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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY May 24, 2003 14 pages in £ sections ■MMM MMM    I    t    ptfgCS    III    ^    HCCI    11Herald-Zeitung KSPP T-TJ ^ ‘ TM :? , ZSH I .yr s _ J Vol. 152, No. 164 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 SO cents SYMS on lockdown after teacher is suspended Principal: Deputies will be gone by Tuesday By Seam BowlinStaff Writer A sheriff's deputy patrolled Smithson Valley Middle School Thu rad ay and Friday after a vocal opponent of the echoed board wan suspended from teaching there. Jim Maxwell, an outspoken critic of the Comal Independent School District's artificial turf projects, was Huapended with full pay Thuraday. Principal Carolyn Pittman would neither confirm nett deny Maxwell’s suspension. “I’m not going to go into names. I’m not going to answer that question,” Pittman said. She said there would be no deputies patrolling the halls Tues-day when students return from the Memorial Day weekend. Hut one Comal County Sheriffs deputy was on campus Thursday and Fnday, and outside exit doors wen* licked as a precautionary measure, she said. No thn*ats were made, and the incident did not involve students. Pittman said the teacher was escorted to his vehicle Thursday after his suspension. Extra sin.'urity then was put in place. The teacher was put on administrative leave. CIS!) documents revealed more about, the incident, and Maxwell had a lot to say about his removal. A letter to Maxwell from Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services Linda Grisham said (’ISI) suspended him with full pay pending an investigation for alleged mis conduct. The letter directed Maxwell, until further notice, to remain off duty, to refrain from coming on campuses and from contacting district personnel during school hours or school See SCHOOL/3A Inside Abby 4A QassAedb Comics ...................7A Crossword ...................7A Forum............. 5A Church Directory 6A Movies........... 4A Sports............. ...............1,38 Today.............. ....................2A TV Grid 2B KayO Min 76 a roboo iI CISD chooses new principal for school By Scan Bowlin Staff Writer Olina! Independent School District trustees I ai vc chosen a im*w pnncijMil for tile combined Mountain Valley schools Denise Kern. Kern is the assistant principal at Katie Primary School and Bulverde Elementary Behoof Before that, she was a counselor in the New Braunfels Independent School Dis trill and the CISD school system, CISD Communications Director Knri Hutchison said. She will oversee the combination of the Mountain Valley Elementary and Mountain Valley Intermediate schools when the 2003-04 school year begins in August. Kern replaces Brenda Fielder, the principal of Mountain Valley Elementary, who is retiring, and Sarah 'fowler, the principal of Mountain Valley Intermediate. 'fowler applied for the Mountain Valley Schools principals job hut withdrew her name from consideration. She still has a contract with the district, Hutchison said, The schools, which are located in Battler, have a combined total enrollment of 754 students 232 students at Mountain Valley Intermediate, which has fifth-and sixth graders, and 522 students at Mountain Valley *    i Elementary, prekindergarten through fourth grade Of the controversial combining of the two schools, County can collect carcasses from private property By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Hauling off dead carcasses im stinky business, but somebody's got to do it. Now, the county can officially do it without the written permission of a properl y owner. Carnal County commissioners approved an order Thursday allowing the county engineer to remove carcasses of wild aiimialN from private property. “You don’t I lave to write up a letter every tune you have a dead animal on you pnijierty,” Precinct I (VimmwHioner Jack Dawson said. “But they will have to make the n*quest." (’minty Engineer Tom HoriiMeth nicked commissioners to make the change. His office has a full tune employee whocoilecta dead animals for dis[KiHal. That employee often picks up six or seven dead deer a day, and Ute county has bantin! fill uh many aH a thou Hand dead doer in a year. lloriiHeth said his depart ment also gets a couple of dozen calls about wildlife, especially doer, which an* hit by cars and wander onto the property of (X)unty residents. Tile problem generally occurs in developed and residential areas. ‘‘We’ve always had the problem t hat we couldn't go on private property and pick that |dead animal] up," Hornseth said. "And that doesn’t set too well with the nsalients at all,’’ said Dawson. “It’s just unis* lievahle that we wouldn’t do something like that ” The county only n*sponded when tin* animal was on anility right of way, either county mads, curbs or ditches. Th get around that problem, many residents have been dragging the carcasses into the road and then calling the county to pick it up, whieh is a littering violation. “You put all this together, See CAHCASSES/3A Annexation could give city 12 miles of land which officials said was done for cost-savings, Hutchison would only say, “We’re moving on with this.” Hutchison said one of the reasons Kern was chosen for the job is because she works at Katie Primary arid Bul verde Elementary, which were comhun*d and are adja cent to one another. “I’m sure that was a strength tho selection com rnittee saw,” Hutchison said. Mountain Valley Interim* diate and Mountain Valley Elementary are physically connected; they share a cafeteria and are connected by sidewalks. Hutchison said it hasn't been determined how many district personnel would lose See PRINCIPALS By Dylan JimEne/ Staff Writer By Sept, fi, 12 mil<*s of land could Im* annexed into New Braunfels. At 'IViosday night 's regular meeting, the New Braunfels City Council will set the annexation calendar for 2003. A contentious round of annexation in 2001 resulted in several subdivisions being added into tho city’s borders and a lawsuit over utility services. This time, the city is sticking largely to undeveloped areas for annexation. Most of the land in the plan is on the northeast and east sides of the city. Tin* largest hulk of land im near the airport, Included in the plan are; ■ Throe tracts of land At a glance ■ WHAT: New Braunfels City Council ■ WHEN: 6:30 p m. Tuesday ■ WHERE: Council Chanters, Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave. 2.72 square miles total northeast of town between Orion Drive and Conrads Road, Imrdered by the rail road tracks and I 35; ■ Five tracts 3.1 I square miles roughly along Texas 4(i southeast of Ila* city; and ■ Three (Ll square mile tracts to the northwest of the See CITY COUNCIIV3A Knights in shining armor Phel/xj by DAVID INGHAM/! fervid Zvitung (Above) Knight Sir Corwin (Cory Van Zandt) huddles with Matt Buchanan, Stephen Clark and Cory Criss to discuss their strategy for winning a battle during Seele Elementary^ “Medieval Day." The students gathered Fnday in Landa Park to expenence what life was like in medieval times. (Left) Cory Van Zandt finishes off Anthony Parton in battle during “Medieval Day " (Below left) Tony Valade/, dressed as a dra-gaon, cheers on the knights during a battle at Landa Park (Below) Fifth-grader Stephen Clark cheers on his favonto dueling knight. Open lur business K. JtStMii SLATf N/l k»r«kl /uiliiiHJ Tiffany and Johnny Bush (left) help the flurry of customers who dropped by Farmer's Market shortly atter fi p m. Friday, the first day of this season's market, ;