New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Former NBISD chief Bradberry under fire in Keller
By Ron Maloney
A former New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent at the center of an open-records controversy placed himself on leave last week in Keller.
Charles Bradberry, 58, who was NBISD superintendent from 1983 to 1997, took the action at the request of tile president of tile Keller Independent School District board.
Bradberry has been Keller superintendent since he left New Braun
fels. I Us salary is $182,547 a year.
KeUer is located north of Fort Worth, in Tarrant County.
The request came after a school district attorney asked the Tarrant County District Attorney's office to investigate an alleged violation by the school district of the Texas Open Records Act.
A Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist requested information on Oct.
23 and was told by district officials that it did not exist. On Nov. 8, officials discovered that it did exist, and released it on Nov. 14.
Open records requests must be processed within IO days unless an opinion is sought from the attorney general as to whether information faUs under the act.
FaUure or refusal to release public information is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to a
$1,000 fine and six months in county jail.
Assistant District Attorney Ann Diamond said Bradberry and the school district were cooperating fully with the investigation.
“We’re looking at this because it’s been brought to us by the school district," Diamond said. “We don’t have a criminal investigation at tliis point.”
Keller ISD officials did not comment on the situation Monday, referring to a prepared statement by district spokesman Jason Meyer.
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Wildlife season a threat on road
Deer crash claims one life already
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Fuller takes CISD reins
From staff reports
The death of a New Braunfels woman has raised concern of the threat deer and other wildlife pose to motorists.
Nicole Ruby, 30, died from injuries sustained in an Oct. 2 accident in which the driver of a motorcycle, Wayne E. Eaton, struck a deer on Hueco Springs L6op.
Eaton, 38, of New Braunfels, swerved, but hit the deer anyway.
Eaton and Ruby were thrown from
These safety tips are recommended by the Ins-trance Council of Texas
H Drivers should scan roadways for deer; if at night, motorists should look for deer eye reflections.
help watch deer.
University Hospital with major trauma.
The accident points up a danger ort local roadways that increases this time of year — deer jumping in front of vehicles.
Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Brent Paullus said this time of the year is mating season for animals.
“You know the deer are out here, especially this time of year,” Paullus said. “Be aware they’re out there: Slow down and stay alert.”
Many times, Paullus said, motorists see a deer alongside the road and feel that it is safe to drive by.
Don’t be fooled, he said.
“They’ll still run into the side of you.” According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 15 people were killed and more than 1,500 people were injured in motor vehicle collisions with animals in 2000.
Most accidents involving deer usually
H Use emergency flashers or pump the brakes to alert vehicles approaching from behind.
H Deer are often dazed or confused by vehicle headlights When a deer is spotted, drivers should reduce speed but maintain control.
H lf a deer is observed crossing the road, reduce speed Deer are social animals and often travel in family groups, so it is likely that others will follow.
See DEER, Page 3A
New superintendent spends first day touring schools
CISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller shares a story Monday with Bill Brown Elementary kindergartener Kaitlynn Martinez and Victoria Fox. Below,
Now 55, Fuller started Monday as superintendent of Comal Independent School District.
Fuller made her first income as a student of her grandfather, learning how to read at her grandparents’ home in Hemphill, Texas.
Before she started school in 1954,
her grandfather taught her to recbgnize words in the newspaper. He would show her a word on the page. She would inspect the letters, then comb the page for the word.
She earned a nickel every time she found the word repeated and showed her grandfather.
“I learned to read that way,” Fuller said. “I learned to read by sight.’’
When she entered the public school system, she was a little younger than her peers. But her teacher discovered Fuller’s reading ability.
“She let me teach reading in the comer of the room,’’ Fuller said.
The young Fuller was a natural educator, a trade in which she later became a student.
Fuller earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and a master’s degree in educational psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and has devoted 32 years of
her life to public education.
She has moved her way up through administrative posts. She has managed progressively larger districts over the years, moving from Cleveland ISD to Dayton ISD and now to Comal.
Although she grew up in poverty and without a father, she credits her professional success to her home life.
Fuller grew up with her mother and grandparents in Hemphill where she learned “to do everything."
Fuller was taught to be self-sufficient and educated.
“My mother was adamant I would go to college,’’ Fuller said. “She told me it s the only way you’re going to have a better life.’’
Fuller always has encouraged her students with the lesson that education is powerful enough to break
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R Superintendent Jim Grunert is taking personal days through Dec 31. when his retirement will take effect
Photos by REBECCA S. ROGERS/'Herald-Zeitung
left, Fuller tries her hand at blocks with students Joshua Gonzalez. Austin Mueller and Jose Anaya. Monday was Fuller's first day on the job.
By Dylan Jimenez
Nancy Fuller’s education career began before her first day pf school at age 5.
Learning to read early led her to teaching her peers new words in the first grade.
“I’ve always liked teaching,”