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On May 11 voters will decide the fate of a $99.48 million school bond issue proposed by the Boerne Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday. The board voted unanimously to call for the bond election, which includes major investments in technology, facility upgrades and enhanced security features for all district schools. Board Presidfent Jennifer Christianson praised the facilities and resource planning committee, a 70-member group of district citizens that formed

the bond package, and said she was pleased with the level of community input that went into its formulation. The bond’s $14 million in technology funding will include extensive upgrades to wireless Internet access, computer hardware, communication systems and mobile devices, allowing access to educational resources increasingly found in digital format. Funding for the proposed new Fabra Elementary campus took into consideration the age of the existing school and its limitations as a modern learning environment. The new campus would be located in the existing attendance zone, and, with some renovation,

the current facility would be repurposed for administrative and alternative school uses. Major upgrades to Curington Elementary School and Boerne Middle School North, two of the district’s older campuses, were included in the bond, along with expansion of career and technology education programs at Boerne High School to alleviate overcrowding and scheduling issues. The bond would also fund security and safety projects on all campuses, including enhanced security at school entry points, special security locks on all classroom doors, upgraded security cameras and other needs that might be identified

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Superintendent highlights superior achievement by district students

Passports to prizes Boerne High’s Harlee Taylor shoots in Tuesday’s district game with Bandera. For a complete basketball round up, see today’s sports, pages 15A-16A.

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duffle bag. First prize winner Cynthia Lyons received an iPad mini with accessories. Those who qualified for the first prize drawing had to attend 16 events. Second prize of an e Nook tablet with accessories was Sandi Wyss. A minimum of 14 events was necessary to qualify for second. Third prize for attending a minimum of 12 events went to Michael Nichols, the basic prize package of

Superior student achievement in all academic categories was the highlight of Boerne Independent School District Superintendent David Stelmazewski’s annual Academic Excellence Indicator System report for the 2011-12 school year. At BISD’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Stelmazewski noted the percentage of district students graduating for the period was 98.6 percent, compared with a statewide average of 75 percent. Over 90 percent of sophomores and juniors earned passing marks on all accountability tests, compared with 75 percent statewide. Nearly 90 percent of BISD students took the SAT and ACT tests, compared with 68.9 percent statewide. “Good instruction, good kids and good community help make all that happen,” said Stelmazewski, and he complimented district teachers and campus administrators “who make sure our kids are successful.”

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...Birthday February 1 Lacy Cannon Edie Griffith Corrine Langston Shannon Lee Kenneth Maxymof Vicky Rudloff February 2 England Allaison Getz James Dominick Thomas Fabian Alonso Bob Rhodes Mildred Sprowls February 3 Mary Abernathy Pearl Barnard Effie Dyal Bobby Hale Geri Lee Earl Marvin Mack Richter Carol Scott February 4 Betty Hughes Lucille Krauter Ruby Grace Posey Carolyn Stauss

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Prize packages were awarded to five winners in the Kendall County Sesquicentennial Heritage Passport Program during the County’s 150th anniversary celebration last year. The awards were presented Monday by the Kendall County Historical Commission at the Historic County Courthouse in Boerne. Grand prize winner Mary Stuman received an iPad 4 with accessories. She attended all 17 Heritage Passport events to qualify for the grand prize. Everyone who attended all 17 events received a KC150

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Antonia ‘Toni’ dela Rosa For complete obituaries, see page 2A and online at www.boernestar.com.

Index Business 9A-10A Calendar 8A Celebrating the Arts 18A Classifieds 1B-6B Confessions of a Bookaholic 11A Crossword 14A Faith 7A From the Heart 11A Games 14A Hill Country Gardener 11A Mary Alice's Potpourri 17A Native Plants 18A Real Estate 1B-3B, 6B Records 12A Service Directory 4B-5B Sports 15A-16A Viewpoints 4A

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Champion High School’s Academic Decathlon team made a strong showing at regional competition last weekend, bringing home almost 50 individual medals, and first place for the team as a whole. It was the Boerne Ac-Dec team’s best performance since teacher, Matt Haecker, began coaching the scholastic club about a half-decade ago. “This is by far the strongest year (we) have ever had at the regional level,” Haecker said. Not only did the team take first place after two days of tests, interviews, speeches, The champion Champion AcDec team, from left: back - Ben Herr, Travis Roberson, Matt VanDivier; and essay writing, Samantha front - Matt Haecker, Cheyenne Poston, Rachel Thompson, Anya Maltsberger, Andrew Ditri, JoPhoto by Robert Thompson Farmer took top individual hanna Walker, Tyler Roberson, Sam Farmer. honors and Anya Maltsberger placed second. Because this year’s theme when something my dad said informational accumula- (3.75–4.00 GPA), Scholastic Academic Decathlon was Russia, Samantha could be related to Russia, I tion. One of the most unique (3.00–3.74 GPA), and Varinvolves strenuous thematic Farmer - who estimates that would make a connection,” aspects of Academic Decath- sity (0.00–2.99 GPA). Thus, study on the part of team she spent more than 200 Farmer said regarding con- lon is the fact that teams despite a natural competimembers who must absorb hours studying - laughed that versations with her father. include competitors of vari- tiveness, the group is able to information about art, eco- she is now able to tie almost “He got tired of all the ‘use- ous achievement levels. forge strengths through its nomics, music, science, any conversational topic less’ trivia!” Students test in one of very diversity. And accordlanguage/literature, social back to the former USSR. However, Ac-Dec’s ben- three divisions, based on science and math. See AC-DEC, page 3A “At every possible instance, efits extend beyond its vast grade point average: Honors

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FROM PAGE 1A In other business, Special Programs Coordinator Marcy Voss reported on the Safe and Drug-free Schools program in BISD for last year. Focusing on substance abuse, Voss compared BISD scores with state-wide data. In the prevalence of pastmonth substance use among secondary students category, BISD came in at or below the state average. However, alcohol use among the districtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12th graders was above state averages in all reporting categories, including students who have driven drunk at least once during the past year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our efforts continue for both our education programs in schools and through our student assistance counselors,â&#x20AC;? Voss stressed, indicating they would increase alcohol education for both students and parents as prom time approaches. Boerne Mayor Mike Schultz updated the board on the proposed annexation of about 28 acres at 34 Shooting Club Road and rumors of a truck stop to be built on a portion of the property. Schultz explained the city had been actively annexing land to protect the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance corridors with a goal of subjecting development of those parcels to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ordinances. Schultz anticipated the property would be zoned industrial to match the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adjacent north industrial

BONDS FROM PAGE 1A in future campus audits. Other projects in the bond proposal included fine arts, physical education and athletics facilities at BHS, and health and energy savings upgrades on all campuses. To accommodate BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anticipated growth, the package provided funds to update and expand the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus fleet and allocated land acquisition funds for future school sites. Calling the bond proposal

park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is not any parcel of ground in the city of Boerne at this time that has zoning for a truck stop,â&#x20AC;? he stressed, adding the city would proceed with the annexation process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We undertook this (annexation) to protect our entry corridors,â&#x20AC;? Schultz concluded. In the teacher presentation portion of the meeting, Boerne High School social studies teacher Bret Bunker showed slides illustrating how the use of Google Apps allowed teachers â&#x20AC;&#x153;to extend education beyond the classroom.â&#x20AC;? And Curington Elementary School principal Georgia Franks told the board about her schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FOCUS program, a daily 45-minute period during which every child receives intense instruction on a skill deficit. The board also called a school board election for May 11 and handled other matters involved in conducting the election. Approved the monthly financial report from the BISD business office including investments, tax collection reports, donations and budget amendments. Approved a resolution of acknowledgement to make public education a priority within BISD. In other action, the board extended a resolution to suspend portions of the rule to require end of course exam results to count as 15 percent of a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final grade for the 2012-13 school year as recommended by the commissioner of education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;powerful,â&#x20AC;? Trustee Alan Rich said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe we will look back on this vote years from now and be able to say that we made the right decision at the right time.â&#x20AC;? Trustee Susie Allen added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each child in the district will be positively impacted by this bond.â&#x20AC;? For more information about the bond package, go to the BISD website at www. boerne-isd.net. Click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Departments,â&#x20AC;? scroll to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Facilitiesâ&#x20AC;? on the drop-down menu, then on the left-hand side of the page scroll down to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Facilities & Resource Planning Committee.â&#x20AC;?

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Champion’s Keystone Marcy competes for the Chargers at Friday’s District 29-4A meet in S.A. For complete meet results and photos, see today’s sports, pages 9-11.

The Rainbow Senior Center at Kronkosky Place held an inaugural “Silver & Gold Awards Dinner” on Thursday night in honor of local “advocates for the aging - people who have truly made a difference,” the center’s director of development Julie English, said. Sandra Bradley was recognized as “Volunteer Advocate,” Dr. Susan Lee as “Community Advocate,” and the Boerne Star as “Business Advocate.” English noted that Bradley, who’s served the RSC in various capacities for 30 years has logged over 7,000 volunteer hours while Lee, who also volunteers with the center, has made “senior patients the focus of her practice.” According to English, Brian Cartwright, Boerne Star publisher, has had a “great deal to do with the growth” of the center and “has always been there when we needed him.” The center, whose mission is to serve senior citizens of Kendall County, currently has about 2,000 members. While approximately 150 diners fill its large dining area each day, the facility also houses a fitness center and a walking trail. Members participate in classes including square dancing, Tai Chi, crafts, painting or floral design or spend time playing table games such as bridge. “We have seniors who get here at eight and they don’t leave ‘til after lunch,” English said. She quoted another staff member who recently said, “Not only should (local residents) consider the quality of area

Susie Allen, board president of the Rainbow Senior Center at Kronkosky Place, presents Brian Cartwright with “Business Advocate” award. schools - but they should look at the senior center, because that really says something about the community.” This year’s “Advocates for the Aging” were chosen by Kronkosky Place staff. “We just have so many advocates for the center, and we wanted to celebrate that,” English said. “Our advocates freely give us of their time, talent, and treasure.” RSC at the Kronkosky Place won the Boerne Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit of the Year last Friday.

