New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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By WANDA LASATER Staff writer
Some 170 to 200 persons waited last night, but no apology came from Comal Independent School District trustee president Kenneth Wunderlich.
The meeting was scheduled for the central office, but because of the large crowd, moved next door to Frazier Elementary School.
At the Oct. 7 board meeting, Wunderlich had made the comment in discussing scheduling another parent-teacher conference that May would be the logical time since litte effective instruction occurs in September and May compared to other months.
Comal Educators Association and the Association of Texas Professional Educators as well as several student groups asked that Wunderlich apologize for the remark.
A letter on CISD letterhead signed by Wunderlich was sent to all teachers on Oct. 14.
“I regret having made the comment, in that taken out of context of the discussion, it sounds especially condemning. I, however, did not intend to be critical of teachers specifically, and in fact, did not mention teachers of the CISD,” the letter said.
He ended the letter, “I hope that this letter will serve to resolve the discontent that my comment fueled and that the education of our children will again be your primary goal.”
This letter, however, was not accepted by the two professional groups which both asked for a public apology because the comment was made during a public meeting.
During the trustees’ meeting last night, the overflow crowd waited. About a dozen persons—teachers, parents and students—expressed their opinions backed up with curriculum outlines and homework assignments that there is effective instruction from the “first day of class to the last.”
Jim Rosser, president of the student council of Canyon High School, said his group wanted to express support of the teachers and administration.
A member of the ATPE said that group not
only is concerned about Wunderlich’s original remark but also the reference to “your school system” as opposed to "our system” in his letter. "And the education of the children in the district has always been our primary goal." she added.
Charlie Rose, president of CEA, said that both CEA and ATPE discussed Wunderlich’s letter for about one hour. "And as a matter of public record, the teachers are waiting for a public apology by the president. We assume that the position of the president is representative of the board.”
One parent, David Boatner, said that the group "is making a mountain out of a molehill" and
that the statement did not amount to much when compared with other more pressing matters that should be attended to by the district.
After the last person went to the microphone, the crowd seemed to hold its breath in expectation of Wunderlich’s statement.
But his only comment was to go on to the next item on the agenda.
After the remaining agenda items were disposed of, trustee J.D. Norris dill respond to a part of Rose’s statement.
"Not everything said in these meetings reflects the feeling of the board. There are some individual statements made,” said Norris.
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By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a revised master plan for annexation Tuesday for City Council to consider, wrapping up months of work.
The decisions were painfully arrived at right up until the final vote, when an amendment to include the quarry areas southwest of the city among parcels of land designated for 1981 annexation passed, 4-3.
It was a last-minute change. At a workshop session Sept. 16, the land was designated for annexation sometime during the years 1982-1985. Representatives from industries located there, including U.S. Gypsum and General Portland Inc., thought that was too soon, arguing the city couldn’t provide any services not already in place and wanted the land merely as a tax base.
The amendment’s backers said giving the industries an extra year or more was unfair to residents of the adjoining Solms area, slated for annexation in 1981 as a buffer against Schertz’s expansion.
The plan for the Solms area involves two "fingers” of land north and south of IH-35 along Doeppenschmidt Road and Krueger Lane. Both 500-foot wide strips stop at the present extraterritorial jurisdiction line.
The area between the Krueger I>ane strip and the northwest corner of the Jentsch Acres subdivision constitutes the quarry area.
The rider was attached by member James Goodbread to John Dierksen’s motion to approve the plan as it stood.
"We’ve hashed and re-hashed and re-rehashed this thing for a long time," Dierksen said.
Dierksen and Commission member Lyden Gilman agreed that most of the rock-crushing plants and other industries had been in the area "long enough” to be in
corporated into the city by next year.
The exception was General Portland’s cement plant, which was relatively new and built with the "understanding” the city wouldn’t grow in that direction for some time, they said. Dierksen said 1982 would be a more appropriate year to annex.
"Giving them an extra year would be more equitable. The others have been there a long, long time,” Dierksen observed.
"They went ahead on their program with the understanding that annexation was off a ways,” Gilman said.
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"We’re not talWrtrtrbfmt pud a few
dollars,” he continued. “Portland is in the process of spending $90 million dollars, plus another $7,350,000 to complete the required environmental controls. They’ll have spent close to $100 million here by the end of the year.”
Gilman estimated the cement company’s city taxes would amount to "roughly $200,000.”
Commission member David Hartmann spoke in favor of the amendment, noting the existing master plan, which did not include the quarry area for city expansion, was "simply a guide, not a bible."
"Any industry considering moving there must have had an inkling the city was growing and might some day annex them,” Hartmann said.
"Even if ifs just a guide, ifs the only thing they’ve got to look at. To be fair with them, we should postpone it, and include it in the master plan for a future date,” chairman Bob Reeh said.
Reeh, as chairman, only votes in case of a tie. The final tally showed Paul Bosenbury, Harry Alves, Hartmann, and Goodbread
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Hospital administrator resigns McKenna post
Directors for McKenna Memorial Hospital are looking for a new administrator.
