New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Former principal wins first round over Comal ISD
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Former Smithson Valley High School principal Lilia Mae Cogdill has won round one against her former employer, Comal Independent School District.
Texas Education Agency hearing officer Judy Underwood recommended that Commissioner of Education Raymon Bynum grant Cogdill's appeal of her non-renewal by Comal
ISD trustees last March. She released her conclusions of law to Cogdill and Comal ISD officials Friday.
Cogdill, who served as Smithson Valley principal for two years, was non-renewed by trustees March 15 after a four-hour executive session.
Underwood concluded that Cogdill was a non-probationary administrator at the time of her non-renewal, and that CISD’s action violated Section 21.204(A)(3) and Section
21.205 of the Term Contract Non-Renewal Act.
Back in April, CISD Supt. Edgar Willhelm said that Cogdill’s argument was that her contract was not probationary. “She came here in March of IMI, and was not renewed in March of 1983,” Willhelm said. “State law defines probationary contracts at two years, but the commissioner’s interpretation of that law will ultimately determine the outcome of her appeal.’’
Dr. Willhelm said Cogdill’s contract was not
renewed, “based on overall observation of Mrs. Cogdill. The board acted on my recommendation, which was non-renewal.”
At the time she hired an out-of-town attorney for “advice,” Mrs. Cogdill said she had never been “officially notified” why her contract was not renewed.
A spokeswoman for the TEA’S Hearing and Apppeals Division stressed Tuesday that Underwood’s recommendation, based on a
hearing Sept. 9, was not “a final decision.”
She said CISD has 20 days from receipt of Underwood’s proposal to file an exception. Then Cogdill, as petitioner, has 15 days to reply to those exceptions.
“After that span of time, the commissioner will render his decision based on everything,” she said. “If the commissioner’s decision is in Mrs. Cogdill’s favor, that would mean that her contract with CISD is still valid and binding.”
Over a lawn still soggy from Sunday’s gully-washer, skies will be partly- to illicitly-cloudy through Wednesday morning, with winds from the southeast They’ll shift to the north sometime Wednesday afternoon, blowing 15-20 miles per hour and possibly dropping temperatures into the 40s by Thursday morning. There is a 20 percent chance of showers when the front comes through Winds today will measure IO mph today, and 5-10 mph tonight Sunset today will be at 5:40 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday at 6:50 a m
One sunshiny and savory Kellogg’s Cornflakes television commercial in the Umted States and Britain was reduced to an empty cereal bowl after other European countries attached assorted restrictions Sea Pago 10
New post office due in Spring Branch
A new Post Office is in the works for Spring Branch. Postmaster Shirley Eismann has indicated.
The US. Postal Service has acquired an option to buy a site for the new facility at the southeast comer of U S. 261 and EM 311, Eismann said. The property is owned by Mrs. and Mrs. Herbert Uecker.
The Postal Service will soon ask for
construction bids to build and lease a new post office building containing 1,400 square feet of interior floor space on the site. The building will be built with private funds and leased to the Postal Service.
The option to buy the site, which contains 17,125 square feet, will be assigned to the successful bidder.
Jonas wants open hearing
Precinct 3 Constable Lester Jonas, who lost his security job with Comal ISD Sept. 20, has asked for an open hearing to clear his name. But CISD officials aren’t going to oblige.
“We don’t have to,” Supt. Edgar Willhelm said. “There is no state law that says we have to give non-certified personnel a hearing. So we’re going to let hun take it through the court process that he’s already started.” Jonas has filed a slander suit against a Bulverde couple for at least
$500,000, in connection with his CISD temunation. Michael K. and Janie McCoy, parents of Kevin and Keith McCoy, are named as defendants rn the suit.
Jonas’ suit claims that slanderous statements made by Mr. and Mrs. McCoy to CISD officials and law enforcement officers were responsible for his loss of job, and may have jeopardized any future employment
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Hew Braunfels. Tex** Vol. 92 - No. 222 14 Pages ^ (USPS 377-880)MALDEF hails city plan
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
The settlement of th* lawsuit, “Torres v. City of New Braunfels,” give local Mexican-Amer.cans a real chance at fair City Council representation, say plaintiffs in the suit-
local citizen Ezequiel Torres, speaking at a Monday morning press conference in San Antonio, said he would have preferred to see seven single-member districts But he's willing to accept the four-district, three at-large plan outlined in the settlement. It says the three at-large council members will be elected by plurality, not majority, vote “This gives strong potential to the minority community to place a candidate in one of those positions,” said Judith Sanders-Castro. attorney for the Mexican American l>egai Defense and Education league. which filed the suit on behalf of the local plaintiffs.
