New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol 144, No. 233
"Now we're going to light for you."
—An NBHS student speaking to Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Chuck Engler, both of whom were reassigned Tuesday.
Supporters of reassigned administrators
face trustees i
By DENISE DZIUK
Staff Writer I
The Wednesday morning protest • against the reassignment of the New • Braunfels High School principal and * assistant principal continued that after- *
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noon, when about 200 students and parents rallied on the steps of the New Braunfels Independent School District’s central office to question admin- • istrators and board members.
The NBISD board of trustees voted ! 6-1 Tuesday night to reassign Principal John Turman to the position of assistant to the superintendent and Assistant ; Principal Chuck Engler to the posi- ; Hon of assistant principal at Memorial Elementary School and Memonal Pn- . mary School. !
The students waited for about a half ; hour on the steps of the central office before Superintendent Charles Brad-berry addressed their questions.
Parents dropped off their children as the rallying students waved signs and prepared what questions they wanted to ask NBISD administrators and board members. Students cheered as they vented frustration over a situation they said excluded them from the process.
Many of the students’ questions were directed at NBISD trustee Dr. Carlos Campos who was in the building for most of the rally to view a technology exhibit.
The reassignment came as part of the fifth meeting held after Campos and Steve Weaver were elected to the board in August. With the reshuffling of trustees, the majority on the board shifted toward those opposing block scheduling or contract extensions for the superintendent.
Turman and Engler told students during Wednesday morning’s school announcements that the reassignments came at their requests .
A “philosophical difference” prompted the move, Turman and Engler said.
Much of that difference centers on the administrators’ support for the accelerated block scheduling and the majority of the board’s opposition to it.
“They walked out voluntarily, but when you’re not wanted, you’re not wanted.” NBHS junior Liz Grows said. “They wanted to save some dignity and respect.”
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Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
untie* envier undresses students wednesday morning after their walkout The students were brought to the gymnasium for a question-and-answer period with school administrators.
Board members defend action to students
By ABE LEVY
Members of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees defended their decision to reassign two administrators of New Braunfels High School after students walked out of class early Wednesday morning.
In a 6-1 vote, board members voted to move former principal John Turman and assistant principal Chuck Engler to other positions within the district because of philosophical differences with a majority of the board members.
Dr. Carlos Campos said he voted to reassign the two administrators based on the recommendation of Superintendent Charles Bradberry at Tuesday’s board meeting.
He said the vote was not meant to damage the students but that the newly elected board members were elected by a “landslide.”
“I don’t think any of us do anything to hurt children,” Campos said. “We as parents have to make difficult decisions for our children.”
Board member Steve Weaver said he also voted for the change because of Bradberry’s request.
“This was a situation that was presented by the superintendent and the board listened to the superintendent,” Weaver said.
After the last elections, a majonty of board members have said they oppose block scheduling, a reason that Turman and Engler went to Bradberry and requested a reassignment.
Weaver and three others on the board oppose block scheduling while protesting students and the remaining three board members support it.
Weaver said he ran for the board on a campaign to do away with block scheduling.
“The board has a duty to listen to everyone concerned,” Weaver said. “There’s people on both sides of the fence and this was one of the big campaign issues I ran on.”
Asked whether he thinks the board’s decision to reassign
NBHS union Kristi Him sod Bt Hit ny WH Word comfort ono another during • question md answer session Wednesday with school administrators.
‘I don’t think any of us do anything to hurt children. We as parents have to make difficult decisions for our children.’
— NBISD trustee Dr Carlos Campos
Turman and Lingier will ultimately hurl students Weaver said:
“No, I don’t. I think this board is very concerned about the welfare of tile students in the district. It’s a situation that some of the people are not going to like. That’s part of being a board member - setting policy and reviewing policy and trying to do what's in the interest of students. I’m prepared to stand by the recommendation of the superintendent.”
Board member Anne Miller said she can sympathize with the protesting students.
Miller, who is for block scheduling, said she voted for reassignments because a majority of other board members refused to support Turman and Engler, who also support bkjK-k scheduling.
•“I think they needed to be heard and this was their way of doing that,’ Miller said. “I’m very pleased with tlx.- way (Turman and Engler) handled what was going on. It’s been voted on. I don’t know if there’s a way to undo what’s been done.”
Board member Bette Spain, w ho is for block scheduling, echoed Miller’s reasoning for voting for reassignment.
“I thought the best solution was to give them some dignity and respect, which they greatly deserve, and follow through with their request to get someone the majority could support,” Spain said.
Local group blasts EAA water rules
By ABC LEVY
SAN ANTONIO — The proposed drought management plan of the Edwards Aquifer Authority met criticism from about 50 speakers from Bexar and eastern counties along the aquifer during a public hearsed related stories/editorial, pages 3 and 4
The authority has until March 3 to make changes and give its final approval. The EAA’* next regular meeting, set for Tuesday at its San Antonio office, is expected to include discussion on changes to the current plan.
Elected officials, water suppliers and representatives from the golf, pool and tourism industries from across the aquifer region expressed disapproval for the plan that is designed to manage the aquifer’s use during critical periods, such as this past summer’s drought.
Many New Braunfels officials attended
Hmm ar* unfair nil**. Especially for those of us who have boon drinking river water since 1991.’
— New Braunfels City Councilwoman Cathy Talcott
the hearing and described the city’s investment to convert its dependence from the aquifer to surface water.
, “These are unfair rules,” City Councilwoman Cathy Talcott said. “Especially for those of us who have been drinking river water since 1991.’’
Even San Antonio representatives criticized the plan for not covering irrigators despite changes made two months ago that increased pumping limits above what San Antonio Water System was then using.
The changes also allow SAWS not to include water lost due to main breaks in reporting its total water usage.
Universal City Councilman Dan Whealan said the plan will nm allow his area residents to sufficiently water their landscapes to protect the foundations of their houses.
Downstream users said the plan does not adequately protect Comal and San Marcos springs that fed up to 80 percent of the Guadalupe River during the summer’s drought.
Under normal conditions the springs feed only about 25 percent of the river’s flow.
JetTy James of Victoria said recent rains have helped, but the river flow is at 59 percent of the its norm for this time.
“We don’t feel we’re out of the woods at this point,” James said.
Bill West, general manager of the Guadalupe-BlancO River Authority, echoed James’ remarks.
“Early curtailment of discretionary (water uses) is critical to avoid curtailment of essential uses,” West said. All 15 seats on the authority board are up for election Nov. 5.
HerakJ-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Local officials await their turn at the podium Wednesday during a public hearing in San Antonio to discuss proposed EAA emergency water rules.San Antonio’s EAA members get lesson in planning from New Braunfels contingent. See Page 4.