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here are plenty of weighty issues in 2017 for residents to consider.
Elections will be held May 6 in San Antonio, among other cities, and one of the top considerations is the mayoral race. Candidates so far include incumbent Ivy Taylor and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg. Meanwhile, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier and District 10’s Mike Gallagher are not seeking re-election. In addition, city officials are putting an $850 million bond on the ballot. It pushes for upgrades and new construction for streets, bridges, sidewalks, facilities, parks and recreation, drainage and flood control, and neighborhood redevelopment. At the state level, conservative politicians in Austin are considering limiting the annexation powers of cities and taking another look at school vouchers. These races and issues could have an impact on your neighborhoods, taxes and even where you decide to live. Speak out by contacting your elected officials. Beware of so-called fake news and rely on credible media outlets and other trusted sources, such as official town-hall meetings and public forums. Only then can you make informed decisions to better your community.
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Taking stock at the rodeo by SUSAN YERKES
As San Antonio counts down to the citywide tricentennial celebration next year, there’s a lot of excitement about history and heritage. A big part of the legacy comes alive every February at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The nearly monthlong festivities offer a living look at many of the traditions that shaped Texas and its people. The show started Feb. 4, when the Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive draws thousands to see a herd of
Texas longhorns move down Houston Street to the Alamo, accompanied by the Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Division and the Fort Sam Houston Caisson. Staged in the urban heart of a booming 21st century city, it’s a memorable juxtaposition of old and new. The same can be said for the entire Stock Show & Rodeo, opening at Freeman Coliseum and the AT&T Center Feb. 9 and running through Feb. 26. Founded in 1949, the Stock Show & Rodeo, or SALE (San Antonio Livestock Exposition Inc.), originally celebrated the time-honored traditions of farming and ranching, which attracted settlers to the state in the first place. Land drove the economy. In much of Texas, it still does. With nearly 250,000 farms and ranches covering more than 130 million acres, the Lone Star State leads the nation in producing cattle, cotton, hay, sheep, goats and mohair, which adds up to an economic impact of more than $100 billion a year, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture. Living in the city, it’s easy to
forget such facts. These days, the closest many folks get to a pasture is pasteurized milk, and cowboy culture is all hats and boots, but no cattle. It’s actually pretty easy to enjoy the glitz and fanfare of the rodeo and bigname band concerts without giving much thought to the future of agriculture. You can spend a weekend sampling corn dogs, funnel cakes, chili and a chuck wagon’s worth of chow, or shop till you drop in the sprawling market hall without ever seeing the inside of an animal barn. It’s all a lot of fun, but behind it is the real reason the Stock Show & Rodeo exists – the young people who represent tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers. Modern agriculture is big business. Yet, family farms and ranches still survive, and many Texas children and teens are carrying on old customs and creating new ones. While a lot of San Antonio-area kids have never been to a dairy farm or ridden a horse, there are still 50 active 4-H clubs in Bexar County, in addition to FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) groups.
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esidents who live in unincorporated areas targeted by a city for annexation should be allowed to vote on the matter.
It seems unconscionable such a law doesn’t already exist. However, this will change if state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, and Texas Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, are successful with new legislation. Larson, during the 85th legislative session, is pushing for House Bill 299. The annexation reform would keep home-rule cities from unilaterally usurping regions within their extraterritorial jurisdictions,
instead requiring the municipalities to let affected residents have their say-so at the ballot box. The effort was sparked by a recent, major land-grab proposal undertaken by San Antonio. After several protests, the measure was later scaled back, though it still includes a stretch along Interstate 10 West and a commercial corridor on U.S. 281 north of Loop 1604. Annexation is not necessarily a bad thing. It can bring more services including fire and police, as well as additional legal safeguards to protect land and property. On the other hand, when territories are annexed services can be delayed, additional regulations can feel burdensome and residents often face more taxation. Locals whose land is about to be gobbled up by a neighboring city should have a say in the proceedings, not just stand by helplessly while a pen stroke adds them to the tax rolls. -The Local Community News editorial board includes Harry Lees, Gregg Rosenfield and Thomas Edwards.