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Meeting set to discuss road work in Leon Springs Bexar County Public Works will hold a community meeting about the planned improvements to Boerne Stage Road, from Cross Mountain Trail to I-10. The meeting will be held at Cross Mountain Church, 24891 Boerne Stage Road, on Monday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The $11.6 million improvement project would expand the roadway to two, 12-foot lanes with a 14-foot continuous center turn lane and will also include a traffic signal upgrade and drainage improvements to Leon Creek. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

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To sample a cross-section of the community, B&A spoke with 300 Boerne residents in telephone interviews last April. According to the survey results, the 2011 bond proposition failed primarily because of concerns about higher taxes, and because voters didn’t think the improvements were needed. The results also showed voters did not receive enough positive information about how improvements would help students specifically and BISD in general. “We found out from the survey that a lot of people were not informed,” Stelmazewski said. “Only two of every 10 people had any information about the bond, and they didn’t have any factual information. “So we did a poor job of communicating to the public,” he continued, “and we’re trying to do a much better job this time around.” After reviewing the survey results, in May the district assembled a

Facilities Resource and Planning Committee to identify BISD’s needs both near- and long-term. In doing so, district officials sought a broad representation of the community and included in the 70-member group business and community leaders, interested citizens and BISD personnel and students, chaired by Boerne banking executive Steve Mack. Fair Oaks Ranch businessman David Boggan started out as a committee member but assumed a non-voting role when he signed on as a consultant to help with communications. Boggan said the committee first toured all nine BISD campuses to see the schools’ needs up close and called the tours “a very important component of the process.” He went on to say, “The committee really got a chance to look at some of the issues and needs, things that were working well, things that because of age or other factors needed attention

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Community Pianomania! 5 Browns perform Saturday Following a sold-out performance by Drumline Live last Wednesday, Boerne Performing Arts is ready to change gears for their next presentation featuring The 5 Browns â&#x20AC;Ś five talented concert pianists, all graduates of the famed Juilliard School of Music, performing on five Steinway Grandsâ&#x20AC;Śa symphony of piano performance at the highest level. The technical aspects now turn to the delivery of five Steinway Grand pianos, each being tuned by a highly trained technician prior to each performance, and aligning the pianos so that the five piano virtuosos are in contact with each other throughout the performance. Musical selections will include features from their latest release, 5 Browns in Hollywood, highlighted by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Wars: Suite for Five Pianos,â&#x20AC;? the music of John Williams, arranged by Greg Anderson, a Juilliard classmate of the Browns. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50 at the

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members broke up into groups for deeper discussions about specific needs, finally leading to their formal recommendations to the BISD Board of Trustees in December. Early in the process, the committee developed a set of principles and directions that guided their work throughout. Stelmazewski called these principles â&#x20AC;&#x153;the foundation to the whole process.â&#x20AC;? The 12 guiding principles and directions included: Achieving the highest level of academic performance for each studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual capacity in a safe and wholesome environment. Increasing the role of student-centered, collaborative, individualized learning so students could access programs at any level, from anywhere and advance at their own pace. Allowing teachers and staff to facilitate challenging and engaged learning with more autonomy to respond to student needs.

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BISD Teachers of the Year recognized Nine campus Teacher of the Year award recipients, including the 2012-13 Boerne ISD Teacher of the Year, were introduced to the board of trustees at its regular meeting last week. Carrie Fiedler, a fourth grade teacher at Fabra Elementary, was named BISD Teacher of the Year earlier in the semester after a panel interview with district administrators and principals. Fiedler was one of nine teachers – one from each campus – selected by her peers as campus Teacher of the Year. Other award recipients include Julie Gossell, Kendall Elementary; Marsha Guidry, Boerne High School; Michele Harris, Champion High School; Tavis McGeachin, Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary; Lisa

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McLaughlin, Boerne Middle School South; Larry Pawlik, Boerne Middle School North; Cyndy Veselka, Cibolo Creek Elementary; and Jon Wert, Curington Elementary. BISD superintendent David Stelmazewski recalled how he and school board president Jennifer Christianson went to each school to announce the campus award recipients. “It was wonderful seeing each teacher’s reaction and hearing the cheers of the students as we walked into the classroom unannounced and made the presentation,” Stelmazewski said. “The heartwarming smiles and the embraces from colleagues were clear indications of how much these teachers are

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I want to tell a little story that happened and the great community effort to the help this American Sparrow Hawk or Kestrel. My wife Mary Jo and I were walking our bassets as we do almost every weekend at Main Plaza. As we were returning to our car and we noticed the Little Hawk sitting on the sidewalk, we knew something was wrong. As we walked to our car and put our bassets in, some kid on a skate board scared the bird and he flew to a branch near our car. As he was struggling to balance he fell to the ground. Knowing that he was defenseless, he played possum. I looked in my phone for a wildlife rescue but nothing came up, then Boerne Police Officer Lance Deleon drove up. Kudos to this officer who knew who to call. He was very friendly, pleasant to deal with and had genuine concern for the welfare of the Little Hawk. Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Kendalia wanted the bird restrained and secured. Then the officer had an emergency call and left, telling us he would be back. We were across from the Ye Kendall Inn so I went to look for a box as my wife advised oncoming foot traffic about the bird to keep him safe.

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The lady working the front desk, Rosa, after a brief explanation jumped into action and got me a box to put the bird in. Her husband Jeff was working on remodeling the Limestone Grill and she got him to help me catch the Little Hawk. He got another young man who works at the Inn and these guys brought a towel and net and we finally rescued the Little Hawk. Officer Deleon came back from his call and was surprised and glad we had secured the Little Hawk. He informed us that the rescue people would meet with us in about 20 minutes. It is great when we all work together for one purpose and these four people deserve our recognition for just throwing more than a rope to help a stranger and his wife do something for the Little Hawk. In conclusion the rescue person arrived and got the Little Hawk and she told us that once he is well he will be released back near Boerne’s Main Plaza.

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Burn ban back Due to continuing dry conditions and the lack of rainfall forecast for the area, Kendall County Commissioner’s Court and County Judge Pro Tem Darrel Lux ordered Friday that the burn ban be in effect. Outdoor burning is not allowed until further notice. Anyone with questions concerning burning should call Kendall County Fire Marshal Jeffery Fincke at 830-249-3721.

Kendall Democrats to hear about upcoming BISD bond election When the Kendall County Democratic Club meets Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m., they will be learning more about the upcoming Boerne Independent School District bond election. District trustees are asking voters to consider $99.48 million school bond issue. The proposal will go before the voters

on Saturday May 11. Details will be presented by Steve Mack, chairman of the bond committee, who is also the CEO of the Texas Heritage Bank. The meeting will be in the Community Room at the Patrick Heath Public Library. It is free, and all are welcome regardless of political affiliation.

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as a buffer between the commercial portion and the Woods of Frederick Creek subdivision. The recommendation will go to the Boerne City Council on March 12, with a public hearing on April 9. After recommending permanent zoning of 8.648 acres at 10 FM 474 from R-A to R-2, commissioners then approved a proposed retirement community at that spot with certain restrictions. They suggested a 15-foot setback along the northern property line, a 35-foot setback along the eastern boundary, and masonry fences on both the eastern and northern property lines. The surrounding properties were already zoned R-2. Prestwick Development Company, LLC, has proposed building a 74-unit, income-restricted community for adults over 55. The city council will address both the permanent

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record-smashers! Boerne Highâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Koral Riggs stands at second base as Comfortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caroline Parker slides safely into the bag. For results of the game, see todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports, pages 3A-14A.

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something Gately says is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;big deal.â&#x20AC;? Working with what the coach calls airplane-quality extruded aluminum, NXT brains and other parts that come from Home Depot, the Vanguardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robot - a unique, telescoping design - measured out at just under four feet. Programmed to feed plastic rings onto a rack, the robot had to undertake this task while robots from other schools attempted to interfere; in other words, the competition is something of a Robot War. Whatever their modest expectations, the Vanguard e-lemon-ators did more than

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Boerne ISD is now accepting nominations of students in grades 1 through 11 for the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gifted-Talented Program. The G-T program serves students identified as gifted in the specific subject areas of language arts and social studies or math and science. Identification criteria include test scores, student product ratings, and teacher ratings. Students gifted in language arts have extensive vocabularies, read widely, elaborate well when speaking, and see relationships in literature. Students gifted in the area of social studies are sensitive to social issues, ask questions that are open-ended or philosophical and are interested in social themes and complex public issues, explanations or theories. Students gifted in math learn mathematical concepts and processes faster than other students, are interested in number and quantitative relationships, analyze mathematical problems and reason effectively. Students gifted in science are interested in scientific topics, have science hobbies or collections and are good at exploring, questioning and investigating. Parents who think their child exhibits these characteristics and might be overlooked in the identification process should contact their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus G-T coordinator to nominate him or her for screening. To nominat a child, contact: â&#x20AC;˘ Gaelyn Burk at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary, 357-4807; â&#x20AC;˘ Linda Laymon at Kendall Elementary, 3574607; â&#x20AC;˘ Marcie Warner at Curington Elementary, 357-4007; â&#x20AC;˘ Elizabeth Stroman at Cibolo Creek Elementary, 357-4407; â&#x20AC;˘ Jennifer Howell at Fabra Elementary, 3574207; â&#x20AC;˘ Frances Pickard at Boerne Middle School North, 357-3107; â&#x20AC;˘ Celia Collard at Boerne Middle School South, 357-3307; â&#x20AC;˘ Donna Landreth at Boerne High School, 357-2233; â&#x20AC;˘ Kathleen Alamillo at Champion High School, 357-2723. Nomination deadline is Friday, March 22.

