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CISD may make switch to seven-member board
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Having nine board members was once acceptable, but not any more, CISD’s attorney Lonnie Chunn confirmed Tuesday night.
“The original election process resulted in a nine-member board, which provided for the consolidation of eight rural school districts,”
Chunn said. “However, that policy is not in compliance with Chapter 23 of the Texas Education Code.” That chapter, Section 23.01, states that “public schools of an independent school district shall be under the control and management of a board of seven trustees.”
To rectify the situation, the board authorized Chunn to look into two cures: I) the have the Texas
Legislature pass corrective legislation; and 2) to proceed through the courts in a Quo Warranto proceeding. Quo Warranto is a judicial proceeding brought for the purpose of determining whether or not a person or persons are properly holding a public office.
The question of why nine?’ surfaced in a review of CISD policies by a staff attorney for the Texas Association of School Boards. A letter to Supt. Edgar Willhelm, dated July 14, stated:
“The district’s policy indicates that the school district has nine trustees on its board. Boards of Education can only be established in the manner provided for in the Education Code. Unfortunately,
See CISD, Page 12A
Comal County Fair opens with dance, march tonight
It’s Night in Old New Braunfels at the Comal County Fair, with discount carnival rides, music by high school groups and the traditional dance contest in the Comal Corral.
High school stage bands will play from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Corral. The Kinderchor will follow with a special program. A Grand March will lead off the dance (played by the Cloverleaf Orchestra) at 9 p.m., and couples will then be invited to try their hand at polka, waltz and country and western dancing.
After the prices are awarded, the orchestra will continue to play until ll p.m. Admission is free.
It’s Family Evening Madness on the carnival midway. Instead of fussing with individual tickets, carnival-goers can purchase a $5 wrist band, good for continuous rides from 6-11 p.m.
The central business of the fair is also well underway. Still-life exhibits were setting up all day, with crops and other categories to be judged tonight.
Poultry and rabbits were also to be brought in today. All rabbit entries are due by 7 p.m., and all poultry by 9 p.m. Judging in both areas will begin at 8 a m. Thursday, with exhibits opening to the public at I p.m.
Livestock will be moving into the barns starting at noon Thursday. Judging of market lambs and breeding sheep and goats will be Friday afternoon. Market steers and breeding cattle will be judged Saturday, and the pig futurity contest opens at 5 p.m.
The 1982 Rodeo Queen will be crowned at 7 p.m. Thursday in the corral, just before a dance by the Abbey Addition.
Fair activities will be in full bloom by Friday morning. The children’s Pet Parade will depart at 9:40 a.m. from Wuest’s parking lot on West San Antonio.
The main parade will start at Santa Clara and San Antonio at IO a.m., proceeding toward the Main Plaza.
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 - No. 186
September 22,1982 25 cents
40 Pages —4 Sections
Tax rolls unusable,CISDofficials tell board
may have to borrow some in theInsideCounty Fair Forecast
Comal County forecast calls for sunny and warm today and Thursday, and fair tonight. Light winds will be from the northeast today, and variable tonight. Sunset will be at 7:28 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:20 a.m.
At first, CISD board members were stunned 'tuesday night when Supt. Edgar Willhelm said, “preliminary tax rolls received last Tuesday from the County Tax Appraisal Office were unacceptable for use in preparing 1982 tax statements.”
'their bewilderment quickly turned to anger, when CISD Tax Assessor-Collector E.W. Neuse Jr. concluded his description of some of the major 40-odd discrepancies he had found in the preliminary tax rolls.
Then, board members became obviously concerned when Willhelm hinted about a far-reaching result of the district’s tax woes. “The problem is we can’t set our tax rate until the tax rolls are usable and accurate. Until that is done, we won’t have money coming in, and
For years, Neuse explained, CISD has prepared its tax roll by dividing it into four different categories: acreage, alphabetically; recorded subdivisions, alphabetically and with block and lots in a certain subdivision numerically; unrecorded subdivisions, following the same procedure as recorded subdivisions; and personal, alphabetically.
“In some cases, our pattern established in previous years was followed by the Appraisal Office,” Neuse said. “But in a great number of instances, our pattern was deleted and a different method initiated.” That major shortcoming essentially makes the preliminary tax rolls unacceptable to tie into CISD’s computer services with Sigma Data
Inc. — the company with which CISD has a contract for 1982 and 1983.
In the early part of 1981, the chief appraiser, Neuse said, had asked that CISD outline in writing how it wanted tax information in 1982. We did this by letter on Feb. 19, 1981, by outlining the same system we had used for many years.” Neuse added. “We were never notified that changes would be made, and were not made award of the changes until the preliminary roll was received last week.”
Some of the discrepancies listed for the board include:
— Improper property description of acreage tracts. The survey name is omitted from the description column. This description is needed in order to produce a correct tax roll
and tax receipts.
— Real and personal property located within the New' Braunfels Independent School District appears on Comal ISI) records.
— Duplication of property and exemptions.
— Property was transferred back to previous owners.
— Addresses were not changed and-or added to the property owner’s name. These were forwarded to the appraisal district in the form of a letter on a monthly basis since the beginning of 1982.
