New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, November 5,1807 o SAHerald-Zeitung seeks photographers, budding essayists
Every year, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung presents its readers with Horizons, one of our most visible and well-read publications of the year, The difference this year,, however, is we are inviting you, the
readers, to participate,
We are asking you to arm yourself with a camera and take photos of life in New Braunfels. The key date here is Nov. 7 — we want to see everything you see on Nov. 7. From the early morning to the late evening, there should be plenty of opportunities to
capture on film slices of life in New Braunfels. We’ll take the best of these photos and fill one of our Horizons sections with them.
lf you are interested in participating, call me at 623-9144 ext. 220 to get the details. Anyone can participate. And, the best photo, which will be featured as the cover for that Horizons section, will earn the photographer a really nice prize.
Also this year, we want the rest of New Braunfels to meet your neighbors. Maybe it’s
not your next-door neighbor or even the man living down the street; it can be someone you work with or someone you know who does something special and who generally makes life better just by being there. Write us a letter or essay and tell us why these “neighbors” are so special. We’ll run them in our “Neighbors" section in Horizons. We’ll also take photographs of these neighbors and publish them as well. Mail your letters/essays to us at 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130.
Don’t forget about unsung heroes — we
again will feature these heroes in the community whose work benefits many people and the community but who don’t always get the recognition they deserve. From these unsung heroes, we’ll select our Citizen of die Year.
Horizons is all about New Braunfels, which means it’s all about you, and we really look forward to your participation in this special project
(Margaret Edmonson is the managing editor of the Herald-Zeitung.)Letters to the Editor
I am writing this letter to voice my support for the $92 million school bond for Comal ISO. I served on die Long Range Planning Committee and the sub-committee on demographics. Here are just three examples of current and projected attendance levels. (See chart below)
The bottom line is dal our present facilities will not handle die growth in our school district. Some people would say roll in more portables, but this doesn’t work when core facilities, like libraries, cafeterias, gymnasiums, restrooms and septic systems can’t be expanded
This situation is very close to my heart because I have a fourth-grader at Bulverde Elementary and another child who will start kindergarten in 2000. My fourth-grader has already spent one year in a portable and she will spend at least half of this school year in a portable.
In her letter to the editor, La Verne Welborn suggested we cope with growth by using a split-shift system like schools in Mexico, with shifts starting as early as 7 a.m. and ending as late as IO p.m. I can’t imagine many parents supporting the idea of their middle school children attending classes until IO p.m. lf both parents work, the children would be home alone all day. In the evening the parents would be home while their children were at school. What a nightmare in scheduling, especially if you have an elementary child on a 7 a.rn. start time and a high school child on a 2 p.m. start time.
Recently many debates have taken place about the location of the proposed new high school. When a location in Bexar County was publicized as a possible site for this school, some residents of Comal 1SD were outraged.
i I don’t understam^the opposition to this location based on the site bong in Bexar County. I don’t live in Bexar County, but if I lived in Timberwood Park, Clear Springs Park or Country Place, I would be very angry Living in Bexar County has nothing to do with where these residents’ children go to school or to whom they write their school tax payment. They are residents of Comal 1SD. Maybe some
people don’t realize Comal ISD covers most of Comal County and parts of Bexar, Kendall, Hays and Guadalupe counties. Those people should not be penalized based on the fact Acy live in another county if die demographics justify locating a school near them.
I am not as concerned about where die new high school is located, only that the bond passes and we are able to build another school to relieve overcrowding at Smithson Valley High School. I am very concerned that my children attend school where they are not lost in the shuffle of a mega-school.
Early voting in Bulverde has been light. We can’t complain about undesirable solutions like portables and split shifts if we don’t vote. I would like to encourage all parents ami residents of Comal ISD to vote yes for all four propositions of the bond.
