New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Schools promote 'Great Smokeout'
It’s a snappy reminder that could save a life.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, the American Cancer Society is again offering smokers a chance to have fun while they quit smoking. It’s called the Great American Smokeout — a day smokers around the nation try to go a full 24 hours without cigarettes — and local high schools, even a “Dallas” celebrity, have gotten in the puff of things.
As national Great American Smokeout chairman, tarry Hagman, who himself is a reformed smoker, has been seen on television, offering smokers the official “tarry Hagman Stop Smokin’ Wrist Snappin’ Red Rubber Band.”
The “Red Rubber Bands” — a must for smokers determined not to light up on Nov. 18 and long after — are available locally at the Community Service Center, 202 E. South. Just drive by the Center, sign a pledge and receive the snapper reminder.
The three local high schools have organized activities to encourage smokers to take a pledge and not smoke on Nov. 18. Those on the Canyon High School Student Council have been soliciting pledges from smokers to quit for a day.
Students from the New Braunfels High School Future Homemakers of America are also soliciting pledges, and will collect cigarettes from each person who makes a
pledge. These cigarettes will be deposited in a large jar, and contributors will get to guess how many it contains. The winner will win two tickets to a concert in San Antonio.
FHA members have also made plans for a poster contest, information forums during this week’s lunch periods, and spot announcements on the local radio station.
Health class students at Smithson Valley High School are involved in planning activities for this week to encourage smokers to take the pledge, and not puff. And a 4-H Health group has made posters, and also spot announcements on the radio station to lend their support to the national project.
The official pledge card reads: “I do solemnly swear to give up smoking or help a friend give up smoking for the Great American Smokeout, Nov. 18.1 promise not to smoke for 24 hours (and maybe longer), or to help a friend quit.”
Pac-Man is the official mascot for the Smokeout event in Texas, and will be chomping cigarette packages instead of wafers Nov. 18.
The Great American Smokeout is in its sixth year, offering millions of Americans a well-deserved holiday — a day off from smoking. During last year’s Smokeout
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WEDNESDAY November 17,1982 Scents
Vol. 91-No. 223
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CISD hearing due on new tax rate
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal Independent School District trustees proposed a tax rate of 68.72 cents per $100 valuation Tuesday night, requiring a public hearing.
Pending legislation against the Comal County-Central Appraisal District had a definite effect on the board’s decision. General Portland filed suit against the appraisal district and the Appraisal Review Board, protesting appraised values.
•The proposed rate of 65.54 cents < which was Plan A > would have been convenient, without the General Portland problem,” Supt. Edgar Willhelm said.
' But if they don’t pay their taxes ($583,432), and we subtract that amount from the carry-over balance that rate would generate ($651,8981, we could wind up with a contingency fund of less than $70,000
“That’s not much to operate a school district on,” Willhelm added. ‘But we can do it. if we have to.”
The 65.54-cent rate would not have required a public hearing. The middle rate < Plan Bi, which was approved, does require a public hearing. However, the highest rate proposed. 70 cents per $100 valuation, would have triggered initiative and referendum action, along with a hearing
The proposed tax rate was set after the board
received a certified tax value of $709,383,315 for CISD from the Appraisal District’s Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks Tuesday night. Until the tax value was certified, a tax rate could not be proposed, and Hie tax-rate setting process could not begin.
However, CISD still does not have a tax roll. “We got a certified tax value, but nothing material.” said CISD Tax Assessor-Collector E W Neuse Jr “All we’re hoping is that the figure quoted Tuesday night is close, and not off by millions of dollars by the time the roll is printed and all the changes are made. ’’
Brucks said the only changes still to come could involve name, addresses and property descriptions, but not values. Since CISD received its preliminary tax rolls in September, over $34 million worth of changes have occurred.
Once the effective 1982 tax rate has been published, the board will meet to discuss the proposed tax increase, take a record vote, and set a public hearing date. That meeting has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the CTS!) board office.
Willhelm told the board, “Even w ith the rush, the earliest possible date by law for the public hearing will be Dec 2.” The meeting to adopt the rate, after the public hearing, must then be held in three to 14 days.
Tuesday was a day for walking with an umbrella, as a ♦all cold front brought a downpour to New Braunfels.
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With a chance for more rain today, the umbrellas may come out of the closet again Wednesday.Waldrip praises Gathers' work on textbooks
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Margy Waldrip, president of the New Braunfels school board, is pleased with the end result of last week’s state textbook hearings held in Austin.
She is not happy, however, with the statewide publicity the hearings received.
“There is a need to provide more information than has been reported in the news accounts I have read,” she told NBISD trustees Tuesday, prior to reading a three-page typed report she
prepared from the Thursday hearings.
Waldrip specifically mentioned the publicity received by “People for American Way,” a national anticensorship group founded by television producer Norman taar, which this year fought the textbook selection process.
According to an Associated Press wire story which appeared in the Herald Zeituny, a spokesman for the group said they specifically followed the Texas hearings this year to fight Norma and Mel Gabler, a retired tangview couple who have made a
career out of lodging conservative protests against schoolbooks Waldrip objected to the criticism received by the Gablers and praised them for “their sacrificial dedication for 21 years in reviewing textbooks up for adoption in the state.”
“People for the American Way have accused the Gablers of censoring textbooks. This is a false accusation since they have no power to do so,” Waldrip noted. “They have exercised their rights as citizens to participate in the textbook hearings.
