New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 216
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Raymon ZavalaWednesdaySeptember 18, 1991
Two Sections, 20 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Eva McCabe, Mary Alice Lopez, Rick Bile, Roland Martinez, Raymon Zavala, Valerie tfata, Ramon Zavala, Guy Garcon, Gerald Timmermann, Barbara Strickland and Robert Alvarez.
Belated birthday wishes to Antanacio Martinez, Joseph Krueger, Joshua Maynard and Brittney Rose Feltner.
Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Guswin and Nancy Elbel and Pam and Gerald Timmermann.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.Market to close
The New Braunfels Farmers Market will mark the close of the 1991 market season on Friday, Sept. 20. at 5 p.m. at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
New Braunfels Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Comal County Extension Service, the Comal County Fairgrounds Association and the Texas Department of Agriculture.Interagency meeting
McKenna Memorial Hospital's Interagency meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Finkcl’s Salad Bar and Grill Restaurant in New Braunfels. Church bazaar
A bazaar, sponsored by the Church In the Valley located on Farm-to-Market 306 in Canyon City, is slated for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured will be various and unusual crafts.
A quill will be auctioned and baked goods will be for sale.Church festival
The annual Sis. Peter and Paul School Festival is slated for Oct. 27 and auction items now are being collected. Persons wanting to donate should call auction chairperson Patsy Neely at 629-4109. CIMA meeting ^
Comal Independent Men’s Association will conduct a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Senior Citizens Center. For time of meeting call Rey Martinez at 629-8426.Lions fish fry
The Garden Ridge-Bracken Lions Club are planning their 19th annual fish fry and auction for Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Bracken Fire Station. The lslandic cod-fish dinner will be served beginning at 3 p m. The auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. More than 150 items will be auctioned. All proceeds will support Lions charities.
Fair rabbit show
Envies are now being accepted for the rabbit division of the 1991 Comal County Fair. Entry deadline is Sept. 23 and the entry fee is $2 per animal. Additional informa lion, rules and entry forms can be obtained by calling 625-6511 or writing 376-A Lands St., New Braunfels, Texas, 78130.
SAFE meeting The monthly meeting of Secur-8m STAMM TISCH, Pag* 2A
Panty cloudy conditions today should yield a high temperature in the mid-90s and only a 30 percent chance of rain. But that picture should change when a cold front hits the area tonight. A stronger chance for rain likely will be accompanied by an overnight low in the 60s and a high Thursday in th mid-70s. In New Braunfels Tuesday. the high was 88 and the overnight low was 69. For weather details, see Page 2A.
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WEATHER ..........................2ASuspect now free on bond
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
• A New Braunfels man is free on a $200 pre-set cash bond following his arrest on charges of possession of narcotics paraphernalia, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Keith Allen Moore, 34, of the 200 block of Hill Avenue was arrested when officers of the Comal County Sheriff's Department and the New Braunfels Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant just before notal Tuesday, Bremer said.
“We found (a lot) of paraphenalia,” Bremer said. “(Residue on a spoon) tested positive for cocaine.”
Moore's residence is located very near the downtown area of New Braunfels. The arrest was the result of ajoint operation between the Sheriffs Department and the Police Department.
“It’s good to keep the pressure on them,” Investigator Carl Davis said.
Police and sheriff’s deputies searched the house thoroughly but found only narcotics paraphernalia. The cocaine-encrusted spoon was found in a vehicle parked in the driveway. Spoons are used to dissolve drugs to a liquid form so that they can be drawn into a syringe and injected.
A New Braunfels man is led from his Hill Avenue home after officers executed a search warrant on his property and discovered drug paraphernalia. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
NBISD retains accreditation
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has maintained the accredited status of the New Braunfels Independent School District in a report presented at Tuesday’s board meeting, following a thorough inspection visit by an accreditation team last March.
“We were previously evaluated on April 22, 1985, and were accredited after that visit,” Superintendent Charles Birdberry said. “I’m happy to say to you that we’ve been accredited after this visit.”
Concerns that need to be addressed as listed in the TEA report include hiring additional non-teaching staff, installation of a dust collection system to collect sawdust in the high school wood workshop, weeding out of worn and outdated books from the libraries, more training for handling of hazardous materials in science and art classes, and the use of disaggregated data in evaluating students.
“You see this disaggregated data over md over again rn the report," BradbeiTy said. “TEA wants us to single out groups of people.”
Disaggregated data deals with reporting test results broken down on an ethnic and economic basis for planning purposes. Bradberry said the dis-
60 funding efforts approved
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of 7 rustces approved 60 student fund-raising projects for the upcoming school year at their meeting Iucsday night. These projects range from rummage sales to candy sales to basketball tournaments which benefit student organizations.
“I counted these up and there’s 46 at the high school alone it’s a constant thing,” Trustee Leo Chafin said. “I would hope that somebody could come up with an innovative way to get these groups to combine together ”
The fundraisers generate money for student trips, camps, banquets, campus beautification projects, and club activities.
The board also approved overnight student tops for the Mar mc Corps Junior ROTC and the future homemakers.
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met doesn’t like to segment and label people in that manner but that the TEA requires it.
“For every concern (in the report), there’s a dozen or so commendations,” Bradberry said.
The report states that “not only do teachers and administrators care about students, but students care about teachers.”
School Board members fared well in the report but were reminded that they should only visit campuses in the role of a parent.
