New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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► McKENNA SYSTEM
Former G>malISD superintendent had interim since Feb.
By Dalondo Moultrie
McKenna Systems on Wednesday announced the hiring of its interim chief executive officer, dropping the “interim” and making Jerry Major full-time CEO.
With the new distinction, Major said he will expect more from the staff and the community.
“The expectations I have for staff and my working personally with staff will become a little more intense," he said. “If anything, I hope the community and citizens of Comal County and New Braunfels become more familiar with what we’re doing here.”
The McKenna System provides nPnprofit health and wellness services to the residents of New Braunfels and Comal County. McKenna owns and operates McKenna Events Center, which includes the Children’s Museum and New Braunfit Gym.
The Foundation also provides services in Comal County through grants and partnerships with other community non-profit organizations.
Major said under his leadership, those grants will continue to be placed into the hands of the most deserving, best organizations to help the community.
“I want folks to keep an eye on McKenna because we’re going to do a lot of good stuff,” he said. “We expect a lot of ourselves and we’re going to do our best to be the b^t community citizens we can be.” Major’s responsibilities include oversight of McKenna Legacy Foundation and McKenna Event Center’s community programs. In this new role, Major will earn $120,000.
See MAJOR, Page 12
THURSDAY MAY 19, 2011
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.Zeitung
NBISD hopes to meet CIS halfway
Superintendent: District hasn’t committed to funding because of lingering budget restraints
By Will Wright
Tuesday night marked the final marathon session of the year for New Braunfels Independent School District bocnd members, who wrapped
up their meeting around midnight.
They might’ve gone well into the wee hours Wednesday had each of the dozens of Communities in Schools supporters gotten their chance to speak during the meeting’s open forum segment Many had either ben
efited or are still receiving help from the program that serves at-risk youth.
Because of budget constraints, CIS could lose the $240,000 funding commitment it received from the district this year. Of the 18 who signed up to talk during the open fomm, they were
limited to just two after CIS board member Steve (>hapman opened with a five-minute presentation. That brought on a wave of protest.
“I can only think of ail of these
See NBISD, Page 12
GBRA: HUECO SPRINGS ‘WORTH LOOKING AT’
Water from Hueco Springs flows through property owned by Robert Pfeuffer on Wednesday afternoon.
Hueco Springs eyed by GBRA as water supply
By Greg Bowen
Hueco Springs is being considered by Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority as a possible water-supply source.
A major Edwards Aquifer spring, Hueco Springs is four miles north of New Braunfels’ famed Comal Springs.
“Hueco Springs is wor£ looking at,” said GBRA General Counsel Bruce Wasinger. “We’re always looking for any additional water supplies. You know, there’s additional demand from more people moving in— and Canyon Reservoir is frilly allocated.”
The GBRA board, meeting Wednesday in Seguin, authorized staff to negotiate an agreement that will give the river authority the exclusive right over the next six months to try to hammer out a deal for the lease or purchase of Hueco Springs
water rights with springs owners Robert T. Pfeuffer and the Huaco Springs Ranch TVust.
“They’re not going to sell it to somebody else or have somebody else looking at it” during the six-month period, Wasinger said.
Pfeuffer, a senior district judge, said Hueco Springs, located along River Road a little more than a quarter-mile south of First Crossing, is on land that has been in his family since the 1920s.
His family onCe had a dam on the property that used spring water to generate hydroelectricity. A Guadalupe River flood in 2002 washed away the dam, and the springs are now used to provide water for ca tie and crops, Pfeuffer said.
GBRA’s Wasinger said the question of
See SPRINGS, Page 12
► STATE BUDGET
Crucial SB 1811 bogs down
Budget riding on passage of revenue measure
The Associated Press
AUSTIN — Negotiations on the next two-year state budget stalled Wednesday as Texas House leaders postponed a revenue measure they say will determine whether they can balance the budget before the session ends.
House and Senate negotiators grew frustrated after lawmakers pre-filed a slew of amendments to the revenue measure, throwing into question how it would fare in a House vote. After hours of closed-door meetings, Rep. Jim Pitts postponed consideration of Senate Bill 1811 until today.
“We’ve got to pass 1811 or none of it works,” said the Senate’s chief budget writer. Sen. Steve Ogden. “Everything else 1 think can be negotiated. ... Right now the House is going to postpone (the revenue bill) which I think guarantees a special session. ...Yeah, I’m kinda frustrated.”
Pitts said he wanted an agreement on the budget “before we pass SB 1811.” “We hope to have an agreement by (Thursday) morning,” he said.
Negotiators agree on most of the budget, but have reached a stalemate over education spending. The sticking point is over how much to spend on school operations and how that money should be distributed to school districts.
House leaders contend there’s enough time left to pass the fiscal matters legislation, reach a compromise on the budget and take up school funding distribution formulas without going into a special session over the summer.
The regular session ends May 30.
Schlitterbahn open weekdays
Lori Ellis, right, waves to a friend while taking a ride on the Wolf Pack with Tina Chaplin and Katherine Hoelscher 'bn Wednesday at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
By Megan Holt
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort fans flooded through the front gates Wednesday after the park expanded its hours to weekdays.
The water park officially opened for weekends beginning April 30, but with summer season approaching, park executives decided to expand the pile’s hours.
“Local guests visit us around this time of the year and want to beat the Unes,” said Jeffrey Siebeit, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort spokesman, ‘“rhis is the best time to do it because kids are still in school, and
Until Memorial Day, May 30:
■ Monday through Friday —10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
■ Saturday —10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
■ Sunday —10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
After Mamorial Day until Aug. 14:
■ Every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
we haven’t hit the season peak yet.” Although the waterpark was crawling with school children Wednesday, many families decided to beat the upcoming heat. One San Angelo family decided to celebrate two birthdays at the water park.
See OPEN, Page 12
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