New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
A lot on the line for Smithson Valley tonight. See Sports, 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 ftprn 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hand-held hoses may be used for watering at any time.
16 pages in two sections B Friday, October 18,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years B Home of OLINDA LOPEZ and BELINDA MUSGROVE
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Vol. 144. No. 244
Birthday wishes from tho Harahtfattungf
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Belinda Musgrove, Glenda Lopez, Virginia Brooks, Sue McLane (Saturday), Owen Renfro (Saturday), Justin Minor, Opal Bums, Scott Carney, Keven Witting, Bernie Wells, Patty Pope (Saturday), Keet Slone (Saturday), Krystle Allison (Saturday), Monica McChesney (Saturday), Elizabeth Weisman, Kenneth ICohlenberg, Nora Rodriguez (Oct. 17 belated), Felix Diaz (Saturday), Renee Juarez Jr. (3 years), ranees Johnson (16 years belated), Xavier Tristan, Sammy Tristan (Saturday), and Vanessa Madro.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Alisha and John Mulkey (IO years) and Jeff and Kenna Achter-berg.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Cedar Elm —12
Pigweed -”20 Ragweed —61
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Corned River —174 cubic feet per second. up 3 cfs from Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 622.95 feet above sea level, down .02 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —96 ole Canyon Law WWW —Weis Carryon Law level — IW.44 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 7.549 million gallons of surface water, and no wed water was used Thursday.
Fall danes at Ssnlof Cantar tonight
The Comal County Senior Citizens Center will hold its Fall Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. today, with live music provided by ‘‘Strictly Dancing.” Everyone is invited. Each couple is asked to bring a snack to share at 9:30 p.m. for the buffet: sandwiches, chips-dips, or cookies. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door.
The New Braunfels Republican Women will hold their annual Sausage-Cheese Ball Rolling event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Naeglin’s Bakery on the plaza. Volunteers are needed.
The monthly meeting of the New Braunfels Republican Women is 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.
Topless golf toumment gets cancelled for lack of exposure
By ABE LEVY
An Austin bar, which held a golf tournament earlier this year with topless caddies, canceled a golf tournament scheduled for today at a northwest Comal County golf course due to insufficient participation, officials said.
The Austin bar held a tournament in late spring of this year with about I OO golfers and about SO topless caddies, said P. J. Wright, owner of Rebecca Creek Golf Course. Wright said she contacted representatives of the group about a week ago to confirm their plans to hold another such
tournament today and they said they are canceling for lack of participation.
Wright said she heard of one complaint to the sheriffs department during the previous tournament in late spring but that the sheriff said topless caddies are not violating any law.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said officers went out to the golf course area this summer and determined that topless caddies outside on the golf course would not violate the law.
The only violation, Wright said, would be if the topless female caddies entered the clubhouse, since the golf course property is not classified as a sexually oriented business.
Discrimination charge leveled at commissioners
By DENISE DZIUK
Two Hispanic employees in the Comal County treasurer’s office have filed a complaint with the equal employment opportunity commissioner saying a decision to move the processing of employee benefits hurt their job opportunities.
The complaint also states the county commissioners were guilty of discrimination in their 3-2 vote on Sept. 12 to move the responsibility of processing employee insurance from the treasurer’s office to the human resources office.
The treasurer’s office retains the correspondent responsibilities, including payroll deduction and pay
ments to insurance companies.
‘'We did it for one purpose,” County Judge Carter Casteel said. “To make things easier for the employees, and we stand by that decision.”
Irma Camareno and Hilda Medina were responsible for the * work when it was under the trea-I surers' office, and they said they Carter Casteel were not having problems performing their duties.
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City board approves funding for new library
$280,000 designated for project
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The Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation board voted Thursday to designate $280,000 annually for an estimated $3 million project to build a new library in New Braunfels.
The action follows the city council’s decision Monday to pay for the project through revenue bonds at 6.34 percent interest for 20 years with annual payments of $268,800.
The move allows local library officials to move ahead in drawing up architectural plans and other professional service required for the project.
The board earlier this fall approved $225,000 for the library project and promised additional funds once the council indicated how it wanted to pay for the project.
The revenue bonds do not require a referendum but do include hearings at which officials said the public could learn more about the money’s use.
