New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYMadison upsets district-leading Unicorns. See Page IB.
New Braunfels water use restrictions
The city's normal year-round water restrictions have been instituted. No sprinklers or sprinkler systems may be used from 10 a m. to 4 p.m. Hand-held hoses may be used for watering at any time
22 pages in two sections B Wednesday, October 16,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years B Home of GEORGE BRUCKS
Vol. 144, No. 242
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Donna Barclay, Marie Garza, Becky Jentsch, Gertrude Soefje (88 years), Joseph Benjamin Spence (I year), Mildred Neill, tole Holster. Bronwen Schuetz, George Breeks (75 years), Julie Wallace, Raymond Ybarra, Chuck arley, Christopher Medrano (14 years (14 years), Cindy Cagle Magner, George Rodriguez (35 years) and Kenneth Ryals..
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Angie and Ivan Morales (3 years), Deanne and Marcus Purtle, Gilbert and Louisa Alvarez (31 years) and Jorge and Irma Aleman (15 years).
To have a birthday or anniver-, sary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—2,790 Cocklebur — trace Grass —18 Cedar Elm — 8 Pigweed — trace Ragweed —86 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel Figures from Tuesday )
Comal River —171 cubic feet per second, same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.98 feet above sea level, down .01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 101 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 61 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.49 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 7 409 minion gallons of surface water, and no wan water
was used Tuesday
LWV hosts another forum Thursday
The League of Women Voters will host a public forum for local candidates in the November election. It will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the NBISD Board Room, 430 W. Mill
The candidates remarks will be followed by a question and answer session. For more information call Darlene Hicks at 629-5167.
Republican Woman welcome senator
The New Braunfels Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Monday at the Comal County Republican Headquarters, 204 W. San Antonio St. The guest speaker will be state Sen. Jane Nelson, who will discuss “Initiative and Referendum." Members are asked to bring a covered dish. Guests, including men, are welcome to come hear Sen. Nelson.
Clothing drive now accepting donations
New Braunfels Utilities along with other area businesses are sponsoring the “Share the Warmth" clothing drive this year. They will be distributed from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall.
Fund-raiser sat for kidney patient
A fund-raiser for Vanessa Carrera, 13, who underwent a kidney transplant, will be from 6 p.m. to 1 arn Saturday at Eagles Hall. Entertainment includes folkloric*), a D.J., mariachi and two bands. Donation is $5 per person.
Comal builders group moots Thursday
The next meeting of the Comal County Builders Association will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Treetops Riverside Grille.
Members and visitors should make dinner reservations by calling Shelly at 625-6939.
Ex-principals fire salvos at trustees
Heated debate highlights nearly five-hour meeting
By DENISE DZIUK
After parents and students pleaded to the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Board of Trustees to reinstate two former New Braunfels High School acbnimstrators who werrreassigned earlier this month, the administrators themselves stood
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up and aired the reasons they believe their transfers were necessary.
They even cited personal issues relating to allegations of abuse of students.
Tuesday night’s meeting was the first formal meeting of the school board since it voted 6-1 to reassign the high school’s principal, John Turman, and its assistant principal, Charles Engler, at their requests.
The announcement of those transfers the following day at the high school led to a walkout by about 1,500 students.
Turman told the board and a crowd of about 800 people in the New Braunfels High School cafetorium Tuesday night he had become aware of efforts to undermine his and Engler’s authority during the past school year.
’i’m going to be perfectly brank and perfectly honest, and this may cost me whatever, but so be it,” Turman said.
The former principal said he had heard allegations that Dr. Carlos Campos, the vice president of the board, had said on several occasions over the past year he believed Turman and Engler had been in their positions too long and needed to be removed.
‘‘That’s just rumor,” Campos said, denying the allegations.
Campos also clarified issues Tuesday surrounding his son’s graduation, saying his son chose to play in the band rather than graduate. Rumors had been circulated about his son’s participation in last year’s graduation, Campos said.
Campos said his son did not have disciplinary problems at the high school.
“I think one of the most difficult things for people to understand is the ability to separate issues from personalities,” Campos said. “I want you to know right now, I can separate issue from personality.”
Former New Braunfels High School Vico Princlpel Charles Engler finds wide support among those at Tuesday’s board meeting
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Students, parents air views at meeting
By DENISE DZIUK
Board president Jaime Padilla (left) and trustee Dr. Cados Campos listen ae former NBHS Principal John Turman discusses his recent reassignment.
Turman added that teachers at the high school who were allegedly reporting directly to board members had more “informal authority” than the two administrators, and this was causing problems.'
He said achievements at the high
school were being “minimized” and “ridiculed” to reflect badly on the administrators and the accelerated block schedule.
