerous septic violations at the Tamiga Acre* mobile home park, located off Texas 46 between Smithson Valley I ligh School and U.S. 281.
A month ago, environmental enforcement division officers posted notices that residents of 52 homes ranging from RVs to Dib Waldrip mobile homes would have to leave in 30 days if a number of septic problems weren’t resolved.
Waldrip estimated up to 300 people — IOO of them children — live in the park in conditions that threaten their health.
Mauler Wednesday deferred requests for comment to her attorney, Les Mendelsohn of San Antonio, who did not return calls.
Waldrip said his office is not intent on making 52 families homeless, but it cannot sit by while they
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