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12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, September 28, 1995
nber 28. 1995 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of DR. HENRY SOECHTING
Vol. 143, No. 22S
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Tiffany Meek (18 years), and Dr. Henry Soechting (40 years),
River and aquifer information
Comal River -270 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.83 feet above sea level, down .03. Guadalupe River —-170 c.f.s.
Herald-Zeitung office closed tomorrow morning
The Herald-Zeitung office will be closed Friday until noon in observance of Comal County Fair Parade Day.
County Fair schedule
The 102nd Comal County Fair runs through Sunday at the County Fairgrounds on Common Street. Events include:
Thursday, Sept. 28: Rodeo 8 p.m.
Southbound 8-midnight Friday, Sap!. 29:
Pet Parade 9:45 a.m. (downtown)
Fair Parade 10 a.m. (downtown)
Local High School Bands 1-3:45 p rn.
Dan McCoy 4-6 p.m.
Jay Erie and Blieder’s Creek 8-midnight Rodeo 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30:
Chili Cook-off 9 a.rn.-2 p.m. Dan McCoy 1-3 p.m. Wimberley Fire Ants 3-6 p.m.
Kinder Tanzen, Sue Schwab 6-7 p.m.
Quarter Moon 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Rodeo 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. I:
Children's best western dress contest 4-6:30 p.m.
Jazz Cowboys 1-3 p.m.
Ed Kadlecek & the Village Band 3-5 p.m.
Carlene Walker 7-11 p.m. Livestock, poultry, baked goods, canning, preserving, clothing, art and crafts, and photography will also be on display and judged during the fair.
There will be a carnival, games, food and drinks available throughout the fair for everyone to drop by and enjoy.
German choral groups to gather here
More than 300 singers from around the state will gather for the 1995 Saengerfest at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Saenger-halle The Gemischter Chor Harmonic of New Braunfels welcomes German choral groups from around the state to this Sesquicentennial event.
Hermann Sons Lodge to meet
The New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will have its meeting Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at the lodge hall. Meat furnished. Members bring a covered dish.
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CISD may go year-round if bonds fail
By MELANIE GERIK
Students may have classes year-round, at different times of the day or in more portable classrooms if the Comal Independent School District October bond election fails.
The board of trustees unanimously, but grudgingly, approved the three-option contingency plan at its regular board meeting Wednesday night.
“We need to say, if (the $17.9 million bond issue is) not going to pass, this is what we’re going to do,” said Trustee Dan Krueger.
But Dennis Quick, an Association of Citizens for Education founding member, said the board may have broken the law because tax bonds cannot pay for renovations and athletic facilities; the funding for these must come from general revenue
The tax bond will fund a new 800-student middle school, expansions at Canyon Middle, Smithson Valley Middle, Canyon High and Smithson Valley High schools, electrical and mechanical improvements, Americans with Disabilities Act and safety code renovations.
Quick said his main concern was the scare tactics used by the board to force people to pass the bond issue.
“What is going to defeat the bond issue is the way you’re approaching the people," Quick told the trustees.
The year-round school system divides the standard 180-day school calendar into different tracks, according to information from the district. The system eases the overcrowding of facilities because not all students are in school at the
In the split-shift system, classes would start at different times of the day, with the possibility of evening classes. Trustee Deraid LaRue called this plan “bad news” because students would have to travel on rural highways at night, and extracurricular activities would be disrupted.
The district would move portable buildings to overcrowded campuses in the third option. Roy Linnartz, director of maintenance for the district, said 20 to 25 of the portable buildings that would be available after the three new elementary schools open next year would be put into immediate use, leaving approximately 25.
But he added that some of those 25 buildings, which house two classrooms each, would fall apart if moved.
In other business, the board unanimously
approved the implementation policy for a momer of silence at the beginning of the school day.
According to the policy, the period of silent will be an individual, private activity.
“There shall be no attempt by any [district employee to influence in any way another per son’s thoughts regarding the period of silence,” th* policy states.
Caroline Wemi, director of personnel, sai( Superintendent Jerry Major will issue a memo t( principals immediately, leaving the implementa tion of the policy up to the individual schools.
The board approved the tax rate of $ 1.565 pe $ I OO of property by a vote of 6-1.
Although the tax rate is lower than last year’: rate of $1.58, land appraisals in the district wen up by 7.52 percent. So many homeowners wil actually pay more in school taxes this year.
New addition to take squeeze off Marion schools
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DAR-
A better-than-ffair time
The 102nd Comal County Fair, one of the largest and best-attended county fairs in the region, runs through Sunday, at the county fairgrounds on Common Street. Above, the carnival is just one of the attractions. At right, Buggy the Clown paints Madison Kelly s face.
Marion School District Superintendent Craig Stockstill is anticipating the opening of a new 33,000-square-foot addition to Krueger Elementary School, which should be completed by mid-October.
“This new addition will do several things for us,” Stockstill said. “It will put most of the elementary campus under one building.”
The new $2,050 million addition, which is paid for by a bond issue that was passed during the 1993-94 school year, will be added on to the North Campus of Krueger Elementary. The North Campus was completed in 1986 to create more class space for an increasing student population. The North Campus is located across from Krueger Elementary.
To meet the increasing number of children coming to Krueger over the past few years, the district has had to place portables on the campus. Currently, K-3 is housed at Krueger, 4th grade at the North Campus and 5th grade at the portables. The addition to the North Campus will enable the district to house Pre-K-4 in that building. The 5th grade will move into the old campus.
