New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152, No. 283 14 pages, 2 sections
00001Redistricting plan splits New Braunfels
New map could increase GOP’s House delegation by 5 seats
From staff, wire reports
A congressional redistricting map unveiled Thursday gives back to Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, much of downtown New Braunfels that was in his 28th Congressional District before 2001.
Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, will keep the rest of Comal County in the 21st district.
The map, brokered in a conference committee of House and Senate leaders, will be voted on today by both houses of the Legislature. If it passes, it will be sent
to Gov. Rick Perry, who is expected to sign it into law.
Another bill to be considered today would push back the Texas primary election to March 9 to allow time for new congressional districts to be incorporated on the ballot.
The map is expected to increase the state's House delegation in Washington, D.C., by at least five Republicans.
Democrats currently have a 17-15 majority.
Smith said Thursday afternoon he was relieved he would continue to represent the majority of
“I think I lose downtown New Braunfels, but that’s the way it was for IO years from 1991 to 2001,” Smith said. “So this new configuration is really not new tome.
“I’ve represented Comal since I was first elected. I love the people there,” Smith said. “My sister lives in New Braunfels. I will look forward to working hard to continue to represent Comal County residents.”
District 73 Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said the map would work for her constituents
and for the state of Texas.
Casteel’s district includes Bandera, Comal, Gillespie and Kendall counties.
Bandera and Kendall counties would become part of San Antonio Republican Henry Bonilla’s 23rd Congressional District.
“I suppose no map’s going to make everyone happy. I would have, of course, preferred to have all of my district in Lamar (Smith)’s district," Casted said. “Some people won’t like the county being split, but that’s
See MAP, Page 3A
Fuller says she’s ready for CISD job
By Dylan Jimtnsz
Nancy Fuller, finalist for Comal Independent School District superintendent, is no “rookie" and will be able to manage the large district, she said.
She wants to lead the district to challenge herself, she said.
"I have not been a superintendent of a large district, but I do have a considerable amount of large district experience," Fuller said.
CISD trustees chose Fuller from 70 appli
cants to replace Superintendent Jim Grunert when he leaves Dec. I.
Fuller said she hopes to streamline management and increase communication so district leaders can work better as a team.
Fuller is superintendent of Dayton ISI). Like CISD, Dayton ISD is a fast-growing district.
Standardized test scores are higher and there is more money in the bank than when she got there, she said.
“I feel like my mission there is done, and now it’s time to go on to a bigger challenge,” Fuller said.
Escape School a ‘proactive approach’
By Ron Maloney
Andrew and Evan Zigler ate popcorn with their sister, Jayme, and her friend, Katelyn Fredrick, Thursday night.
They met Mayor Adam Cork for the first time.
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“This is a proactive approach to safety — in particular, child abduction.” Myers said. “The problem we have is this subject is not talked about nearly enough because we think it scares children.”
Myers said his program was designed to work on two levels at the same time. While lie was educating children through role-playing situations, he was also communicating with their parents.
Friend of the bard teaches Shakespeare
English students learn poetry from Renaissance educator
By Dylan Jimdnez
Iambic pentameter might sound like Greek to most high school students, but Shakespeare still got a few laughs at New Braunfels High School Thursday.
Duncan Robertson Inches, a Shakespearean actor from New York, performed a mixture of lecture and theater designed to familiarize students with the 16th century writer, lecturing in in Shakespeare’s poetic style, iambic pentameter, which consists of ten syllables per line.
Inches is in Texas for the Texas Renaissance Festival and will be visiting IO Texas schools to teach Shakespeare.
He tries to explain Shakespeare’s characters and humor in the context of the bard’s life and times. The interactive exhibition aims to get students excited about Shakespeare.
“Even though they might not understand everything, I love to see kids find out that Shakespeare was an individual who wanted to be entertaining,” Inches said.
Inches, an actor and educator for 30 years, teaches students that Shakespeare was a real person who wrote in a specific way and created characters to accomplish a desired effect.
English and theater classes saw tile act this week, and many will read Shakespearean plays this spring.
Shakespeare’s sonnets are studied all year, and NBHS teachers try to include his works throughout the curriculum, said Sharon Zillmann, English department head.
She praised Inches’ ability to teach Shakespeare to students. He reinforced some of the things she tries to teach students.
“He tells them the language is tough, but you don’t have to get every single word,” Zillmann said.
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— Iambic pentameter •from Act I. Scene V of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet'
Duncan Robertson Inches, a Shakespearean Braunfels High School English students
actor from New York, lectures to New Thursday Inches will visit 10 Texas schools.
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Under a redistricting plan introduced Thursday, Comal County mostly remains in District 21, but New Braunfels would be split into two districts.
See ESCAPE. Page 3A
Jake Hoffmann, right, portrays the “bad guy" in a pretend abduction while Daniel Reed tries to figure out a way out of the “car” during Escape School Thursday.
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