New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 Pages in two sections ■ May 27,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Elmer R. Serow
Vol. 141, No 135
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The New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Steven Sanchez, happy belated anniversary to Joe Michael and Diana Espinosa, Happy Anniversary to Douglas and Lori Pils.
Memorial Day service set
Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 7110 will observe Memorial Day with a flag raising ceremony at the post location, 600 Peace Avenue at 8 a.m.
The public, particularly veterans, are invited to attend the Monday ceremony.
Coffee and donuts will be served following the ceremony.
The Comal County Democrats will be sponsoring a rally and fundraiser for U.S. Senator Bob Krueger on Tuesday, June I from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Comal Bowl.
State Representatives will be on hand to field questions on state issues.
For more information, contact Corbie at 626-6263 or Gloria at 620-1616.
Ellis to spaak to TOPS group
Martha Ellis, representative from the county extension office, will talk on daily products and calcium and their effects on the body at today's meeting of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS).
The meeting will be held at McKenna Hospital's classroom at 7 p.m. For more information, call Virginia Wilson at 626-8860.
Volunteers are needed
The Children's Shelter of New Braunfels is in need of volunteers.
Those who are interested in spending an hour or two each week reading a book, playing a game, rock a baby and other activities with children should call Jean Brogdon, program coordinator at 629-0669.
Benefit dance set for Monday
The New Braunfels Police and Parks Departments are sponsoring a summer recreation program kick-off dance and benefit The event will be held Monday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
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TAAS spells doom for 21 seniors
By ROSE MARIE EASH HarakJ-Zaltung
A total of 21 students in Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts will not graduate with their classmates after failing to pass the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) exit exam.
Across the state this year about 13,400 Texas high school seniors have failed to score at least a 70 percent minimum passing standard on that exam.
According to Charles Bradberry, Superintendent of New Braunfels schools, 18 New Braunfels High School senios were affected by the state mandate that requires passing the exit exam before graduating.
Asked how he felt about the mandate, Bradberry said the state must have some form of measurement to insure students are being educated.
“Whether we like it or not, everyone agrees there’s got to be more accountabili-
Local school district leaders say tested skills are ones that should be mastered
ty and the only way is with some kind of assessment,'" said Bradberry. “I think we may have gone overboard with it because it’s a lot of time out of classroom teaching, but I guess it’s the best way.”
He said in any kind of assessment process there is could always be situations which may prevent a student who ordinarily would pass the test from doing so on that particular day. He noted one case where a student failed to pass due to missing one math problem and he otherwise would have been eligible for a scholarship.
At Comal ISD, acting superintendent, Carol Hall said there were three students affected by the state mandate for graduation, but she said the tests are reasonable.
‘The skills that are tested — reading, writing and math — are skills that should have been mastered,” said Hall. “My concern is how much it costs — in an age of accountability for the students to be tested in this way. Also, it is strictly a paper and pencil test.
“Some students don’t test well that way. Some leeway in the way it's administered may help,” she said. ‘They have increased the number of opportunities (to take the exit exam) and that’s good.”
According to the Texas Education Agency report on the TAAS testing program results for 1991-1992, the tests were first administered in October of 1990 at grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and ll.
The report says the tests focus on higher order thinking and problem solving skills rather than minimum basic competencies that had been targeted in previous bist ing programs. Th** purpose is to provide an accurate measure of student achievement in the areas of writing, reading, and mathematics,
According to a TEA i eport on TAAS, the passing standards were phased in to accommodate student preparation during the transition. The report says that in 1990-1991 the standard for minimum expectations at the exit level was sixty per cent In 1991 1992 the standard was raised to 70 percent.
TEA states that the state goal is for 90 percent of students across all grade levels to achieve minimum expectat ions on TAAS. The tests measure what should have lieen learned the previous year so the exit level exams which are taken by juniors actually measure 10th grade skills.
Vote on school finance bill expected
By ROSE MARIE EASH Harakl-ZaHung
The legislature is winding down but there are still many mqjor bills up rn the air.
Senate Bill 7, the school finance bill, has been referred to a conference committee which will probably meet today and pass the compromise bill out of committee, according to a representative on Rep. Edmund Kuempel’s staff.
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate today and the House Friday. Bradberry said from what he has heard so far NBISD may lose up to a $1 million in state funding under the current version of the bill.
According to Kuempel’s office the procedure requires that the compromise bill be printed and distributed to both chambers for review. The bill must then be passed in both the House and Senate before June I in order to become law.
Kuempel’s staff representative said he expected the school finance bill to come to a vote on Saturday.
Senate Bill 1477, regarding pumping limitations for the Edwards Aquifer, has also been referred to a conference committee and efforts on behalf of maintaining the spring flow are solidifying.
Summer fun al Splash Day
Herald Zeitung photo by John Huseth
Students from Memorial Primary School enjoyed some relief from the heat Wednesday afternoon during their annual "Splash Day" avern.
Breakfast Lions honor county investigator with Ed Murphy award
Lt, Rudy M. Rubio, an investigator with the Comal County District Attorney's office, was presented with the Ed Murphy Memorial Award by the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions CLub during a ceremony held at Krause's Cafe.
The award is given by the club in honor of the late Ed Murphy, an officer with the Comal County Sheriffs Department who lost his life in a helicopter crash while in the line of duty.
This award presentation,
attended by Lola Murphy, wife of the late officer, marked the ninth consecutive year the honor has been given.
Ll. Rubio is an 18-year veteran of law enforcement, 12 of those with the Criminal Investigations Division as Supervisor.
He was commended for his "diligence and expertise in law enforcement and his great pride in doing it right the first time."
He is a member of many local and statewide organizations and attends Our Land of Perpetual
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PlcturBd from toft to right are Lt. Rudy Rubio, Lola Murphy and Ron Zlpp, Braakfaat Lions Chairman for Lawman of the Year.
Help Catholic Church. Chris, Rosemary, Mary Alice and
He and his wife, Mary Alice, Rachel have six children, John, Robert,
Outfitter pays fee of $6,000 to court
Quarterly payments may deter injunction
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hers Id-Zeitung
According to Comal County Attorney Nathan Rhein lander, Abbott’s River Outfitters will be open for business for Memorial Day.
They now have a permit and will be open for the weekend,” said Rheinlander. The injunc tion that was filed yesterday pro vided for that if they deposited $6,000 with the registry of th* court to be applied to back taxes, paid the $50 fee and make th** quarterly payments
Rheinlander said those conditions have been met. The injunction that was filed Tuesday on Abbott's River Outfitters could have kept them closed until the lawsuit filed by the Water Oriented Recreation District against the outfitter was settled
WORD has filed suit against Abbott’s River Outfitters for nonpayment of fees. Although resolved for the moment, Rheinlander said the injunction could be reinstated.
"This is only one battle in the war • we came out in a draw," said Jane Abbott, co-owner of Abbott’s River Outfitters. "We're going to continue to pursue that the WORD bill is unconstitutional and they have exceeded their authority
“If they fail to make quarterly payments — paid to the court registry, not to WORD — we would be able to move tile court to enforce the injunction at that point,* Rheinlander said.Lottery Jackpol - $9 Million! Today's iiiiinbcrH - Ll - 15 - J*) - 2