New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYCougarettes defeat #4 Providence in volleyball. See Page 6,
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Marketplace............................12-15StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Rose Mary Moreales Leal, Jeremy Rader, Allison Rader, Luis Angel Torres (nine years), Tommy Riesling, Edgar Westbrook, and Rick Gomez.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -250 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 4.
Edwards Aquifer 624.35 feet above sea level, down .04 Guadalupe River — 110 c f.s.Business Trade Show today
More than 65 exhibitors have signed up to take part in today's Business Trade Show, sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Tickets at the door are $2 and the show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit on tap
The New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall,
138 W Austin, Saturday, Sept 16 from 10 a m. to 10 p.m. Live entertainment, mariachi music, folkoric dancers, Hispanic displays, plenty of delicious Mexican food and more will be offeredFriends of Education to meet
Canyon High School Friends of Education will meet Sept 14 at 7:30 p.m. Mr Krieg and court selors will speak about the new curriculum and upcoming developments.Class of 1943 to meet
NBHS Class of 1943 will meet at Clear Spring Restaurant Sept. 16 at noon. For more information, call Rudy at 625-5352.Project Graduation planning session
The parents of Canyon High School seniors are invited to attend an important meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p m in room 51, CHS to talk about Project Graduation For information, call Terry Wiemers at 625-6251 or JoAnn Schumann at 609-0099.Accordion Squeeze-Off
About 75 accordionists of all musical types will perform at the Accordion Squeeze-Off from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Sept 17 at Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten, 212 W Austin Entertainment is free Food and drinks available. For information, call Barron Schlameus at 625-3615.River cleanup needs volunteers
The fifth annual Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup, organized by Friends For Rivers, will take place Saturday, Sept. 16. Registration starts at 9 a rn. at Whitewater Sports on Hwy 306 in Canyon Lake and at Rockin ‘R' River Rides on Loop 337 in New Braunfels. Call 1-800-55FLOAT for information.
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Tickets still on sale for Perry talk
Rick Perry, Texas Commissioner of Agnculturc, will be the special guest speaker at an old-fashioned barbecue dinner sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women.
Plan to attend this entertaining and informative event at Gruene Hall on Monday, Sept. 18. Hosp-tiality hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Featured will be Rick Perry, food, drink, and entertainment.
The tickets are $ 12.50 per person. Call 625-4691 or 625-6119 lor additional information or to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be on saie at the door. Perry
Salute to the dough boy
16 Pages in one section ■ Wednesday, September 13, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of EDGAR WESTBROOK
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NBHS developing plan to curb dropout rate
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District has already implemented several strategies aimed at reducing the Hispanic dropout rate at the high school, and officials are already calling them a success.
The state considers a school with a dropout rate above six percent for the total population, or any subgroup, to be low performing. New Braunfels High School was rated as “low performing" due to the Hispanic dropout rate, which was 6.6 percent. The total rate was 3.2 percent.
Due to the rating, the district is required to form a strategy for addressing the problem, and to hold a public hearing at the campus outlining that strategy. NB1SD held the heanng Tuesday night, and told those present that
steps have already been taken to reduce the dropout rate.
NBHS Assistant Principal Judy Seifert presented the campus improvement plan to the board and the public. The plan is still only a draff. However, she said a lot of input was gathered from everyone involved.
“We’ve had a great deal of parent input and teacher input and most importantly, site-based committee input,” said Seifert.
Seifert said as the problem was looked at, "two overriding factors” were noticed. The first was that the juvenile court system was not helping schools. The court was not filing on students who were not attending school or their parents. The second problem was that there was a lack of an effective alternative school until the 1994-95 school year, said Seifert.
The plan presented outlined five
steps that have already been taken to reduce the dropout rate. The first step was that a school truancy liaison has been assigned to the high school campus to make home visits and follow up on any student who has missed more than three consecutive days in one week. The guidance counselor has also developed a tracking system to find out where kids go arter they stop going to the school.
"That was our first step, to get some additional help to track students, and we’ve done that,” said Seifert. "Our strategy was a tracking strategy. Our fault was poor tracking.”
The school is also filing in Juvenile Court with Justice of the Peace Diane Campos. Her court will hear cases and place both students under 17 years of age and their parents under court order. lf the student is 17 years old or older, the parent is not placed under the order.
"We’ve taken advantage of the fact that Ms. Campos has been so helpful with us, and wants to help us keep kids in school,” Seifert said.
The school is also screening students for placement in the 25 available spots in the alternative school, and is continuing to develop a tech-prep program that will entice more students to stay in school by offering job-specific training.
"We graduated five students from the Ombudsman over the last year. We never would have graduated them without the program because these kids were comers and goers,” said Seifert.
Seifert said the truancy liaison has already been advantageous to the school. She said the total dropout rate is 0.69 percent, the white dropout rate is 0.34 percent, the Hispanic dropout rate is 1.13 percent, the black dropout rate is 0 percent, and the economic dis
advantaged rate is 2 percent.
