New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Justice Cheryl Johnson, far right, of the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals congratulates the six honorees during Monday night’s ’Tribute to Women” at Landa Haus in Landa Park. From left are Brenda Bombers Freeman, Joy Streator, Margaret Herbrich, Carter Casteel, Jan Kotyk) and Jan Kennady.
By Christina Minor
“Chicks ruled” at the New Braunfels Republican Women’s “A Tribute to Women” Monday night at Landa Haus in Landa Park.
More than 125 members and guests, including several city, county and state officials, enjoyed a barbecue dinner with all the trimmings prepared by members of the club.
Because of a last minute cancellation by Comptroller of Public Accounts Carole Keeton Bylander, Justice Cheryl Johnson of the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals addressed the crowd about women’s role in politics.
“Women used to just be wives,” she said. “Now women are a force to be reckoned with in all public offices, and we were put there by women voters.”
Johnson, who said “chicks ruled,” described how women dealt with tough times to get where they were today. She applauded the six honorees who made themselves known in the public arena.
“I think it is appropriate to plant trees in honor of the women. We fust plant saplings that grow and offer shelter and to some people, food. Those trees are like these six women,” Johnson said.
The local women, who also are NBRW members, each received a plaque, designed by Genny Hensz, with an inscription of their duties and accomplishments.
Jan Kennady, former mayor of New Braunfels, is a member of several local organizations as well as president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women. A registered parliamentarian, Kennady was instrumental in bringing the Campaign
Management School and Parliamentary Procedure School for candidates and parliamentarians to New Braunfels.
Anna Lee Hicks, who presented Kennady with her plaque, said, “No matter how many awards she wins, she is still the same. And that is tough to do.”
Joy Streater, county clerk, received her award from Hensz. Streater worked closely with Hensz, who said Streater was a “joy” with which to work. Streater just received her second nomination as the top county clerk of the state.
“She is a model of efficiency and an excellent role model,” Hensz said.
Ruth Pharis, president of the NBRW, presented city councilwoman Jan Katy lo with her award.
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Braunfels Republican Women recognize six local role models
School district officials: Campus is safe
By Heather Tooo
A rumor of an attack on New Braunfels Middle School prompted many parents to keep their children home from school Monday — the same day the school was evacuated for a false bomb threat.
About 14 percent of NBMS students did not attend classes Monday after a story circulated among parents and students during the weekend that plans were made for an attack similar to the one that killed 12 students and a teacher at a Colorado high school one month ago.
NBMS principal Stephen Lindsey said the school had a normal attendance rate of 95 percent, with 3 to 5 percent of the 930 students absent.
Superintendent Ron Reaves said a female NBMS student reported to administrators this past week that she overheard several students discussing a note that alluded to a Littleton-type attack on the school Monday.
“By late Friday evening, the story had escalated into a community concern as people were leading off pure rumor, and stones became variations of the rumor,” Reaves said.
Reaves said the story probably circulated at the NBMS school dance Friday and at youth baseball games on Saturday.
“Ifstu-dents are motivated to disrupt the educational progress and students are missing school, then we are going to look at continuing school past the normal time”
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More than I OO ways to fix a school district
Rylander s CISD audit offers 114 suggestions for cutting costs, enhancing performance
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
A Texas School Performance Review of Comal Independent School District turned up more than IOO recommendations to save the district $13.3 million in the next five years.
Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander announced results of a seven-month study of CISD management and operations on Monday,
offering 114 proposals to improve district efficiency and direct more dollars into classrooms.
“CISD is facing some daunting challenges as a growing school district, but I don’t think I have to tell you that,” Rylander told a small gathering of CISD board members and school officials Monday morning.
CISD is the 14th fastest growing school district in Texas and faces a 5 to 6 percent increase in student enroll
ment each year.
Communication with district patrons, security on school campuses and effective management of future growth were key areas in need of improvement cited by the TSPR team.
“The districts growth could be better managed by an even distribution of staff that could avoid bringing in 71 new teachers each year and produce $2.4 million in savings each year,” Rylander said.
CISD’s student population has grown by 33 percent since 1993-94 and its staff has increased by 54 per-
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Superintendent Jerry Major said the district was working on strategies to increase classroom loads at secondary campuses.
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Carole Keeton Rylander describes the process for the Texas School Performance Review Audit during a meeting Monday.
Bound for state
Smithson Valley catcher Cami Cunningham rests on the bench Friday in San Antonio. See Page 8 for more on the upcoming state semifinal game.
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Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Michael Meek received the 1999 Road Hand Award from the Texas Department of Transportation Monday Only seven were presented statewide.
The award was presented to Meek by TxDOT Deputy Executive Director Kirby Pickett and San Antonio District Engineer John P Kelly during the chamber’s regular monthly meeting.
“John Kelly got up to give the transportation report and he started talking about ozone action day. I wasn’t really listening because I was preparing for another topic when I heard my name. I was
humbled to say the least,” Meek said.
The chamber of commerce has a transportation committee program that Meek once served on as a staff member. Two years ago Comal County received $57 million for the Interstate 35 expansion. The county just received another $32 million for the project. “Michael Meek is credited with the leadership that garnered the support of the citizenry of New Braunfels for the virally important widening of Interstate 35 through the city,” Pickett said.
TxDOT honors Meek as
By CHRISTINA Mmor