New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Times have changed, but the need for selfless volunteers has not. “Volunteerism is its own reward,” and New Braunfels women who want to make a difference are joining...
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners Thursday discussed a series of road-improvement projects that could address traffic and safety issues around the county.
The list will be presented Tuesday during a meeting with officials of the Texas Department of : Transportation and the city I of New Braunfels.
I The proposed projects I include:
I ■ Texas 46 improvements I from Loop 337 to FM 2722,
I including an overpass at FM 2722.
I A An overpass at Texas 46 f and Smithson Valley Road.
Danny Scheel I ■ U.S. 281 divided highway I from north of the Guadalupe I River to the Blanco County line, including overpasses at I VK | FM 306 and FM311.
| ■ A feasibility study for an HHBHH : outer loop west of New MMBW j Braunfels.
j ■ Replacing the Guadalupe ■■BHH | River bridge on Rebecca I Creek Road.
; ■ Widened shoulders on FM Tom Hornseth I 306 from Interstate 35 to U.S.
| 281 along with intersection improvements at Hoffmann Lane and Eagle Rock Road and overpasses at the Union Pacific and old Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad
From left, New Braunfels Service League members Claudette Phair, Jeannie Mayo, Janet Brandt and Jo Beth Oestreich hold a tree from their Angel Tree service project, which will give gifts to needy children.
Photo by Rebecca S. Rogers/HeraW-Zeitung
Public comment is invited at a meeting of city,
county and TxDOT officials.
6 p.m. Tuesday. New Braunfels Municipal Building^ 424 S. Casted Ave.
I Comments will be considered in planning for future construction projects.
■ Intersection improvements on FM 311 at Rebecca Creek Road and Texas 46.
■ A traffic light on FM 2673 at Canyon Bend in Startzville.
■ Roadway improvements from Mission Valley Road to Lewis Creek on FM 1863.
’ County judge Danny Scheel has long pushed for
planning for an outer loop around New Braunfels, which, he says, could alleviate traffic problems on Texas 46 at Loop 337 by giving commuter traffic from Canyon Lake another way to get to southbound Interstate 35.
Each morning, Scheel and hundreds of other residents sit in what sometimes feels like a parking lot on Texas 46, waiting to get into New Braunfels.
“I just get so disgusted with what I see every morning on highway 46 with the traffic and even road rage that occurs out there," Scheel said.
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Women strive for good works, lasting friendships
By Dylan Jimdnez
Staff Writer .
Behind every great man, they say, is a woman. And behind many of the great New Braunfels charitable events and community programs is a member—sometimes all 52 — of the New Braunfels Service League.
“Volunteerism is its own reward," said member Jeannie Mayo. “But to be in the company of a bunch of selfless people who get a buzz out of doing for others is its own high.”
Volunteering for the service league can turn a bad day into a great day, she said.
Although the New Braunfels Ser
vice League has changed over the years and has recently redefined itself, members share the same love for the community.
The service league is a pool of diversely talented volunteers ready to set up events, assist with office work, ■ Th. league will do landscaping
plan its Angel and assist with
Tree project countless other
Monday, 11:30 tasks for which
a.m., Summer volunteers are
Haw. J95 S. needed.
Market. Through their
work, service league members build friendships and community.
“I can gather things for the needy myself," Mayo said.
But it’s more rewarding to do so as a member of a greater cause —
because there’s “something magical” about working side by side and elbow to elbow with others, she said.
The New Braunfels Service League offers women the opportunity to work alongside each other as do the traditionally men’s groups in town, said member Janet Brandt.
“There were so many women volunteers in New Braunfels, but there was no way to get them together to share their experiences," Brandt said.
Since die group’s founding in 1987, the women of the New Braunfels Service League have redefined the organization as society and the needs of their membership have changed.
After a bylaws change in September,
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B 52 members
■ Women older than 18
■ One-year commitment
■ Attend two business meetings per year
■ Participate in three projects per year
■ $45 membership fee, plus onetime $ 15 membership kit
■ Scholarships are available
H Call Chandler Gray. 629-9226. for information
NBISD to present its academic, financial report cards
D Trustees will present state scores on the district s financial and academic performance.
■ 6 p.m. Tuesday, before the board s regular meeting.
Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.. New Braunfels
By Dylan Jimdnez
New Braunfels Independent School District administrators will report the district’s academic and financial ratings to parents and taxpayers Tuesday night.
NBISD received a “recognized" rating in the Texas Education Agency 2003 Academic Excellence Indicator System.
“This is a required per
formance reporting meeting,” said Rosalyn Bratcher, NBISD assistant superintendent of curriculum.
The report includes performance indicators such as Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) passing rate by grade, by subject, and by all grades tested.
The rating considers end-of-course examination passing rate, attendance; dropout statistics and advanced course enrollment, among other aca
demic performance data.
The report also provides information on school and district staff, finances, programs, and demographics.
The district is rated and compared to other districts in the area and statewide, Bratcher said.
“The reason the public would be interested is to just be better informed about the school district’s performance in various categories," Bratcher said.
Bratcher will touch on the major points of the report.
The public will also be presented with the district’s state financial rating system.
The rating system addresses 21 factors, including tax collection, debt payments and positive balance.
The district received a rating of “superior achievement ” under the state financial accountability rating system, the state’6 highest.
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