\ Diana Schwind,
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Dear Editor I know a lot has been written about the educational advantages of passing the Comal ISD bond issue this week. I, however, would like to address the impact of die bond on the tax rate. I hear some ask why they should care about the bonds passing when they don’t have any children in school. If all you care about is the amount of taxes you pay, it would still be to your advantage to see the bond issue pass. Next year’s tax rate would go about four cents per $100 valuation due to the passage of all the propositions. On the average home in the district, this will cost about $24. After seven years, the total effect on the tax rate would be about 7.9 ceras. If the bond fails, though, the students will still require expanded and upgraded ^facilities. The district will them hmm to start building as fast as possible using the operating budget The most that taxes can be raised next year is about nine ceras, which would bring in approximately $2 million and cost the average homeowner more than $30 per year. This would come nowhere close to providing the $92 million that the bonds would provide over die next five years.
Rah© Primary 441
Bulverde Elem. 252
Smithson Valley High 1500
What this boils down to is that if the bond issue passes, the taxpayer pays less and gets more. People that move into our communities in the future will help pay for the facilities that we need now and that they will be using. If'the bonds fail, the taxpayer will pay more and get less. It seems like an easy choice to me. Please vote yes on the bonds on Nov. 8, Thank you.
Robert Loop, Trustee, Comal ISD
Energy spent against bond
Dear Editor On Nov. 8 the voters in the Comal Independent School District will go to the polls to vote on four propositions that would build new schools, renovate and add additions to existing buildings and provide updated technology to several campuses. We are in crisis situations in some of our schools. Smithson Valley High School is housing about 400 students more than it was built for. If the bond does not pass, lines will be redrawn and Canyon High School will inherit about 300 more students to ease the problems at SVHS. Thus, creating-a crisis situation at CHS. All the elementary schools, middle schools and intermediate schools are close to capacity, and in many cases over capacity. And the students keep coming. With the growth we have experienced in this district, we are already behind in building schools. You only have to drive out into the county and watch the new subdivisions taking shape to realize that the growth will continue or surpass that of the last few years.
As a concerned parent and teacher,
I am dismayed at the misinformation and petty grievances conveyed by a small number of taxpayers in this district. Contrary to what some are saying, no sites have been selected for tha-new schools My husband is chairman for one site selection committee, and according to him, no sites will be selected until after the bond passes. Most people agree that we need another high school, but some will vote against the bond because they mistakenly believe the site has already been selected. The result of such misinformation is that we may not get a new high school at all. Another reason some are voting against the bond is that they believe the district has been somehow fiscally irresponsible. Our budget has been cut every year since I began working for the CISD in 1994. I can assure
you every dime is calculated and spent where it is needed most. As parents, my husband and I continue to pay more to booster clubs and fundraisers than we pay in taxes because things that the school used to buy are no longer in die budget.
If people have a problem with the way the building contracts are decided and managed, then they should take it up with the administration in a constructive way. Instead, they choose to vote against the bond to send a message to the administration. Even a small mind can see that this action only hurts the students and teachers of this district. Putting little signs on utility poles owned by New Braunfels Utilities is nob only in violation of a city ordinance, but unsightly in otherwise beautify neighborhoods.
Finally, wouldn’t it be nice if the energy being put into defeating the bond propositions could be channeled into our schools? We are always in need of good tutors, and it’s something you can do (hiring daylight hours.
Julie Krug New Braunfels
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high school in die extreme southwest comer of the CISD area. In fact this placement would put the CISD high school in Bexar County. A map exists issued by the school board showing this decision to have already been made.
In order to give concerned citizens more time to change the present school board’s site selection, and if necessary its constituents, we urge everyone to defeat Proposition 2. Please vote NO on Proposition 2 and
let’s build more schools for Comal County not Bexar.
Nancy and Bryce Meadows Canyon Lake
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As the parents of two elementary-aged children, we arc very concerned with the proper development of schools within Comal County. On Nov. 8 we are all being asked to vote on several issues affecting them throughout their education. Proposition 2 proposes a bond issue for the building of a new high school to service the western portion of CISD, as well as two grammar schools.
Although we would normally be strongly behind any bond issue to facilitate construction of new schools, we want to see Proposition 2 defeated because of the rather shocking and unadvertised intended placement of the
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