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“GARGOYLES AND FEBRUARY SCARECROW SINS” The comedy by Rick Hamby is playing at the Boerne Community Theatre, 907 E. Blanco Road in Boerne. It’s billed as an “irreverent send-up of the funeral for the town madam in Big Spring.” Dates are Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18. Tickets are $15$22. For times or reservations, go to www.boernetheatre.org/ or call the box office at 830-249-9166. ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL FEB At work in San Antonio 9 since 1928, the international nonprofit — striving to make
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ART: IT’S MORE THAN A NAME On the second Saturday of 11 the month, stroll Boerne’s streets from 4-8 p.m. and enjoy a fine-art experience. During “Second Saturday Art and Wine,” participating galleries are free and open to the public. Meet artists and enjoy art, wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. For more, call 830-248-1184.
BEE HERE Come to the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, 140 11 City Park Road in Boerne, for a beekeeping symposium. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Don Fraser will present “Honey,
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UNIQUE VALENTINE SETTING Cave Without a Name, 325 11 Kreutzberg Road in Boerne, hosts “Love is in the Air” with a 6 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. classical and popmusic performance. Advance tickets only are $50, until 4 p.m. Feb. 10. For more, visit www.cavewithoutaname.com.
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HAPPENING continues from pg. 06 folks looking to grow food organically. Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road in Boerne, hosts the symposium from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Additional tutorials will be April 8, May 13, Sept. 2 and Oct. 7. For more and to register, visit www.cibolo. org or contact Ben Eldredge at ben@ cibolo.org or call 830-249-4616. READY, SET, GO! Be at the start line by 8:30 a.m. for Chase My Shadow 5K/10K Trail Run. This second installment of a running series takes place at Eisenhower Park, 19399 N.W. Military Highway. The concluding race, Kick Up the Dust 5K/10K Trail Run is March 12 at 8 a.m. For more including registration costs, visit www.athleteguild.com.
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BOERNE CITY COUNCIL 14, 28 The next regular meetings will be in chambers, 124 Old San Antonio Road, from 6-8 p.m.; normally held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more and to confirm dates and times, visit www.ci.boerne.tx.us.
BOERNE PERFORMING PRODUCTIONS 14, 27 ARTS Boerne-Champion High School’s auditorium, 201 Charger Blvd., hosts 7:30 p.m. shows presented by Boerne Performing Arts. First, enjoy the concert experience “Vocalosity” Feb. 14. Then, Feb. 27, the Russian Seasons Dance Company entertains. Tickets for both events range from $30-$60, $20 for students. For more, visit www.boerneperformingarts. com or call 830-331-9079.
FAIR OAKS RANCH CITY COUNCIL Regular meetings 16 begin at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in City Hall chambers, 7286 Dietz Elkhorn Road. For more and to verify dates and times, call 698-0900.
CAN WE TALK? On the third Thursday of each month, the 16 second-floor conference room at Heath Public Library, 451 N. Main St. in Boerne, hosts a multicultural 10-11:30 a.m. coffee klatch. “Soul Salon” unites folks
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Open and Opening Soon 1. TYE’S DRIVING SCHOOL, 1595 S. Main St., Suite 125 in Boerne, features Geneva School of Boerne teacher Steven Tye instructing both young and old how to handle a vehicle. He offers classroom and behind-the-wheel lessons. For hours and more, call 830-428-8910 or visit tyesdrivingschool.com or facebook.com/ tyesdrivingschool. (See story on page 18)
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FAIR OAKS RANCH ANNOUNCED POLICE INVESTIGATOR DAVID PRICE as the employee of the quarter on Jan. 5. According to city officials, Price made several contributions beyond the scope of his duties, including coordinating National Night Out for the department alongside eight community events last year. He also spent more than 250 hours working a home invasion from last March to prepare the case for prosecution.