John Svoboda, administrator at the facility for the past nine years, resigned effective Dec. 31., 1980, at the regular board of directors meeting yesterday.
He will be starting a hospital consulting business in the area after the first of the year and will continue to make New Braunfels his home.
"One cannot possibly leave an institution such as McKenna Memorial Hospital without feelings of regret,” Svoboda said in his letter of resignation to board chairman Elliot Knox.
"I will do every thing I can to work with the board to follow through with the construction project,” Svoboda said after the meeting. "No way will my leaving slow it down, and I will be available to assist in any way I can.”
The hospital is now in the planning stages for an expansion of beds and services at the facility. If plans are approved by the Texas Health Facilities Commission, the Comal County Hospital Authority will sell bonds to finance the construction of the proposed multi-story facility which could possibly start next year.
The bright spot in the picture, said Knox, is that Svoboda "will still be in town and have the time to consult with us on the project.”
A search committee to find a replacement for Svoboda will be appointed soon by Knox.
Before coming to McKenna Memorial, Svoboda served for three years as administrator of Fayette Memorial Hospital in I^a Grange. Prior to that he was an assistant administrator and chief pharmacist at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.
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NBISD school board trustees punish students for possession
By JACQELINE SMITH Staff writer
The mischief in the New Braunfels Independent School District continues.
Proof of which was represented last night when the NBISD school board \oled to suspend three more NBISD students foi possession of alcohol while on school campus Their cases considered seperately, three 16-year-old NBISD students were suspended for various lengths of time, which lunged from the end of the current semester to the end of the regular school year.
And after considerable discussion in closed session, the board still could not arrive at a unanimous decision concerning the students. When a vote was called, several board members requested to go on the record as either abstaining or voting against the length of suspension.
Nevertheless, Supt. C). E. Hendricks said all three students were suspended for various lengths of tune because of their possession of alcohol on school campus
And although one student was suspended for the end of the current semester and another for the remainder of the school year, the third student, who was also suspended for the remainder of the school year, still has the right to appeal to the board, Hendricks explained.
Still another case of student discipline was brought before the board’s consideration when Hendricks told them of a student which "shot off firecrackers inside the high school gym during the pep-rally last Friday while everyone was singing the alma mater.” Hendricks said the student, who had "apologized and realized he made a mistake” had been suspended from school for IO days.
Hendricks also suggested to the board that the bonfires which the high school students have planned every year, might not be such a good
idea because "they could be dangerous.” He said during last Thursday night s bonfire, firecrackers were shot off causing fire to shoot into Hie crowd.
And although he was merely offering the topic for the board’s consideration at this tune. Hendricks asked them to consider two facts. One being that every year more than two-thirds of the senior class gets out on the day of the bonfire to build it. And often while building it, “they ride around on the back of open pick-up trucks, which is dangerous,” he said.
Ile also said that many of the "kiddos spend the night out by the bonfire to make sure that somebody doesn’t burn it” and that too is dangerous, he said.
For these reasons, Hendricks said, "we ought to consider the possibility of having a Isuifire just for the sake of having a bonfire.”
In other items, the board was informed that
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Brilab jury asks to hear tapes
HOUSTON I AF) — The federal court jury deliberating the fate of Texas House Speaker Billy Clayton and two others in the Texas Brilab trial asked to rehear five government tapes today.
The tapes requested were:
— Oct. 2, 1979, when FBI informant Joseph Hauser made first contact with defendants Donald Ray and Randall Wood, both Austin lawyers.
— Oct. 18, 1979, w hen Hauser and Houston area labor leader L.G. Moore talked to Wood and Ray in their Austin law office
— Oct. 18 when Hauser was introduced to Clayton by Moore.
— Nov. 8, 1979, when Hauser gave Clayton $5,000 cash in Clayton’s office.
— Nov. 19 when Hay talked to Hauser on the telephone.
Hauser, a convicted swindler, was the prosecution’s main witness in the trial. He posed as an insurance executive trying to get Clayton to re-open the contract for the lucrative state employees insurance program.
The government alleges Hauser bribed Clayton to do so and that Ray and Wood, friends of Clayton, were to help with their influence.
Moore, who is to be tried later, is protrayed by prosecutors as the contact between Hauser and the defendants.
The jury resumed deliberations today after only two hours of discussion Tuesday afternoon.
Attorneys wrapped up final arguments in the six-week trial Tuesday and the case went to the
jury at 3:31 p.iii. The seven women and five men decided to go home at 5:31 p.m.
Clayton, a 20-year veteran of the Texas Legislature, declined to comment during deliberations.
"I have no comment now. The jury is still out.
I will make a statment when the verdict is in,” said the three-term speaker, who had hopes of running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination iii 1982.
During final argumenta, prosecutors described Clayton as a man whose ambition led him to take a bribe while defense attorneys said the key witness against their clients was a "liar, a devil and a con man.”
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