New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 226
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY
INTY / Home of Judy Akers
October 2, 1991
One Section, 16 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels lierald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Pepper Gutierrez, Tony Martinez Jr., Kristi Reinter, Angie Soto, Viola Jonas, Joann Lagunas. Rey Aguirre, Pete Eoff, Lee Boff, Stephanie “DeDe” Thomas, Sue Phillips, Hector Leal Sr., John Toeller, John Ross Kaderli, Dclicia Montanez, Angelita Guerrero, Anna Lisa Vargas, Jacob Leos and Alfredo Ozuna Acevedo.
Belated birthday wishes to Pat Smith and Judy Akers.
“Happy anniversary” today to Ruben and Rosemary Leal.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Lodge meeting
Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 will host a meeting and social at 7 p.m. Friday. Members are asked to bring a casserole for the meal.Book sale
Friends of the Library Book Sale will be Friday and Saturday from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Caste!! Stuff a bag for $1 starting 3 p.m. Saturday.Yearbook sale
In celebration of National Yearbook Week, the Canyon High School yearbook staff will sell this year’s book all day Friday — including lunch hour and football game — for $28. After Friday, cost will increase to $35. A $5 deposit is required to hold a book. Delivery will be in May 1992;Items needed
Smithson Valley Silver Spurs Dance Team needs donated items for a rummage sale scheduled for Saturday at Buy for Less in New Braunfels from 8:30 a m. to 4 p.m. Funds raised will be used to purchase uniforms and to put in a scholarship fund. Pick up service is available by calling (512) 964-3119or(512) 885-2348.
The Rivercrest Heights Neighborhood Association will host a neighborhood rummage sale from 9 a.m. to I p.m. Saturday at the neighborhood park, located across the river from the Comal County Fairgrounds Take Common Street to Fair Lane to Hillcrest. For more information, call 629-2420 or 620-4049.Life Chain ll planned
Last year, about 700 Comal County residents stood shoulder to shoulder in a cold rain, holding up signs with two messages: “Abortion Kills Children" and “Jesus Heals and Forgives.” That first local Life Chain was pan of what has become an annual nationwide public stand against abcnion.
This year, New Braunfels Life Chain ll is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, along San Antonio and Seguin streets down town.Democratic Women
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Panly cloudy conditions could yield a slight chance for rain this afternoon, when the high should reach about 87. The overnight low likely will be in the mid 60s, with fog gathering toward morning On Thursday, temperatures likely will climb a few degrees with a high near 90, a low near 70 and con linued partly cloudy outlook. A cold front could reach the area by Saturday, bringing cool, windy and wet conditions. For weather details, see Page 2.
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A two-car collision about 6 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate Highway 35 near Schwab Road in Schertz sent one woman to the hospital and totaled both vehicles Natalie Bahera, 24. of New Braunfels was transported by New Braunfels EMS to McKenna Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released, officials said Bahera was traveling south on Interstate 35 in an Oldsmobile Cutlass LS when she lost control and crossed the median, according to witnesses. The northbound vehicle, a 1992 Mazda Navahoe LX with 537 miles on its odometer, was driven by a man. The front left wheel snapped off his vehicle as the front was smashed in. The man was not transported by EMS His name was not available New Braunfels police, fire and EMS units assisted the Schertz Police Department at the accident scene The northbound lanes of IH-35 were closed for about an hour (Photo by Robert Stewart)
NBISD debating guardianshipGood Day
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees at their Tuesday night meeting heard a proposal on a required legal guardianship policy for the district. This would apply to students attending school in the district who do not live with their parents.
“We discussed this six years ago and came to a compromise,” Superintendent Charles R. Bradberry said. “We are aware that we have a number of youngsters in the area who may have lived with an aunt and uncle all their lives.”
The plan would require all students in the district to live with a parent or legal guardian. Presently, a student needs only an affidavit signed by any adult stating that the student lives with them. This also gets them out of paying tuition.
“This is slowly becoming a problem,” said New Braunfels High School Principal John Turman. "Our school district is slowly becoming a sanctuary for students who want to get out of situations at other districts. If they don’t like the rules at other schools they can go to New Braunfels.”
Turman said that NBHS currently has 21 students not living with a parent or legal guardian and that the district has a reputation for being easy to get into.
Trustee Dick Robineti pointed out that a legal guardian would be necessary to sign authorization papers in case of the need for emergency surgery on a student.
“If a neighboring school district changes their calendar (to year-round schooling) all students have to do is find an adult to sign tor them to go to NBISD.”Turman said. “With the possible change in the neighboring dis-
Policy’s enforcement questioned
Student Body President Kourtney Goerges addresses the board.
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
New Braunfels Independent School District Trustees heard a report on a proposed “Student Leadership and Responsibility Policy" that would set a standard of behavior for students involved in extracurricular activities.
“We have had this within the bylaws of the groups hut not as policy,” Superintendent Charles R Bradberry said.
The proposed policy states “no student shall posses, use. transmit, or attempt to poscss, use or transmit, or he under the influence of any of the following substances on school premises during any school term ot off school premises at a school -sponsored activity, function, or event:
• I. Any controlled substance or dangerous drug as defined by law, including but not limited to mar ijuana, any narcotic drug, hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant, amphetamine or barbiturate.
• 2. Alcohol or any alcoholic beverage.
• 3. Any abusable glue, aerosol paint, or any other volatile chemical substance for inhalation.
• 4 Any other intoxicant, or mood-changing, mind-altcnng, or behavior altering drugs.
The transmittal, sale. or attempted sale of what is represented to be any of the above-listed substances is also prohibited under this pol icy."*
The arca of disagreement among board members was enforcement of the policy. Students who hold elective office or positions of leadership in any club or organization or who obtained a position or mem bcrship in an organization by election would be removed from the officer position or membership in the group.
