New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Thursday, May 13,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Roy Hargrove 50 Cents Daily, 75 Cents Sunday
Vol 141, No. 125 —
By ROSE MARIE EASH Here Id-Zt Hung
Residents who move to a nursing home are making possibly the most significant change in their lives.
Such issues are the focus of local nursing homes this week during National Nursing Home Week.
Different daily routines, leaving their homes and sharing a room with a stranger are all major changes most would rather not make.
“When a family's resources are exhausted because of the cost of medications, an inability of the caretaker to provide care, or the decline of cognitive and physical abilities, a decision is made to consider a nursing home,” said Eva Perry, director of Social Services at Colonial Manor Care Center.
Not knowing how to handle such situations produces the same anxiety we all feel when we are confronting new things.
Such issues need to be discussed and explored as much as possible before actually moving a loved one into a long-term care facility, she said.
“They need reassurance
that they are not alone, that they are still important to someone, that they’re still wanted, needed and loved,” said Rev. Rodney W. Wells, executive director and administrator at Eden Home.
The family will also have difficult adjustments to make. Most feel guilty — the stereotype of nursing homes affects them, too.
The long-term health care industiy has made significant advances, however, and often a resident's quality of life actually improves.
Choosing the right nursing home is very important — it can affect the quality of life for both the resident and his family for years to come.
For example, 80 to 90 percent of the care will be given by aides.
It’s important to know what kind of training they have received and what characteristics, experience, and recommendations are sought when hiring them, nursing home official s said.
An activity director provides most of the social activity and has a great effect on the quality of life in a nursing home.
lf religion has played an important role in a resident’s life, a full or part time minister at the nursing home will be important to them.
Residents can call 1-800-458-9858 to check with the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Ixing Term Care on any nursing homes under consideration.
Districts may benefit from new bill
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
A school finance bill passed in the Senate Wednesday will benefit both local districts, according to New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
“I like it,” Bradberry said. “It doesn’t remove any tax base for either district, and the cut in base allotment is less than half of the prorata loss.”
According to Bradberry, there may be some concerns over changes proposed by the bill in the weights for special education.
The proposal is said to encourage districts to place students in the “least restrictive settings,” and would initiate a pilot program to include students with dis-
Elements of the Senate’s Business Property Transfer School Finance System Include:
• All districts are guaranteed a basic allotment of $2,450 at a $0.90 tax rate.
• The $1.50 cap on local tax rates is changed to reflect only maintenance and operations.
• Current allotments for technology and transportation, and adjustments for small districts, sparse districts and the cost of education are retained
• Districts levying between $0.90 and $1.20 will receive a guaranteed yield of $20 per penny per weighted student. Beyond $1.20, districts will receive a declining yield per penny of additional tax effort to a minimum yield of $17 at
• Proration is eliminated by using estimates of enrollment and property values and current tax rates to calculate state aid — any differences will be settled between the state and the district the following year with $100 million set aside for that purpose.
• The career ladder is abolished and the salary schedule tot non-administrative personnel is expanded from 10 to 20 steps, based solely on years of experience
• Teachers currently receiving a career ladder stipend are paid the greater of their salary on the new 20 step ached ule or their current salary including the stipend
• f our additional days of staff development are added to teacher contracts
abilities in regular classroom settings, reducing the services for those students.
The Business Property Transfer School Finance System proposed
by Sen Bill Ratliff, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, requires the Commissioner of Education del aril commercial property f rom 109 wealthy school
districts to ensure the fewest pus sible number of school districts have more than $280,(HK) of property wealth per “weighted” stir dent “Weight" refers to allowances
for additional compensation for special education students, according to the bill.
Thirty-seven of the 109 would be forced to downscale programs assuming current tax rates, even though they could achieve the $280,000 maximum.
The bill provides that none of the district-- lose property wealth beyond that necessary to maintain current operations spending per student at the maximum $ 1.50 tax rate.
The hill would transfer about $40 billion, roughly 6.7 percent of the approximately $600 billion in commercial property wealth, from rich to poor districts.
The bill also requires that a minimal amount of commercial property he affected where possible
Shelter campaign begins final push
By GARY P. CARROLL Here Id-Zt Kung
The final group of fund-raisers for the Comal County Women’s Shelter Capital Campaign begins today in an effort to raise the $250,000 necessary to build a new shelter for female victims of domestic violence.
The Friends Division of the campaign starts its drive toward a group goal of $30,000 in contributions with a kick-off ceremony at Entex at 5:30 p.m. To date, the Capitol Campaign has received pledges totaling $89,304.