“Official board visits to campuses
may be scheduled, but contact with individual teachers should be limited, and concerns should be channeled through the chain of command,” the report states
Another concern expressed by TEA was the district’s declining fund balance. This concern has already been addressed by this year's tax rate increase “to increase teacher salaries, meet the needs of opening a new sixth-grade center, and hopefully
rebuild the fund balate c
“Basically, concerns come down to three things: weeding policies, more
staff and using disaggregated data,” Bradberry said
“If we were (to employ people) for these 14 non-teaching positions (as suggested in the TEA report), I see a 15 to 20 percent increase in our tax rate,” Trustee Ar Ion Hermes said.
“You’d be looking in excess of $350,000,“ Bradberry said.
“But nowhere does TEA address the financial implications (of their suggested changes),” Treasurer Dick Robinett said
“Their comment was ‘that’s not our problem.’” Bradberry said.
Davis Jackson, parent of a first grader at Lone Star Primary, pointed out that the TEA’s statement in the foreword of the report is that the school dtstnci is in charge and TEA will assist them
“It sounds like they’re giving you orders,” Jackson said.
Bradberry explained that the TEA uses the leverage of the accreditation process to "assist” school districts. Losing accreditation could mean the loss of SIO million in funding for the district, he said
TEA looks at NBISD whenever they want an example of a good school district, said Michael Fitsko, assistant superintendent for curriculum and finance.
Citizens plead for right to elect mayorGood Day
By MARK WARNKEN Blaff Writer
The 1991 Charter Review Committee on Tuesday heard pleas from several residents that the committee recommend the mayor be elected at large.
Committee members also presented information individually collected on the charters and council election systems of several other cities.
Committee Secretary George
Bokomey, responding to suggestions that residents should be able to elect the mayor, said some obstacles stand in the way of such a change, especially potential legal problems with the Mexiean-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which sued the city in 1983 to change the system through which the City Council is elected.
Through the subsequent compromise, four council members are current
ly elected by majority vote through four districts — including one minority district — and three are elected al large by plurality v**e Tile council then selects one of members to be mayor, Formerly, all council members were elected ai large “In 1983 MALDEN, in a not-too-veiled threat, said if we ever change that they’ll see us in court.” Bokomey said, adding that his recent telephone conversation with a M ALDEF official
reinforced thai threat.
Mayor James Goodbread has asked the committee to study at-large election of the mayor, which he believes to be “basic democracy.”
Council Member Paul Fraser, who said he spoke as a private citizen, said the charier gives the mayor powers — both implicit and explicit — that mean the position is more than a cere-
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Tickets now available for ‘Today’s Lifestyles’
When home economist Lucinda Kahny brings her ‘Today’s Lifestyles” from Homemakers School to Comal County Sept. 30, she’ll be joined at the New Braunfels Civic Center by at least 12 local sponsors.
In the free production, Kahny will display know-how with food and recipes and share hints and tips, all relating to “Today’s Lifestyles.” The selection of recipes will include snacks and desserts. National sponsors and their products make it possible to present the show locally.
Those attending will each receive cents off coupons, recipes and the 1991 “Today’s Lifestyles” cookbook.
The New Braudels Herald-Zeiiung staff is planning a special Homemak
ers School section with recipes and food photos for Sept. 29. Area cooks can anticipate this as well as the other happenings at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Monday, Sept. 30, the evening of the Homemakers School. While the 254 -hour show begins at 7 pjn., the Civic Center doors will open ai 6 p.m. to view merchants’ displays.
“Today’s Lifestyles” is the 1991 onstage production of Wisconsin-based Homemakers Schools, Inc. These presentations are conducted annually in only 300 locations throughout the 48 contiguous states. Popular from coasl l0 coast, Homemakers Schools have been produced
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Among the local sponsors of the “Today s Lifestyle’’ Homemakers School In New Braunfels is Esther Headrick of Headrick Country Home Antiques. She has donated one of many door prizes to be awarded during the Sept. 30 event. (Photo by Annexes Schlickenrieder)Classrooms dedicated
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A new classroom wing at Comal Elementary School was dedicated Tuesday night, doubling the number of classrooms at the school.
“A lot of people have asked me who we will dedicate this wing to,” Principal Norma Miller said. “We dedicate this school to the students. They are why it’s here.”
Over IOO people attended the ceremony which began with a Parent-Tcachcr Organization meeting, conducted by Comal PTO President Debbie Wilke.
Superintendent Joe Rogers addressed the crowd and said that dealing with elementary school kids was different than being principal of a high school. He called the students “little rascals” and compared them to “a bunch of marbles on a slanted floor as teachers try to deal with them.”
“My neighborhood has been expanded a little bit,” Rogers said.
School Board members at the meeting included President Lee Ikels, Trustee Connie Cantil, and Trustee Tom Poller who represents Ute Comal arca. Central Office Administrators present included Arlen Ticken, assistant superintendent for personnel and Roy Linnartz, director of maintenance and operations.
Ikels encouraged everyone to attend Wednesday night's lax hearing at Frazier Elementary.
“The CED system is another headache created by state bureaucracy,” Ikels said. “We’re considered a property-rich school district — I don’t think we arc but that’s what the state says.”
In 1957, the Danville, Solms and Davenport one-room schools were moved lo the present school sight and combined along with a mess hall from a military establishment to be the cafeteria, Miller said. The mess hall is now the art building.
The present building with 11 classrooms was constructed in 1966 and was remodeled in 1972. The new wing adds 12 additional classrooms.
“This school has grown and changed a lot,” Miller said.