455 S. Main St. in Boerne, opened in September offering several types of sweet breads, Mexican wedding cookies, empanadas and more. The “y Mas” in the name signifies other savory treats down the road. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more, call 830-331-9338 or visit facebook.com/ JoaquinsPanaderia. (See story on page 19) N. Loop 1604 West, provides stressfree, personalized emergency care using board-certified physicians “trained to handle any situation,” according to a company statement. “We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist with any medical emergency.” The service accepts most major insurance and Tricare. For more, call 272-7199 or visit myemergencyroom.com.
GARCIA MIDDLE SCHOOL SEVENTHGRADER KELLEN DUKATNIK raised more than $2,500 to spread Christmas cheer to 10 families at Fernandez Elementary School. He believes “everyone deserves to have a Christmas,” according to educators. Meeting with the families before the winter break, he unloaded gifts, turkeys and boxes of food, enough to fill two vehicles. Fernandez Principal Chaisleigh Southworth, described Kellen as “their very own Santa.” TWO GARCIA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS GARNERED TOP spots in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest, sponsored by
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the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Of the more than 425 local submissions, Sydney Roan placed first, receiving $300 and a plaque. Brayden Parker took third, winning $100 and a certificate. VFW recently asked participants to write 300 to 400 words on the theme “The America I Believe In.” INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS COORDINATOR FOR THE NORTHSIDE Independent School District Brian Squyres received the 2016 P.D. Thomas Award for achievement and excellence from the Instructional Materials Coordinators Association of Texas at its annual conference. Recipients are nominated and selected by IMCAT members. “This is a testament to the great work Brian does here in NISD, and shows how well he is respected among his peers across the state,” said Doug Shudde, district director of academic technology, library and instructional materials.
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CHARLES ZECH, CITY ATTORNEY FOR FAIR OAKS RANCH, is working with developers, other lawyers and the Fair Oaks Ranch Homeowners Association to complete a possible transfer of The Arbors Preserve Area to the homeowners group. Several pieces still have to fall into place, including approval by FORHA board members and a period to determine what impact the transaction might have on property taxes. The natural region includes nearly a halfmile of frontage along Cibolo Creek.
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FAIR OAKS RANCH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED two spending recommendations from the city’s Wildlife Education Committee after discussions last December. For $3,900, the city will invest in a camera survey to assess the number of feral hogs in the area, as well as other game. City staff will assist with contractual arrangements, including acquiring landowner’s permission to conduct research. Another $1,000 is being allocated to develop an education program at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School teaching pupils about regional wildlife and plants. NUMEROUS BOERNE AND BOERNECHAMPION HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL players and contributors were recently named to the 2016 Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State team for success in the classroom and on the field. From the Greyhounds: Kata Haas and Hannah Benac (managers); McKenzie Luker and Maricela Garcia
FEB. 6 - MAR. 13, 2017 (trainers); Hayden Levada, Jared Graybill, Nic Novak, Kevin Alfano, Angel Velez, Marcus Dormady, Carter Snelling, Senate Horton, Hunter Griffith, Jack Welch, Luke Kinchen and William McClure (student-athletes). From the Chargers: Zach Duncan, James Miller, Jorge Arroyo, Isaac Murdock, Kaden Beavers, Ethan Dean, Brendan Brennan, Judd Oefinger, Cole Reneer, Austin HIll, Matthew Covert, Bobby Marshall, Trent Hargroder, Gunnar McCoy, Corbyn Gilmore, Hayden McMurrey, Chayce Bolli and Brady Vick. BOERNE MIDDLE SCHOOL SOUTH SIXTH-GRADER QUINCIE MORAN grabbed third place statewide in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Previously, she won local and district competitions to qualify for state. Entries were submitted from 330 posts around Texas. On Dec. 12, VFW Post 668 Quartermaster Bob Worrall presented Quincie with a certificate acknowledging her achievement.
TWO BOERNE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE NAMED Jan. 7 to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir. John Hodge and Louie Ramos were awarded first chairs at bass and tenor, respectively, becoming the school’s initial All-State Choir male members. Their selection is the highest honor a Texas high school choral musician can achieve, teachers said, and the pair will perform with the group during the TMEA annual convention in February. SEVERAL HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS FROM GENEVA SCHOOL OF BOERNE placed at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Student Western Art Contest in December. From more than 350 submissions, sophomores Alyssa Salter and Nathan Zuniga took honors among the top 25 entrants. The duo’s artwork was auctioned at the Briscoe Western Art Museum on Jan. 26 for scholarship money. Also, seniors Claire Williams, Adison Cate and Jessica Wheeler, plus junior Ruth Wacker, finished in the top 50.