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Kathleen Gately, robotics coach for Comfortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vanguard Christian Institute, is still flying high after her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unexpected and stunning performance in last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional qualifier. Hosted by Memorial High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toltec Academy in San Antonio, the competition had 38 teams, many from 5-A schools. As the contest approached, the coach knew little about the actual event. Neither she nor the team, who call themselves the â&#x20AC;&#x153;e-lemon-atorsâ&#x20AC;? (because of their yellow shirts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; had any idea what to expect.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were the only rookie team,â&#x20AC;? Gately said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was our first year, and as we went into this we just kept saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We hope we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t embarrass ourselves.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Not only was it a new experience for the robotics team, according to Gately their resources werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly impressive either. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On top of that, we had $800 and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These large 5-A schools have a typical budget of about $15,000. They have very expensive robots.â&#x20AC;? Started by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition is

zoning and retirement community use items on March 12, with public hearings also on March 12. Another item headed for city council March 12 will be a recommendation to permanently zone about an acre at 617 John Road from R-A to B-2R, with a public hearing scheduled for April 9. In other business, commissioners allowed a variance to the street specifications and construction standards for 1510 South Main Street with a provision that the property owner include a 5-foot sidewalk easement through the property. On the consent agenda, the commission conditionally approved final plats for the Woods of Boerne Unit 1, the Woods of Boerne Unit 2 and the Woods of Boerne Commercial part 1. They tabled the conditional final plat for Boerne Hollow, 51 lots.

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Steve Mack, BISD bond committee chairman and Texas Heritage Bank CEO, moderated the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vote for Boerne Schoolsâ&#x20AC;? Political Action Committee kickoff Tuesday to promote the $99.48 million school bond issue on the upcoming May 11 ballot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all for the bond, all for our schools and all for excellence for our students and our community,â&#x20AC;? Mack said. Boerne Mayor Mike Schultz and Fair Oaks Ranch Mayor Cheryl Landman were among the community leaders and volunteers assembled at Kronkosky Place in support of the proposition. During the weeks leading up to the election, volunteers will man phone banks and walk neighborhoods to contact voters directly, present bond information and ask for support. For details of and complete information about the bond proposition, visit www. voteforboerneschools.com.

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road was. “So we started lobbying,” Thompson said. “Any chance we got, we showed up at a meeting with TxDOT, raised our hands and said ‘don’t forget, we have that $3.1 million out there, and we’d much rather see that redirected to the frontage road.’” Then at a meeting a few weeks ago, TxDOT’s district engineer Mario Medina told city officials he would be willing to redirect the $3.1 million if the city would fund the balance of the project. That stipulation requires the city’s approval of an advanced funding agreement stating it would pay the difference between the actual project cost and TxDOT’s $3.1 million contribution. The council passed a resolution doing so. In discussing the expansion, Thompson said

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Boerne took another step Tuesday toward getting the much-needed extension of the westbound I-10 frontage road south of Bandera Rd. Calling an offer from Texas Department of Transportation unprecedented, Assistant City Manager Jeff Thompson told the council TxDOT had agreed to divert $3.1 million of discretionary funds originally targeted for expanding lanes on U.S. Highway 87 north in 2014-15 to the frontage expansion. He reminded the council the Highway 87 expansion had not been a big priority for either the city or Kendall County, but extension of the frontage

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TxDOT estimated the cost at $6.2 million, in which case the city’s portion would be $3.1 million. In the past, the city had received an estimate closer to $4.5 million and most recently an estimate from Klotz Associates at $3.9 million including contingencies. Based on the Klotz estimate, the city’s portion would be around $800,000. Though TxDOT’s funding estimate was much higher, Thompson said he felt comfortable with the city’s $3.9 million estimate. “We don’t believe they’ve done the estimate in the detail we have to this point.” But TxDOT won’t change its estimate until the design is 60 percent complete at which time it

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Outdoor Family Fair brings fun to Main Plaza

Spring Fever! Boerne High’s Bradley Veselka runs to second base before scoring a run during Tuesday’s district contest against Fredericksburg. For more on the game, see today’s sports, pages 13A-15A.

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How to raise chickens in the back yard is just one of the free workshops at the Spring Fever Festival March 23 at the Herff Farm in Boerne, sponsored by the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. Novice gardeners will have a chance to learn some basics while experienced gardeners can explore new techniques at the Spring Fever Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at The Herff Farm at the Cibolo, 33 Herff Road, sponsored by the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. The free event will focus on natural gardening at the Herff Farm’s chicken coop and at the Inspiration Garden. Gardening 101, Garden Bugs, Composting with Worms, Drip Irrigation, Gardener’s Home Brew, Edible Ornamentals, How to Construct a Garden Bed and Backyard Chickens are among the workshops to be offered.

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Presenters will include Keith Amelung, owner of Heirloom Tomatoes of Texas and Have Spade, Will Travel Landscape & Consulting; Kyle Harrell, owner of Texas Red Worms; Brent Evans, co-founder of the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm; Cynthia Brown; and Bexar County Master Gardeners Vince Vita, Carol Law and Ginny Frederick. The Spring Fever Festival will take place at the same time as the weekly Farmers Market at the Cibolo, which features Texas-grown seasonal produce, farm-raised eggs, raw honey, fresh wholegrain breads and other baked goods, herbs, jams and jellies, salsas, artisan chocolates and other locally produced goods.

The community-focused Outdoor Family Fair which provides Kendall County families of all ages the opportunity to have fun while learning about local services and organizations available in the area opens tomorrow at 10 a.m. on Main Plaza. The day’s schedule begins with a flag ceremony at 10 a.m. with the national anthem performed by the instrumental duo of Kaylee and Ginny Cowan. Boerne Gymnastics teams will take the stage at 10:15 a.m. followed by Lone Star Dance at 10:45 a.m. and Happy Tails at 11:15 a.m. The YMCA Cardio Strike group takes over at noon, followed by Dance Dominion at 12:45 and finally 24/7 Zumba at 1:15 p.m. Exhibitors will host games, crafts and health screenings at booths on Main Plaza and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will have the a mobile donation unit at the event. “Be sure to donate. We know you have it in you!” said Tori Bellos representing the City Parks & Recreation Department, one of the event sponsors. Other sponsors are the Kendall County Child Service Board, the Kendall County AgriLife Extension Agency and Home Instead Senior Care.

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Addiction specialist City proposes land sale/swap tackles local ‘epidemic’ with BISD for Fabra campus Although Dr. Jeffrey Butts sees prescription drug abuse as an “epidemic,” his specialty addiction practice is one of only a handful in the entire metropolitan San Antonio area. Celebrity Care Medical Clinic opened in Boerne last year, treating a struggle that Butts himself understands; his own experience is what drew him into the field of addiction medicine. “I had a thriving family practice for 12 years,” Butts said, “and I was well respected. In fact I probably cared a little too much for my patients and was available 24/7. I developed a depression and some marital problems and eventually started to have patterns of binging - alcohol and cocaine - on the weekends.” Happily, Butts’ own addiction path made a relatively tight turnaround. He recounts very quickly seeking the help of a psychiatrist. The resulting recovery - what he calls the “best thing I’ve ever done” - came about out of his awareness that he had so much to lose. However Butts - now a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine - knows that a great many individuals across the United States find it harder to make that admission. He figures that at least 1,000 people in Boerne are probably battling addictions. “One of the big issues around this area - and not just here but all over - is a prescription drug epidemic involving opiates. Pain medications.” It’s a story he hears again and again. Long after the pain of injury or surgery is gone, patients continue See Rx DRUGS, page 3A

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Assistant City Manager Jeff Thompson outlined a resolution declaring the city’s interest in a potential sale or exchange of city property with the Boerne Independent School District for the possible relocation of Fabra Elementary School. He discussed the proposal at the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night. Thompson said the city had a 17-acre tract of unused property in Northrup Park, north of Johns Road. “It would not impact our park operations there if we were to end up selling or exchanging this property,” said Thompson, “nor would it impact the ball field at the park. “The city has no use for the property at this time, nor is there anything in our 10-year master plan. So we thought there was an opportunity.”

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the property for a proposed 74-unit, restricted-income retirement community for adults over 55 with the following stipulations: The number of living units was limited to 74, with building heights limited to two stories. It also required a 35-foot setback on the east, west and south sides of the property and a 15-foot setback between the north property line and the driveway parallel to the structure and the parking lot. The builder must construct 6-foot high masonry fences parallel to the structures and parking areas adjacent to the north and east property lines. If the developer does not provide a primary entrance onto Adler Road, then it must construct a 6-foot masonry fence on the rear property lines of the lots in the Curry Creek subdivision

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But Thompson told the council, “We’re not ready to ask you to take action, just show we are supportive of the idea as the district gets ready to talk about its bond issue.” The council approved a resolution allowing the city manager to sign an agreement expressing the city’s preliminary interest in a sale or exchange of property, but as Thompson again emphasized, the council was only saying they were interested, but not taking action to do so. After receiving recommendations from Planning and Zoning Director Chris Turk, the council approved two ordinances on first reading dealing with acreage on the city’s northeast side. The first permanently zoned 8.648 acres at 10 FM 474 from R-A (single family rural residential-agricultural district) to R-2 (moderate density residential district). The second allowed use of

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FROM PAGE 1A to use prescription opiates because of the energy and enthusiasm they provide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to treating pain, that drug makes you feel good,â&#x20AC;? Butts said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most often prescribed is Vicodin.â&#x20AC;? He also rattled off OxyContin, Demerol, Percocet and Fentanyl, among many others. Not surprisingly, alcohol plays a strong role as well, and Butts says that the American Society of Addiction Medicine supplies standardizations that help determine â&#x20AC;&#x153;normal drinking versus alcohol use disorder.â&#x20AC;? Butts paused, then admitted that his profession doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always make him the most popular guy at a social gathering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know a lot of people who, given these recommended drinking levels, fall into the alcohol abuse category.â&#x20AC;? _He shrugged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course people tend to dismiss those standards.â&#x20AC;? Butts called an addiction a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pleasurable compulsionâ&#x20AC;? that causes physical, mental and emotional harm. _Social stigmas make it hard for substance abusers to admit their problem. Often when patients come to see him, Butts says they do so â&#x20AC;&#x153;with their tail between their legs. They feel like crap, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ashamed