The new addition will include 22 classrooms, an ESL classroom, a computer lab, library, a cafeteria and offices for the principal, nurse, counselor, and assistant principal. Seven classrooms in the North Campus have had renovations done to the carpeting, painting, sinks and storage area to make it look like the new addition. Stockstill said.
The new building should make life
convenient for both students and teachers, Stockstill said.
“I think what it will do is make i safer for the kids,” Stockstill said “Presently, the kids have to cross tht street to get to the library (which ii across the street from Krueger) and tc go to P.E. class (at the old gymnasium). Second, it will enable the teachers to work together as a team because they w ill be closer together. Third, the principal will be in the same building which w ill give her an opportunity tc supervise her students better. Fourth when the kids switch for classes it wil not have to be time consuming goin£ from one building to another. Fifth when the parents pick up their kids, ii will be better coordinated.”
When the portables are left vacant Stockstill said the district would look into using the added space for boff high school and middle school classes “We are excited to be under one roof,” Krueger Elementary Principa Kathy Dittrich said. “It will give students the freedon to move on our campus. The kids will be safer moving from within one building instead of moving from one portable to another The pickup driveway (at the new addition) will make it safer for the parent:-to pick up their kids”
Dittrich said Krueger has 530 students for the 1995-% school year compared to 5IO for 1994-95. She said the elementary needed the additional space, especially for its third and fourth grade classes.
"Because of the new space, w e w ill be able to comply with the state ratio ol 22 (students):! (teacher) in those grades," Dittrich said.
Election to decide whether GVEC will set its own rates
By DENISE DZIUK
The members of the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. (GVEC) will soon have a chance to vote to return rate setting to the board of directors, taking it out of the hands of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Marcus Pridgeon, general manager of the GVEC, said the GVEC was formed in 1939, and serves 35,(WK) meters. The GVEC stretches from the eastern boundary ol" San Antonio to Ezzell, southeast of Hallettsville. Pridgeon said that the Public Utility Commission of Texas was formed in 1975, when the state legislature passed the Public Utility Regulatory Act, and has set the electric rates ever since.
Pridgeon said members of the commission are appointed by the governor. He said this means the commission changes as the political philosophy of the governor changes. He w ent on to say that it is costly and time consuming to appear before the commission for "rate intervention”.
"Our last rate case intervention cost us about $11,000 in legal fees. That may not seem like a lot of money to some people, but it’s a lot to a company our size,” he said.
However, Pridgeon said Senate Bill 1227, which was passed during the last legislative ses
sion, gives the public the option of having the local board of directors establish rates. The board of directors consists of nine elected members.
"It’s a chance to return power to a local board. It lets a locally elected board set the rates instead of one appointed by the governor,” said Pndgeon.
He said deregulation from the Public Utility Commission of Texas would be best for GVEC, because it would allow the board of directors to establish the rates. He said this would cause a slight decrease in rates because there would not be large regulatory costs, such as in the last rate intervention case. He also said local electric rates would become more competitive. He said no immediate change in rates would be seen.
"In the long run, rates would be more completive because they’re not being driven by political agendas,” he said.
Ballots will be mailed to each GVEC member on Oct. 2, and must be ruturned to GVEC by Nov. LAH members are encouraged to vote on whether they want the commission, or the board of directors to be have the authority to set rates.
The results of the election will be canvassed by the PUC", and if deregulation gets the majority of votes, it w ill become effective immediately after the canvassing is certified. Pndgeon said the commission has not yet developed the rules for the election canvassing, so he does not know how long it will take.
Hispanic Chamber makes plans
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County (GHCC) kicked into high gear with it slate of plans as it held its first general meeting Tuesday night at Lone Star Elementary.
Feb. IO the GHCC will send a delegation to the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) quarterly meeting in Monterrey, Mexico.
“This is primarily a trade mission.” said GHCC Chair Ron Gonzalez.
“We are asking any area businesses with an interest in buying or selling a product in Mexico to contact us so we can take their goals and questions with us to Monterrey.”
Net surfers can find information about the GHCC on the TAMACC Homepage at hhtp./Avww.tamacc.org. (The last period isn’t part of the Homepage address.)
The GHCC will lend a hand to the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber when it holds the November TAMACC quarterly meeting in San Marcos, Nov. 17 and 18 at the Executive House Hotel.
Leo Gomez, chair of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, told the group how the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber’s relationship with its Greater Chamber evolved
over the years. “Basically they have decided to hold hands and work together on everything,” Gonzalez said.
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber has a staff employee who works in Mexico to serve as a trade link, Gonzalez said. “Pnmarily it follows along the same line as how we’re trying to open the Mexican market locally,” he said.
Joe Monn, TAMACC president, encouraged and inspired the GHCC with his speech, Gonzalez said. “Joe Morin is the newest appointee to the state lottery commission,” he said.
Mayor Paul E. Fraser opened the evening with welcoming remarks, Gonzalez said. “Some who attended were Councilman Ray Schoch, Justice of the Peace Diana Campos, NBU trustee Guadalupe Castillo, school board trustee Sylvia Sanchez, Commissioner Cristina Zamora and Nathan Millett," Gonzalez said.
“The meeting was about opportunity and bettennent for the whole community,” Gonzalez said, “providing opportunity, whether it be business, educational or leadership opportunity, especially for youth.”
For information about the GHCC, contact Nora Morales at 625-7523 or Mike Cruz at 606-1805.Slashing college loans may save money now, but will leave America weaker. See Page 4.