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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New    « Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today Well users with addresses ending in 8 or 9 can water today after 8 p.m. AHerald /jDI I JNG Vol. 149 No. 214    18    pages    in    2    sections    September    I,    2000 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents SV bragging rights West Comal high school wins appeal, gets recognized rating K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Richard Rathburn’s eighth period Algebra ll class works on homework assignments Thursday afternoon. Smithson Valley High School was upgraded to a recognized rating by the Texas Education Agency. By Heather Todd Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School rated as one of the state’s recognized campuses, despite a rash of bomb threats this past spring. Smithson Valley High School is the first high school in Comal County to get a recognized rating, the state’s second highest rating, from the Texas Education Agency. TEA notified Comal Independent School District officials Wednesday the schools rating had been changed to recognized. Principal Brad Williams said “This is vindication that what happened last year is not what this school is about. Even through all that, our attendance went up. I’m grateful to the kids. They really fought through it.” TEA released Academic Excellence Indicator System reports Aug. 17 rating public schools and districts throughout the state as exemplary, recognized acceptable or low performing. TEA rates public schools on three factors — Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test scores, attendance rates and dropout rates. TEA initially rated SVHS acceptable because the school’s 1998-99 attendance rate was 93.9, or a tenth of a percentage point below the requirement. A school has to have a 94 percent attendance rate to be in the recognized category. See SVHS/3A SVHS Stats ATTENDANCE RATE 94 8 DROPOUT RATE All students - 1.4 percent; African American; 0; Hispanic - 3.4% percent, white -1.1 percent; economically disadvantaged -1.1 percent TAAS PASSING RATE: Reading: All students - 95.1 percent; Hispanic - 84.1 percent; white - 96.5 percent; economically disadvantaged - 84 percent Math: All students - 93.5 percent; Hispanic -86.7 percent; white - 94.4 percent; economically disadvantaged - 81.3 percent Writing: All students - 94 A percent; Hispanic - 93 percent; white - 94.6 percent; economically disadvantaged - 89.8 percent County sets $19 million, 2001 budget By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners adopted a $19 million budget for 2001 Thursday evening. The budget includes 3 percent pay raises for county employees, 5 percent for elected officials and IO percent raises for commissioners. The pay of County Judge Danny Scheel will be unchanged by the new' budget. “I’m happy with what I have," he said. Also included in the budget will be additional spending in the county court system and sheriff's office that will pay for newr personnel to include five new deputies as well as upgrades in the county’s computer services department. The tax rate, set to be adopted on Thursday, Sept. 14, will be unchanged from this years 32.4 cents per $100 valuation, which means the county tax on a $75,000 home will remain at about $240. In a pair of public hearings held Thursday, commissioners heard from only one county resident. Star Carey called on commissioners to raise the pay of all 600 county employees by $5,(MWJ each as a step toward making county salaries more competitive with the private sector. He also said he thought commissioners should have sought larger raises than they had making note of the 24 percent raise Bexar County commissioners voted themselves this week. “You commissioners are liked more than you know and respected more than you know,” Carey said. “You only heal- from the people who disagree with you. I don’t see why this county — the best county in Texas — should not pay better. Vote for yourselves a sizeable increase because of w hat it will mean for our future!” In Texas, the only way for a commissioner or county judge to get a pay raise is to vote for it themselves. Scheel, who has long warned that the county should raise salaries lest it one day find itself getting what it pays for, acknowd-edged Carey’s concerns. “We're doing what we can,” Scheel said. Commissioner Jack Dawson, who voted against the pay raise for himself in earlier hearings along with Commissioner Jay Minikin, noted that the raises Carey proposed would cost the county $3 million. “That’s IO cents on our tax rate,” Daw son said. In the adoption vote that followed Thursday’s second