New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Students packed into some NBISD schools
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
New Braunfels Independent School District see.ns to be busting out of its buildings.
That situation has a double edge. Supt. Charles Brad-berry told the NBISD trustees. Growth is good, but are there enough teachers to go around?
Bradberry told the board Tuesday night that the district’s population grew by 141 students this year. Most of the growth occurred in the fifth and sixth and eighth and ninth grades, he said.
"Most of our kids showed up on the first two days (of
school) this time,” Bradberry said. He explained that the district’s population doesn’t usually even out until the second week of school.
“Somebody did a good job of getting them all in," Bradberry said.
The district has grown from 3,900 to 4,169 students in the last five years, Bradberry said. There’s more growth up the line, and that’s where the problems begin, he said.
Bradberry concerned himself with overcrowding in NBISD schools, espcially at the primary and middle school levels. Although ideally he would like to see 24 students in each class, some classes have as many as 28 or 30 students,
Bradberry expressed fears that such class populations would hinder teaching and learning.
"Most all the basic skills are introduced in the first two years,” he said. The skills are reinforced in later years, he explained
For instance, the student population at Lone Star Elementary School has grown so that the school is running out of room. Bradberry said he would like to see at least one more teacher hired at the school. Only one more room is available for class, he said
The district needs to look at alternate space for the 1984-
school year as student growth continues, he said.
Class loads at the middle school need to be '“turned downward," Bradberry said. One math teacher has 96 students per class in two advanced math classes, Bradberry reported.
However, the class load at the high school is "very enviable,” Bradberry said, adding that the class loads were more stable at the high school level.
Although the high school student population would grow next year, student populations at the primary and middle school levels would pose the greater challenges. Brad-berrv said.
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Vol. 92 - No. 178
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Parks pane! seeks purpose of So/ms parking lot
ByOYANNEFRY Staff writer
Before doing any intensive study on a Prince Solms parking lot. Parks Advisory Board members want to know just what City Council would like the lot to do.
If it's to relieve congestion caused by customers of the city-owned Tube Chute, that’s fine, the board said. If it’s to cut the crowds that collect around the Schlitterbahn, that’s another matter.
"Why should the city build a parking lot to acconunodate a private concern?” said Carl Fox at Tuesday’s
meeting. The board agreed to try to schedule a workshop with the council, so that all members can be sure they’re working in the same direction.
The same goes for council’s request for a "maximum capacity” study of the park areas. Parks advisor Robert Hamil said such a study is "beyond the realm of this board.” Before getting someone else to do it, the board would like more specific information on what areas, and what types of facilities the council wants to look at.
After discussing the idea at several meetings. City Council decided last week that more parking space was
probably needed in Prince Solms Park, and asked the parks board to look at a rough plan and make suggestions
In past years, any suggestions about paving more of the big green space east of the Comal River have been "shot down,” as City Manager E.N. belashmutt pointed out. Now, even the family of Alfred Liebscher, the man who donated land for Prince Solms Park, has told the council it wouldn’t object to a new parking lot, if it would reduce the inconvenience suffered by residents of congested Liberty Avenue.
Some parks advisors aren't sure it
would Fox is of the opinion that "one begets the other”: that more parking space will simply attract more cars, and they'll still be parked all up and
VV/// the lot help the tube chute or congested Liberty Avenue?
down liberty Street. (Council has already designated a tow-away zone on one section of the street, and is in the process of extending that zone now. I
"Its not going to help the problem with the Schlitterbahn," said Edward Dedeke, referring to the popular water park some five blocks north of the proposed parking lot. "People who park in here aren't going to go over there."
Members of the family that owns the Schlitterbahn contend that the water park has enough off-street parking to handle its crowds, and that most of the cars on liberty belong to patrons of the Tube Chute.
If the city does build a new parking lot. with capacity for IOO to 150 cars, the Parks Advisory Board likes the idea of charging a fee to park there.
Parks Director Court Thieleman pointed out that this area is one at the few places in the park system where entry fees could be easily collected There's just one entrance to Liebscher Drive, and it could be blocked w ith an automatic gate The city could operate the gate itself, or contract with a private concessionaire, Thieleman said Since Prince Solms has been improved with the help of government grants, any fees would have to be approved by the Texas Department at Parks and Wildlife "Which is exactly
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Russians call Reagan a'Nazi'States making' unique protests
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Longshoremen refused to unload a heavily guarded Soviet freighter, states banned Soviet vodka sales, and 11-year-old Samantha Smith called the destruction of a Korean passenger jet “really horrible," as thousands mourned the flight s 269 victims.
The freighter, the target of threats since Korean Air lanes Flight 007 was gunned down over Sakhalin Island (Mi Thursday, docked Tuesday at San Pedro, Calif
"Local 13 s position is that we will not work the Russian vessel at berth 178.” said a dispatcher with the International Ixmgshoreman's and Warehouseman s Union who declined to give her name
About 250 protesters picketed as the freighter Novokuiby&hevsk. anchored three miles offshore since Friday because of anonymous telephone threats, entered lx>s Angeles Harbor with a Coast Guard escort
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
More than 100,000 outraged mourners jammed a Seoul stadium today to denounce the Soviet Union for downing a South Korean jetliner, and Washington accused the Soviets of lying despite their admission they destroyed the aircraft In london, an international organization of commercial pilots urged a ban on flights to Moscow to protest the attack, but there was little immediate response from pilots' associations of individual nations.
