New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
SLimmtischBirthday wishes from tho Hsrald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Bill Holden, Eddy Bedwell, Chris Brooks, Ashley Deptawa (4 years old),
Ed Matoy, Leeon Daniel Bench, Warner McFarlane, Collin Bennett (9 years old), Gloria Herrera, Vidal Barboza Sr. (49 years old), Lana Cole, Corey John Westbrook (19 years old), Dennis Tasto, Robert Heynis (45 years old on Saturday), Ingrid Faris and Regina Sanchez.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Mary and Billy Ford and Jennifer and John Sounders (1 year).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Comal cheerleaders advance to national level
Cheerleaders from Canyon High School and Canyon Middle School won first place in their divisions at a Universal Cheerleaders Association competition Saturday afternoon at the Stra-han Coliseum in San Marcos.
They will next compete at the national UCA championships in Florida.
Smithson Valley Hgh School’s cheerleaders took second place in their division of the competition, which drew teams from about IOO Texas schools. They also will compete in the Florida competition.
women s cnamoer to erect officers at Tuesday meeting
The New Braunfels Women’s Chamber af Commerce detect a board'at an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pinto Ranch Grid.
A mixer before the meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
Ginger Purdy and other members of the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce will speak at the meeting.
For more information, call Susan Phillips at 609-5030.
Canyon students eaM cardo to rated funds *
Canyon High School’s senior class is selling “all star cards" to raise money for Project Graduation, a drug-and-alcohol free party for graduation night. The card offers discounts from 16 New Braunfels merchants and can save up to $316.
To order the cards, call 606-0729.
Ajgla Moms aal cookies to support scholarships
Orders are now being taken for the annual Aggie Mom traditional German Christmas cookies. The selections are pfaffen-brod, mandel kranze, wiener zollen, molasses platzchen and zimmsteme. The cost is $3 per dozen. Orders can be placed by calling Ann Kuehler at 625-6100, Karon Haas at 629-6304 or Wallis Haas at 625-2832. Orders are to be picked up Dec. 8 at Canyon High School.
Proceeds provide scholarships for Comal County students entering Texas A & M University
Retired teachers plan pro-gram on annuities
Kathryn Hornsby of Norwest Bank will speak on annuities at a meeting of the Canyon Lake Retired Teachers at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Rio Raft Conference Center on River Road in Settler.
■state planning seminar set for senior citizens
The Senior Citizens Center of Comal County is offering a program on “Estate Planning Strategies for Tomorrow" from 10 to 11:30 arn Monday at the center at 655 Lunda St.
in New Braunfels.
48 pages in three sections ■ Sunday, November 17,1996
Serving the Comal County area fa more than 144 years ■ Home of Bill
Vol 144, No. 265Marion superintendent resigns to take on a ‘new challenge’
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The New Braunfels Independent School District is not the only area school district putting up a help wanted sign for a new superintendent.
Marion Independent School District Superintendent Craig Stockstill announced at the district's board meeting Wednesday night that he has accepted the superintendent’s position at Whitesboro near Denton.
“It was a matter, basically, of a new challenge,” Stockstill said. “I have been in Marion for IO years. It seems like I moved here yesterday.” Stockstill said Whitesboro is closer to his hometown of Weatherford, which is 90 miles from Whitesboro, and closer to the University of North Texas where he earned his master’s degree.
The move also allows him to work on a doctorate from North Texas, if he chooses to, Stockstill said.
Stockstill said he will sign the contract with Whitesboro on Dec. 2. He said he will take over the district New Year’s Day.
While he is looking forward to his new job. Stockstill said it was a tough and emotional decision to leave Marion.
“It was really very hard,” he said. “My daughter, Kristi, grew up here, attended school here and graduated from Marion High School. I have many good memories.”
Trustees’ private session upsets NBISD officials
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By DENISE DZIUK and ABE LEVY
Staff WritersCheer Fund set for its 15th holiday season
By DOUG LOVEDAY
A Christmas program dear to Herald-Zeitung employees is marking its 15th anniversary this holiday season.
The newspaper’s Christmas Cheer Fund is again soliciting donations, which will then purchase Christmas food packages for this area’s most needy families.