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FROM PAGE 1A that abut the existing driveway onto FM 474 (lots 10-16, block 2). According to Turk, the developer had secured an easement to Adler Road, and the FM 474 access should be for emergency vehicles only. Turk also said the developer, Prestwick Development Company, had applied for housing tax credits with the Texas Department of Community Affairs, but if it did not receive the credits, the property could be developed under the R-2 guidelines. In other action, the council:

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FROM PAGE 1A would make the adjustment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important because we owe them half the difference within 90 days of letting the contract. Right now, half the difference is $1.5 million, and we think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twice the whole difference. That becomes important later on,â&#x20AC;? Thompson said. A final agreement for $6.2 million would require the city to commit $3.1 million, however the project could then be rejected, but the funding would move elsewhere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel comfortable with our estimate,â&#x20AC;? Thompson stressed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so for less than a million dollars, the city can get that frontage road built excluding engineering.â&#x20AC;? Last year, the council approved $400,000 for design, engineering and an environmental study for the frontage road project, paid for through the sale of assets including the Dienger Building and the Houston property at Esser and Hwy. 46. The work is in progress, and Thompson said he felt that was a major factor in TxDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. The city has been denied grants in the past, with funding going to â&#x20AC;&#x153;shovel readyâ&#x20AC;? projects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we started the design phase last year, and I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the reasons TxDOT was agreeable to doing it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a very good move on the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part to start the design last year.â&#x20AC;? In describing the project, Thompson explained a new exit from I-10 westbound would run past Christus-Santa Rosa parkway which would connect to the new frontage road, allowing access to South

PAGE 3A very readily found. He hears about the availability of these drugs all the time and Buttâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advise is blunt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lock them up. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep those medications in your medicine cabinet and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assume that a family member or a relative or a housekeeper or a service person is not going to look through your medicine cabinet or cabinets.â&#x20AC;? He also warns, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is considered a felony if you give somebody else your pre-

scription - no matter what it is.â&#x20AC;? As to his own practice, Butts says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our use of the word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;celebrityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; here is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I would argue that anybody who gets into recovery is a celebrity in my book. And we like to treat our patients like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re celebrities.â&#x20AC;? Buttâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope is that people will become more aware that specialized addiction help is available, particularly when so much is at stake.

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Dr. Jeffrey Butts describes addictions he has seen. of themselves because they have an addiction and everybody has made them feel like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a weakness of character.â&#x20AC;? Medical professionals cast their own shadows of guilt, Butts said, since even today, many physicians and pharmacists fail to understand that addiction is a disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of them out there who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize addiction as anything more than weakness of character.â&#x20AC;? In his own early years of

medical training, Butts said that the topic of addiction comprised â&#x20AC;&#x153;about one hour.â&#x20AC;? Now ASAM is working hard to elevate addictionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profile within medical school curricula. Still, Butts said, professionals may not see the disease for what it really is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it really helps if the health provider has some personal experience with addiction,â&#x20AC;? Butts said. Butts says the second most common question is where

â&#x20AC;˘ Received a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission for permanent zoning of 19.614 acres at 723, 727 and 727D Johns Road (the Bugg property) from R-A to B-2R (highway commercialrestricted district) for the northern approximately 14 acres and R-2 for the southern approximately 5 acres and set a public hearing for April 9. â&#x20AC;˘ Received a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission to permanently zone about one acre at 617 Johns Road (the Kamp property) from R-A to B-2R and set a public hearing for April 9. â&#x20AC;˘ Appointed Dr. Cliff Lutterell as chairman of the Ad Hoc

Gateway Committee, Rob Ziegler as the Hill Country Council for the Arts representative and Special Projects Director Paul Barwick as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative, along with Carol Westermeier representing District 1; Tracy Shue, District 2; Charlie Boyd, District 3, Ben Adam, District 4; and David Latham, District 5. â&#x20AC;˘ Annexed on second reading 5.477 acres at 32000 I-10 W. at the request of property owners Balous and Julie Miller. â&#x20AC;˘ Authorized the city manager to purchase hydraulic rescue tools for the Fire Department and a street sweeper and to contract with Four B Paving for annual pavement crack sealing.

Main Street. The new road would connect to Norris Lane near the Comfort Inn. A new entrance ramp to I-10 westbound would preclude the need for traffic to cross Bandera Road to enter the interstate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we get Herff Road in and this, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole lot of improvement in mobility and a whole lot of economic development opportunities,â&#x20AC;? Thompson said. Since bids would not be let until September 2014, Thompson indicated the city had

time to allocate the required $800,000 over more than one fiscal year and from more than one source. He named as possible options the 2013 economic development fund, budgeting for additional funding in fiscal year 2014, seeking funds from developers and others who would benefit from the new road, initiating a roadway impact fee for the area and funding from reserves. The council asked Thompson to present prioritized funding options at the March 26 meeting.

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May 11 is municipal and school election day across the state, but locally only the Boerne Independent School District has a contested spot plus one issue that asks voters to head for the polls. Voters will choose a new BISD board of trustees member for Place 5 to replace Ron McBee who decided not to seek reelection. That race will feature two candidates, stay-athome dad Dale Adams and home builder Chris Godsey. Both had previously sought trustee positions. Place 4 board member and president Jennifer Christianson choose to step down, and

Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper will run for that position unopposed. But the big issue at stake is the $99.48 million bond proposition approved by trustees on Jan. 28. Considered among the most critical aspects of the proposition is $14 million in district-wide technology infrastructure upgrades. Several projects address the district’s anticipated growth over the next 10 years, most notably a new elementary campus to replace Fabra Elementary School at a cost of $23.9 million, including land acquisition. Adding capacity for the sixth grade at both Boerne Middle School North and South would accommodate an additional 500 students and carry a price tag of $11.15 million

Angels at work Champion’s Madeline Bly (23) pushes the ball up the field as BHS’s Christin Prieto (16) follows during Friday’s soccer match between the Hounds and Chargers. For results of boys’ and girls’ matches, see today’s sports on pages 9-11.

Happy... ...Birthday March 19 Sandra Jerdon Helen Jessop Barbara Kizer Josephine San Miguel Billie Sutton Guy Youngberg March 20 Maria Beck Sarah Bowman Robert Chittenden Joyce Dechert Barbara Edrington Louis Evans March 20 Ron Seago March 21 Linda Mear Anita Montez

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Deaths Paul Allen Smith For complete obituaries, see page 2A. See the latest obituaries at www.boernestar.com.

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Boerne Postmaster Gloria Ramirez, third from left, with Angels All Around You volunteers Liz Porter, Colleen Voigt, Doug Barker, Mike Vlieger, Debby Dickinson, Ken Dickinson and Janet Blake. Ramirez and post office staff member Kathy Beavers processed nearly 200 care packages destined for troops in Afghanistan at the Boerne Post Office on Friday. See story page 3

3 DI teams advance to state tourney Boerne ISD sent 17 teams to the regional Destination ImagiNation (DI) tournament in New Braunfels March 2. Three of those took top honors and will advance to the state tournament in Katy in mid-April. The Brainy Bunch, a team of fifth-graders from Fabra Elementary, advanced to the state tournament by winning first place in the elementary level technical challenge at regionals. Team members are Christa Lueders, Lucy Matthews, Sean McLendon, Eli Meschko, Sheldon Quinn and Tyler Roberts. Team managers are

Dawn McLendon and Jaime Roberts. Awkward Silence, a Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary team of fifth- and sixth-graders, advanced to the state tournament for the third year in a row in the improvisational acting challenge. They will compete in the middle school level. Team members are Elaine Bourbon, Lauren Cardenas, Tyler Carson, Anna Coulter, Addison Knight, Ethan Perryman and David Wilson. The team is managed by Amy

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Nature lovers and gardeners can beautify their landscapes and give wildlife a helping hand with colorful native and well-adapted plants available during the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm’s 23nd annual Mostly Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Kendall County Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by Culligan Southwest Water and Fritze’s BBQ. Gorgeous, healthy and resilient flowers, trees, shrubs and vines - along with garden tools, nature-inspired art, books, nesting bird boxes and more - will be for sale from more than 15 vendors.

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FROM PAGE 1 Plants that are native to Texas and well-adapted to our climate and soil not only provide food and shelter for wildlife, they save water, work and time for gardeners. Vegetable gardeners also will find varieties that thrive in our region. The Farmers Market at the Cibolo will relocate to the Mostly Native Plant Sale on this special Saturday, so shoppers can not only find plants for the garden but shop for Texas-produced organically or naturally grown seasonal produce, farm-raised eggs, raw honey, fresh whole-grain breads and other baked goods, herbs, jams and jellies, salsas, artisan chocolates and a variety of other locally produced goods. The Farmers Market also will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until vendors sell out. Singer-songwriter Chris Pfeiffer, a Farmers Market favorite, will be on hand to provide live music. The event will also feature a butterfly demonstration garden, displaying plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and a Kids Corral,

with fun activities for kids while parents shop. Gardening and conservation experts will be on hand to answer questions. Boerneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fritzeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ will sell breakfast tacos and lunch at the event, in addition to providing food for the many volunteers who help with this event. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Funds collected from parking and vendor booth fees will support nature center programs. A prize drawing during the event will also help support the CNC. Raffle tickets will be available at the event. A members-only pre-sale for members of the Cibolo Nature Center & Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle of Friends will be held in the same location from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 5. Circle of Friends memberships are available to the public through tax-deductible donations to the CNC, which may be made at the door during Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-sale or in advance online at www. cibolo.org/support. Circle of Friends donors receive a one-year CNC membership, the CNCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bi-annual newsletter, a 10 percent discount in the gift shop and discounted fees for select programs and workshops.