Board members indicated they want to designate slightly more than what the council approved rn expectation that increased sales tax revenue could produce higher payments and quicker retirement of the bond.
The board receives money from one-eighth of I percent of the sales tax revenue.
The board oversees two funds: the capital improvement fund and the infrastructure fund.
The capital improvement fund will pay for the library project.
Each fund was created by a half-cent sales tax increase that voters
The proposed structure would provide nearly 12,000 square feet more for parking than the existing library on Magazine Avenue. _
approved by at least a 2-1 margin last year.
Each fund is expected to climb as high as $500,000 after one year’s collection and as high as $750,000 by June 1997.
The site for the new library building is on about 2 acres of city-owned land on Common Street that is currently under lease to local Little Leagues. The leagues have agreed to move to city land on South Loop 337.
The proposed library building calls for a 25,(KXI-square-foot facility and a 28,(XX)-square-foot parking area, providing nearly 12,000 square feet more for cars than the existing area at 373 Magazine Ave.
The building’s plans also include a separate children's area, study area, tutoring/classroom space, meeting rooms. Internet and computer stations, handicap accessible facilities and a drive-through book depository.
Library officials have said the current facility was built in 1%8 when New Braunfels had a population of 17,500 people. Library officials have sought a new building because the city’s population is expected to reach 40,(XX) by the year 20(X).
Quick implementation of grade weighting system urgedBrackM IMW hold
The semi-annual rummage sale sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Bracken United Methodist Church will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, located one mile northeast of the intersection of FM 2252 (Nacogdoches Rd.) and FM 3009 (Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.).Benefit for Gkiowovos Sunday In Seguin
A benefit dance for Xavier “Hobby" Guerrero and ohildren will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday at the Fiesta Ballroom in Seguin. Donation is $5 per
By DENISE DZIUK
About 200 parents filled the New Braunfels High School cafetorium Thursday night to discuss changes in the high school’s grade-weighting policy, and the biggest concern seemed to be how soon the new system could be implemented.
Assistant Principal Carl Hall said a committee was formed to look at the current policy used for grade weighting, which determines the extra value tougher classes carry when figuring student ranking.
Under the current system, honors classes receive five points and accelerated classes receive three points. A standard class is worth one point.
“It’s not reflected in the transcript that way, but it will be reflected in class ranking,” Hall said.
Hall said colleges look at the difficulty and number of classes students take.
The current system is “outdated” and inflates
the average, Hall said, and the committee has developed a new system it will likely propose to the school board.
“Our job is to educate as many of our children as well as we can,” Hall said. “We think the grade weighting will help us do that.”
The proposed system is a four-tier chart. Classes would be designated as advanced placement/dual enrollment, honors, accelerated or regular.
A final grade for a class has a corresponding grade weight depending on which category it falls into. There is a IO percent difference between the various categories, which is more than what it is now.
‘That’s one of the reason’s the committee was formed,” Hall said. “We thought it needed more weighting.”
A student’s transcript would reflect the actual grade, but the cumulative weights would be used for ranking purposes.
Several parents questioned how this would affect students transferring into the school.
The school will take the weight score from classes taken at New Braunfels High School and multiply it by a factor to make it representative of four years.
Students who transfer in as seniors will be ranked, but will not qualify to finish among the top IO and get to sit on the stage during graduation exercises.
A couple of parents asked whether the Silver Band, the high school’s highest band, should be listed as an honors course.
The two parents said music is important to education, and the standards are stnngent enough that it should qualify for honors status.
The biggest concern expressed at the meeting seemed to be how quickly the system could be put in place.
Many parents wanted to know why it could not be implemented for current students.
The district’s attorney advised the administrators not to implement the change for any current students, with the exception of additional points for advanced placement and dual-enrollment classes, because of the liability the district would be taking on for changing the rules midway through the students’ careers.
Interim Principal Karen Simpson said Senate Bill I prevents districts from changing policies that affect students without giving ample prior notice to parents.
"We’re in direct violation of the law if we try to do that despite all of us thinking it’s the right thing to do,” Simpson said.
Simpson did assure parents the committee and administrators would further examine possibility of earlier implementation.
But she added if the distnct faces any liability, she will recommend making the change take effect for students entering high school next year.County office candidates face off in League of tVomen Voters forum. See Page 2A.