Residents of Fair Oaks Ranch pack a recent town-hall meeting to learn about possible changes coming to the city if voters adopt a home-rule charter on May 6. Supporters say home rule gives the city more control over its destiny, but others wonder if it's a gambit to increase annexation. Courtesy photo
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AIR OAKS RANCH — As the city pushes ahead on a vote for home rule, some residents wonder whether the move is paving the way for additional annexation — a development not favored by all.
Many neighbors want to keep the town at its current size, they told Home Rule Charter Commission members during a town-hall meeting Jan. 12. “It seems like what you’re saying is the reason for us changing our form of government right now is … basically to have an enhanced ability to annex additional property,” said resident Will Brinson. “I’ve been satisfied with the city the size that it is and the way as it is right now.” During the last six months, 11 commission volunteers holding about two dozen public meetings gathered input on a home-rule charter, which goes before City Council in February. Once vetting is done, the electorate votes on adoption May 6. The mayor and council selected
the committee members. Under Texas law, a municipality reaching 5,000 in population can opt for home rule, which gives leaders more latitude in deciding local issues. Smaller towns are general-law cities, meaning they’re mandated by state measures alone. If accepted, the charter will have provisions for referendums, recalls and annexation of tracts in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. “We are one of a very small number of cities our size that have not moved to a home-rule charter,” said Mayor Garry Manitzas. “The home-rule charter gives our citizens much more control over managing their city than is possible with the general-law charter under which we currently operate.” Home rule brings the power back to the people, said committee member Greg Maxton. “Home rule assumes that government issues should be solved at the lowest level, and that lowest level is … closest to the people — citizens manage their own affairs with minimal interference with the state,” Maxton said. General law denies elected leaders a say-so in annexation, unless a developer approaches them and wants to be in the city. Home rule, however, provides residents more control of a city’s destiny, a council member said. “If we become a home-rule city, we
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HOME RULE continues from pg. 11 are able to put our planning-andzoning rules into place and we can try to maintain the flavor of the city the way it is currently,” said Place 1 Alderwoman MaryAnne Havard. Officials expect the home-rule initiative to receive wide support. “I think it shows the concern and the interest we have in the future of our city, and that we all identify that we have a unique city, and that we want to keep it that way now and into the future,” Maxton said. The city has already started on a comprehensive plan, which includes creating a Planning and Zoning Commission. Under home rule, the city administrator becomes a city manager, but duties and responsibilities are unaffected. “The adoption of a home-rule charter doesn’t really change the operation of the city very much or even significantly at all,” said the committee’s James McConnell.
Council’s makeup would change under the proposed charter. Currently, Fair Oaks Ranch has five council members and a mayor, with staggered two-year tenures and no term limits. The mayor only votes when ties exist. However, the charter creates six at-large council members including the mayor, who would be a voting participant. Using the new system, elected officials are restricted to six years in office (two, three-year terms). They can serve an additional three years after being off the governing body for 36 months. A council member can also fulfill two more three-year periods as mayor. According to a meeting handout: “Term limits were incorporated to encourage new people with new ideas and different perspectives to serve.” Residents should make their wishes known at the ballot box in May, Maxton said. “Whether we vote yes or no to adopt this, it’s important; and we encourage people to get out and
Frank Trapasso (left), a member of the Fair Oaks Ranch Home Rule Charter Commission, answers questions at a town-hall meeting Jan. 12. Greg Maxton (above), also a member of the commission, gave a presentation at the same gathering. Courtesy photos
vote about this charter,” he said. Its final version will be mailed to registered voters in the weeks preceding the election.
