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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas High schools hoops actr NEW BRAL WEDNESDAY November 2001 sections 7 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBHS math scores fall below national average on SATs BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District board members posed a mathematical word prob lem for New Braunfels High School principal Mike Fitsko during Mon days regular If 75 percent of all 412 NBHS graduating seniors take either the SAT or ACT college entrance and if at least half of them match the states median test score for will it be enough to offset the schools recent dip below the national average for math levels Fitsko is counting on now that district officials have come up with ways they hope will improve stu dent performance on standardized The high schools median SAT math score fell below the national average this past as its verbal and total SAT scores did in The schools median SAT math score for 9900 was 509 five points below the national average and 12 points below the schools own scores for the previous While NBHS test scores typically have fared batter than the state it is the national median that school officials use as a barom eter for Fitsko There wasnt huge of a dip in our math but it got our Fitsko Our goal is to stay very We like to be above national Were not just competing against kids in Texas but in See pilgrim i JESSIE Kyndall Drum shows off her turkey as kindergarten and prek classes at Kids Day Out celebrate Thanksgiving Tuesday After constructing their own version of the the pintsized pilgrims at the school sailed over the blue ocean full of fish to Plymouth Rock and feasted with the Native who shared their corn of course with the people with funny Group claims high road in ethics dispute Class gives teens different kind of homework Middle school students deliver food packages BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer When New Braunfels mid dle school teacher Jana Hartner and 11 of her stu dents arrived at a lower income neighborhood on the citys southwest side Tues day to distribute Thanks giving food it meant more than just the schools annual gesture of good This it was for a But to listen to teens enrolled in the schools first service class aimed at pro moting civic the test results are seen in the expressions of gratitude from those whom they When you see their faces and how happy this makes it makes me feel CHRIS New Braunfels Middle School students Cynthia Bustos from Jessica Jose Erica Bustos and Cassandra Zigler deliver a box of food including a frozen turkey to one of 11 families Cassandra an eighth grade It makes me feel glad to know that Ive done some thing good for someone The class stems from the Unicorn Peers Partnership program that now includes more than 50 middle school Hartner The group is part of the New Braunfels Independent School Districts Community in Schools The class involves selected readings and maintaining a daily The is to take the spir it of volunteerism from the oretical to practical There are nearly 30 stu dents enrolled in the service class who took shifts deliv ering food packages through out the I want to help the school and Jose an eighth grade stu Olvera also provides Span ishlanguage translations of announcements delivered daily over the schools public address Next more than 75 NBISD middle and high school youth will volunteer at the state Special Olympics in Hartner Local students already have earned a favorable rep utation as a committed group of volunteers outside of the she When we call the Special Olympics officials and tell them we have several vol they always sched ule us because they know we volun Hartner BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The New Braunfels Lodg ing and Restaurant Associa tion voted 40 Tuesday not to file ethics charges against city council members Robert Kendrick and Debbie Two NBLRA members were absent from the Dan Association pres Henry cited a need for healing after the group decided not to file the kind of complaint that Mayor Stoney submitted Friday against Hotel Occu pancy Tax committee mem ber Mary Williams charged Serold with violating a city ordi nance forbidding public offi cers from influencing deci sionmaking in private meet Serold allegedly spoke in opposition to a NBLRA proposal to vise local tax dol lars to help fund expansion of the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter this past The minutes from Wednes days meeting said Serold attacked the Associations proposal to expand the civic along with Kendrick and attempted to intimidate the association into withdrawing its Henry Were now talcing the high Henry What would we gain by filing a complaint by continuing this thing The healing needs to start Weve fought too long in this We just need to start doing things But the high road does not mitigate the low blow of Kendrick It seems to me that after people call you names and accuse you publicly in the and then back off and say youre taking the high you have to Kendrick Basically what they did qualifies as defamation of character regardless of the fact that Ethics Commission Section 28 of the city charter calls for the ethics commission to have one member from each of the six City Council Districts and one atlarge Terms are concurrent with appoint ing The group meets annually in At Large Daryl Higgins May 2002 District 1 Faustino Gomez May 2004 District 2 Loraine Kraft May 2004 District 3 Linda Lange May 2003 District 4 Rod Cherry May 2003 District 5 Jim Rice May 2002 District 6 Carrie Sisak May 2002 they backed off at the last The liability probably extends past people manag ing the facilities to the fran When people call you names and make false theyre liable for The association issued a statement Tuesday calling on City Attorney Charlie Zech to take appropriate action for infractions committed by city The press release also said the actions this past week of two of New Braunfels elected council members and an appointed committee mem ber have been disturbing and probably City ordinance requires Zecli to conduct a prclimi naiy review of the complaint before sending an initial rec ommendation to the Now Braunfels ethics Serold denied wrongdoing and said she is not a public officer but a volunteer com mittee Gruene road work scheduled to take two years BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer Gruene residents are eye ing nearly two years of con struction work involving bridge and drainage improvements totaling near ly It all starts just in time for Just a few months after a yearlong Gruene Road drainage project is slated for completion in Texas Department of Trans portation crews will start work on million projected intended to make the Gruene Bridge a more pedestrian and Mark project said launching the effort by October See INSIDE Key Code 76 JP Schroeder announces reelection bid FROM STAFF REPORTS Judge William Schroed er has announced that he would seek reelection for 1 Justice of the Formerly it was re designated 1 after Comal Countys The goal was for all justice of the constable and commissioner districts to share precinct A member of the Republi can Party and a graduate of the Univer sity of K a n s a s School of Schroeder previously served 12 years as SCHROEDER district While sewing in that Schroeder formed the Comal County Womens Due to the hard work of countless it is now considered one of the foremost shelters in the Schroedor Schroedor is working on a mentoring program for truant Based on medical and psy chological mentor ing is an excellent way to assist young people who are having problems in Schroeder See ;