“Although I'm not really happy with the 4-3 plan, at least we've come down Ic the table of negotiations and come up with a plan in the best interests of everybody.” Torres said Sometimes, they say, you can’t have all the cake We have our part of it.” Co-plaintiff Aguinaldo Zamora also attended the press conference in MAl-DHK's San Antonio office There, the civil rights group announced the settlement of the New Braunfels suit, which was approved by the City Council IMI Friday. It also announced settlements in discrimination suits filed against the City of Fort I av sea and the Calhoun County Independent School District.
The plan outlined in the New
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Mayor O A “Skip" Stratemann Jr presents a bag of burr oak acorns to Libby Ellis, who represented the Premier of South Australia at a welcoming ceremony Sunday at the Civic Center. Ellis was in New Braunfels to discuss developing of a “sister
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town" relationship between New Braunfels and Hahndorf. South Australia. The acorns came from Stratemann s great grandfather’s homestead, and are to be used to plant a “friendship tree.”
WASHINGTON (AP) - A shaken Senate convened today despite piles of rubble outside the chamber doors caused by a pre-midnight explosion that opened a gaping hole in an inside Capitol wall, ripped through congressional cloakrooms and damaged irreplaceable works of art.
Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, R-Tenn., told colleagues that, had the Senate been in session at the time of the ll p.m. blast, there surely would have been “grave injury’ ... and, perhaps, loss of life to senators and staff.”
The FBI said the blast was caused by a “high explosive device with a delayed timing.
As FBI investigators searched the debns in the sealed-off second floor of the Capitol, a fresh bomb scare was reported today — forcing part of the House side of the Capitol to be closed. House staffers and chefs and waitresses at the House restaurant were evacuated House sources said the extra security measures were tieing taken because a telephone call had been received that a bomb had been planted near the House restaurant, on the first floor.
“Yeah, we had a (second! bomb threat,” said Capitol Police Cape W E. Waters, who declined to give any further details Theodore M. Gardner, the special agent in charge of the Washington FBI field office, told a news conference that analysts had not yet determined whether the bomb that rocked the Senate was dynamite.
“It was a high explosive device with delayed timing,” Gardner said. He said the FBI and local police agencies are conducting a joint investigation
Had the Senate been In session at the time of the ll p.m. blast, there surely would have been “grave injury ... and, perhaps, loss of life” — Howard Baker.
“to determine who was responsible.” He said that the group claiming credit — the Armed Resistance Unit — was the same group that had claimed responsibility for a recent blast at Fort McNair in the District of Columbia.
He said the FBI knew nothing else about the group.
“What happened last evening will not deter us from transacting the nation's business.” Baker told colleagues as the Senate met a scheduled 9 a.in. convening time.
But he did say that he and Senate Democratic leader Robert C. Byrd, whose office doors were blown down in the blast, would meet later today to consider tighter security precautions
Baker later told reporters that video tapes from a hallway television monitoring system are being reviewed “to see when the device was planted and perhaps who was involved.”
He added, however, that he was not absolutely certain the area of the blast was covered by the cameras.
Although last night’s bomb produced no structural damage to the Capitol, it apparently damaged or
See BOMB, Page UReagan to talk security, trade issues in trip to Japan, Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan, embarking on a whirlwind visit to Asia, is underscoring East-West security issues and ”• dangerous imbalance” in trade, while in Japan and South Korea, massive security forces are being mobilized to protact him.
The president and his wife were leaving Washington this morning, on the first leg of a 15,650-mile, 64-day
trip to Tokyo and Seoul A refueling stop was planned in Anchorage, Alaska.
It was reported that Japanese police seized detailed plans by a radical leftist group to raid the U S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka before or during the president’s visit. A 90,000-member force was mobilized in Japan. In South Korea, an increased state of
military alert was ordered. North Korea has said the president’s visit is a “very dangerous war junket."
Reagan, in an interview with Fuji Television of Japan on Monday, acknowledged that the United States and Japan “have some differences with regard to trade.”
He called for looser restraints, and pointed out that “there is a dangerous imbalance” in U.S.-Japanese trade.
The unbalance is expected to reach $30 billion in Japan’s favor next year.
While trade issues are a continuing sore point in U.S.-Japanese relations, the president is unlikely to return from his trip next Monday with any new agreements limiting Japanese shipments to the Umted States or increasing the U S. share of the market in Japan.
“People are concerned about the
trade aspects of the trip, seeking more open markets, but the president is not going over there to haggle for more citrus,” said one White House official, referring to the U.S. interest in increasing its shipment of grapefruits and other citrus produce to Japan.
Under a recently announced decision, Japan will limit its exports of automobiles to the United States
next year to 1.65 million vehicles. The statement was said by Japanese sources to be tuned to alleviate the issue as a source of contention during Reagan’s visit.
In the television interview, Reagan also said that “a strong Japan, a Japan able to manage more of its own defense, will be a great factor for stability in that whole area” of the world.