New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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(USPS 377 880)CISD views standardized grading
Grading systems and standardized criteria for promotion to another grade were hot, and confusing, issues Tuesday night at the meeting of Comal Independent School District trustees.
After the discussion seemed to be going in circles, a motion to table the item indefinitely was approved by one vote with Kenneth Wunderlich, Carey McWilliams, Judy DeVillez and Milton Sellars voting against that action.
The discussion was apparently to cover the grading system used in the district from kin
dergarten through eighth grade of A-l, A-2 and A-3 to indicate whether a child is progressing at, above or below grade level.
But the issue quickly became the academic standards of the district and how these compare with other districts as well as how CISD’s students compare with other students.
McWilliams said he had requested the item be placed on the agenda after a meeting with parents at Bulverde at which concerns were expressed about the grading system.
There is a "lack of standards in elementary schools" and a student is then forced to "face the real world” in high school, McWilliams said.
Supt. James Richardson explained that the present grading system in kindergarten through eighth grade was developed by a committee of teachers, administrators and parents as a part of individualized instruction. As a portion of the system, parent conferences
with teachers are required for information on a student’s progress.
"We’ve never tried to keep it a secret that a different system is used in the ninth grade,” added Richardson.
The district is now in the process of setting goals, conducting needs assessments, collating documentation and data to eventually use in the accreditation project for the Texas Education Agency which will be completed in approximately two years
The evaluation committee of trustees and administrators for that project, said McWilliams, could use information from other school districts "to get a jump on setting up standards.”
"I wonder if we’re the ones to make this decision,” said I,eroy Goodson. “I’m not aware of any of our graduates who can’t hold a job or who can’t make it in college.”
See CISD. Page 2A
Pct. 12 backs Carter
By Robert Johnson
It didn’t feature lots of pretty girls or Bert Parks, but Saturday's Democratic primary was just as much a beauty contest as the Miss America pageant.
It was called that because the popular vote had nothing to do with delegate selection to the national convention, unlike the binding Republican primary. As a result, President Carter and Sen. Edward Kennedy told their supporters to vote twice—once at the polls, and once at the precinct convention.
In Precinct 12, which has the largest number of registered voters in the county, 16 people, including prominent Democrats like Ben Bock Sr., state Rep. Bennie Bock, District Judge Robert Pfeuffer and attorney ST. Burrus, got the message. Fourteen cast votes for Carter, while the remaining two went for Kennedy.
Precinct 12 has been allotted 14 votes in next Saturday’s county convention. However, since one couple
I both Carter supporters i said they will be unable to attend, the precinct will send 12 Carter and two Kennedy backers.
Discussion then turned to naming alternate meinoers, and the group approved a motion by Ben Bock naming
II alternates—after checking voting records to make sure the alternates voted ut the primary.
Burrus said he was glad somebody else made the motion naming alternates.
“The last time I nominated someone, they voted iii the Republican primary,” Burrus joked “This is Mr.
Bock’s motion, in case somebody voted Republican.”
The group also approved a motion reconuncnding delegates to the national convention be bound to the candidate they pledged to support on the first ballot.
Seven people vote twice'Convention
By Wanda I^isater
Some 195 persons voted at the Precinct 17 Democratic poll, but it was a tough go to get nine persons at the precinct convention.
The precinct is entitled to nine delegates to the county Democratic convention Saturday. So temporary chairman Jolui M. Manley included his wife and son to add to the seven persons who showed up at 7:15 p.m. last Saturday to get a total of nine.
Convention business of selecting which of the candidates would get the precinct’s votes took less than Iii minutes with all nine going to Juiuny Carter.
Manley, his wife and son backed Edward Kennedy. But, Manley said, just to make everything unanimous, he would change those three votes to Carter,
All rune persons said they should be able to attend the county convention. Manley asked, however, if anyone could not attend to call precinct chairman Roy Unnartz so he would be able to get an alternate to fill the spot Of the voters last Saturday, 60.9 percent or 117 cast ballots for Carter; 15.1 percent or 29 for Kennedy; 2.6brief in Pct. 17
percent or five for Jerry Brown; and 21.4 percent or 41 for uncoiiunitted.
Although the convention decided to give Carter all rune delegates, it would have been possible because of the nature of tile Democratic Party primaries to have the delegates go to Kennedy or even Brown.
During the last-minute campaigning last week, it was stressed that Democrats had to vote twice once in the primary and again at the precinct convention.
The Texas Democratic primary is often called a “beauty contest” since the vote totals actually have little to do with which candidate gets the delegates. Persons going to the precinct conventions and casting the second ballot deternune who will get the delegates.
For whatever reason, the persons living in Precinct 17 did not hear that message since only 4 61 percent of those casting ballots came to the precinct meeting.