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FROM PAGE 1 at a total cost of $7.175 million. In the transportation support area, the bond allocates $5.1 million to purchase new, more fuel-efficient busses as the older ones are decommissioned, expand the district warehouse and purchase bus repair equipment. Also with a nod to growth, the district allocated $3 million to acquire new school sites. In person early voting for the BISD elections will begin April 29 and run through May 7. In the city of Boerne, Mayor Mike Schultz and two council members will each remain in office for a second two-year

CHS chemistry teacher Matt Haecker, won the regional championship in late January - the sixth consecutive year the team from Champion has taken the regional title. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ac-Dec subject was Russia. High school students from across the state have spent months studying, then competing in 10 areas relating to Russia: art science, language and literature, economics, math, music, social studies, speech, interview and essay. To celebrate, the team and their coach plan to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg during spring break. term. No one filed for spots on the ballot by the March 1 deadline to oppose incumbents Schultz, District 2 Councilman Nina Woolard and District 4 Councilman Ron Cisneros. Boerne last week cancelled its election for the first time since 2002 and declared the three reelected effective March 12. In Fair Oaks Ranch, Aldermen Places 3, 4 and 5 were up for grabs, but because only the incumbents filed by the March 1 deadline, Alderman Place 3 Mark Anderson, Alderman Place 4 Al Schmidt and Alderman Place 5 Conrad Fothergill will each serve another term. Fair Oaks Ranch has not officially cancelled its election but is expected to do so at the city council meeting on Thursday.

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that plague us all as fellow citizens. So what is our obligation to one another as Americans? I firmly believe we owe it not only to ourselves, but to all our compatriots as well, to talk with one another to hash out the heartfelt differences we may have to see if some modest agreement is possible. There is one point that Richard makes that is of concern and should be a cause of angst to every citizen. After his plea for cooperation at the local level, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad that when things get to Washington, all this is lost.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;this,â&#x20AC;? of course, is the cooperation engendered by the citizens talking, discussing and hashing out solutions to our common concerns and issues. While I admit to sharing Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frustration, things do not have to follow that narrative. We the people, as Honest Abe so ardently told us, are in charge of this government. The folks in Washington do not own us. We are not slaves to the system. We are - or at least should be - the masters of our own fate. If we cannot agree to solutions to problems that concern us all here in Boerne, then arguing over the â&#x20AC;&#x153;big pictureâ&#x20AC;? as to what our legislators should do for the whole country is a fruitless exercise. Groups that meet only to push a one-sided agenda really do not help anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cause. After all, we are all in this together. It is this spirit that I believe Mr. Sena intends. Consequently, I am more than willing to meet with him in the hopes of starting a citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue on the issues at hand and with the goal of (at the very least) trying to find common ground for solving the problems with which we are all concerned. This is not a â&#x20AC;&#x153;challenge,â&#x20AC;? but, rather, an offer to start a constructive discussion to see if we, the citizens of Boerne, can come up with meaningful ideas to help our country move forward. Those of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;No compromise!â&#x20AC;? bumper sticker mentality only hold the country back. After all, Rodney King set the template years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can we all get along?â&#x20AC;? Richard, call me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the book.

PROGRESSIVE VIEWS Oak DeBerg KENDALL COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Not so long ago, Rodney King offered this plea to America, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can we all get along?â&#x20AC;? I thought about Mr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request when reading Richard Senaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essay, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fraud, Wolves and Lambs,â&#x20AC;? in the Boerne Star. Richard makes several telling points that are worthy of notice by everyone, regardless of political stripe. He is obviously â&#x20AC;&#x153;on pointâ&#x20AC;? when he points out that the current fiscal crisis, and the sequestration in particular, is not the result of the actions of a single party but, rather, is the outcome of governmental ineptitude both Democrat and Republican. I could not agree more. The question remains, however, what are we the citizens to think about this whole fiasco? I believe Congress is the main culprit when placing â&#x20AC;&#x153;blameâ&#x20AC;? for the sequestration. Although I am quite sure many of my Republican friends would prefer to put the onus on the executive branch, the blame game is really a non-productive way to solve problems. Mr. Sena has offered us the only sane way to arrive at a solution to most of our problems - not simply for the sequestration. Richard admits of a willingness to discuss differences in order to advance the causes dear to all of us. He says, when discussing those of us of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;progressiveâ&#x20AC;? persuasion, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have gotten to know some of the folks who write for the Progessive column in this paper, and I believe them to be fine people. I personally think if we got in a room and discussed the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems, we could probably find reasonable solutions.â&#x20AC;? Amen to that. I have worked during recent elections, with Mr. Sena. We have had many constructive discussions about the issues at hand. While we seem not to agree on some of the solutions, at least at first blush, I am convinced that he and I could come up with potentially workable answers to many of the questions

Dr. DeBerg is a retired military officer, financial planner and flight instructor. He now teaches philosophy at UTSA.

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FROM PAGE 4A work last week toward determining needs and plans for a new jail and other facilities for Kendall County and accumulating data concerning the quality and quantity of available water. A Friday night meeting, called by the Commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court, also revealed difficulties which may arise if Kendall Countians build residences or business establishments in areas officially considered as susceptible to flooding.

March 24, 1993 River access issue receives feedback Access to the Guadalupe River, or the lack thereof, from the FM 474 bridge drew a number of comments during a meeting of the Kendall County Commissioners Monday morning. The item, presented by Precinct 2 Commissioner Bill Gooden, has been a concern since a gate was erected preventing access by vehicles. Gooden told the court he had received numerous calls asking that the County reconsider limiting the access - most of the calls made by canoe enthusiasts. Access wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t denied any-

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The upcoming Boerne Independent School District bond election represents an important decision for voters regarding the future quality of education in our district. I will dedicate the next two weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; columns to this election.Following the defeat of the last bond proposal in 2011, incoming Superintendent David Stelmazewski wanted to assure that the next bond process was comprehensive, inclusive and would build trust within the community. A diverse committee of 70 residents was formed to study the issue. Representative of all areas of the district, it included parents, business owners, retirees, individuals who opposed the 2011 bond and folks from the age of 85 all the way down to several high school students. The committee thoroughly toured all nine campuses to determine the quality of each facility and any needs for renovation or upgrade. Experts in various areas made presentations to the committee. Gemographer Templeton and Associates, gave an assessment on growth trends in Texas, focusing on our area. Emerging trends in the areas of career and technical programs were reviewed to see where BISD offerings were sufficient or insufficient. Committee members developed a list of guiding principles to assure that all components of the bond were truly essential and consistent with these goals. Four main categories of projects were developed: Upgrading classroom technology, addressing enrollment growth, aging facilities and upgrading campus security and safety. Following a unanimous recommendation from the committee, the board of trustees did its own due diligence prior to unanimously approving the proposal to be put forth before the voters. No one can deny the impact that emerging technology has had on our society and the need for students to be in a supportive envi-

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ronment. The use of hand-held devices and laptops will facilitate improved and effective one-to-one learning. To enable this, the district needs to upgrade cabling, wireless infrastructure and add servers and data storage capacity. Short term 5 to 7 year bonds will be issued to pay for equipment and software. Career and Technical course offerings in BISD have proved immensely popular, but due to limits have not been available to all who seek them. Considering that the USA has a shortage of 750,000 skilled manufacturing workers, expanded CTE infrastructure will help achieve the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objective of graduating seniors being either college or career ready. District enrollment has grown by 1,500 students since 2005, including 350 in 2012. This represents over 2 percent annual growth during the recession, and 5 percent in 2012. Within the Boerne city limits alone, there are seven subdivisions and one apartment complex that are currently under new or continuing construction. They will likely add 1,000 housing units in the next 5 to 7 years. Strong growth is also expected in Fair Oaks Ranch city limits and the Bexar County portion of BISD. Therefore, the demographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forecast of 3 percent to 4 percent annual growth seems reasonable and supports the bondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call for expanding current campusesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; capacity. No additional campuses are being requested in this bond, avoiding an increase of overhead and making our current nine campuses more financially efficient. Some district facilities such as Curington or Boerne Middle School North need significant renovation. The committee determined that due to current space and land limitations, air quality and safety and security issues, building a new Fabra Elementary School near its current location (increasing capacity from 650 to 850) would be a better long term financial move than remodeling an older and inadequate facility. A land swap with the City of Boerne would limit the need to spend money on land for a new Fabra. I encourage all interested parties to visit the websites of www.boerne-isd.net and www. voteforboerneschools.com or attend a community presentation and become an educated voter.

