New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Open school meetings are better, FOI officials say
By DENISE DZIUK
Officials with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas said the New Braunfels Independent School District’s consensus building committee on block scheduling can meet in closed meetings, despite the questions those meetings raise.
NB1SD Superintendent Charles Bradbury appointed the committee in April to look at the accelerated block schedule used at New Braunfels High School to respond to concerns about long gaps between core classes and the impact of extracurricular activities, which can account for a fourth of a student’s day.
The committee is to make a scheduling recommendation to Birdberry, which will then be presented for endorsement at tonight’s meeting of the Board of T rustees.
FOI hotline attorney Rob Wiley said the committee, which consists of parents and faculty, is not a governmental body. It is an advisory committee, which was not appointed by an elected body or headed by an elected official, Wiley said.
The committee does not make policy, so it is not subject to the open meetings act, Wiley said.
If the board had given decision-making powers to the committee, then its meetings would have to be held in public, he said.
Whether a meeting is open to the public is up to the committee, Wiley said.
But „ Nancy Monson, executive director of the foundation, said it would be a good policy to hold the meetings in public.
“The appearance of secrecy leads people to be suspicious of that group, even though there may be absolutely nothing to be secretive about,” Monson said. “When something is done in secrecy, it surrounds itself with suspicion, so why do it? It’s just good public policy to be as open as possible.”
Bradberry said committee members sought the closed meetings so they could air their views and reach a common focus.
He said the members feared they would not be able to speak freely before a large group of people.
Teachers drop grievance against Chafin
By DENISE DZIUK
A group of teachers said they declined to pursue a grievance against a member of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees in the interest of the district.
At a Sept. 3 meeting of the board, Trustee Leo Chafin said 15 to 20 teachers were working to undermine the accelerated block schedule at New Braunfels High School.
The teachers were not teaching
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because they were too busy tearing down the schedule, Chafin said.
Teachers offended by Chafin’s comments asked to be placed on the board’s agenda.
“This concern stems from inflammatory, acrimonious statements and from inappropriate actions by Mr. Leo Chafin,” Lucille McDavid-Neuse wrote in a memo in September to Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
The board scheduled a grievance hearing for Monday night’s meeting, and Chafin asked that it be held in an
McDavid-Neuse said she could not remember a public grievance hearing in her 32 years in education, and the group would not pursue it.
The teachers did not want to help Chafin “make headlines’’ and did not want to further discuss the issue, McDavid-Neuse said.
“We will do nothing to further cause pain and divisiveness in this district,” McDavid-Neuse said.
Teacher Sally Kingsbury said airing their differences in public would not do “any good.”
Baubtn John Prtwttt
Reuben John Prewitt of New Braunfels died Tuesday, November 12,1996, at Colonial Manor Nursing Center at the age of 69 years. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 1996, in Comal Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
hers asked that the meetings be closed when Simpson took over “to allow them to try to get together and get some focus and speak openly.” The superintendent said he only attended the meeting because committee members asked him to explain what he wanted from them, then he also left.
“I think, for a while at least, they had asked that they be allowed to meet and work things out without being quoted,” Bradberry said. “I honored that request, and I’ve never been back. I would hope anyone would honor that request.”
Simpson said the committee members requested the meetings be closed, “because they felt like they would not be able to speak freely” if too many people were present.
She said it was actually a parent that questioned why Weaver was at the meeting.
Although no one else has tried to attend the meetings, they also would have been asked to leave, Simpson said.
This is not the first time the meetings have been closed to the public.
Turman said the committee held about four meetings under his direction.
Of those meetings, only the last two were open to the public for the presentation of reports, Turman said.
“The purpose of the first two meetings was for consensus building and you can’t build a consensus if you have an open meeting” Turman said.
Campos said he attended a committee meeting immediately after his election.
But that was one of the meetings conducted by Turman.
“When (Simpson became interim principal), I had heard they did not want us there, so I made no attempt
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to go,” Campos said.
The other five NBISD board trustees said they have never tried to attend the committee’s meetings.
“I didn’t want to get in there and throw my two cents around,” said Trustee Leo Chafin. “I trust the committee members .... I’m just waiting for them to come to the board.”
The committee has developed a schedule that Bradberry will present to the board at its meeting at 7 tonight for endorsement.
Bradberry said the plan already had the support of the committee, the faculty and the site-based management team.
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Walter E. Ctoorg
Walter E. Georg of New Braunfels died Monday, Nov. 18, 1996, at Colonial Manor Care Center in New Braunfels at the age of 84 years. He was born June 9, 1912, in Comal County to Louis Georg and Olga Johanna (Brandt) Georg. He married Stella Busch Nov. 16, 1947, at New Braunfels. She preceded him in death in 1991. Mr. Greorg was retired after 32 years of employment with the Lower Colorado River Authority. He served on the Poultry Committee of the Comal County Fair for several years. He is survived by his aunt, Alma Brandt of New Braunfels; several cousins and very dear friends, Lawrence and Trish Saunders, Rose Wahrmund, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Boeck, Cindi Wahrmund, Barbie Foerster, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Boeck, Monroe Boeck and Clyde Wahrmund. Graveside service was IO a.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1996, at the Comal Cemetery, conducted by a very close, dear friend. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice New Braunfels.
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Elton Koepp Sr. of Seguin died Sunday, Nov. 17,1996, at Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin at the age of 64 years. Mr. Koepp was a forma1 employee of Zoeller Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Koepp of Seguin; son Elton Koepp Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandsons Chris Albert Rentz of San Marcos, Texas, Jacob John Rentz of Kyle, Texas, Michael Alan Rentz of Kyle and Jamie Koepp of Geronimo, Texas; one great-grandson Michael Alan Rentz Jr. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1996, at the Zoeller Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Comal Cemetery. Visitation will be from I p.m. Wednesday until service time.
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