New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, Sept. 14, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ROBERT KEOGHAN
Vol. 143, No. 219Inside
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Hilda Rust, Cruz V. Gomez Sr., Mike Kivlin, Robert Keoghan and Gabriella Rodriguez.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -246 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4.
Edwards Aquifer —624.35 feet above sea level, same.
Guadalupe River — 110 cf.s.
Grand jury indicts Kahlig
A grand jury indicted former city council candidate Gary Kahlig yesterday on four counts, said Bill Reimer,
Comal County District Attorney.
"He was indicted on four separate counts," Reimer said:
i arson — burning a structure in corporate limits,
■ burning in an open field,
■ burning with property blowing into another area,
■ criminal mischief — destroying a recording device worth almost $2,000 owned by a local car dealership.
Kahlig’s court date will be set at a later time, Reimer said.
Health Fair set for Friday
The Comal County Senior Citizens Center is sponsoring a Health Fair Friday, Sept. 15 from 9 a m. to 2 p.m. at 655 Landa St
The fair will provide information, literature, discount! coupons, blood pressure* checks, demonstrations andl several health screenings.. Lunch will be served at 11 45* am, with a menu of soup andl sandwich, dessert, etc.
Constable files salary grievance
By DENISE DZIUK
Staff WriterTrade Show a hit
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
More than 1,000 people turned out for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Trade Show yesterday. Esther Boamet won the grand prize, a trip for two to Las Vegas provided by Ascot Travel.Kennady nominated to lead state Republican women’s group
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels may just be the home of the next vice president — the first vice president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW). Councilwoman Jan Kennady was nominated for the position this year.
TFRW members will elect their new slate of officers at their state convention in early November. A professional registered parliamentarian, Kennady was elected TFRW vice president for bylaws two years ago.
“I approved every set of bylaws in Texas," she said. “That’s 178 clubs — I set a record for the number of bylaws approved."
Kennady’s penchant for hard work led to her credentials as an expert on parliamentary procedure. Her interest got her started. "I love that sort of thing,” Kennady said. “I just naturally gravitated toward it.”
Kennady knows every page of “Roberts’ Rules of Order,” the standard used by all kinds of legislative bodies.
She began by taking lessons in San Antonio. “I took the test in Tampa, Fla., to become a registered parliamentarian,” Kennady said. “It’s a 46-hour test."
Passing another test tacked “professional” onto Kennady’s title. “Professional registered parliamentarian is as high as you can go,” she said.
Kennady can be hired by conventions and other lawmaking groups as a parliamentary expert. She hopes to do more consulting in the future, tying together travel for work and for pleasure, she said.
Kennady, Donna Bruns and Jean Hams head to Albuquerque, N M., today as delegates to the National Federation of Republican Women’s Convention Republican presidential candidates will square off in a debate before some 2,000 NFRW delegates, Kennady said.
“The NFRW is the oldest and largest political women’s organization with 115,(XX) members in the U.S. states and territories,” Kennady said.
The constable for Precinct 3 is going before the salary grievance committee to ask that he be given the same raise the other three constables were given this year, instead of being the only constable not to get a raise in pay.
Constable Jim Hanley said he believes he is a good law enforcement officer and should not be treated differently than the others. He said he serves three county commissioners and he does not feel that is appropriate.
“What they’re trying to do is make me work for three masters and they’re all pulling on the purse strings. No one should have to work for three masters, not even a good cop,” said Hanley.
County Judge Carter Casteel said it is not unusual for constables to serve several commissioners. She said that only the constable in precinct I serves one commissioner. Casteel said she would consider working with three commissioners a benefit because it provides more contact with the court.
The county budget was approved by commissioners court on August 24. In that budget, constables for precincts 1,2, and 4 received a $3,(XX) raise, increasing their pay from $ 12,(XX) to $ 15,(XX). Hanley was the only constable not to receive a pay raise. He said he is simply asking for the same raise the other three were given.
“I intend to go in there (Thursday) evening and make a short presentation and then open it up to anyone who wants to speak. It will be a polished presentation and I won’t sling one mud shot until one is slung at me,” Hanley said.
Casteel said there is no doubt in her mind that Hanley is a sincere person, and also good at his job. She said the decision not to give him a raise was based on two factors. She said Hanley made a blanket statement during the budget process saying he was satisfied with his pay.
"More importantly, though, he has had a running argument with commissioners court about taking part in the hot check pro-
clt will be a polished presentation and I won’t sling one mud shot until one is slung at me.’
— Constable Jim Hanley
gram,” said Casteel.
She said the program is very important to the county because it recovers funds that might otherwise be lost. She said it creates revenue for businesses and the county. Hanley has refused to take part in the program and serve the warrants. It was these two issues that were considered when discussing his pay, said Casteel.
