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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Micro!lim Cemter, Inc. P.O. Box i5 *36 railes Tx 7    ’/frustees study teacher pay hike plans eachers and administrators in New mnfels Independent School District are ing to find a way to give the faculty inbers a salary increase along with some lge benefits. dore than 50 teachers showed up at the ;ISD board meeting Tuesday to hear what trustees had to say on the subject. Jupt. O.E. Hendricks reported that a iposal including salary increases and benefits had been formulated during the last faculty council meeting, April 16. Teacher representatives from each campus met with administrators and a couple of board members to discuss ways to help ease the pressures of inflation for teacher The proposal includes a health insurance plan, a one and one-half percent salary increase and three days of local sick leave, Hendricks said. But the vote of the teachers (about 15 of them) was not unanimous. If the proposal is accepted, the budget will be increased approximately $160,000 by the health insurance, $75,000 by the salary increase and $17,000 by the sick leave, he said. But the teachers’ raise will only increase their salaries by about $140 to $250. Teachers presented an amended proposal to the board with Annette Richey, high school teacher, as their spokesman. This proposal had been sent to the faculty members on all the campuses, Richey said. It altered the proposals made by the faculty council. “The reason behind this proposal is very simple—inflation,” she said. “Teachers, like everybody else, can’t keep up.” Their proposal includes a seven percent local pay increase, three days of sick leave cumulative up to 30 days and health insurance. “We feel that teachers cannot do their best in the classroom when worrying about how they are going to feed their children,” she said. “Teachers are being forced out of the classroom, from their chosen profession, because they cannot afford to teach.” She added that the increases don’t include luxuries, just the necessities. With the See TRUSTERS, Page 2A New Braunfels, Texas Ll—__|j    7nepaia-teitung Vol. 89 - No. 18 May 1,1980 140 Pages — 25 Cents (USPS 377-880) Voters eye trip to polls Saturday Preparations are shifting into high gear for Saturday’s primary elections with candidates completing last-minute campaigning and officials checking balloting equipment. A logic and accuracy test for the automatic tabulating equipment for the punch-card voting system will be conducted tomorrow (Friday) at 4 p.m. in the county clerk’s office. This will determine if the equipment will accurately count the votes for each office and questi in on the ballot Saturday. Perhaps the most interesting races on this weekend’s ballot are for railroad commissioner and sheriff as well as the presidential preference question. With the heightened awareness of energy and the campaign efforts of the candidates, the races for the two railroad commission seats are receiving wide attention. Incumbent John Poerner is seeking the Democratic nomination against Buddy Temple. The issues in this race have come down to Poerner’s oil industry connections and Temple’s father’s money which was derived from the oil industry Temple is calling for a new direction in national energy policy. Poerner says production of oil and gas should be increased through encouragment of investment in exploration and development of petroleum resources. The Republican candidates seeking the nomination for til* same seat are E W. “Billy” Kidd, Henry C. “Hank” drover and John Thomas Henderson. See V OTERS, Page 2A See Section B for; Interviews with candidates in local races Explanation of punch card voting Details on the presidential preference primaries River adventure Rafting on the Guadalupe River is almost commonplace, but not for these youngsters at the Comal County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center. Six of the 11 members of Explorer Post 555 made the five-mile trip. Ai top, Molly Martin of Gruene River Raft Rental guides the rubber Staff photos by John Santa/ craft while MH MR employee Emmalou Bi/or, in front, paddles through Slumber Falls, and Roylene Reeves and Bert Webb hold up their paddles as they slide over the rapids. Bottom left, Gayle looks on in anticipation of starting the trip. At right, Sizer gets a little help from Larry Wiely. Scouts explore the world Carefully a young man backs up to, sits down and swings his legs into the large rubber i aft pulled onto the banks of the Guadalupe River. Perhaps a common scene during warm weather in the area, but not so for the six youngsters who took their first trip down the river last week. Members of Explorer Post 555 at Hie Comal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center planned the rafting trip as one of the activities for the post. Unfortunately not all ll members of the post were able to go down the river since several had handicaps severe enough to prevent participation. One young man wanted desperately to go and was even outfitted in a life preserver before adviser Hoppy Williams explained that because of his recent ear surgery he would be unable to go. But the other five members of the post went down the river to Preiss Heights and picnicked and fished until the three rafts completed the five-mile trip. Williams explained that the explorer f>ost was reorganized two months ago at the center. The Scouts were given an option of several activities for this first big project and overwhelmingly voted for the rifting trip, he added. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Martin, owners of Gruene River Raft Rental, not only donated the use of the three rafts but were among the six adults on the three-hour trip. Besides Williams. Mr, and Mrs. Hi Bizet and Maryann Hurbert shared the paddling chores with tile Scouts. The Explorer Scouts have made several trips for nature studies to the park and around the city. Williams said, after the trip, it will be a while befc the group plans another large project since the planning for the river trip took three weeks. Deadline? Time expires for reply to county plan-maybe Is the U.S. Department of Justice required to respond iii 60 days? John Wilson says no. J.C Reagan says yes. The answer could have an affect on the Comal County redistricting plan now before the department. The department had requested additional statistical information on the county redistricting plan, and Reagan, the attorney representing the county in its dealings with the department, flew to Washington to submit that information Feb. 27. That left it to the department to approve or disapprove of the plan, which would transfer Bulverde (voting precinct IO) into a different commissioner precinct to increase the minority population in that precinct. Normally, the plan is considered approved if the department does not respond within 60 days. Monday was the 60th day, and Reagan assumed since he had not heard anything trial the plan was approved. However, Wilson, the department’s assistant director of public affairs, said the 60-day deadline applies only to the original submission, not to subsequent requests. Reagan originally submitted the county plan May 7, 1979 On July 6, Hie 60th day, the department requested additional information. Reagan felt otherwise Case law has held tliat the 60-day limit applies in this situation as well, he said. Wilson felt the department's civil rights division will have a response by Saturday, If the plan is accepted, the 60-day issue will be moot lf it isn’t, Bien Reagan could ask that Hie rejection be set aside because of failure to respond within the prescribed time limit. If the plan is approved, the majority of voting precinct IO would be transferred from Charles “Tart” Mund’s commissioner Precinct 3 to Monroe Wetz’s commissioner Precinct 2. A small chunk north of Highway 46 and east of U.S. 261 would be shifted from Mund’s precinct to Harry Carpenter’s commissioner Precinct I. Hie shift would bring the county into compliance wiHi Hie Supreme Court’s one-man. one-vote rule, according to 1970 census figures, it would also up the minority concentration in Precinct 3 from 56.4 to 61.8 percent. The plan has been opposed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Representing a group of local citizens, MALDEF lias backed a plan upping the Precinct 3 minority percentage to 70 percent in hopes of electing a Mexican-American coiiunissioner. ‘A.. -Br* - —    ** SS) I^bhHHhw ^ ' ;