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The Rev. Scott Brown served as TMI’s chaplain from 2004-07 and, according to retiring headmaster John Cooper, his previous experience can be advantageous. “He’s an excellent choice to lead the school to even greater success. He’s a very deep thinker, he’s a very caring individual,” Cooper said. “I’m 100 percent behind the choice of Scott, excited to be working with him.” Prior to the appointment, Brown was rector at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and Day School in Harlingen for a decade. Brown said he, his wife Kimberly and their two boys loved deep South Texas and their friendships, but feel like they’re coming home now. “It’s bittersweet for us, the things we have learned from this community (Harlingen) about loving people and being in a relationship with people...
I have formed and been formed by the community of St. Alban’s, and I know what it looks like to live in a great community,” Brown said. Sons, Parker, 14, and Christopher, 11, will join TMI’s ninth- and sixthgrade class, respectively, this fall. The family also has started an international adoption process and hope to welcome Angelene, 6, from Haiti. The Rt. Rev. Gary R. Lillibridge, the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and chairman of the school’s board of governors, originally alerted Brown to the job; the next thing the 41-year-old priest knew, he was hired. “I think what draws me to TMI is that we’re kindred spirits. What makes me who I am and what makes TMI what she is are the same.” Brown said. “The leadership, the academics, the competitive athletics and the spirituality, all together that’s who I am, and that’s who TMI is.” Kimberly Brown often reminds her husband they’d visit TMI before he ever was chaplain there and he’d say, “This is where I want to work one day, this is where I want to be.” TMI relied on headhunters in the search for its previous two headmasters. However, this time directors knew what they wanted and put out feelers themselves, according to board member Dirk P.D. Mosis III. “(Brown is) very much of a listener
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TMI continues from pg. 13 and a people person, and he cares about kids. We saw that when he was the priest there,” Mosis said. “He understands what goes on more day to day. All of that wrapped up makes him a fairly unique candidate that we’re really excited about.” Brown said campus life invigorates him; he’s worked at schools since receiving a master’s of divinity degree from The University of the South’s School of Theology in 2002. “I just love being in the rhythm of a school campus. I love being in a community with students every day,” Brown said. “It’s fun to walk down and have lunch with the kids.” At St. Alban’s, he even played with the younger children during recess. TMI staffers are excited Brown is coming back. Claudia Clark, who teaches Latin and Spanish, said Brown’s genuine love of the school and its pupils will continue to make TMI special. “He’s not just the academic, he’s not just
the priest; he’s all these things wrapped up into one wonderful, loving, energetic package. It’s a great fit for a headmaster at a school like ours,” Clark said. Brown starts March 1, working alongside Cooper to transition into his new role until the latter leaves June 30. “I think this chapter in the life of TMI is the perfect timing for a clergy headmaster to build community, to prayerfully lead the community. It’s a great school, it’s already great, and yet the best days are still ahead,” Brown said. Cooper, TMI’s headmaster since 2012, has been an educator for two decades, previously teaching in Illinois and Wichita, Kansas. “Because the job is so complex and demanding, it’s amazing how fast 23 years have gone,” Cooper said. He told the senior class he’d be graduating along with them. Currently living on campus, Cooper and his wife plan a Fort Worth relocation; they’ll be closer to two of their grown children and grandkids. He expects to stay busy doing part-time consulting, plus camping,
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A multimillion-dollar capital campaign at the Geneva School of Boerne funded the construction of a permanent Grammar School so students could move out of portable buildings. Alumni gave the campus a monument engraved with school’s name. Photo by Collette Orquiz
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AIR OAKS RANCH — Less than a month before the start of 2017, kindergarten through second-grade students at the Geneva School of Boerne packed up their bags and pencil boxes, and paraded into the first permanent building of the Grammar School.