Casteel said the salary grievance committee is mandated by law, and it is a way for elected officials to air complaints about their salary. Casteel said that after the budget is passed, a letter stating the salary is sent by registered mail to the elected official. The official then has five days to request a hearing, and a hearing must be held within IO days of the request.
Casteel said the committee is made up of nine members of the public chosen from the grand jury pool in January. The county judge acts as the chair of the committee, but does not vote. The official is then allowed to present the complaint, and there are no formal rules to follow.
“It’s really your hearing, and it’s your chance to tell your grievance to nine unbiased members of the public,” she said.
The committee then votes on whether to grant the request, lf the vote is nine to zero in favor of the change, it passes, and the budget is adjusted. If there are less than six in favor of the request, it is denied, lf them arc more than six in favor, but it is not unanimous, it goes to commissioners Court for consideration, said Casteel.
She said she has been the judge during five budget processes, and there have only been three hearings. She said the hearings are not common, but they do occur. Hanley’s hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the commissioners courtroom.
Keeping Kids In School
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, folkloric dancers, Hispanic displays, plenty of delicious Mexican food and more will be offered.
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
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.m. 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
The winning numbers
Est $10 million jackpot
Comal Leadership Institute keeps students from falling through the cracks
By MELANIE GERIK
Earl Taylor dropped out of high school at age 16, almost 30 years ago. He soon joined the army, and served in Vietnam.
After receiving his general education development certificate, serving in the army and receiving his bachelor’s degree, Taylor served as a fulltime pastor in the Waco and New Braunfels areas for seven years.
But this fall, Taylor said his church ministry “evolved” into a more hands-on one. Now he is a teacher at the Comal Leadership Institute, which opened Monday.
“My ministry is making sure these kids don’t fall through the cracks,” Taylor said. “They need to see that they can succeed ... They’re not stupid, some of them have just had a hard time. I really relate to that."
Taylor, along with four other teachers, is teaching potential high school dropouts and high school and middle school students with behavioral problems at the institute, the Comal Independent School District’s new alternative educational school on Interstate 35, a few doors down from K-Mart.
Chad Hall, principal of the institute, said he wants to “fill the gap” for students who are nearing graduation, but do not have enough credits to complete school.
Five high school seniors who are a few credits short of receiving their diplomas were recruited to start the program, said Bee Morgan, counselor at the institute. Since Monday, eight other students have been placed at the
school, four because of discipline problems.
Hall said the institute is a bit different from the distnct’s former transitional school, which only taught students with discipline problems.
Instead, Hall called the institute a “hybrid” — serving both those with behavior problems and those in danger of dropping out.
Amanda Wentworth, a fifth-year senior, said she was enrolled in the district’s GED classes when administrators called her to be a part of the institute’s inaugural class.
Wentworth, who wants to go to college to become a teacher, said she wanted to receive a diploma instead of a GED certificate, hut she did not want to return to regular class.
“I missed the whole second semester last year because I just didn’t want to go to school,” she said.
I he high school students attend classes from 7:30 a m. to 11:30 a m. Two middle school students currently attend classes from 11:30 a m. to 3:30 p.m.
The school has the capacity to serve 30 high school and 30 middle school students. Morgan said nine additional high school students have turned in applications to attend the institute.
Morgan said the institute provides an opportunity for students to work at their own pace, iii their own ways. When students first am vc at the school, they are given a learning skills inventory to determine the best learning environment, Taylor said.
Morgan added that the smallness of the institute provides more opportunity for one-on-one instruction.
"A lot of kids ... can’t sit in school all day,” Morgan said. "High schools arc so big nowadays that some students can’t function.”
Students earn credits, each equal to a full-year class, on computers and self-paced written programs, along with the help of two regular, two special education and one vocational teacher.
Hall said students work on “their timetable, not ours.” Students could come in and earn credits in a matter of a few weeks, or stay as long as 12 weeks.
Those completing their high school credits at the institute have the opportunity to march in commencement ceremonies in the spring at their original high schools, Hall said.
Hall said he wants the students to feel at home at the school, and wants to steer away from the stigma of the label of alternative education He also ordered new furniture for the four classrooms and administrative offices.
"We don’t want kids to think it’s a prison because it’s not,” Hall said.
Each student is required to receive three hours of career or behavioral counseling each week, depending on individual needs, Hall said.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, adults more than 21 years old who did not graduate from high school can work on earning credits from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. People earning a GED certificicate can attend classes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hall said that no matter how much the teachers and staff help, the desire to succeed must come from the students.
"We’ll show ’em and point the way, but we can’t do it for ’em," Hall said.
Herald Zeitunq photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Derek Campos works on a problem at the Comal Leadership Institute. The alternative school is located in the K-Mart shopping center.