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Spring ushers in excitement at Boerne ISD The return to school from Spring Break signals for many of us the beginning of the stretch run of important weeks that lead up to the end of the academic year. As we look out across the remaining 12 weeks of the 2012-13 school calendar, there are three points that come to mind that I would like to share. First, I want to comment on how important daily attendance is to our students and to our district. Obviously, students need to be in class in order to excel academically. It is only through consistent attendance and attentiveness that a student maintains a progressive understanding of what is being taught and what is expected in the classroom. It is also true that state edu-

cation dollars are paid to the district based on daily student attendance. Even a slight decline in attendance makes a significant difference in our financial standing: A drop of just one-half of 1 percent in BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily attendance over a six-week period would mean as much as a $300,000 reduction in the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distribution from the state. Attendance is taken each day at 10 a.m. in our elementary schools. At the high schools and middles schools, students are counted present or absent during 2nd and 6th periods on our alternating A/B schedule. If a student is not present at that time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; regardless of attendance the rest of the day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the district does not receive credit from the state for having served that child

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that day. I certainly understand there are going to be circumstances where a child needs to be away from school. But I want to encourage parents to work with teachers and work with the district to assure that our children are in school regularly to help establish and maintain a positive learning environment. Next, I want to say a word about our teachers. I have had the opportunity in recent columns to share information about our teachers who were recognized by their peers as

outstanding educators on the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campuses. Behind each of these deserving honorees stands an entire faculty that is dedicated to their profession and dedicated to your children and grandchildren. Over the next several weeks, our teachers will continue to fulfill their classroom assignments and do their very best to meet the individual needs of each student in their class. They will set the pace in their classes as the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s year-end tests are administered. Look for many of them to be in attendance at the variety of extracurricular activities your child enjoys. And many of them will spend extra time in the weeks ahead involved in a number of school-related initiatives: our technology in education partnership with

Connected Consulting at Abilene Christian University, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly organized strategic planning initiative, and much more. I stand in admiration of our teachers and thank them for their personal commitments to the students of our district. Finally, I cannot think about the final weeks of the academic year without thinking about the 2013 bond election that is coming up May 11. I have had a lot of fun getting out in the community â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in schools, at PTO meetings, with community groups â&#x20AC;&#x201C; over the past several weeks and sharing information about the bond. There will be more meetings of that sort on the calendar in weeks ahead. I urge you to learn as

much as you can about the bond package. Attend one of the meetings. Read more about the bond on our website, www.boerne-isd.net, click on the 2013 Bond button. Talk to your studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal or teachers; ask questions. And please vote. Early voting is April 29 through May 7 in advance of the May 11 election day. The weeks ahead are going to be busy ones for our students, our teachers and our community. It is an exciting time to be part of the Boerne ISD! BISD superintendent David Stelmazewski is an education leader who has served more than 30 years as teacher, coach and administrator in Texas public schools.

Records LAW ENFORCEMENT The following is a brief, partial recap of incidents reported by the Boerne Police Department, Kendall County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department and the Fair Oaks Ranch Police Department. General locations are listed rather than specific addresses. An arrest should not imply guilt or innocence which will be decided in court at a later date. Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call the Boerne Police at 830-249-8645, the Kendall County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office at 830-249-9721, the Fair Oaks Ranch Police Department at 210-698-0990 or Kendall County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-348-LEAD (5323) or kc-crimestoppers.com.

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cially since the phone she dialed 911 from kept pinging that the call came from Comfort. 11:15 a.m., 400 N. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An officer was called when a child activated the elevator alarm at the library. 12:35 p.m., 700 River â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man who had been refusing to leave his girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment when she asked decided to depart when an officer offered him a courtesy ride to a nearby motel. 5 p.m., City Lake â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An officer helped a man look for his cell phone that was lost or stolen. 4:28 p.m., 400 Ebner â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A woman was frightened when a man was shaking doors and windows trying to get in her house. The fellow told police he was drunk when he came home and accidentally mistook her house for his. 5:34 p.m., 1300 S. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man was arrested for theft after he slipped a CD in his pocket and tried to leave without paying. 7:29 p.m., 100 Rock Canyon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man was told to turn down the music after neighbors complained. 7:56 p.m., 400 W. Bandera â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A shoplifter caught trying to steal a Playstation took several prescription pills, so police arrested him for theft and took him to the ER. 8:37 p.m., 100 Oak â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After a caller reported hearing a shot from a shotgun, police patrolled the area, but nothing seemed amiss. 10:18 p.m., Cascade Caverns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; No one was injured in a hotel parking lot fender-bender. 10:55 p.m., 900 N. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The man reported walking down the middle of the street and making vehicles swerve was given a courtesy ride home. 11:19 p.m., 300 S. Plant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The half-dozen or so loud, rowdy guitar players a neighbor complained about were told to turn the music down. There was also one alarm and one EMS call that required police response. March 17 1:54 a.m., Cascade Caverns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The man in a vehicle parked at a hotel raised an officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspicions, but said he was just sleeping in his truck. 2:06 a.m., 1200 S. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A mother in town for a wedding reported her adult son had been drinking while on meds and she had lost him. She later found him and they went back to the hotel. 2:56 a.m., Cascade Caverns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A motel guest was arrested for assault-family violence after he busted his wife in the face. 6:52 a.m., 400 River Rd. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A woman complained that the cleaning crew at a nearby restaurant were too loud too early in the morning. 8:48 a.m., 400 N. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A couple of tag-less dogs that showed up for Sunday morning church services were taken to the animal shelter. 6:37 p.m., I-10 mile marker 540 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Police couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find the three skateboarders a caller said were going down a grassy hill toward the highway. 8:56 p.m., 100 Old San Antonio â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A driver who swerved to avoid hitting a deer hit a tree instead, but wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t injured. 9:33 p.m., 1300 S. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; During a traffic stop, a driver was arrested on an outstanding municipal warrant. 10:08 p.m., 400 W. Bandera â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A juvenile who jumped out of his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vehicle during an argument over a cell phone was listed as a runaway, but was located about three hours later. 10:49 p.m., 700 River â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man playing music louder than his neighbors liked was told to turn

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it down. 11:37 p.m., Ranger Creek & I-10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; What a passerby thought was a teen beer party going on under the bridge, was actually just a disabled vehicle. Police also assisted EMS on one call and answered one alarm that turned out to be false. March 18 1:35 a.m., 700 River â&#x20AC;&#x201C; When a caller complained that a friend was drunk and harassing her by knocking on her door, police talked to the friend and advised her to cut it out. She agreed. 6:45 a.m., 100 Independence â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After a passerby became concerned about a man waiting outside the EMS station, police checked and learned it was a student assigned to ride along with the crew. 9:51 a.m., 200 Frey â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An officer who found a small curly-haired but tagless dog roaming the streets took the mutt to the animal shelter. 10:39 a.m., 100 W. Bandera â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A transient behind a thrift shop was arrested for public intoxication. 12:27 p.m., 700 River â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A father, concerned that his special needs son didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up for work and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answering his phone, asked police to check his welfare. A short time later the young man arrived to work the later shift as assigned. 12:28 p.m., 100 Stone Creek â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A woman reported receiving suspicious text messages from an unknown bank. 1:39 p.m., 300 S. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; When an art gallery owner complained about the offensive art painted on a truck that appeared to belong to newlyweds and was parked outside his business, the officer cleaned off the pictures â&#x20AC;&#x201C; agreeing it was truly vulgar, not just bad art. 1:43 p.m., 1200 S. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man reported his vehicle was stolen while he was inside a convenience store. 2:14 p.m., 200 Latigo â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man complained that a former employee had not returned equipment. 2:42 p.m., 31400 I-10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man asked for advice about shared child custody. 3:31 p.m., 600 River â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man was advised he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fish below the dam after he was seen there by the mayor. 4:04 p.m., 400 N. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A child pushed the elevator alarm button at the library â&#x20AC;&#x201C; again. 4:19 p.m., 100 Parkway â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After a caller complained about vehicles causing a traffic hazard by parking next to the curbs, an officer explained that it was legal unless posted. 4:25 p.m., 400 N. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Three kids who seemed about to try a skateboard jump off a wall were advised to leave. 5:13 p.m., 700 E. Theissen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A mother complained that her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father had not returned the boy on time. 5:26 p.m., 400 Rosewood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man was arrested on a Bexar County warrant. 7:02 p.m., 100 Crosspoint â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After a caller complained about the noise from the upstairs apartment, a mother agreed to calm the four kids running around. 8:02 p.m., 200 N. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man complained that his sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriend was harassing her after they broke up. 8:53 p.m., 700 River â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A caller complained her sister had been stealing from their mother and others and a disturbance erupted. 9:10 p.m., 100 Whisper Way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Possible sexual assault of a child was reported. 9:53 p.m., 100 Roeder â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After a family disturbance, a man was arrested for assault.

10:05 p.m., 700 River â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A caller asked police to check on a woman who said she had been assaulted and her arm was mutilated, but an officer found all was OK. Police assisted EMS with one call. March 19 10:24 a.m., 100 E. Hwy. 46 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An officer couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find the black Lexus a caller said passed on the shoulder in a No Passing zone. 10:26 a.m., 100 Whisper Way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A caller reported her sister was doing drugs and she was concerned about the two children. 11:11 a.m., Hampton Place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An officer tried to contact the owner of a vehicle with an expired sticker that had been parked about two months. 11:47 a.m., 500 Hampton Cove â&#x20AC;&#x201C; When an officer couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contact the owner of the two stray dogs, he locked them up in the back yard they ran into. 1:01 p.m., 100 Phil Wilson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man wanted to know if he would get a ticket for having a broken turn signal on his motorcycle while he was driving it to the dealership for repairs. 1:03 p.m., 200 Deer Creek â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A man reported he had been duped out of $3,200 in a prize scam. 1:31 p.m., 1300 S. Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A woman asked police to escort her to the shelter. There was also one EMS call and one alarm that police responded to. KENDALL COUNTY SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DEPARTMENT March 17 12:52 a.m., 100 Meadow Lane, Comfort Someone complained of loud music. 9:22 a.m., 10 Nottingham Lane, Boerne - A man said he located the bag, gun and ammo he reported stolen the day before. 10:02 a.m., 1000 S. Hwy. 87, Comfort - An employee reported a wrecked vehicle in a parking lot with no one around it. 3:14 p.m., 100 FM 289, Comfort - An 18-wheeler was blocking traffic. 4:57 p.m., 532 MM, E. I-10, Comfort - A deputy assisted a stranded motorist. 5:15 p.m., 500 FM 1376, Boerne - A man saw black smoke in the area. 7:06 p.m., 400 Hwy. 27, Comfort - A woman said neighbors cut the water line to her business. 8:38 p.m., Doeskin Dr., Boerne - Someone stole a brass bed frame from a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side yard. 9:02 p.m., 100 Upper Balcones Rd., Boerne - A deputy dispatched an injured deer that had been struck by a vehicle. Deputies also made seven traffic stops, checked out a DWI report, two suspicious persons, a suspicious vehicle and three false alarms, served one warrant, handled two welfare concerns and a civil matter, assisted EMS once and received three animal calls. March 18 8:07 p.m., 31000 W. I-10, Boerne - A man reported wheels stolen from a vehicle during the night. 9:28 a.m., 600 Fifth St., Comfort â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A caller complained that people were drinking and target shooting. 10:26 a.m., Becker Lane, Boerne - A man reported he received mail he thought was fraudulent. 11:25 a.m., Wasp Creek Rd., Boerne - Someone stole a saddle.

