New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Lone Star teacher Ginny Brooke talks to Alvaro Garza and daughter Risela during a parent-teacher conference
Social promotion officially out at NBISD
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Social promotion — or promoting students to the next grade who haven’t yet mastered the skills of the lower grade — is officially over at New Braunfels Independent School District.
Not that it was practiced all that much to begin with, but now , according to a new district policy, no student will be promoted unless he’s metminimum basic requirements set out by the district.
Until this year, NBISD did not have a written policy on promotion, retention and grade placement of elementary students, although there were policies for higher grade levels.
And there were students being socially promoted — although these accounted for only a small percentage of the total enrollment, Oscar Smith, assistant
superintendent in charge of curriculum, said Friday.
Of this small percentage, the students were promoted either at the insistance of the child's parents, or because of the student’s age, Smith noted.
“They (the student) may have lost interest (in that particular grade) or their age is such that it might be best for all if the child were placed in another area,” he said.
The issue of social promotion of students “has been debated in the schools of Texas for years and years — the question of what do we do with them after we retain them,” Smith said in a telephone interview.
“Even the governor has mentioned through his committee for educational study that social promotion has got to Ko.”
According to NBISD’s policy, “the
determination of the grade placement of students” can be based on three things.
The first is the student’s performance on the selected minimum basic objectives in communication skills and mathematics in grades 1-5.
“Each student will be expected to pass 80 percent of both mathematics and communication skills mastery tests with a score of 80 percent or better,” the policy states.
A student’s final year’s average grade in the basic subjects — reading, math, language and spelling — is also used in determining whether a student is promoted to another grade. Each student will be expected to make a final grade of I) or better in each basic subject.
Special education students will be promoted or retained after a decision by
See REPORT CARDS, Page 16
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91 - No. 203Reagan ups ante on Soviet grain sale
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan, under heavy pressure from Republican farm-state congressmen, announced today he is letting the Sov iet Union buy up to 23 million tons of grain this fiscal year.
And he said the United States will guarantee delivery for any grain purchased by the Soviets in November and delivered within 180 days, even if an embargo is imposed for foreign policy reasons.
Reagan announced the decision in a radio speech to the farm belt that was delayed 15 minutes by technical problems with a phone line.
The 23 million tons would be 15 million tons above the current maximum level the
Soviets could import without additional approval.
An administration official, requesting anonymity, said there was no certainty Moscow would seek the higher amount, which would mean the United States would supply more than 55 percent of Soviet imports.
Agriculture Secretary John R. Block told reporters he would stick by his prediction the Soviets would buy 18 to 20 million tons of grain.
Reagan called the embargo imposed by the Carter administration in January 1980 after the Soviets occupied Afghanistan “mistaken,” and said it eroded confidence in the United States as a grain supplier.
“We will honor our word,” he said, announcing that agriculture officials were authorized to make available the 23 million tons in U.S.-Soviet meetings to begin in Vienna, Austria, in two weeks.
“We can’t guarantee the Soviets will make these purchases, but we know they’re shopping,” Reagan said. The Soviet made a major wheat buy from Canada this week and purchase talks are going on in France.
This week, the Agriculture Department lowered its prediction of Russian grain imports from 44 million tons to 40 million tons for the current crop year, giving rise to speculation that the Soviets may not buy as much as the administration is willing to offer.
Sources said the announcement would irritate European allies because the administration penalized Europeans for selling gas pipeline equipment to Moscow while America tries to increase grain exports.
The announcement, less than three weeks before election day, also was being labeled by some as a blatant political move. “It’s a political thing because of the election,” one Republican congressional source conceded.
Block denied Reagan’s announcement was politically motivated.
Anticipating criticism of his decision, Reagan said, “Now, some will say that bv offering to sell the Soviets more grain, we’re sending a weak signal. That’s wrong.
“We’re asking the Soviets to give us cash
on the line for the food they buy,” Reagan said. “We’re not providing them with any subsidies or pumping any western currencies into Soviet pockets.
The address appeared intended to sooth farmers who need a larger export market to help boost sagging grain prices. It came in advance of Reagan's campaign swing through Illinois and Nebraska next week.
The current grain agreement calls for the Soviets to buy a minimum of 6 million metric tons of U.S. grain each year, with the option of buying an additional 2 million tons without further negotiation.
If more than 8 million are wanted, Moscow has to get U.S. approval.Energy audit pinpoints 'leaks' in local demonstration
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Using a huge fan to suck all the air out of a house through a big plastic tube sounds like something out of the movie “E.T.” But for Utilities Manager Bob Sohn, the event was a worthwhile experiment.
Sohn’s home in Mission Oaks subdivision was the guinea pig for an Energy Audit Profile Thursday, using a big fan called an air evacuation unit, also called the “super sucker.” The energy audit was a joint effort between New Braunfels Utilities and the fan’s owner, the Lower Colorado River Authority, and represented the fan’s debut in New Braunfels.
The fan works by removing air and creating a negative pressure inside the house. Then, the auditors can go inside and actually feel where air is leaking back in, trying to equalize the pressure again.
Ideally, a house should have 4 to I air change factor every hour. But with the super sucker, Sohn said, LURA lias found houses with 4, 5 and 6 air change factors. “That basically translates into those people are paying utility bills to heat or cool
4, 5 and 6 houses, instead of just one.”