“We’re very confident of reaching our goal,” said John Stauffer. “The generosity of the people in New Braunfels and Comal County has been outstanding.”
Campaign Co-Chair Rita Kauf-mann said the $250,000 will be met — and the goal of $30,000 set for the Friends Campaign exceeded — thanks to the involvement of contributors and campaigners.
“We’re in the last phase of the Guardian Division and we’re about to begin the Friends Division,” Knufmann said “We feel real good that the pledges will be increased substantially during the final phase.”
Stauffer said all indications from campaigners leads him to believe the total contributions will be over the $100,000 mark by Friday
However, Stauffer said that along with the donations of money, the campaign has received
numerous donations of services and products from local busi nesses.
“We’re getting excellent responses from organizations and companies, which are just as important as money,” he said.
Kaufmann said the new shelter, which was originally designed to house 24 women, could possibly be redesigned and expanded to house more women due to the success of the drive.
“Because we’re meeting our goal or exceeding it, the public’s money has allowed us to possibly increase our floor space,” Kaufmann said. “Things are looking real good."
The increased space would be utilized to handle the increasing demand in Comal County for shelter from domestic violence crimes.
According to Women’s Shelter reports, the percentile increase of women sheltered from 1991 to 1992 in Comal County was 77 percent.
The new shelter will provide victims safe harbor with a full time, live in manager, supervision, peer counseling and professional counseling referrals.
Kaufmann said coordinators have purchased 1.19 acres of land for the shelter and hope to begin building by July, with an expected opening date of early fall.
The Women’s Shelter is a nonprofit organization For more information on the Capital Campaign, residents may call Cindy Stauffer at 620-7520 or Rita Kaufmann at 625-7541.
Gift Shop Manager Ursula Ehman and Executive Director Cathy Grist Talcott of the Hummel Museum display figurines based on ttie drawings of Sister M J. I tummel the figurines are on loan to the museum from W Goebel Porzellanfabnk of Roedental, Germany The figurines, arx! a set of display cases valued at $15,000, were delivered to the museum Wednesday in preparation for Hummelfest Tickets for the event, held May 21-23 at Wursthalle in I anda Park, are being sold now For more information, call 625 5636 or 629 4866 Plioto by Karla Wenzel
Council to continue discussion on restraining order
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
The New Braunfels City Council will reconvene in executive session at 6:30 p.m. today to continue discussion about a restraining order filed against city off icials Monday.
The intent of a Wednesday night executive session, according to City Attorney Barry Moore, was to inform the council of the details of the lawsuit and discuss plans
for a response.
“We haven’t had a chance to discuss this as a group,” Moore said. “I have to explain to them what the lawsuit is about arid how it affects the city."
Prior to the meeting, Mayor Pro-tem Ambrosio “Butch” Benitez questioned whether Councilman James Goodbread should be allowed to attend the executive session.
Goodbread told council members he discussed his involvement with Moore and
planned to attend the session.
During the session, several New Braunfels residents in the audience expressed their displeasure with the filing of the lawsuit, and Ted Alexander said County Attorney Nathan Rhein lander shou ld have used better discretion before approving the restraining order against the Goodbread and the council.
“(Rheinlnnder) wasn’t called on to make a judgment as a judge,” Alexander said. “He was called on to use his discretion as to
whether or not this kind of lawsuit can be
“lf it was warranted, fine — but it was not," Alexander said.
Council members returned from the executive session at 8:40 p.m.
Goodbread did not return with the council members and could not be reached for comment.
The council reconvenes in executive session at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the City Municipal Building.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Alex Brotze, Randy Darnell and April Quaid.Lion coloring books
The New Braunfels Evening Lions Club will be selling Giant
and Jr. Giant Coloring Books Saturday and Sunday at Wal Mail, K Mart and HEB
Funds will go tho club’s “sight conservation” project. (’all 620 0825 for details.
Celebrate Texas Music
The final performance of the “Celebrate T exas Music” concert series on the Main Plaza will take place at 7 p.m. today. The concert will feature the festive south! of Mariachi Cardenas Eros de Mexico.
The group, which represents the musical heritage of the Mexican people, was orginally scheduled to appear two weeks ago, but was cancelled due to inclement weatherWinning numbersAUSTIN — Here are results of Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn last night by Ute Texas
Lottery:1-10-28-31-37-50Estimated Lotto Texas jack pot $3 million
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