The Community Service Center provides a list of families that are in need to the Herald-Zeitung, according to Carol Ann Avery, the paper’s circulation director.
“We don’t have the time or facilities to check out the names,” she said. “There are also many, many organizations that do this kind of thing every year, so most try to go through a central location so there’s not a lot of duplication.” In its first year, the Cheer Fund delivered food packages to 60 needy families, collecting $1,782.70 in donations.
Last year, 200 families received the Christmas food gifts, with more than $3,410.97 donated by local residents and merchants.
“People have been wonderful ... and they’re real good about volunteering their time and energies and money,” Avery said.
Money donations are preferred, but Avery said food donations will be accepted if the food is not perishable, and it must be unopened.
Food packages will be delivered the weekend of Dec. 21. Anyone wishing to volunteer to deliver packages should contact Avery at 625-9144.
Cash donations will be taken as long as they come in and will be placed in an account at Texas Commerce Bank.
An informal Tuesday evening meeting of three New Braunfels Independent School District trustees and two members of a high school committee on accelerated block scheduling has alarmed school administrators who A meeting between trustees and teachers has caused the interim principal at New Braunfels High School to question how long she want to remain in the position. See story on 3A.
The New Braunfels Independent School District’s Board of Trustees has two meetings this week. See story on 3A.
say it marks the continued erosion of trust.
Trustee Steve Weaver confirmed that he invited the board’s president, Jaime Padilla, and vice president, Dr. Carlos Campos, to the meeting at the Guadalupe Cattle Co.
Weaver said the meeting’s purpose was to receive an update on the proposed block scheduling plan that a consensus building committee will present at a board meeting this week.
The district formed the committee in Apnl to look at the high school schedule after parents and teachers voiced concerns about it. The main concerns deal with the lack of math and English on a daily basis and impact of extracurricular activities, which can account for a fourth of a student’s day.
New Braunfels High School teacher Joannie Garza and parent Rae Ann Roeder, both committee members, discussed the proposal to the scheduling plan and answered trustees’ questions for 30 to 45 minutes, Weaver said.
Weaver said the meeting was a gathering of friends, including parents and at least one teacher who helped in his campaign for block-scheduling reform.
“I’m disappointed that I’ve been accused of doing something wrong,” Weaver said. “It’s unfortunate that they’re trying to make a big issue about this. I, as a board member, am trying to make an informed decision. A good board member better understand what he’s voting on.”
Karen Simpson, the intenm principal at New Braunfels High School and head of the committee, said the meeting thwarts her efforts to provide stability to the high school after its top two administrators asked for reassignment following similar events earlier in
'It’s unfortunate that they’re trying to make a big issue about this. I, as a board member, am trying to make an informed decision. A good board member better understand what he’s voting on.’
— Steve Weaver, NBISD trustee
the school year.
“I will be not only stunned but saddened if it’s true that a committee member met with three board members on (the proposed plan),” Simpson said. “I had asked the committee that we work together as a committee and to please not divulge information. It’s not that we have any information to hide, but we don’) want the scheduling to become power.”
After the reassignment of the two administrators. Weaver said he tried to attend the committee’s meeting to learn more about block scheduling.
Weaver said outgoing Superintendent C harles Bradberry asked him to leave, prompting him to contact his friends on the committee, Roeder and Garza. Since then. Weaver said he has not been able to get committee reports.
Bradberry and Simpson said the meetings were set up to be closed to allow members to speak freely on the hotly debated topic.
Weaver said Tuesday’s meeting, actually ended with compliments on Simpson’s performance.
“Morale is as high as it’s ever been,” he said. “It was one of the most positive meetings I’ve been to.” Campos' office reported Friday that he will be out of town until Monday.
Padilla said he attended the meeting in at Weaver’s invitation, which seemed to be an opportunity to learn more about block scheduling.
“The discussion was strictly to get information as to what to expect as far as the block scheduling,” Padilla said. “I was invited. I went and listened and then left.”
Bradberry said the meeting is distressing, because the board promised Simpson dial they would not meet with teachers without consulting her first.
To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760.
v -County's residents have been left out of loop in consolidation plans. See Opinion, 4A