Ijeroy Goodson, one of the convention delegates, said that in years past the turnout for the precinct meetings has been much larger when they were held at Gruene
See CONVENTION, Page IDA
Fellers wins easily;
Ivy nudges DagleArson suspected in fire
Arson is suspected as the cause of fire which almost completely destroyed a home under construction at 208 Elmwood.
The fire was reported to the Central Fire Station about 3 a.in Wednesday.
Atter the blaze was extinguished, firemen located the spot where the fire started, Fire Chief Elmer Zipp said.
Wood chips from that spot have been sent to the Texas Fire Marshall laboratory in Austin for tests.
Results of the tests, which are expected in two days, will show whether or not a flammable liquid was used to start the fire, he indicated
“There is a big possibility of arson involved,” he said, adding that the
house had not been connected for electrical or gas service.
The home was nearing completion with painting, bricklaying and cabinet work yet to be finished. Damage is estimated to be $50,000 Reno Koepp and Son is the building contractor constructing Hie home for Corpus Christi resident Tom Hendricks.
Sheriff Walter Fellers and Justice of the Peace Carrol Matheny easily defeated Democratic challengers, but Constable Bob Dagle wasn’t as fortunate as his fellow incumbents.
In the Republican primary, former police officer Lester Jonas won a surprisingly easy victory over former school trustee E.L. Eoff Jr. in the race for constable Precinct 3.
Dagle, seeking his third term as Precinct 4 constable, lost a squeaker to former sheriff’s deputy James Ivy, 294 to 288. Ivy overcame Dagle’s early lead on the strength of a 17-vote margin at voting Precinct 17 (River-crest, Gruene, Hunter I and a 16-vote cushion at Precinct 18 (Canyon City).
... Asked Tuesday if he planned to seek a recount, Dagle said, “I don’t know whether I will or not.”
He said his main concern was not the narrow margin of victory, but the possibility that two people whom he said voted for Ivy may not live in the precinct in which they voted. However, Dagle, who said he had consulted an attorney, said he hasn’t decided whether it would be worth it to pursue legal remedies to disqualify two votes.
"Elated,” was the way Ivy described his feelings after the final results came in Saturday night.
He said he was surprised the race was as close as it was. “I thought I'd
A large part of the roof of a home under construction on Elmwood collapsed from fire damage
beat him more than that considering the response I got.”
He felt many of his potential voters may have voted in the Republican primary Saturday. Those potential voters included one young lady who intended to vote for him at Fischer, but voted in the GOP primary by mistake, he said.
Ivy (who will be unopposed in November) said he learned of this when she called and complained that he wasn’t on the ballot in Fischer.
Some quick checking revealed she walked into the wrong primary, he indicated.
Meanwhile, Fellers, who faced his first opponent in almost three decades, was never rn trouble. The longtime sheriff carried 18 of 20 precincts (receiving as much as 94 percent of the vote in one precinct) in rolling up 2,349 votes to 557 for challenger Julio Espinoza, his former deputy.
“Eighty percent—that's not bad,” Fellers said after the final results were in.
But if Fellers was pleased with the outcome, Republican sheriff candidate John Mullins (who was unopposed in the GOF primary) was pleased as well.
Mullins, who kept an eye on how many votes he received versus how many were cast in each precinct, said
he was pleasantly surprised to receive 1,973 votes out of 2,698 cast. He said he thought he would receive only 30 to 35 percent of the total vote.
Matheny, who was appointed to replace the late Kermit Schlameus in the Precinct 4 JP post in January, easily bested challenger Joan Yanda, 406 to 157. Matheny, who carried all four polls, faces Republican Howard (Curly) Smith in November.
Jonas, who bested Eoff 366 to 168, now faces Sheriff’s deputy C.A. (Smitty) Smith in the general election.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder, Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan, state Rep. Bennie Bock, 22nd District judge candidate diaries Ramsay, Precinct I Cdhstawrwrrwr^Kimm and Precinct 2 Constable Kermit Vetter were unopposed in the Democratic primary and face no opposition in November.
Assistant County Attorney Bill Reimer, bidding to replace Paul Roberts in the county attorney’s post, faces Republican Gary Henk in the general election. Both were unopposed in their respective primaries last Saturday.
The same goes for Democratic Precinct I JP Harold Krueger and his Republican challenger, Bemus Glenn Jackson.
Looking over the list of Democratic voters in Precinct 12, (from left) attorney S T. Burrus, State Rep. Bennie Bock, Ben Bock and precinct chairman Hilmar Schriewer attempt to
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find voters qualified for nomination as alternate delegates to the county convention Saturday. Alternates must have voted in the Democratic primary.