New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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District working to make school better
recommendation that could require spending taxpayer money without having data to back it up."
The data shows most of the ISS assignments were given to students who were failing at least one Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test or core curriculum class.
Although 2,596 in-school suspensions were given during the analysis time-period, Patton said the majority of offenders represented only 6 to 7 percent of the almost 1,000-strong student body.
The ratio of good to problem students is not much higher than the 5 percent average most campuses see, she maintained.
Patton’s analysis, done while other district employees were enjoying their week-long spring break, told her the campuses had repeat disciplinary offenders who needed to be removed, at least temporarily.
“That’s why we requested
more slots at the district’s alternative campus," she said. “It’s not a permanent solution, but it did give some immediate relief.”
Shortly after spring break, the district authorized additional personnel to monitor 15 more spaces at the Disciplinary Alternative Education School.
After that, the data "snapshot” was set aside.
Patton continued her research by walking the halls of the school on a daily basis. She is tracking student handbook violations for cell phone use, dress code and general discipline issues.
Her daily exercise has convinced her the district needs to tighten its dress code but has not led her to believe the school would benefit from a law enforcement presence.
“I’m not big on fear and intimidation as a motivator,” she said. “Respect is much more important.”
If not willing to resort to hiring an officer, the district is looking into the possibility of installing video cameras on campus and hiring someone to monitor the feed.
The most important thing for parents to understand, Pat-
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NB, Canyon golfers also compete in state
TUrpin’s loss to Wente was her first defeat this year.
“I felt like I was a little off,”
which finished seventh in the 4A meet.
New Braunfels’ Nick Williams, the lone local boy golfer to qualify, finished 10th among the boys medalists, while Canyon’s Carole Norris was 22nd.
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she said. “But I felt like she played great.”
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Next year, Patton is suggesting the district create a Middle School Academy similar to the ninth-grade program at the high school.
The program would help provide academic support for struggling students.
Assistant Superintendent Rosalyn Bratcher said studies showed once academic problems were addressed, discipline problems improved.
“The high school program has been very successful,” she said. “We saw improvement in attendance and a reduction in discipline issues. We also saw fewer students behind at the end of the school year.”
The most important benefit is the connections made between students and authority figures.
While she has received some criticism from parents frustrated because her report did not contain the smoking gun they hoped to see, Patton stressed her desire to find solutions to both academic and discipline problems as soon as possible.
“We’re all trying to accomplish the same thing,” she said.
Turpin, a freshman, vowed to return for next year’s state tournament.
“It was a great experience,” Turpin said.
“I ll remember this forever."
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Seguin man dies in rollover accidentj
By Ron Maloney
A 42-year-old Seguin man died early Tuesday of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Watson Lane East.
New Braunfels Department of Public Safety Trooper Rick Alvarez reported that Dr. Jolin Hugas pronounced Daniel
Cantu Rodriguez dead at 1:42 a.m. at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
According to a report Alvarez filed, Rodriguez was driving eastbound on Watson Lane East at 12:25 a.m. in a 2004 Ford F-250 when the truck veered to the side of the road, reportedly at a high speed.
Rodriguez apparently overcorrected to his right, the vehicle skidded sideways and rolled over several times, Alvarez reported.
Rodriguez was ejected from the vehicle. He was flown to BAMC.
The body was taken to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
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Kreiner named principal of Comal Leadership Institute
Richard Kreiner, assistant principal of Spring Branch Middle School, is the new principal of Comal Richard Leader- Kreiner ship Institute, Comal ISD’s alternative high school. The school board appointed him Tuesday after he was recommended by Superintendent Nancy Fuller.
Kreiner is succeeding Sandy Hancock who is retiring at the end of the school year.
In 2003, Kreiner was hired as Spring Branch Middle’s assistant principal after serving as principal at Kenedy Elementary School in Kenedy,
Ben Bolt Middle School in Ben Bolt, and Cleveland Junior High in Cleveland, Tex. He started his teaching career in 1978.
Earlier this school year, Kreiner was named the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ (TASSP)
Region 13 Assistant Principal of the Year. The award recognizes his outstanding leadership at the administrative level.
Kreiner’s bachelor’s in education is from Kent State University and his master’s in education is from Sam Houston State University.
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