And in Moscow, one day after the Soviets acknowledged attacking the jetliner, the government-run press unleashed a savage attack on the United States, comparing U.S. officials to Nazis and accusing President Reagan of stirring up anti-Soviet hysteria.
"God will not forgive this deed,” South Korean Prime Minister Kim Sang-hy up told mourners, many screaming with grief, during the mass rally in Seoul. "Retribution and curse will fall upon them for the crune they have committed "
A statement read to the crowd said "It is difficult lo control our tears and keep from gnashing our teeth when we think of the last terrifying moments of the passengers and crew ’
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When you think of a hayride, you tnmk of lots of people and hot a whole lot of hay. The flip side of the coin is being demonstrated by Sammy Shaw (left)
and Richard Mot man *■ two folks with a whole lot of hay. They were taking a break while delivering the hay to Producers Co-op Tuesday.
Some ha yride
Staff photo bv Cmd* Richardson
Comal ISD board adopts tax rate for 1983-84 yearInside
By DEBBIE DsLOACH Staff writer
Four Comal ISD trustees were on hand Tuesday night to approve the 1983 tax rate at 695 cents per $100 valuation.
Trustees Karen Rust, Erwin Lehmann, Kenneth Wunderlich and David Way voted on the issue. David Bushier and Jun Rector both arrived after the vote was taken, and Carey McWilliams was not present.
Business Manager Hugo Nowotny explained the new tax rate this way: "Say, we’ve got a $40,000 house Subtract tile mandated homestead exemption of $5,000, our 40 percent homestead exemption in this case $16,000, and that leaves $19,000 taxable dollars.
"last year, that person paid $124.45 based on the tax rate of .655 cents per $100 valuation. This year, that person will pay $132.05,” he added. “That’s an
increase of $7.60, or about 63 cents a month."
Nowotny said the .695 cents tax rate represents a 7.852 increase over last year’s effective tax rate, which “keeps us below the 8 percent rollback threat."
In other action, trustees named Asst. Supt. Gay Watson and clerk Sue Voges as textbook custodians.
Trustees also received reports of a total enrollment of 4,384, as of Sept. I. Supt Edgar Willhelm said the evident trend was a lot of growth at the high school level in the next few years.
"We’ve got 386 students in the seventh grade, 401 in the eighth, and 415 in the ninth Tenth, eleventh and twelfth drop off, and the kindergarten figure of 268 is a little low. But this is all for your information," Willhelm added.
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Arts panel to seek award for city
The city Arts and Cultural Commiasion decided Tuesday that New Braunfels might as well apply for a Texas Municipal league Arts Award. But there isn’t much time in which to do it.
"The deadline is Sept. 15, so we may not be able to apply," said commission chairman Mike Walker. "We didn’t get the letter until the last week in August."
In a special meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, commission members agreed they should at least explore the feasibility of applying. Walker said he would contact a TML representative in Austin, and alae talk to Tom Purdum, who coordinates activities
for both the Chamber of Commerce and the Wurst-fest Association. "He’U probably have all the photographs and stuff that we need,” said Walker.
The Texas Municipal League gives five awards each year to cities which support the arts either financially or physcially, Walker explained. "Since the city is behind Wurstfest, and behind these other activities, and since we’ve appointed en Arts and Cultural Commistion, we decided we might es well pursue this," Welker explained. "It would make the city look good."
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Lamar School update may cause problems,
NBISD architect warns
New Braunfels Independent School district might run into some costly problems if it tries to update facilities in the I amar School.
Supt Charles Bradberry said he would Uke to see the special education faciUty, located at 240 N Central, modernized in antic tpation of growth rn the school district rn the next five years.
He got some advice from Herb Crume of Jensen and Associates, the architect firm planning the NBISD air conditioning system
"I don’t believe you'd want to restore the building,’’ he said.
Crume gave the board his advice after Bradberry said he would Uke to see the Licensed Vocational Nursing program across the street from the school use two or two-and-e-half rooms at the school. He noted that the school's proximity to McKenna Memorial Hospital would be sn advantage to the LVNs. He also pointed out that the LVNs would benefit Lamar School.
The program "would benefit us ss well as the LVNs," he said "It’s really a natural for that program to move there."
Bradberry said he would Uke to see
the school air-conditioned Presently. five of the school's eight classrooms have air conditioning.
Crume told the board Tuesday night that the school, which was built in 1913, has some structural elements that could become problems during modernization The district would "have to sprinkle the whole building" to be considered fireproof because of its wood frame, Crume said In addition, the stain would have to be revised to meet certain state standards for the handicapped, he said Every window opening would have to be rebuilt, Crume said The arch at the school would also have to he rebuilt, he said "It s rn a state that you dont know when it's going to fail," Crume told the board.
Crume told the board that there were also creeks in the buddMg'a foundation up to the masonry.
Bradberry told the board earlier in the meeting that plans to air-conditioa Lamar School would be poelpwnO until a decision is made on what ta do with the building
-PATRICIA YZNAGA KNOB