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1:15 p.m., 400 W. Hwy. 46, Boerne - A woman reported finding many illegally dumped bags of trash. 6:11 p.m., 100 Fabra St., Boerne â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A caller said he heard gunshots. 8:34 p.m., 400 Fourth St., Comfort - A man reported a fire in a barrel nearby. 9:38 p.m., 40 N. Hwy. 87, Comfort - No one was injured when two 18-wheelers were involved in a minor crash in a parking lot. 9:59 p.m., 100 Blue Ridge, Comfort - A woman reported her wallet had been stolen. Deputies also made 10 traffic stops, checked out a suspicious person and a traffic hazard, handled a welfare concern, assisted the public once and EMS twice and received 10 animal calls. FAIR OAKS RANCH POLICE DEPARTMENT March 13 8:52 a.m., 29900 Ralph Fair Rd. - Animal control removed a white-tailed doe carcass from the roadside. Officers also checked out a suspicious vehicle, assisted the public once, made one traffic stop and handled two animal calls. March 14 1:05 p.m., 29000 Angel Fire Dr. - Animal control removed a white-tailed fawn carcass from someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard. 4:10 p.m., Fair Oaks Ranch Police Dept. - After a woman turned in a lost wallet, police were able to locate the owner. 4:25 p.m., 8600 Connemara Dr. - Animal control removed a white-tailed buck carcass from someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard. Police also checked out a suspicious vehicle and two false alarms, assisted other law enforcement agencies twice and handled three animal calls. March 15 11:15 a.m., 8300 Triple Crown - An officer removed a deer carcass from someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front yard. Police also checked out a false alarm, assisted the public twice and other law enforcement once and handled an animal call. March 16 10:21 a.m., 32000 Scarteen - A couple reported receiving harassing phone calls. 3:21 p.m., 7800 Fair Oaks Pkwy. - A young child found wandering around the golf course was returned to her mother by a kindly woman. Officers also checked out two false alarms and assisted the public twice. March 17 Police also checked out a false alarm, made a traffic stop and handled an animal call. March 18 9:46 a.m., 7700 Silver Spur Trail - Animal control removed a white-tailed deer carcass from the roadside. 11:22 a.m., 28000 Ralph Fair Rd. - A large truck passing in the opposite direction hit a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side view mirror and ripped it off. 3:30 p.m., Alydar Circle - An officer dispatched an injured skunk. 7:42 p.m., 8100 Pimlico Lane - An officer removed a deer carcass from someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard. Police also checked out a false alarm, assisted the public twice and handled an animal call.


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declining membership and recommending that Boerne have representation on the SABCMPO board. “We still believe it’s important to be at the table and to have access to funding sources that we haven’t had in the past that pass through the MPO,” Thompson explained. At the request of Council District 2 Nina Woolard, Mayor Mike Schultz will select a city representative to serve on the board pending approval by the council. With Best of BoerneFest 2013 coming up in May, city Special Projects Director Paul Barwick highlighted details of the planned festivities for the council.

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Groundwater Management Area 9 sets required planning meeting

Easter Tradition Boerne High keeper Paul Burns blocks a Seguin shot during Monday’s shootout against the Matadors in the first round of the playoffs. To see how Boerne High and Champion did in their playoff matches see sports, pages 15A-16A.

Happy... ...Birthday March 29 Rudolph Capen Jimmie Homilius Leslie Lambert March 30 John Fasse Jim Ross March 31 Helen Balvin Billie Bowman Karen Creamer Frances Mills Max Voight Sr. April 1 Dorothy Benac Orel Holland Maurice Lehmann Connie Scanlon

...Anniversary March 29 Charles & Joyce Dechert March 30 Jerry & Marilyn Belcher March 31 Dennis & Betty Sundin April 1 Jack & Winnie Myers

Geneva School of Boerne fifth graders Dawson Cate and Lydia duPerier add their flowers to the wooden cross as part of the annual Flowering of the Cross Assembly at the school Thursday. The assembly is a reverent time of worship as the Geneva community gathers to remember, celebrate and be grateful for Jesus Christ’s life and death on the cross. Photo by Julie Vina

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The event will kick off Friday night, May 17, with a free concert in Main Plaza, followed by a Saturday concert and block party in which local businesses and artists will showcase their offerings at and around the plaza. Sunday will feature a neighborhood art walk and sale, along with a free faith-based musical concert on the plaza. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event. Barwick said this year’s event would focus around Main Plaza to avoid the construction on Main Street, and he expected around 60,000

Groundwater Management Area 9 will hold a Joint Planning Meeting Monday, April 8, starting at 10 a.m. at the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, 440 FM 3240, in Bandera. The meeting is free and open to the public. Texas Water Code Chapter 36 requires groundwater conservation districts to conduct joint planning sessions at least annually to review groundwater management plans, accomplishments of the management area and proposals to adopt new or amend existing desired future conditions for the relevant aquifers within a management area. The Texas Water Development Board will calculate modeled available groundwater values, based on the desired future conditions, which will be used for regional water planning, for groundwater conservation district management plans, and for permitting groundwater withdrawals. Area 9 includes Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District, in addition to the Bandera County River Authority and Ground Water District, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, Blanco-Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District, Edwards Aquifer Authority, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District, Medina County Groundwater Conservation District and TrinityGlen Rose Groundwater Conservation District. In addition to Kendall, other counties in Area 9 are Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Comal, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Travis.

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BISD trustees, bond only local May 11 ballot

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Index Business 9A Calendar 8A Celebrating the Arts 18A Classifieds 1B-6B Confessions of a Bookaholic 13A Crossword 12A Faith 7A Family Historian 11A From the Heart 10A Games 12A Hill Country Gardener 11A Mary Alice's Potpourri 17A Real Estate 1B-3B, 6B Records 14A Service Directory 4B-5B Sports 15A-16A Viewpoints 4A

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Two new trustees will fill places on the Boerne Independent School District’s Board of Trustees after the upcoming May 11 election which also includes a $99.48 million bond proposition. Dale Adams and Chris Godsey will vie for Place 5 to replace Ron McBee who will not seek reelection. Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper will run unopposed for Place 4 being vacated by current Board President Jennifer Christianson who also chose not to seek reelection District officials have been busy presenting information sessions for campus staff, faculty and parents, as well as community organizations and other groups seeking details about the far-reaching bond issue. In his report to the board, District Superintendent David Stelmazewski said staff and volunteers had made “a lot of presentations about the bond” over the past month and thanked board members for their participation. “We’re willing to go any place, any time to promote the bond,” he said.

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Also referring to the bond election, Stelmazewski said the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce had scheduled an economic forum April 18 at the Boerne Convention and Community Center. He noted BISD would have a featured speaker since the Chamber appreciates and understands an excellent school district helps drive the local economy. “They’re excited about hearing from us with what we have planned for our bond,” he added, “particularly some special information about career technology education which we’ll talk about at this economic forum.” In other business, the board selected three local media representatives to nominate for recognition by the Texas Association of School Boards on the 2013 Media Honor Roll. The program recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. Media representatives from over 450 Texas newspapers, radio and television stations and online publications are honored by their local school districts. This year’s nominees are Kerry Barboza, Boerne Star sports editor; Brian Cartwright, Boerne Star publisher; and L. Marie Hicks, publisher of the Hill Country Weekly.

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TASB will release the list of honorees in mid-May, and BISD will recognize the local honorees at its May board of trustees meeting. Christianson presented certificates of achievement to National Merit Scholarship finalists John Michael Bonnin and Rebecca Barton from Boerne High School, and Eric Flowers, Shane Kreidel and Kara Roberts from Boerne-Champion High School. Education Technology Coordinator Julie Turner introduced the district’s first Bring Your Own Device use policy, which will be integrated with the student handbook. Trustee Susie Allen called the policy very comprehensive, and noted that in the frequently asked questions section, “You tried to put yourself in the parents’ place, and I thought that was very good and very detailed.” Cibolo Creek Elementary teachers Melissa Stangle and Amy McFee explained their new “WiFi Wednesday” program aimed at engaging students in learning. In the program, students brought their own devices for educational purposes only, and those without mobile devices were able to use the mobile lab or share with other students.

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OBITUARIES Doris Agold Oct. 24, 1925 - March 13, 2013 A memorial service for Doris Agold, 87, of Mabank, was held March 18, 2013 at First Baptist Church Gun Barrel City. She donated her body to the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Mrs. Agold was born Oct. 24, 1925 in Milam County in or near Agold the town of Gause, to Frank and Marie Herbst. She died peacefully in her home on March 13, 2013. She grew up in Blanco County at Cypress Mill and was a graduate of Johnson City High School. She and her late husband, Ned, lived in Stonewall, Boerne and Fort Davis before retiring to Ruidoso, N.M. After being widowed, she moved to Birmingham, Ala., near her son James. In 2011, she moved to Gun Barrel City near her other two children. The following year, she and her daughter, Nancy Gass, moved into a house together. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Felix, and her husband Ned. She is survived by her son James of Pelham of Alabama, her son Don of Enchanted Oaks and her daughter Nancy Gass of Mabank. Other survivors include her grandchildren Danny Agold, Cynthia Perez, Ben Agold, Ella Agold, Marcie Pederson, Michelle Knoles, and Crystal Criffield. Surviving greatgrandchildren are Andrea Agold, Aaron Agold, Allyson Agold, Annette Perez, Isabel Perez, Gabriela Perez, Zachary Agold, Jared Agold, Addyson Agold, Flora Myers, Kyle Myers, Bobbie Myers, Sebastian Criffield, and Christian Criffield.

