New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
The Comal County Summer Youth Employment and Training Program through the Alamo Area Council of Governments Job Training Partnership Act could proidea special opportunitys to area youth and the county.
According to Catarino Delgado, AACOG Operations Director, “It’s an investment the government is making — they don’t see it as a handout, they see it as ... an investment in individuals and the outcome is that they become individuals that are employed and pay taxes and add to economic growth.
“The summer program runs from June to August 30,” he said. “The program is for economically disadvantaged individuals. We target youth that are below grade level or that are at risk of dropping out. The main objective is to have them return to school.”
The program provides funds for three weeks of summer school and up to five weeks of work.
Youths are paid $2.25 per hour for attendance in school. In order to qualify for the incentive payment, students must complete assignments daily and be in class at leas!. 75 percent of the time.
After the educational portion of the program is completed, work is provided at non-profit organizations and local government facilities.
‘The objective of the work site is to provide some skills if possible, but mainly to help them acquire positive work habits — being on time, following orders — that’s where our emphasis is,” said Delgado. “They get paid $4.25 an hour. We pay the salary. This year we have work sites at the courthouse and at the city of New Braunfels, etc., etc.”
Delgado stressed that the program is for the entire county and youths in the rural areas outside of New Braunfels are encouraged to apply.
“We’re looking at Sattler, Startzville and Canyon Lake,” said Delgado. “We want to expand our services. We’d like to invite people throughout the county to apply for these services.”
Another summer program provided under the JTPA is the College Exploration Program.
This targets youth that are not planning to go to college when
Commissioners hear presentation on job program
The Comal County Commissioners Court heard a presentation on the Comal County Summer Youth Employment and Training Program Thursday.
The program is funded by the Jobs Training Partnership Act and administered by the Department of Labor.
“One of the major changes that ACOG has made in the past year is that the planning is no longer done in San Antonio,” said Catarino Delgado, area operations director for the Alamo Area Council of Governments.
Delgado said developing positive work habits, the salary the students’ receive and the more than $90,(KH) coming into the community are important — but stressed the students’ return to school is the number one priority.
“The objective of the program, the overall objective of the summer program is to have youth go back to school in September.”
they graduate this year,” Delgado said. “We send them to college for the summer.”
JTPA sends the graduates to the college, pays for room and board, pays for English and Math classes for the summer and provides them with work at the colleges.
Delgado reported that IOO percent of the graduates who participated in the program last year are currently in college.
The Try-Out Employment Program targets high school dropouts, those without GEDS, or the unemployed.
The program encourages employers in the private sector to hire participants with JTPA picking up the tab during the training period.
The employer must subsequently hire the students for full or part-time jobs if they do a good job.
For information, call the New Braunfels office, 210-629-2949.
Friday, May 7,1993District issues new appraisals
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hereld-Zeltung
The Comal Appraisal District is in the process of sending out appraisal notices for the 13 taxing entities it serves in the county.
“We sent out 67,700 notices,” said Lynn Rodgers, chief appraiser. “Of those, 38,066 were the short form, which gives last year’s market value and the current year’s proposed value. The other 29,662 were long notices which include estimated taxes.
“If your value increased, you rendered (provided new information on) your property, or if your property was added to the tax rolls for the first time this year, you will receive a long notice,” Rodgers said.
Personal property notices of appraisal go out next week, Rodgers said.
CAD provides the appraisal for real property, such as houses, land and buildings and all tangible business personal property used in the production of income. The tax rates are set by the taxing entities.
Taxes are levied yearly by the taxing entities — city, county, school, water or fire district — in which the property is located on Jan. I.
The CAD determines the appraised value by evaluating the information on the Commercial Personal Property Rendition each business personal property owner must provide the district by April I of each year.
On-site inspections, appropriate valuation tables and depreciation schedules also help the appraisers arrive at a value.
If a property owner disagrees with the value established oy the CAD, a protest may be filed with the Appraisal Review Board.
Protests must be filed no later than May 31 or 30 days after notice of the appraised value is received.
Most tax bills are mailed in October and are due without penalty prior to Jan. 31.
New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Independent School District mail their statements in June.
The deadline for paying these taxes without penalty is July 31.
Some things to remember about your tax liability are:
• Business personal property owned on Jan. I is taxable for the entire year — even if the business closes or the property is sold during the year.
• Protests must be in written form and filed within the specified times.
• It is the property owner’s responsibility to make sure their property is listed correctly on the appraisal roll and the name and address shown in the records is correct.