“This became an intolerable situa-
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About 600 people filled the New Braunfels High School Cafetorium Tuesday night to discuss the reassignment of two of the high school’s top administrators, with several demanding their reinstatement.
Former Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles Engler were reassigned to other positions in the district on Oct. I. The following day, students staged a walkout in protest of the reassignments and in support of the administrators.
“Taking them away is like taking a father from a family because at NBHS that’s what we are, a family,” said NBHS student Summer Scheel.
Students expressed feelings of sadness and shock over the reassignments. The sense of safety and stability of the high school was attributed to the leadership of the two men, and many pointed out the lack of armed law enforcement officers on the campus. Some speakers warned of what might lie ahead for
It was direct insult to this student body to say their walk*out.was Just a way to get out of class.’
’ — Alison Malik NBHS teacher
“I appeal to you to think in terms of the direction you’re going and hopefully change your mind,” said Dr. Donald Bedford, a former board trustee. “Because, instead of going out in a blaze of glory, you’ll go down with our school in a gory blaze.”
Several parents and students called for the two administrators to be reinstated in their jobs at the high school. However, Superintendent Charles Bradberry said nothing had changed, and until then, it is unlikely that they would even want to return.
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Attorney argues NBU can’t be represented by pumpers
By ABE LEVY
AUSTIN - Lawyers for 14 Edwards Aquifer pumpers gave their arguments Tuesday before Senior U.S. Federal Judge Lucius Bunton III in the first day of a hearing to certify class representatives in the Sierra Club’s lawsuit filed this past summer.
The environmental group believes at least 12,000 well owners exist who pump from the Edwards, and the 14 pumpers, including San Antonio Water System and New Braunfels Utilities, should represent all pumpers as a class.
NBU attorney Bert Hooper of Austin argued before the court that NBU could not be represented by other pumpers like San Antonio or Medina County well owners who possess opposite philosophies on maintenance of the aquifer and its springs.
“You recognize the city of New Braunfels is interested in preserving the flow of Comal Springs,” Hooper told Sierra Club director, Ken Kramer, who was called as a witness for most of the day.
Kramer testified that while NBU and possibly the city of San Marcos are different in interest to other pumpers, they must be included in the class because they all
pump from the aquifer.
“Obviously the city of New Braunfels and the city of San Marcos have an interest thin may be somewhat different in respect to maintenance of the springs,” Kramer said.
B“But there are many similarities as well.” NBU’s position in the class-action lawsuit is to support the Sierra Club’s effort for class certification big is seeking to be a class by itself, Hooper said.
“We are not capable of being represented by anybody else because of the divergence of positions,” Hooper said. “NBU is interested in spnng flow. The others may give lip service to protect the springs but they probably could care less.”
Bunton ordered aquifer pumpers to limit usage by 1.2 times their winter base two months ago but the action was blocked by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with a temporary stay in August. Oral arguments for the stay are expected to begin by early December. Bunton is expected to decide on the hearing today.
Forum brings candidates in three county races together
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SMITHSON VALLEY — On the eve of the start of early voting, candidates for three Comal County offices aired their views Tuesday and answered audience questions in a forum sponsored by the Comal Area League of Women Voters.
Approximately 30 people showed up for the forum held at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium. The forum was moderated by League President Rose Marie Eash.
Citizens had a chance to hear Constable Precinct #4 candidates Democrat Jim Sutton and Republican incumbent Ed Mullins, County Commissioner Precinct #1 candidates Democrat Louis “Charlie” Millican and Republican Jack Dawson, and County Attorney candidates Republican Bill Reinter and Democrat Vicki Langham.
The first questions were directed towards Sutton and Mullins and the issue dealt with what a constable’s responsibilities are.
Mullins cited his four-year record in serving warrants for hot checks in his precinct. He said during his four years as constable he has collected $300,000 in hot checks, $65,000 which have gone back to local merchants and $212,000 which have
gone into the county coffers.
“I would like to see it (hot checks) changed from a Class C to a Class A,” Mullins said.
Serving warrants for the collection of hot checks should be left to the sheriff’s department, Sutton said.
“I believe we need to get better services for what we have now,” Sutton said. "We would get better service if the warrants were dropped. It would give the constable more time to do what he needs to do in his district. We need to get our patrols into the neighborhoods and in our business district.”
Mullins said he already has two part-time deputy constables serving under him: one who collects warrants and another who takes care of traffic problems. He said he needs more manpower.
“I would like to have one more full-time deputy,” Mullins said.
Sutton agreed with Mullins on that point.
C andidates Dawson and Millican were asked about their views on the environment, the budget and the effectiveness of county government.
Dawson said the increasing population in Comal County and this year’s drought has made it vital for the county to protect its resources, such as water.
Turn to Forum, Page 5BKeeping up with Baby Jones next step in education of parent. See Opinion, Page 4A