Everyone stood outside cheering and enjoying the moment together, Headmaster Jessica Gombert said. For years, the private institution’s elementary school students have only attended classes in portable units, but that changed Dec. 5 thanks to a multimilliondollar capital drive. Third- through fifth-graders will eventually move, too, when the next phase of on-campus construction begins this spring. “The whole campaign has not so much been about the need for the building, but a need to move out of the portables,” said Kirk Lanier, who has
children in kindergarten and first grade. The structures required constant repairs, and became a fiscal and monetary challenge, said Development Director Amy Metzger. Geneva School of Boerne was founded in 1999 on the premises of St. John Lutheran Church with 13 students. In 2004, it moved to 113 Cascade Caverns Road, and today has 686 learners enrolled. In addition to the Grammar School, the 32-acre campus has the Logic School serving grades six through eight, and the Rhetoric School for grades nine through 12. Geneva launched a capital campaign at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year to cover various projects. The campaign’s theme, derived from Isaiah 61:3-4, is, “A planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Costs for the first phase are estimated at $4 million; phases two and three will bring the total to more than $10 million. Phase one included a new administration building, and the kindergarten through first-grade wing. It’s a one-story facility with plenty of natural light. Construction began in 2015, but the expected fall completion date was delayed due to severe weather. Second-graders share the kindergarten and first-grade wing for now. The students seem to like the new building, officials added.
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In both of these pictures, parent volunteers are shown reading to students in classrooms that are part of a new building funded by the first phase of a capital campaign at Geneva School of Boerne. Campus officials say it’s not uncommon for guardians to stay very involved in projects, even as voluntary classroom instructors. Photos by Collette Orquiz
“The funniest thing I heard was one of the first-graders told her teacher, ‘Well, when you jump the floor doesn’t shake anymore,’” said Grammar School Coordinator Beverly Johnson. “It’s true. The floor doesn’t shake anymore. We have a firm foundation now.” With parents’ help, it only took one week to pack up and move even though classes remained in session. “There was not even a bump in the children’s education. It went flawlessly while we were moving,” Gombert said. “We’re very thankful and blessed by how that came together, and all the help we got to make it happen.” A lot of thought went into choosing the color scheme and decor for the new facility, Gombert said. “It’s an environment that’s conducive to good learning, it’s very peaceful,” she added. A collaborative space at the center of the wing will be used for presentations, art shows and gatherings. It features 10-foot-high windows
overlooking an outdoor classroom. Since there are no traditional hallways, classrooms open to the outdoors just as the portables did. Educators wanted to retain the portables’ boardwalk feeling, which includes a covered concrete walkway to each classroom. Old pieces of wood from the portables’ boardwalk have been used to create benches. “I think it’s great. It’s really designed just to accommodate the kids and their needs,” Lanier said. “They have all the same tools and resources, it’s just a more comfortable place for the kids. I think it will foster a better environment.” Additional construction will complete the Grammar School with a facility for second- and third-graders; a pending wing for fourth and fifth grades will include an art room, a music space and a science lab. Parents are very involved at Geneva, chipping in on projects and volunteering to teach, Johnson said. Those interested in giving to the capital campaign can visit genevaschooltx.org/support-geneva.
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OERNE — Educating is a full-time job for Steven Tye, whether it’s teaching at the Geneva School of Boerne or helping folks learn to handle a vehicle at his new driving school. “It’s an exciting time of their life, and I think a lot of times driving schools approach it in the same way that a lot of schools approach it ... but I want it to be more than that,” Tye said. “I want to help them during this really pivotal time in their lives, so it’s more of a personal investment.” Tye’s Driving School, opened in November, is located in The Tower at Boerne shopping center, 1595 S. Main St., Suite 125. He’s taught novice drivers in California, Oklahoma and Texas. He offers classroom and behind-thewheel instruction for groups or individuals.
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OERNE — One could say divine inspiration led Jeffrey Alvarez to open Joaquin’s Panaderia y Mas.
The entrepreneur believes God had a plan for him, starting with Alvarez’s chance encounter with a fellow gym member who revealed the former home to Mary Brogan’s Irish Cottage was available. Alvarez prayed, and then got busy. “It’s been a journey. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been gratifying,” the owner said. “This found me, I didn’t look for
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Joaquin's Panaderia y Mas in Boerne offers plenty of baked treats, including empanadas. Owner Jeffrey Alvarez says the business is a family affair. It's even named after his son. Photos by Collette Orquiz
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