"We’ve been successful in reducing the number. That doesn’t mean we’re pleased. We would like to see a zero dropout rate,” she said.
Audience members then addressed the board and administrators present. Several members volunteered to help the school in any way possible. Others offered suggestions on other ways to address the problem. Suggestions included bonging in positive role models at all levels, building the Community in School program to provide a support system, offer an incentive for the kids to finish and pass the TA AS test, and get input from those dropping out to see why they are leaving.
“I don’t think this issue is going to be solved here. It’s an ongoing issue because its an ongoing issue in this nation,” said NBISD parent Carlos Campos.
EUWD to continue to meet until courts decide Edward Aquifer Authority’s status
By DENISE DZIUK
The Edwards Underground Water Distnct, which must continue to operate for an indefinite amount of time, voted at Tuesday’s meeting to not levy a tax, and not participate in the legal suit challenging the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
Craig Hollmig, Comal County representative, said there was a split vote not to levy a tax. He said it is his understanding that those voting against collecting taxes felt there was too much of an uncertainty about how long the district would be rn operation. He said the District will continue to operate on reserve funds.
Hollmig said the board also voted not to participate at any level in the legal suit against the EAA. He said this was mainly a financial decision. “lf we’re not going to levy taxes,
why do we want to spend money on legal fees,” he said.
The EAA, which would have regulatory powers over the aquifer, was supposed to replace the Edwards Underground Water District in August. However, the Medina County Groundwater Conservation District is challenging the constitutionality of the law creating the Authority. A judge ruled Sept. I that EAA board members could be sworn in. However, the ruling said the board is restnct-ed from conducting any business other than hiring legal counsel.
An Oct. 12 trial date has been set for the legal fight. The EAA held its first meeting Friday, at which it passed a resolution asking the Texas Attorney General to publicly support the Authority.
The Edwards Underground Water District must continue operations until the courts tell it otherwise.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Jumbo Evans and Fred Clark place a marker where a time capsule was buried in 1986 at the courthouat annex. The time capsule will be opened at tile county's bicentennial celebration 50 years from now.
Robber strikes Faust Hotel
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A man claiming he had a gun robbed the Faust Hotel at about 12:30 this morning. “This is the second time in about a month ,wo’ve had money stolen,” said Cathy Carpenter, hotel manager.
A man stole from the hotel in mid-August while the night clerk was away from the desk. Carpenter said. The first theft was a burglary, since no confrontation occurred between the thief and the clerk, said New Braunfels Police Detective Michael Osborne.
The amount of money stolen is undetermined in both cases, police said.
The hotel doors were locked when the robber knocked on the door and said he needed a room. Carpenter said. The night clerk let him in the side door and he came in.
“He said he had a gun and asked
her to give him the money from the cash register,” Carpenter said. Then the man told the clerk to get on the elevator and go up to the fourth floor, which she did, Carpenter said. The man then left the building.
“The thief didn’t stick a gun in her face or cause any bodily harm,” Osborne said.
Police have some leads in the case, Osborne said. “The police responded quickly,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter plans to implement tighter security measures in the Faust as soon as possible, she said. They include video surveillance cameras and new night registration procedures — after 11 p.m. only people who were preregistered could enter the hotel.
"The Faust will offer a reward for evidence leading to the caDture of the thief,” Carpenter said.
“Anybody with any information about the thefts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS," Osborne said.
Herald-Zeilunn photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Pictured are United Way President Doug Miller, Drive Chair Frances Huff, Director Joe wort, board members Mike Doherty, Ray Martinez, John Stauffer, Sheryl Bremer, Cheryl Land, James Dunks, David Sansing, Mike Fitsko, Carolyn Self and Lee Rodriguez.
United Way thermometer starts its climb
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Last year the thermometer exploded at the beginning of December — Comal County givers exceeded the 1994 United Way goal.
The 1995 United Way thermometer now stands on Main Plaza. United Way board members planted it there yesterday morning, setting their sights on bursting it again this year.
The “mercury" has already nsen to $35,000, a healthy start on this year’s
$310,000 goal, said United Way Director Joe Work
"We have to remember that the United Way benefits some 35,000 people county-wide,” Worl said. The United Way helps fund nearly 30 area nonprofit organizations serv ing area residents.
"Not just New Braunfels but the whole county — Bulverde, Garden Ridge, Marion, all of it — reaps rewards from the United Way,” Worl said. "We’re going to need suppoit from the whole county in order to
reach our goal this year.”
One way to help the United Way cause is through an employee United Way drive in the workplace. Employees can pledge a small amount to go from each paycheck to the United Way. Those small amounts add up to a big helping hand for those in need in Comal County. Worl said.
Individual contributions are always welcome as well For more information on how you can ‘Make a World of Difference One Peace at a Time,” call the United Way at 620-7760,