— In some cases, acreage tracts that showed an improvement value in 1981 do not show one for 1982. CIS!) has no way of knowing if these were combined with another tract for 1982 or omitted from the appraisal roll.
— Property appears with a description, “Delinquent Tax Account Only.” However, delinqunt tax accouters cannot be combined with a current tax roll.
The personal property in Comal appears in 36 different groups, A through Z. CISD always had two groups, the old and the new properties.
— Exempt church property appears on the rolls, recorded as taxable property.
— Some entries show a parcel of property just with a street description. They should either show as a lot in a subdivision or an acreage tract with a survey.
— Lots in platted subdivisions are not reflected as lots with theSee TAX ROLL, Page IZA
may topple Begin
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s government fought for survival today in a stormy parliamentary debate over its rejection of an official inquiry into the massacre of refugees in west Beirut.
U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib was due to arrive in Beirut to supervise the redeployment of a multinational peacekeeping force, which Israel agreed to under heavy U.S. pressure. The United States also has demanded that Israeli forces withdraw.
Iii Jerusalem, Energy Minister Yitzhak Berman told reporters he had submitted his resignation and would vote against the government to protest Begin’s refusal to set up an inquiry into the slaughter of hundreds of mainly Moslem refugees at the Chatilla and Sabra camps in west Beirut last week.
Various estimates of the number of victims ranged from 300 to 1,400.
Defense Minister Ariel Sharon told Parliament the Israeli army coordinated, helped plan and gave limited support to a Christian militia operation
against Palestinian guerrillas, but did not imagine “in our blackest dreams” that hundreds would be massacred.
Sharon said at one point the Israelis fired flares to light up the area at the Phalangists’ request.
But he said that on Friday morning a senior officer told the Israeli commander that he was worried about the Phalangists actions and that the commander, Maj. Gen. Amir Dron, “immediately ordered the action stopped.”
Sharon said Israeli troops stayed out of the camps and that the Chatilla camp was “cleared absolutely” of Phalangists on Saturday morning. But he said that even then, the Israelis did not know that a massacre had taken place.
“No soldier or commander of the Israel Defense forces took part in this terrible act,” Sharon told Parliament.
The Lebanese army, which entered west Beirut for the first time in seven years when PLO guerrillas were evacuated last month, expanded the area of its deployment, taking over parts of the port and the bomb-ravaged commercial center from Israeli forces.
NBHS student expelled on 4-2 vote
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Calling it a “difficult situation,” the New Braunfels school board voted Tuesday night to expel a 17-year-old male student for the remainder of this school year for being in possession of alcohol on school grounds.
The student, a senior at New Braunfels High School, was scheduled to graduate in May before the board made its decision.
Trustees of the New' Braunfels Independent School District met in closed door session for over an hour Tuesday to discuss the case. About half that time was spent talking with the student and his parents.
In an interview after the board’s vote, Supt. O.K. Hendricks, noted that the seven-member school board had been “split in its decision.”
A portion of the trustees wanted to expel the student for only one semester, Hendricks said. But the majority of the board, wanted him expelled for the remainder of the school year, he said.
The final vote was 4 to 2 to expel the senior for the rest of the school year. Trustees Gene Scott and Dr. William Lee voted against the measure, while school board members Rudy Renner, Bob Self, Garland Lloyd and Dr. Don Bedford voted to expel him for the remainder of the year. School board president Margy Waldrip did not voice a vote.
Hendricks said the student had been caught in “possession of alcohol on school grounds after a (home) football game.”
The student was suspended from classes for IO days, which is a typical procedure according to NBISD’s policy, Hendricks added. Tuesday was the tenth day of the student’s suspension.
This is the first such case involving alchohol or drug possession that the school board has considered this year. After the vote was taken Tuesday, Waldrip told the student and his parents that “it was a very difficult decision for the board to have to make.
See NBISD, Page IZA
Officers capture James Sparks behind New Braunfels High School
Staff photos by John Sen tar
County-wide chase nets robbery suspects
A flat tire was the suspects' undoing
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
Two San Antonio youths were arraigned at the Comal County sheriff’s office at noon Wednesday after allegedly robbing a Canyon I .ake woman, threatening her with a knife and then leading authorities on a high-speed chase across the county.
County deputies, county constables, New Braunfels police and Texas Highway Patrol units chased the two younsters from FM 2673, south on FM 3159 to Texas 46. The suspects were forced to abandon their car at the gate of Newks Tennis Ranch, then fled on foot in opposite directions.
A 15-year-old I .atm male was apprehended a short distance from the scene. The other suspect, 18-
year-old James Q. Sparks, was picked up shortly after 9 a.m. at New Braunfels High School, where he reportedly was seen trading shirts w ith a student.
Both youths were charged with aggravated robbery. Howard A. Smith, Justice of the Peace precinct 4. set Sparks’ bond at $25,000
The 1973 Chevrolet Nova the suspects drove is believed to be stolen from a San Antonio re* ident, said sheriff's investigator Re iy Rubio.
The alleged robbery occurred at 6 42 a.m. outside a U-Totein store in Sattler. The suspects reportedly stopped there for gasoline and another vehicle, belonging to 33-vear-old Suzan Jane Harmon, parked outside with the keys in and motor running.
See POLICE, Page 12A