Sohn’s home registered a 1.8 air change factor in the experiment. But the audit doesn’t conclude on that note. Then comes the advice on how to eliminate all or most of the air leakage.
In Thursday’s case, Edward Sanchez and Robbie Sanders, with LURA, were conducting the audit, with Bill Tepe and Julio Massad of the Utilities observing. After the fan was used, Sanchez and Sanders went back into the house, and pointed out where air was leaking back into the structure.
“They used their hands to feel the air coming in around the doors, which were not properly weather-stripped. The junctures of the window seals were leaking — that being one of those construction problems where the contractor didn’t bring the window plate up to the sheet rock,” Sohn explained. “There were leaks where the rock walls tied into the ceiling, and at all the recessed light fixtures.”
Recessed lighting is one of those "unsolveable" problems, Sanders said. “Recessed lights are pretty, but they are the culprits behind a lot of air infiltration. The problem is from their basic
See ADUIT, Page 16
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
LCRA's Edward Sanchez looks for air leaks in Bob Sohn's house
Polish rioting worsens; slain protester mournedInside
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Rioting exploded again in Nowa Huta after police tear-gassed mourners at a memorial service for a steelworker mortally wounded by police gunfire in a pro-Solidarity protest, informed sources said today.
The riots erupted as fugitive labor leaders urged Poles in Warsaw’s biggest plants to strike in sympathy with others who risked police bullets and tear-gas to protest the banning of the Solidarity union.
There were no immediate details of the latest rioting in Nowa Huta, a steel-producing suburb of Krakow, 160 miles southwest of Warsaw.
Official sources said the disturbances continued until about 2 a.m. (8 p.m. EDT Thursday).
Mourners returned today to a memorial for the slain steel mill electrician, but there were no reports of violence as police blocked streets and clouds of tear gas hung in the air, the sources said.
Officials say the 20-year-old man was killed and nearly IOO people injured in the bloodiest rioting so far on Wednesday in Nowa Huta.
Bodgan Wlosik died Thursday, one day after he was shot by a plainclothes police officer, the official PAP news agency said. It said the officer fired two shots in self-defense after being “assailed and brutally knocked to the ground” during vicious street fighting at Nowa Huta, a model Communist city erected in the 1950s.
Workers pelted police with firebombs, rocks and steel bolts Wednesday and police used tear gas, water cannon and flares.
PAP said a 67 police officers and 27 civilians were injured in that clash and “few dozen police vehicles were damaged.” It said 21 policemen were hospitalized, two of them in serious condition.
Police tear-gassed mourners at a makeshift memorial to Wlosik at a Nowa Huta church Thursday, PAP said. The attack on the mourners apparently sparked the renewed rioting.
Wlosik’s death was the first officially acknowledged fatality in riots spawned by the outlawing of Solidarity last weekToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for fair today and Saturday, and clear and cool tonight. Winds will be light and variable. Sunset will be at 7: OI p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 7:33 a.m.Pro football soon?
Federal mediator Sam Kagel flatly denied that a settlement was near in the National Football league strike, but football-starved fans heard reports that progress was being made for the first time since the strike began last month. Sports, Page 6.World Series
The 1982 World Series shifts to Milwaukee tonight, as the Brewers and the St. Ixiuis Cardinals square off in Game 3. The series is tied, 1-1. Sports. Page 6
Local teenager injured in wreck
A 15-year-old New Braunfels resident was in satisfactory condition today at McKenna Memorial Hospital after being treated for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Thursday morning.
Michael I^e Krueger of 308 S. Willow reportedly underwent surgery at McKenna He was taken there by the Emergency Medical Service at 8:39 a.m. with a fractured leg bone, cuts, bruises and a possible dislocation.
His Yamaha IOO motorcycle was struck by a Toyota two-door at Chestnut and West San Antonio
streets. The Toyota’s driver, 68-year-old Henry Herbert Reeves, was not injured.
According to the police report. Reeves was westbound on San Antonio, attempting a left turn onto Chestnut. The driver, a resident of 447 I Lakeview, told officers an eastbound car, waiting to turn left in the other direction, blocked his view of the motorcycle that came up in the right lane and drove straight across Chestnut heading east.
Reeves made his left and struck the cycle near the middle of the intersection, reports indicated.
Absentee vote total still rising
In its second day, absentee voting for the November general election continued to climb, according to the County Clerk’s office.
A total of 46 in-person absentee ballots had been cast as of Friday morning, a spokeswoman from that office said. In addition, however, the County Clerk’s office has also had 78 requests fro “mail-in” absentee ballots.
Personal-appearance absentee voting, which began Wednesday, will continue through Friday, Oct. 29 at the County Clerk’s office during office hours.
Mail-in absentee ballots will continue to be accepted up until 7 p.m. the day of the election.
Anyone who expects to be absent from the county on Nov. 2 may vote absentee, as may
anyone over age 65, or anyone who is unable to appear at the polling places due to sickness or physical disability.
It has been predicted that the six locally contested county races will prompt many of the county’s registered voters to make it to the polls on Nov. 2 or to vote absentee.
Included among these six contested races is the race for county judge; county commissioner precincts 2, 3 and 4; county clerk’s race and the contest for justice of the peace, precinct 4.
Deputy County Clerk Linnell Hinojosa has predicted that as many as 400 of the county’s 18,000 registered voters will vote absentee in this election.