New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
By Ron Malonoy
Ordinances designed to help alleviate parking problems created by summer tourism in neighborhoods adjacent to Schlitterbahn and the (fontal River passed Monday night.
T he measures were:
■ the first reading of a law that would prohibit parking within five feet of all driveways in an area within South Union Avenue, East South Street, South Central Avenue and East Mather Street, and
■ the final reading of an ordinance to ban parting on
Union and Common Street.
To become law, a proposed ordinance must pass three readings by city council. T he neighborhood parking ordinance in the area around the last public exit from the Comal River will go through two more readings.
District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine tried to add an amendment to the ordinance to protect access to mailboxes, but the measure died for lack of a second.
Cork said neighborhood carriers try' to accommodate deliveries by going early. The postal service, Cork said, would like to see cluster boxes installed in the neighborhood like those in most newer areas of New Braunfels.
( lark, who joined in unanimous support of the ordinance, agreed it didn’t go as far as many would prefer.
“It s a step in the right direction,’’ Cork said. "It’s what we can do, considering available
resources. We cannot keep all visitors away from everyone’s home. That’s not going to happen.’’
Wilton Warneke, who lives across Union from Schlitterbahn, will keep the neighborhood issue before council. Warneke called the parking ordinance a “sham” after Monday night’s meeting.
“What they’ve done is given us a cosmetic, fictitious solution,’’ Warneke said. “It’s not just parking, and it’s not just traffic. It’s also a safety issue. T he problem is complex, and the city refuses to look at the entire problem.”
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New Braunfels High School teacher George Berry explains to juniors Stephen Kennemer, left, Jonathan Gonzales and Kristy Gomez how a mousetrap-powered car works Tuesday in his physics/chemistry class. NBISD uses lessons from a curriculum called "Project Clear" to supplement state-mandated teachings.
DID YOU KNOW?
■ New Braunfels Independent School District purchased Project Clear from Houston ISO in 2001.
■ During the past three school years, the district spent $68,200 for licensing and renewal fees and $9,357 for copying and shipping
■ Annual renewal fees total about $8,600.
■ The program supplements state curriculum, on which the TAKS exam tests students each year
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels High School science teacher George Berry needed a little help when he started teaching physics and chemistry.
As he mapped out a year’s worth of labs and lesson plans, he turned to a white binder labeled “Project Clear” for all the answers.
Project Clear is a curriculum and instructional tool developed by the Houston Independent School District to help teachers understand what they should teach based on Texas Essential Knowledge Skills, the standard curriculum set by the State Board of Education.
“Before we had Project Clear, it was easy to miss things that you didn’t think were important,” Berry said. “This gives me a
checklist of what I need to teach.’’ As the NBISI) board of trustees wrestles with next year’s budget, members are analyzing every extra expense, including Project Clear.
“I wonder if our teachers have time to incorporate this into teaching plans,’’ said trustee Raid Fisher at Monday’s board meeting. “lf we have a curriculum specialist whose job it is to help teachers, are we wasting our money here?”
Rosalyn Bratcher, assistant superintendent of curriculum, said curriculum specialists used Project Clear to work with campus leaders, who work directly with teachers.
“Project Clear helps us look at the curriculum and make sure every schcx>l is teaching the same thing at the appropriate grade
levels,’’ she said. “Grade level learning builds each year. If students don’t leave third grade with the right knowledge, for example, they will have a hard time grasping fourth grade concepts.” Berry said while Project Clear was helpful, he did not think district money was well spent updating the documents every year.
“Once I got my Project Clear book and mapped out my course, I didn’t need it again,” he said. “I don’t need an update when TEKS don't change.” Although he does not open the binder every day, Berry said it saved him a lot of time and suggested new teaching tools he might not ordinarily use.
“I would have to do the (TEKS) research myself without Project
See CLEAR, Page 3A
Parking ordinances a ‘step in right direction’
NBISD teachers read their lessons
By Ron Maloney
Early voting in Comal Independent School District, Bulverde and Garden Ridge elections ended Tuesday, and officials are preparing to resolve contests in six local offices Saturday.
C1SD officials reported 126 cast early ballots to elect trustees in districts 6 and 7.
District 6 incumbent Charles Burt faces challenger Cindy Kelly, and District 7 incumbent Bill Swint’s seat is sought by Klaus Weiswurm.
"Our operating budget is roughly $73 million with most revenue coming from taxpayers. It’s important to have a say in who is representing you,” CISD Communications Director Kari I lutchison said.
In Garden Ridge, Phyllis Kay Noynaert and Joseph Kent Britan vie to replace Place 4 councilwoman Georgia Buehler, who chose not to seek re-election.
Place I incumbent John McCaw and Place 5 incumbent Russ Sanders are both unopposed.
City Administrator Nancy Cain said 63 residents cast ballots in early voting.
Bulverde City Administrator Phyllis Petersen reported 157 cast early votes in Bulverde, where three city council seats are at stake.
Five candidates — Bob Barton, Cindy Cross, Richard Parker, Sarah Stevick and Michael Sorbera are seeking the positions.
Mayor Bill (Tole is running unopposed.
New Braunfels city council, Bulverde Spring Branch Library and Tye Preston Memorial library elections were canceled because candidates were unopposed.
■ CISD, Bulverde and Garden Ridge elections will be conducted Saturday
■ CISD 6 - BuF verde Community Center, 1747 E Ammann Road, and Bexar-Bulverde Fire Station, 1126 E Borgfeld Drive
■ CISD 7 -Municipal Court Building, Garden Ridge Municipal Complex, 9357 Schoenthal Road, and Comal Elementary, 6720 FM 482
■ Bulverde City Council Bulverde City Hall, 30070 U S 281 N , Suite 236
■ Garden Ridge City Council: Municipal Court Building, Municipal Complex.
9357 Schoenthal Road
■ All polls will be open 7 a rn to 7 p.m.
The votes are in 2004
Sec who won school district and ~\ I | j J I
municipal seats after Saturday’s elections.
Spring Branch mulls prospect of cityhood
See INCORPORATE. Page 3A j
By Ron Maloney
SPRING BRANCII — A group exploring whether to incorporate this western Comal County community into a city have circulated a questionnaire seeking public opinion on the issue.
Citing concerns about local self-determination, preserving the community’s character and the specter of what could yet happen if San Antonio annexes further northward, Spring Branch residents met twice to explore whether it was time to become a city.
A state court in 2003 directed Boerne cmd San Antonio to attempt to negotiate away differences over a 1987 extension of Boeme’s extra-territorial jurisdiction that blocked San Antonio from annexing further into Kendall and Comal counties. Bulverde and Boerne created a backup plan, but questions over whether it would stand have caused uneasiness in rural areas north of Bulverde.
Businessman Scott Watson was asked to chair a 12-member committee considering incorporation, and Hazel
HAVE YOUR SAY
■ Spring Branch area residents who would like their opinion to be heard on incorporating can get a ques tionnaire by e mailing Hazel Thomas at hazed<®gvtc com or by calling Scott Watson at (830) 885-4400
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