Falling into this category are cheerleaders. National Honor Society, Student Council, Mono-ccras, Pep Squad, Theta I-psiIon Nu. Nu Alpha Theta, athletic team captains and officers in all organizations Any participant in an cxtra-cumcular activity who is not an officer or selected by certain criteria can perform 4f I hours of community service on first offense and 80 hours community service on second offense They will be removed from the orgam/a-
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trict it may even put our tuition program in jeopardy — we may have to build another school just for them.”
It would be better to enact a district guardianship policy than to have to hire more teachers and build more buildings, Turman said.
“This kind of policy seems to be stringent but really it’s a practical thing,” Trustee Bob Clarke said.
Students at Teen Connection, Newk’s Tennis Ranch and similar programs would not be affected by the policy as they already have legal guardian status over children rn those programs, officials said.
Robinett added that another situation to consider is that the policy will help limit gangs who may recruit members and transfer them into the district
The item was presented for discussion and will not be acted on until a future meeting
“For this school year I don’t think it’s an emergency situation,” Turman said. He added that he does recommend a full legal guardianship policy for the district.
“My posiuon is that you have no choice but to grandfather it.” Bradber ry said. “If we have a six year old dropped off here. I don’t know that we could legally keep them out of school.”
Grandfathering would make the policy affect only new students coming to the district. There could be as many as 400 students currently rn the district that do not live with a legal parent or guardian. Bradberry said.
The board also appointed Felipe
Ramirez, as their representative on the Comal Appraisal District Board and appointes Trustee Leo Chafin to the District wide Instructional Goals and Objectives Committee on unanimous voice votes
Trustee Bob Clarke was appointed as alternate to the committee by unanimous vote. Board Vice-President Aguinaldo “Nayo” Zamora was not present at the meeting.
The board also appointed two new teachers. Kimberly Brennan will be a first grade teacher at Memorial Primary and Sharon Link will be an Engl ish teacher at New Braunfels High School.
Also discussed at the meeting was a proposed student leadership and responsibility policy.
In non-agenda items. Trustee Bob
Clarke praised Trustee Margie Rabom tor a letter she wrote to ihc governor that was reprinted in the "New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.” Board President Jean Ward thanked Robinett and Rabom for their letter writing effort in an attempt to get the state to live up to its funding responsibility.
“I want to thank all of you who wrote letters to Austin. Robinett said. “We finally did get the $951,188) (Assistant Superintendent for Finance) Lonnie (Curtis) deposited it today"”
Curtis said that the money represents the first of this year's money from the state as well as the remainder of last year’s funds. Hic money does not reflect any of the pro-rata losses suffered by the district last year
Bungy Over Texas needs more insurance
The Slate Board of Insurance has ruled that a Comal County bungee-jumping enterprise qualifies as an amusement ride and falls under the state amusement ride safety program, according to the Comal County attorney.
Because the Amusement Ride Safety and Inspection Insurance Act applies. Bungy Over Texas will be required lo acquire a Stale Board of Insurance certificate certifying that the business has at least $1 million of bodily injury liability insurance coverage tier incident, said County
Attorney Nudum Rhein lander At the least. Bungy Over Texas doesn’t currently have the necessary state certificate, be said.
Tlv insurer also is required to make annual inspections of the facilities, Rhetnlander said.
“What this means is that we are going to give them notice today that they must within IO days time furnish to us a certificate of insurance from the Slate Board of Insurance,” Rhem-lander said. “If they don’t, we are going to be seeking a temporary restraining order to immediately close
them until such time as they can turn ish that to us.”
The ruling was requested by Coon ty Judge Carter Casteel and officials from the Texas Department of Health, the U.S. Consumer Safety Products Council and the Department of Labor
The State Board of Insurance staff ruled that bungee-jumps fall “well within" the definition of amusement rides in the Texas Insurance Code
Bungee Over Texas representatives couldn’t be reached for comment.
Charter panel seeking session with council
By MARK WARNKEN Stall Writer
The 1991 New Braunfels City Charter Review Committee on Tuesday began an in depth review of the chiplet and outlined items to be discussed with the City Council.
The committee plans to request a
special meeting with the Qty Council lo ask questions and get opinions about suggested changes to the charter. Committee members, meeting in the New Braunfels Middle School library, developed a list of topics to discuss with the council (hiring a pagc-by-page review of the first five
sections of the charter and part of the sixth sec (ion.
The committee also began to for mulate possible charter amendment recommendations to the council but made no final decisions Mayor James
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Bank building's option offered as Hummel site
The Hummel Museum came one step closer to reality Wednesday morning when the regional director of Victoria Bank and Trust offered lo exercise his bank’s option to purchase the former First Federal building downtown on behalf of the county and the Hummel Foundation
Victoria Bank and Trust Regional Director T.L. Walker said at a breakfast meeting thai his organization will buy the First Federal drive-through and will add a “lobby” ai that site to offer Victoria customers a downtown facility.
The Saltier First Federal facility. Walker said, however, will not be purchased by Victoria because customers in that area already arc served by the Victoria Bank there In San Marcos, he said. Victoria Bank will purchase the First Fedcial dove through facility but will not buy the main building
And, he said. Victoria Bank will maintain a facility in Wimberley with the pi rh— of the former First Federal building there Walker also announced that the hank has made a decision to close opera-Lions in the former Executive Banc location on Immune 35 Victoria Bunk and Trust recently acquired control of the failed Executive Banc s deposits.
“We have not been able to work out a satisfactory lease arrangement (at the Executive Banc building),,” Walker said “We will continue to service those customers at the downtown drive-in and our Walnut facility ”
Officials of the Hummel group now will meet with Comal County and
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