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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas 2JO «053    10/22/85 MICROPLEX INC;. MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS, TX 75245 Fredericksburg firm gets FM 3009 extension contract Allan Keller Company of Fredericksburg was awarded the bid on a state highway department project to extend FM 3009 from FM 1863, but a starting date has yet to be set. Keller was the apparent low bidder at $996,611. Several years ago, Keller was the company that constructed the extention of FM 306 to U.S. 281. B L. Hasert, the highway department’s supervising resident engineer in charge of the project, estimates that 135 working days will be needed to complete the project. Keller Co. will build a two-lane highway along county acquired right-of-way that will intersect with Hwy. 46 about a mile north of Cranes Mill Road. Early next year, the highway department plans to extend EM 3009 in the other direction, from FM 1863 to Bat Cave Road. The recent motor fuel tax and vehicle registration fee increases will help fund these improvements. New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday November 28, 1984 25 Cents 26 Pages 3 Sections JfcRV Up close and persona! ARK HfcRAt_D/EI A local student outlines his Christmas wishes for Santa Claus, who just happened to drop in on Tuesday s festivities in Main Plaza. The occasion was the annual switching on of the Christmas lights, and approximately 1,000 locals turned out for the event, coordinated by the city and New Braunfels Utilities In addition to an audience with Santa, students also received apples courtesy of Club CIMA CISD construction price tags given Comal ISI) trustees were briefed Tuesday un five building program alternatives ranging in cost from $16 to $21 million. Mike MeChesney with Bradley, MeChesney and Associates — a San Antonio architectural firm — presented the alternatives, which were based on recommendations from the district’s Long-Range Planning Committee last summer and additional direction from the board. In September, MeChesney told trustees that four Long-Range committee recommendations would cost over $9 million. Those projects were: a new 1,000-student middle school to replace Canyon Middle School, an 800-student elementary school in Bulverde, a 300-350 addition for elementary grades at Mountain Valley School, and a 300-student addition to Sniitlison Valley High School. MeChesney's presentation last night combined those projects in various schemes, which also addressed other conunittee recommendations like renovations and additions at Goodwin Primary, Frazier Elementary, Canyon High School and Bulverde Middle School. “Scheme A Ukes all report items from the committee and instructions from the board last August, and that came to $21 million," MeChesney said. 'At this point, we decided to explore other alternatives,” he added amidst a few chuckles. MeChesney s Sc hemes **B" through **E" were based in-house, independent student population projection of 5.800 CISI) students by 1990 That figure was about 1.000 students less than the projection from the Long-Range demographics committee. McChesney’s figure also represented about a 1,200-student increase over ClSD’s current enrollment. With a cost figure of $16 million, the second scheme involved the construction of a 750-student middle school in the Smithson Valley area, conversion of Bulverde Middle School to an elementary school, and a 120-student expansion of Mountain Valley. The existing Canyon Middle School would also be revamped, but not rebuilt, under this scheme. “Scheme C incorporates A and B, adding a new 440-student facility in the Mountain Valley area and a new 400-student facility in the Bulverde area. In the Canyon area, Canyon Middle School would be renovated and expanded, and the estimated cost of this one is $17,298,000,’’ Mc- See BUILDING, Page 12A Today's Weather It will continue to be fair and mild today, becoming clear and not quite so cold tonight. Expect sunny and wanner weather tomorrow, with a high of 70. Today’s high should reach 65, ‘ dropping to 42 tonight. This morning’s low was 28 and j yesterday's high was 58. Blinding White A Pacific blizzard packing 80 mph winds barged east today after dumping up to 16 inches of snow, knocking out power to 35,000 homes, stranding scores of Oregon hunters, closing interstate highways and sending San Francisco skyscrapers swaying.See Page 8A CLASSIFIED 36C COMICS 8B CROSSWORD 3C DEAR ABBY 3A DEATHS 3A ENTERTAINMENT 7B FOOD 1 6B HOROSCOPE 2C OPINIONS 4A STOCKS 12A SPORTS 9 11A TV LISTINGS 8B WEATHER 3A Brown chosen by CISD board By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Bill E. Brown, superintendent of Caldwell ISD. was hired as the new superintendent for Comal ISD Tuesda> night. The board vote w as unanimous to hire Brown, who said he also had to resign his Caldwell position last night. Brown. 44, will start to work for CISD on Jan. 2. 