"Only the State Board of Education can order the publishers to make
changes,” she added.
Health education books for grades four through eight as well as civics books for eighth grade classes were inadequate in the opinion of the Gablers, members of the state board and a spokesman for the Texas War on Drugs, according to Waldrip’s information.
“The fourth and fifth grade health books from one company contain absolutely no information on marijuana — a violation of the textbook guidelines the publishers were supposed to follow,” Waldrip noted.
“The guidelines (the Textbook
Parents list grievances against Canyon teacher
CISD board members took no action against Canyon High School drill team instructor and cheerleader sponsor Carol Searight Tuesday, pending further investigation of allegations made by-parents and students.
The public hearing was granted because district patrons (mostly parents) wanted to speak out against Searight’s performance The board listened to people accuse and defend Searight for over two hours, and asked for advice from the district’s attorney, tannie Chunn.
“The way I see it,” Chunn said, “the board has three alternatives. It can vote there was not sufficient information presented tonight to cause any action. The board can determine what it has heard is just cause for a subsequent hearing, but rule tonight is not the time to take action. Or the board can table the matter pending further investigation with a report for the next meeting. ”
The board voted 6-1, with Carey McWilliams voting no, to ask Supt. Edgar Willhelm to prepare an objective report on the allegations made Tuesday night, and present it to the board at its next meeting.
McWilliams, on the other hand, wanted to suspend Searight with pay, until “these serious allegations” can be investigated. That motion died for lack of a second.
“We’ve listened to allegations and rebuttal about this teacher’s style and technique. But what bothers me is her alleged personal attacks on the kids,”
McWilliams said. “That bothers me, because she is a role model. That’s why I’m asking for the dismissal. We can start the process now, and prove she is an effective teacher, or otherwise.”
Searight refused to respond to the allegations voiced Tuesday night, saying this was the first time she had heard the complaints. Board member Kenneth Wunderlich asked Willhelm, “Is this tile first time she has heard these allegations?” Willhelm replied, “No, it is not.”
Complaints against Searight ranged from lack of supervision at practices to overall negative and demeaning attitudes against cheerleaders and drill team members. Several parents said this was not the first time allegations against Searight had been brought to the administration’s attention in her 34 years with the district.
Among the specifics mentioned was one parent’s charge that Searight had pushed down on the girls’ shoulders to make them accomplish the splits. A cheerleader, who said Searight had made demeaning remarks to the group, said the only reason she went out for the position this year “was to get a school jacket.”
However, two drill team members spoke out for Searight. “She’s after discipline and perfection, and if the girls can’t take it, they should get out,” this year’s colonel said.
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Comal County skies will be mostly cloudy today-through Thursday, with winds from the east-southeast at 5-10 mph today, light and variable tonight. There’s a 30 percent chance of light rain today, 20 percent tonight and a 40 percent chance of showers on Thursday.The Strike is Over
Football fans everywhere (if there are still any left) can take heart — there will be pro football this Sunday for the first time in almost two months 'The NFC and the player’s union came to an agreement Tuesday night, and a nine-game season will resume this weekend. Sports. Page 5A.
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Proclamation and the Health Education framework) state specifically that facts about marijuana should be included, particularly the negative effects of longterm use," she added.
Waldrip quoted Robinson Risner, executive director of the Texas War-on Drugs, as strongly criticizing, the proposed books, which he said were “a gross (Disservice to kids.”
The main objections to the civics books, which Waldrip said drew “heavy criticism” from Mel Gabler and state board members, were due to “several important flaws in the
These flaws included “inaccuracies such as the wrong year Korea was divided,” Waldrip said The books also contained “misleading, incomplete information on socialism” and an “implication that government interference is the solution to problems rather than the source of problems.” she added There was also information in the proposed civic books which Waldrip said was a “misrepresentation of free enterprise ” In addition, she noted
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Roof beams to stay put; sniffer dogs pact inked
lf the roof beams aren’t moved from the New Braunfels High School parking lot before too long, the New Braunfels school board expects to have a historical landmark (Mi its hands.
Upon hearing that test results being done on these beams were not yet complete < which means that the beams still can’t be moved), school trustees kidded one another Tuesday about the New Braunfels Conservation Society giving them a call “They’ve been there long enough...that the Conservation Society will be wanting to put a historical marker on them pretty soon,” one New Braunfels Independent School District trustee quipped.
Another joked: “Is there anyway we can put those on Jan’s Van Tour as the historical roof beams?”
The results of the tests being done on the beams will be used by NBISD attorneys to determine if the district has grounds for filing suit against the orginal roof contractors.
That portion of the New Braunfels High School roof which covers the gynuiasium and cafeteria were found to be faulty at the beginning of the
1981 school year. At Hie advice of consulting engineers, Supt OE Hendricks ordered those portions of the school closed until the roof could be replaced, which has since been done.
School trustees were hoping to hear from their attorney Tuesday night that the tests on the beams had been completed and that the beams, which are sitting in the high school parking lot, could be moved Their hopes were soon dashed, however when attorney Steve Taylor (filling iii for Jack Borchers, NBISD’s regular attorney > told them that test results done on the beams were not yet complete.
"They (those doing tile tests) promise to give us a defiiute answer by December,” Taylor told the board. “That may sound like an old record but they’ve promised to give us a definite answer about moving the T’s (steel T-roof beams) by then.”
School board president Margy Waldrip quietly noted, “for a Christmas present.”
Although he couldn't give the board any final answers concerning the roof
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