New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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district officials said.
District spokesperson Kan Hutchison said it will take about six years to recover the district’s costs after the turf is laid down.
Hutchison said the turf will save money for the district in the long run by decreasing water use and lowering maintenance costs. ROTO units and bands can also use the turf.
Trustees Dora Gonazales and John Bertlesen voted against the turf, saying it wasn’t the right time for it. Trustees Dan Krueger, Charles Burt, Nick Nichols, Deraid LaRue and Randy Pawelek voted for it.
Before the vote, Don Landrum, an audience member, expressed incredulity that the vote was on the board’s agenda.
“You’re talking about cutting programs in schools and staff in schools and you’re talking about putting artificial turf in school stadiums?” Landrum statement was answered with loud claps.
Other topics drew much debate during the four-plus hour long meeting at Bill Brown Elementary School in Bulverde.
In the audience participation session, people also expressed opinions on school principals having the option to change from an A-B block schedule with four different classes on alternating days to a seven-period school day in which students would take the same classes each day.
One man said teacher contact time improved and class sizes were reduced with the A-B block scheduling.
“If you go back to a seven-period day, how will that affect class ranking?” he said. “Also, there’s less time lost in transferring classes.”
And Jim Maxwell, a Smithson Valley Middle School teacher, said the district, before it looks at cutting teachers, should look at cutting coaches at Smithson Valley High School to save money. He said there was too much of an emphasis on football excellence there.
“They’re aren’t many well-paying jobs out there for exlinebackers who know how to recognize a draw play,” Maxwell said.
In other business, trustees also voted to implement changes in the in-district student transfer guidelines for the 2003-2004 school year.
In a 4-3 vote, they voted to grandfather all existing in-
to other topics, such as deer.
He said that nothing would change until the balance on council shifted in Flume’s favor. Later, he asked for volunteers to canvass Flume’s district.
“If you’re here to support Debbie, you ought to be talking about who’s going to go out and hit the streets with her,” Fraser said.
Kendrick’s meeting, attended by about 15 people, had a much different tone.
Covered were a range of topics that, until the very end of the hour-and-a-half meeting, never touched on the election.
The flood was discussed, along with flood recovery maps, the PEMA buyouts and the progress of residential and river cleanups.
The river, road and bridge projects were discussed, as well as planning and financial issues at city hall.
At the end, Betty Dunkin asked Kendrick what he hoped to accomplish in his second term.
Fraser asked Kendrick how those who attended the meeting could help.
“You could vote for me,” Kendrick said.
“But that’s not what this meeting is for,” Kendrick said.
“This wasn’t meant to be a political rally cmr anything else. This was a question and answer session,” Kendrick said.
“You can blame me for that, Robert,” Fraser said.
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The move also set a May 15 deadline for parents to submit a renewal request for grandfathered students and to allow siblings of 2002-2003 grandfathered transfers to have a one-year transfer for 2003-2004, based on need.
Krueger, Burt, Gonzales and LaRue voted for the motion; Bertlesen, Nichols and Pawelek voted against
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