• Tax relief may be available to residents through homestead exemptions, disabled veteran exemptions, productivity appraisal for farm, ranch and timber land or deferrals for homeowners 65 and older.
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Richards predicts state ‘crisis’ over school funding
AUSTIN — Gov. Ann Richards is stressing the urgency of meeting a June I court deadline for school funding reform, and a judge is predicting the state is headed for a “constitutional crisis" over the issue.
If lawmakers don’t meet the Texas Supreme Court deadline for reform, they face a court-ordered cutoff of state aid to
schools. School districts rely on state aid and local property taxes to survive.
“I truly believe that every member of this legislature wants to do the right thing for our children,” Richards told a special joint hearing by the House and Senate public education committees.
A crowd estimated at about 400 spilled over from the hearing room into the hallway and adjacent rooms.
That meeting began just hours after a court hearing before State District Judge F. Scott McCown, who oversees the school case, concerning the possible aid cutoff.
Voters on Saturday turned down a share-the-wealth school ballot proposal, which was designed to help meet a court order to equalize funding by shifting some property tax money among school districts.
Some state leaders have sug
gested that school consolidation, which would riot require voter approval, may be the only realistic option left.
Some alternatives offered at Thursday's legislative hearing call for a constitutional amendment to define school finance equity. That would require voter approval, and couldn’t go on the ballot before June I.
McCown, of Travis County, said at his hearing that it’s not the
court’s fault if state aid to schools must be stopped. He noted that the initial ruling against the funding system came in 1987.
“The Legislature has been free now for years to substitute a different system," he said.
If state aid is halted, McCown said, school districts that can’t meet their obligations could ask the court for some state aid to be released. He said he would rule quickly on such requests.
Retiring Chemistry Teacher Kenneth Ikels said he experienced a form of culture shock during his return to teaching in 1991. Ikels is retiring at the end of the school year. Photo by Karla Wenzel.Educator retires from NBHS
BY ROSE MARIE EASH Another difference had to do with maintaining
After a teaching career spanning 40 years, Kenneth Ikels has decided to hang up his paddle.
Ikels started out as a high school chemistry teacher in 1951. He found himself back in the classroom in 1991 after leaving the school system to pursue a career as a researcher at Brooks Aerospace Medicine.
He also spent a year on a fellowship from the National Science Foundation at the University of Texas.
“They needed a chemistry teacher at New Braunfels High School,” said Ikels about both times he applied for the teaching position.
“It was a cultural shock,” he admitted, however, about the second time he became a high school chemistry teacher.
“The social changes, students rights, state mandates — all that was different ”
Ikels said there were a lot of other changes along the way.
“You have TV, computers, more resources in schools now," he explained. “And chemistry and science technology has changed significantly. We’re teaching things I took in college."
“We didn’t have detention halls or Saturday school (for disciplinary purposes),” said Ikels.
“One of my ways of discipline ... at that time, was we made use of a paddle,” he said. “You could either write 500 sentences or take a lick. Most would take the licks and get it over with.
“I always started the year by letting the biggest boy in the class hit me."
He still has the paddle, though he doesn’t use it anymore. It has some pretty famous autographs — Sen. Bob Krueger and Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer, for example.
“They all signed it, some with comments like ‘those who live by the sword will die by the sword,’ or ‘we really earned these,”’ said Ikels. “They still invite me to reunions anyway, and it’s fun to see all of those students doing so well.”
He doesn’t long for the good old days just because of his paddle, however.
Ikels also taught former County Judge Fred Clark and Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager John Specht, among others.
Ikels decided to retire recently. But still unable to get completely away from the classroom, he said he may be able to teach part time.
The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienhurg Archives and members of the German community, “Stammtisch" represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people —ora tune set aside for members of a community to gather and share the ilay’s happenings. We invite you to share with us.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Raymond Diaz Jr., Ronnie Ruhl, Lois Schultz and Pam Virgin. Saturday birthday wishes go to Doyle Brinkkoeter.
Anniversary wishes go to Greg and Cookie Campbell and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Persohn.
Canyon music banquet
The Canyon Music Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 7 in the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are $6.50 each. All CHS hand, colorguard, drill team and choir students will be honored. Family members are welcome. Canyon Middle School students and their families are also welcome to attend. Call 629-3636.
The Mid-Texas Symphony will present its Pops Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9 in the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, and $3 for children through high school age. Tickets are available at Rhoads Interiors and First Choice. More information is available at 629-0336.
Rodger Mack, who played 107 games at catcher for Canyon from 1989-92, has been named to the All-Conference team in the Heart of Texas Conference in his freshman season.
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