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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas School safety slates parent Bv Heather Togo aho Chris Crews Staff Writers A rash of phony bomb threats and pranks in the aftermath of the Columbine High School killings and a shooting incident involving two local students has brought the local community face to face with the ugly reality of school violence. New Braunfels Independent School District’s new school safety task force is reviewing the district’s crisis management policies and addressing the safety concerns of parents and patrons. The task force, comprised of 15 NB1SD teachers, administrators, parents, students, law enforcement representatives and business leaders, will meet with parents and patrons at 6 p.m. today at OakRun School cafeteria, 415 Timber Hollow. ‘The purpose of the task force is to look at procedures and concerns in regard to our crisis management plans and get feedback from parents abouttask force forum today Forum The New Braunfels Independent School district school safety task force win meet with parents and patrons at 6 p.m. today at OakRun School cafeteria, 415 Timber Hollow. what they feel we need to do differently,” said John Turman, assistant superintendent for administrative and pupil services. Turman said the meeting would be an “open forum” that would give parents an introduction to the 15 members of the task force and a review of the district’s crisis management plans. “Then, if anyone has any particular concerns, they can make those known to the task force members for future evaluation,” he said. See FORUM/3 Inside Abby.......................... 5 Business 5 Classifieds.....................11-14 Comics 7 Crossword 5 Forum........................ 6 Local 4 Obits........................... ......3 Sports 9-10 Today.........;................. Television K*y cod* 76 River ciean-up ROBIN CORNETT /Herald-Zertung Volunteer Johnny Paniagua, center, stands on top of a refrigerator in order to untangle electrical cords during cleanup Sunday alongside River Road above First Crossing. Paniagua and others worked for several hours to dear flood debris that was tangled in the underbrush and in the trees because of the Oct. 17 flood. Scores of community volunteers turned out for the river bank clean-up sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau and Communities in Schools. Bulverde Northwest OKs incorporation From staff reports Fewer than IOO people bothered to turn out for the incorporation election, but a new city was created in Comal C ount) this past Saturday. By a margin of 68 for and 27 against, Bulverde Northwest voted itself into being. Organizer Mal McClinchie said 475 people lived in the 1.9 square miles incorporated on Saturday. fels cf)-WCb.    p ■^T’    '6;’7    E    Yf'lNHer ald-Zeit Ling Vol, 148, No. 118 14 pages in I section May 4, 1999 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Golf board removes president for supporting surcharge By Chris Crews Staff Writer The Landa Park Golf Advisory Board voted to remove Doug Williams as its president during a meeting Monday night. The call for Williams’ ouster was met with applause from a crowd of about 30 interested golfers. Board member Desmond Devereaux said the board agreed to support one plan at the April 26 city council meeting and Williams, rather than supporting the boards plan, sided with city council member Randy Vanstory. Board members and golfers asked why Williams went to the microphone at the council meeting and voiced support for Vanstory^ proposal for a surcharge of $2 for a weekday round and a $5 surcharge for a weekend round for season pass holders. “You had done a wonderful job until you opened your mouth this past Monday,” board member Jackie Scott said. Williams was removed from office on nance,” Williams said. the nine-member board with a vote of four for his removal, two against and three abstentions. Williams at first declined to defend his action but later said it did not do any good to go before the city council and argue. ‘‘It was just the first reading of the ordi- Williams remained on the board and voted in favor of presenting the board’s original plan to council next Monday. Devereaux said he believed he had support of the new city council to eliminate foe surcharges. District 5 councilmember-elect Lee Rodriguez attended the meeting.After election, planning begins ROBIN CORNETT/Hofald-Z©itung A New Braunfels voter marks his ballot at Memorial Elementary School during Saturday’s city council election. Less than 14 percent of registered voters made it to the polls to elect a new mayor and two coundlmembers. Turnout low compared to recent city elections By Peri Stone Staff Writer “We ’re going to have to take a look at what absolutely has to happen first, and of course, the expansion of Smithson Valley High School tops the list.” Dan Krueger CISD board president Funding in hand, CISD eyes SVHS expansion first By Heather Tooo Staff Writer The victory party was short and sweet Saturday night for local school board officials who now face the challenge of developing construction and expansion projects for more than 10,000 students. Dan Krueger, board president of Comal Independent School District, said he was “on cloud nine” in his San Antonio office Monday atter district patrons approved both propositions in the district’s $141 million bond package by a slim margin at the polls Saturday. Proposition I, which will fund expansions of both high schools and build three new elementary schools, passed with 2,829 votes, or 54 percent of the votes, compared to 2,410 votes against the proposition. Proposition 2, which will fund the building of a new high school in 2002, also passed with 2,687 votes, only 52 percent of the votes. About 2,471 patrons voted against the proposition. Fourteen percent of the 36,443 registered voters in CISD, or 5,380 patrons, cast their ballots rn the See CISD/3 Voter turnout at this year’s New Braunfels City Council election marked a recent low. Only 13.69 percent of registered voters came to the polls Saturday to cast their votes for a new mayor and two council members. DwU^j094 out of22,607 possible voters. In the 1996 mayoral election, 1645 percent of voters cast their ballot. In 1994,14.8 percent voted; 19.68 percent did in 1995; and 18.39 percent did in 1997. ‘‘I’m a bit disappointed,” said District 5 council member- elect Lee Rodriguez. ‘‘We nrtnmn ict knocked on hundreds of RODRIGUEZ (hon.. Only 7.42 percent of registered voters in District 5 turned out to vote — the second lowest turnout of all the districts. The lowest voter turnout was in District I with only 3.35 percent. Rodriguez, 39, a local restaurateur, received 61.54 percent of the votes, while his opponent, Clif Courtney, 41, a telecommunications specialist with the U.S. Treasury, received 34.23. Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, made note that 19% was the first time in 20 years the New Braunfels mayor was elected at-large . Previously, council members elected one of their own as mayor. See TURNOUT/3 v ;