New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ May 25,1993
993 Serving Comal County • Home of Herbert R. Schneider, Jr.
Vol. 141, No. 133
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The New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Margaret Emory, April Gutierrez, Cindy Castelleja, Alfonso Sandova, Angelica De La Certa. Happy Belated Birthday to Maine Castilleja, DeAnn KL Ott, Cheryl Koepp.MV Kindergarten
Mountain Valley Elementary School has extended registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten to June IO.
To be eligible for the prekindergarten program, a child must turn four years old before Sept I and meet federal income requirements or qualify for limited English services. Parents are asked to bring a birth certificate, immunization record, child’s Social Security card, and two proofs of residence when registering a child for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten.
Call Mountain Valley Elementary School at 964-3756.Eagle events
The Fraternal Order of Eagles and auxiliary will have a joint installation of officers on at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26.
Events will be held at the Eagles Hall.Literacy volunteers
The Comal County Adult Literacy Council is in need of volunteer tutors to teach non-readers or low-level readers. Tutor training is provided.
For information, call 625-9480.Women’s center volunteers
The Comal County Women’s Center needs volunteers. Volunteers are needed to staff the crisis hotline, provide transportation for clients and assist with office work.
Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kristin Seibert at 620-7520 for information.NBU hours
The drive thru lanes and lobby at New Braunfels Utilities will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.
Customer services will be available for billing inquiries, payments, and taking existing service applications.
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Councilmembers walk out
By GARY P. CARROLL Harald-Zaltung
New Braunfels Mayor Pro-Tem Ambro-sio “Butch” Benitez, and Council members Jan Kennedy and Dan Bremer walked out of Monday night’s city council meeting protesting a vote by council allowing Councilman James Goodbread to participate in regular council business.
Due to the size of the audience, the council recessed and then re-convened at the New Braunfels Civic Center and attempted unsuccessfully to determine Goodbread’s current status and conduct regular city business.
The council originally was scheduled to meet in executive session to discuss strategy regarding Goodbread’s position, but Goodbread along with Councilman Paul Fraser suggested the council conduct its executive session with the public present, and by a 4-2 vote, executive session was suspended.
Benitez said the executive session was
‘Is he in, or out?’ Question of Goodbread’s status prompts three to walk out of meeting
necessary for the council to discuss strategy regarding Goodbread’s service on the council, and urged the council to adjourn to executive session.
City Attorney Barry Moore told the council that the content of an open discussion could be limited, but that the council ultimately had the power to determine whether or not they would go into an executive session.
“I can attempt to explain it if you have questions,” Moore said, “but again rd say if there’s questions that come up that deal with strategy I can’t discuss those in open session.”
Fraser, however, said the strategy was no longer secret and any discussion of the issue should take place in front of the citizens. Goodbread agreed.
“It’s time that we quit hiding behind closed doors,” Goodbread said.
Goodbread remained at his seat which caused problems with Benitez, and council members Dan Bremer and Jan Kennady who questioned the legality of Goodbread serving on the council.
Last week an injunction was issued by a judge enjoining him from taking his seat for a fourth term.
Moore told the council that since the issue of Goodbread serving as a holdover was never specifically prohibited by the injunction, Goodbread could legally serve.
However, Benitez disagreed and said Goodbread’s vote would not count in any business conducted by the council and said Goodbread could not be allowed to take part in city business.
“I don’t agree with the way (Moore) is interpreting the law” Benitez said. “My intent is to follow what is best for the city and I don’t want to go through any more litigation or any more lawsuits.”
Kenneth Brazle said if the meeting continued with Goodbread the city would be inviting another lawsuit, and advised Benitez to excuse himself from the meeting thereby eliminating the possibility of a quorum necessary to conduct city business.
After a vote in which Councilmen Rudy Seidel, Chris Bowers, Goodbread and Fraser voted to allow Goodbread to remain in his seat during the litigation, council members Kennady, Bremer, and Benitez left the meeting.