public hearing The 2001 budget is up more than 8 percent from this past year’s $17.5 million budget. The county did not have to raise the tax rate because of nearly 13 percent growth in the county’s property values during the past year. Minikin, who still harbors reservations about the pay raise, cited it along with his feeling that the county shouldn't subsidize other taxing entities — namely the rural fire protection and emergency services districts — among his reasons for casting the sole vote against the budget. “I think we should have done a tougher job on the budget in order to present at least a I -cent reduction in the tax rate,” Minikin said. “I don't support a IO percent increase for commissioners. It can give the public the impression we’re self-serving; that we're only out for ourselves.” Parents who lost child warn others about unlocked cars Photo submittedPaul and Shelley Goodwin’s daughter D’Lauren would have been 3 on Thursday. By Heather Todd Staff Writer Paul and Shelley Goodwin repainted their daughter’s room just the way she would like it — the walls are bright yellow and the lyrics to a children’s rhyme encircle the room. Bright flowers, raindrops and big, red ladybugs — their daughter's favorite also decorate the walls. The Goodwins say the cheerful, bright room keeps the memory of their daughter alive — a 2-year old they remember as playful, independent and full of life. The Goodwins lost their daughter three months ago w hen she became trapped in a hot, unlocked vehicle.. D'Lauren would have turned 3 years old Thursday. To honor her memory and her life, the Geronimo couple has a mission to help other parents protect their children from similar accidents. “I want to help at least one parent or family to not go through what our family is going through,' Shelley said. “We want some good to come out of this.” On Memorial Day, May 29, Shelley Goodwin said she woke up feeling sick and felt progressively worse. Later that day, her husband took her to the emergency room. The Goodwins left their 14-year old son. Dustin, in charge of his two younger siblings. Dustin often was left at home with the children and was a responsible caretaker, the Goodw ins said. Shelley Goodwin said Dustin was outside finishing his chores about 6 p.m. and younger sister D* Lauren was playing in a sandbox. Dustin turned his back for a few' sec onds and D’Lauren was gone, she said. Because his parents w ere just leaving for the hospital. Dustin believed D’Lauren went w ith them. Later, when Dustin went back into the house, he and younger brother Dakota realized D’Lauren was missing. “They saw the dome light was on in my station w agon parked in front of the house, and they ran out there,” Shelley said. The two brothers found D’Lauren in the back seat, wrapped in a towel. See DLAUREN/3A Patrolman injured in suspect pursuit From Staff Reports A New Braunfels motorcycle officer broke his leg Thursday morning in an accident during a police chase. Officer Frank Moreno suffered a fractured lower leg in an incident oft' Laurel Lane shortly after 11 a.m.. John Wommack, traffic supervisor for the New Braunfels Police Department, said. Moreno was hurt as he helped chase down a suspect w ho bolted from officers during a narcotics investigation, Wommack said. The suspect w ho attempted to escape, Gregorio Castilleja 111, 24. of New Braunf els w as captured and jailed. He was booked for felony evading arrest resulting in serious bodily injury and resisting arrest. No bond was set on the first charge. On the second, bail was set at $ I JKK), said an official at the Comal County Jail. Another man was detained and may have been arrested in connection with the case, but no other details were available Thursday night. Wommack said the incident and Moreno’s resulting injury grew out of a situation in the parking lot of the Albertson’s supermarket locat ed at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Landa Street. A narcotics detective asked a patrol officer to stop a vehicle, Wommack said. Patrol officer Lorenzo Morales stopped the car and Castilleja reportedly ran toward a nearby apartment complex. Moreno followed him into the complex on his motorcycle. Wommack said, and was hurt in the chase. More details on the accident were not available, although Wommack said the motorcycle was not damaged.Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-8B Comics..............................3B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2A Key Code 76Holiday camper CHRIS PACE Herald-Zeitung Tom San Pedro of Lubbock sets up his family’s tent Thursday afternoon at one of the campgrounds off River Road. San Pedro plans to stay the entire Labor Day weekend. ;