1985. Meanwhile. Mrs. Gay Watson will continue to serve as interium superintendent as she has since Dr. Edgar Willhelm asked to be released from his contract last summer. "I'm a people’s man. That’s what I call myself,’ Brown said today from his Caldwell ISD office. I ve been here five years. We just built a 122,000-square-foot high school, renovated all our elementary and middle schools and overhauled the curriculum. ‘ In other words, we went from zero to the top. and it was an very emotional thing for me to resign last night But I have a great board and they understood.'' Rrown said Caldwell ISD, located near College Station. is smaller, but similar to CISD. “We have about 300 square miles so we’re about half the size. As a large 3-A school, we fluctuate between 1.700 and 2,000 students, but we're grow ing. •There are five little communities that feed Caldwell. ‘Tm careful when it comes to curriculum, despite some folks’ concern about my professional athletic career. I just say it was great when I did it. Now education is my glory.” —Hill Brown and we got everyone involved in our last bond issue process,’’ Brown added. “If a bond issue is the rout* CISD needs to go, ITI lay things on the table. No fringes Just places to house the kids and educate them " From board comments, that experience with past building programs in Caldwell and Dallas may have nailed the lid down on Brown’s new est 1 ' "Facilities are our number one concern, and Mr. Brown has worked to pass several bond issues.’’ tiustet Carter Casteel said. From all indications, he works like a Trojan and See ( ISD, Page 12A Ray of hope Transplant patient showing progress LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -William Schroeder, an artificial heart beating in his chest for a fourth day today, is joshing with nurses and showing in his eyes the gratitude he feels for “another chance" at life. his doctors say. “This is the first two to three days in something we hope will be a year or two years," Dr. Allan M. lansing, who assisted at Schroeder’s mechanical heart implant, said Tuesday. “The thing I see in his i Schroeder’s) voice and rn his eyes is gratitude and hope — gratitude that he’s had another chance, hope that he’s made it over the first hurdle." said lansing, chairman of the Humana Heart Institute International. where the surgery was performed. Speaking for the first time since Sunday’s surgery after a breathing tube w as removed Tuesday morning, Schroeder asked for a beer, and Milwaukee radio station WKTI sent a case to the hospital, officials said. Schroeder might be allowed to have a beer in the next two to three days, said lansing. After taking ice chips and clear fluids, Schroeder spent some of the afternoon eating grape Popsicles and visiting with his family, officials said. A hospital statement Tuesday night said Schroeder remained rn critical condition and was “somewhat tired from all of today’s activities" but remained stable. Today, I .arising said Schroeder was expel ted to gel soup, porridge and perhaps some soft-boiled eggs added to his diet today. lansing said Schroeder told his nurses that they were doing a "super See HE ART, Page 12A Comfund goes over the top By DANA STELL Staff writer The fact that the goal for the Comal County Community Fund was set at $15,000 higher this year didn’t scare away any contributors. In fact, the people of Comal County exceeded the goal of $115,000 by $4,000 to make 1984's collections to date total $119,102.17. With all the drought and the problems with local industry, we were just really pleased that it went well," said Francas Norris, 1984 Comfund president. "It was an excellent year.” Norris, along with other drive chairmen, gathered on Main Plaza this morning to celebrate the end of Comfund 1984 by raising the mercury on the thermometer. A sign proclaiming, "$119,000. Thank You, Comal County,” was stapled to the bottom of the thermometer. Another victory celebration is planned for ll a.m. today at Canyon I .ake Volunteer Action Center. The more-thdn-200 volunteers who worked on this year’s campaign will be honored at a Dec. 5 reception at 5:30 p.m. at Honors Hall After watching the ceremony, Tinsley Ellis called this the best year yet for Comfund. "Over the years, the way Comfund has been going, this is certainly one of the finest years we’ve ever had. And also that we have gotten out into the county has helped even more," Ellis said. Along with the individual contributions from residents of Comal County, Comfund workers praised the efforts of local industry. Tony Mudford, vice president of Detex and chairman of the industrial drive, said, "1984 is a recovery year for the economy, but it s still not too good I ani gratified with the assistance we got from the industries in the area.” Mudford said many industries gave a corporate gift. and also allowed hun to talk to employees about giving individual donations or participating in a payroll deduction plan. Also at today’s celebration, the Rev. Harold Zirkel, Comfund president for 1985. announced that Stall Cunningham will be next year’s drive chairman. Jesse Garcia, this year's leader, and Bob Kieseling, See COMFUND, Page UA River City I^og Homes sweetened our Cheer Fund pot Tuesday to the tune of $100, and we appreciate the contribution. That brings our current balance up to $1,637.05, which does not include food contrbutions. Briefly, let’s recap the purpose of the project. We’re trying to feed 200 needy local families this Christmas season, and we’re seeking your help in the form of cash contributions or non-perishable food items. Monetary contributions can be brought by our offices at 186 S. Casted or mailed to Cheer Fund, PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, Tx., 78131. Food contributions can be brought by our offices during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pickup of donated food can be arranged by contacting Cheer Fund *00' circulation manager Don Avery at 625-9144 All contributions are tax-deductible. Iii Watch Comal River ........174    cfs    (down    3) Canyon Lake inflow . 153 cfs (down 35) Canyon Dam outflow . 150 cfs (down 7) Edwards Aquifer   ---- 622.68    (up    OI) Canyon Lake level ., 899 96 (down OD LESHE ARIE WALDT HERALD ZEITUNG Frances Norris and Leland Cox nail down the happy ending to this year's Comfund drive ^.000 I I ii# I J hanks ;