“There are four of us here that want to continue the wheels of government,” Fraser said. “We need to go on with city business and city business could have been conducted tonight, but we have no quorum so we cannot.”
Parents, students plea to CISD for policy change
Herald-Zeitung photo by John Huseth
Paige Flume of the New Braunfels Swim Club practices her strokes Monday afternoon at Lands Park In preparation for a swim camp scheduled for June 1-4 at Lands Park Pool.
House gives Aquifer bill a beating, leaves Comal Springs unprotected
By ROSE MARIE EASH Harald-Zeltung
Senate Bill 1477 which protected spring flow in the Comal and San Marcos springs “took a beating” in the Texas House Monday according to Doug Miller, Comal County water representative.
”We got beat up pretty bad,” Miller said. “The springs were trig losers.” Miller noted that the House version of the bill now requires no permits, no registration of wells, weakens the overseeing authority, would place Comal County in a Chapter 52 District with Bexar County and would also levy heavy fees on surface water rights.
According to Miller, the House bill also “sunsets” the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority for 1995 - in effect threatening the agency with review and possible dissolution in 1995.
"This is a low point in the process," admitted Miller. "But no matter what comes out of this we still have a federal judge that said, *you will keep those springs flowing."
Miller said a coalition of San Antonio and the western areas and the overwhelming influence of the Farm Bureau passed the House bill.
He said the bill will now go to a conference committee where the differences will be addressed and compromises made.
He said he expects a vote on the compromises on Thursday.
Miller claimed the House bill will not satisfy the federal court’s requirement that spring flow be protected and therefore leaves the door open for federal intervention to decide how water resources will be managed locally.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Harsld-Zaltung
A tearful group of students and parents addressed members of the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees at a meeting Monday night, pleaing for a change in district policy regarding eligibility requirements for particiaption in graduation ceremonies.
The plea stemmed from a one-year old policy prohibiting senior students who have not passed the state-mandated Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) exam from participating in graduation ceremonies.
Tm sure there are many of you who have fond memories of your graduation day," said Victoria Martinez, one of the students affected by the new policy.
“I realize that my test scores are important yet why are a few numbers on a piece of paper determining whether or not we will share in a once in a lifetime memory all of us should be graduating with," she continued. "Please, at least give us the dignity to walk across the stage with our fellow classmates whom we have known for years.”
The board was asked to waive a new rule instituted last year by the board which requires completion of all requirements for graduation in order to graduate and participate in graduation ceremonies.
By contrast, seniors at New Braunfels High School who fail the exam are allowed to participate in that school s graduation exercises, according to Michael Fitsko, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for NBISD.
According to Canyon High School principal, Will Krieg, three of the students are qualified to graduate except for failure in one section of the TAAS test in some cases by missing one math problem.
All of the students were also acknowledged by Krieg to be good citizens in school.
The students have not asked to be allowed to graduate, but to participate in the ceremonies with their classmates though they would not receive an actual diplo-
‘Please, at least give us the dignity to walk across the stage with our fellow classmates whom we have known for years.’
- Victoria Martinez Canyon High student
ma until they complete the TAAS requirement.
Since the last exit TAAS tests glades were only returned last week the students have already spent money on caps and gowns and invitations.
Since the item was not on the board’s agenda, no action was taken and the board indicated that there was not sufficient time to post notice for an emergency meeting in order to waive the requirement.
The board did ask the school administration to consider changes to the policy in the future.
Students have four opportunities to pass the tests, twice as Juniors and twice as Seniors, according to Krieg.
The exit exam tests for proficiency at the 10th grade level and requires a 70 percent mastery, he said.
Jim Middleton was elected as the board s new president immediately after he and Tom Bruce were sworn in as the newest members during the meeting.
The board also elected Tom Potter as Vice President, Don Craighead as secretary and Norman Gerlich as treasurer in the board reorganization.
Gerlich was elected as a member of the building committee and Middleton was elected to serve as a Comal County Education District board member.
Outgoing CISD Supt. Joe RogersFor advertising, news or subscription information, call 625-9144