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BISD FROM PAGE 1A The teachers showed video clips of students using the devices in the classroom, and said the program received â&#x20AC;&#x153;a great response from parents.â&#x20AC;? Boerne Middle School South Principal Susan Cleveland talked about her vision and â&#x20AC;&#x153;what needs to be happening all the time to remind us why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there every day.â&#x20AC;? That vision included individualized daily tutoring for all students to foster learning and a culture of

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collaboration focused on results, hard work and commitment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ultimate goal in everything I set forth to do this year is to make sure there is a systematic support system for all studentsâ&#x20AC;? she said. In other action, the board: â&#x20AC;˘ Approved the February budget amendments and accepted $75,000 in donations. â&#x20AC;˘ Approved on second reading Texas Association of School Board local update 96, which included employee personal or sick leave use policies and recommendations pertaining to selection and adoption of

instructional materials. â&#x20AC;˘ Approved Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills certification for the 201314 instructional materials allotment. â&#x20AC;˘ Approved the 2012-13 data validation monitoring system for student discipline records improvement/ corrective action plan. â&#x20AC;˘ Approved a waiver of

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Nov. 11, 1947 - March 27, 2013 Ethel Lorraine George left us to be with the Lord on March 27, 2013, at the age of 65. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She loved cooking, working in the yard and garden, cleaning house, shopping, and spending time with friends and family. She also loved partying, George drinking beer, and barbecuing brisket, chicken, and country-style spare ribs. Ethel cherished being outdoors with loved ones and she enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with family and friends where she excitedly played slots. Ethel was born Nov. 11, 1947, to Phyllis George and Henry Steitle. She married the love of her life, Erich Elton George in 1970. She was a loving mother to Tammy Jean Tuttle and Danny Wayne George. Her grandkids lovingly called her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamaw.â&#x20AC;? Ethel spent 30 years working as a cosmetologist, then retired to be a full-time wife, mother and grandmother. Ethel was proceeded in death by her father, Henry Steitle, daughter Deborah Kay George, mother-in-law Betty Martin, and brother-in-law Butch Woytasczyk. She is survived by her parents, Erich Bruno and Phyllis Delores George; her husband Erich E. George; daughter and son-in-law Tammy and Frank Tuttle; son and daughter-in-law Danny and Jennifer George; grandsons T.J. Tuttle, Carson Tuttle, Waylon George and Rhyder George; sisters and their spouses Royleen Woytasczyk, Cassandra and Gene Cherry; brothers and their spouses Kenneth and Dawn Steitle, Martin Steitle, Claude and Bonnie Steitle, Jerry and Becky Steitle; her very special sister-in-law, Lois Marie Downs; and brother-n-law Darrell Downs. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 2, at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 6:30 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries, 243 W. Bandera Rd. No. 133, Boerne, TX 78006. To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Ethelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the Obituaries tab. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher %2OSEWOODs"OERNE 4EXAS Funeral Home of   sWWWEBENSBERGER lSHERCOM Boerne.

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The next Kendall County Republican Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luncheon will be Tuesday, April 9, at The Resort at Tapatio, 11:30 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Boerne Independent School District Superintendent David Stelmazewski. Before becoming superintendent, Stelmazewski served as principal of Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School since the school opened in 2008. The school was rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency in both 2009 and 2010 and was awarded the Lone Star Cup by the UIL for the best extracurricular program for a 4A high school in the entire state for the 2010-11 school year. In addition, Champion High School has been awarded the Dan Cook Award for its athletic program every year it has been open. Prior to coming to BISD, Stelmazewski served as principal of Dillard McCollum High School in the Harlandale ISD for seven years during which the school was

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STATE BOARD REP. LAMAR SMITH OF EDUCATION Congressman Lamar Smith District 5 - 205 W. Travis 2409 Rayburn HOB. Fredericksburg, TX, 78624 Washington, D.C. 20510 830-997-9759 202-225-4236 San Antonio Office STATE SENATOR, DIST 25 Guaranty Bank Building DONNA CAMPBELL 1100 NE Loop 410, Ste. 640 Texas Capitol San Antonio, TX 78209 Austin, Tx 78701 210-821-5024 lamarsmith.house.gov STATE REP., DIST 73 MEETING TIMES DOUG MILLER Room E1.216, Capitol Ext. BOERNE CITY COUNCIL 7 p.m. second and fourth CITY OF BOERNE Austin, TX 78701 Tuesdays, City Hall, 402 E. MAYOR MICHAEL SCHULTZ 512-463-0325 Blanco, Boerne. 402 E. Blanco FEDERAL LEVEL 830-249-9511 KENDALL COUNTY PRESIDENT BARACK COMMISSIONERS OBAMA BOERNE ISD 9 a.m. second and fourth White House Superintendent Monday, Kendall County 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. DAVID STELMAZEWSKI Courthouse, 204 E. San Washington, DC 20000 123 W. Johns Rd. Antonio, Boerne Boerne, Texas 78006 U.S. SENATOR 830-357-2000 BOERNE ISD TRUSTEES TED CRUZ 6:30 p.m. third Monday, 703 Hart Senate Office COMFORT ISD BISD boardroom Building Superintendent Washington, D.C. 20510 COMFORT ISD TRUSTEES JOHN CHAPMAN (202) 224-5922 232 High St., Comfort 830- 145 Duncan Dr., ,Suite 120 7 p.m. second Monday in the board offices 995-3664 San Antonio, TX 78226 210-340-2885 COW CREEK STATE LEVEL GROUNDWATER DISTRICT GOVERNOR RICK PERRY U.S. SEN/ JOHN CORNYN second Monday at the State Capital, Room 200 Russell Bldg. Rm. 179 District Office. 216 Market Austin, Texas 78701 Washington, D.C. 20510 Ave., Ste. 105 Boerne 512-463-2000 (202) 224-2934

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Where they learn does matter The BISD Board of Trustees has called an important bond election for May 11. One of the positive aspects of the bond is the improvement of our learning facilities. Educational research and actual case studies have demonstrated how improving a school’s indoor physical environmental quality enhances student concentration, health, attendance and academic performance. Creating and maintaining healthy school buildings can achieve reductions in the airborne contaminant levels of invisible particles, irritant gases and infectious microbes that impact student performance by up to 25 percent. Many Texas school districts have developed comprehensive programs that ensure classroom environments are conducive for teaching, learning and positive health outcomes. Residents in these districts have supported their schools through passage of school bond projects. Several recent national reports call for improvement in school facilities to achieve higher student success rates and greater community attractiveness. The Healthy Schools Campaign stated in a report titled Health in Mind, Improving Education Through Wellness, “Given the strong connection between health and learning, schools must recognize health as central to their core mission of student learning. That means creating a healthier school environment, which supports students’ wellbeing and builds a foundation for learning. Basic safety, physical activity, clean air and water, allow students to thrive. In a healthy school environment, students learn-through lessons and example-to value their own health and wellness.” www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/programs/health-in-mind/ The Coalition for Healthier Schools released a report titled Toward Healthy Schools 2015. The report cites multiple studies documenting the benefits of healthy indoor learning environments on attendance and achievement, and then presents state-level data and policy summaries. The report’s primary finding is that “School children should be considered at elevated risk of health and learning difficulties due solely to the unexamined or unaddressed environmental health risks in their schools.” www.healthyschools.org/HealthySchools2015.pdf BISD voters are encouraged to read the above reports, learn that school facilities do matter for the success of students and the community, and then to vote for the 2013 School Bond proposal. - Jerry Lamping, Kendall County

We can’t keep going like this This week, Congress passed a CR (continuing resolution) to enable our government to continue spending money for the rest of this fiscal year at the same amount that it spent in the previous year, adjusted for Sequestration, ensuring another multi-billion dollar deficit. For sure, our national debt will greatly exceed $17 trillion as we go into the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Most of us can’t imagine the magnitude of $17+ trillion. More importantly, what are we going to do about it? I recom-

mended to Lamar Smith, my Congressman, that a CR reflect a real reduction in spending but that didn’t happen. If we are going to reduce our total indebtedness, our current income must be greater than our current expenditures. People in Kendall County understand this basic principal, but I fear that many people in the country don’t or they don’t care because they pay nothing in and get a lot out. Congress is confusing the discussion with their budgeting jargon. In Congress-speak, spending reductions means that they spend less than budgeted even though the budget is greater than what was spent in the previous year. As an example, say in 2012 the expenditure was $100. The 2013 budget was $105, but only $103 was spent. Congress would declare that spending was reduced by $2 when in fact, in our language, it was increased by $3. This confuses most everybody when discussing spending in the U.S. and I am certain that it is done on purpose. In the past, after a depression, our economy has typically rebounded strongly and gone on to new heights only to repeat the process as we lived with markets free from excessive government interference. That’s not the case now and will never be again if Obama’s policies are followed. If we are to regain our stature and power in the world, we must be strong financially. Otherwise, we will always be constrained and soon unable to do what we think is right. To be strong financially, we must eliminate our current account deficit and start reducing our total indebtedness. Historically we have done it by increasing our GNP and holding spending in check. That’s not happening now and won’t happen with Obama’s policies. High taxes discourage risk-taking and drive money away, leading to more unemployment, more demands on government for assistance, higher taxes etc. Obama promised to change America and he is doing it. It is time we stopped him before it is too late! Become active! Demand that your elected officials show courage to actually reduce spending. We all hear stories of government waste, which is in the billions, so it can happen without destroying the lives of the truly needy. In the private world, stockholders (taxpayers) would inform directors (elected officials) who would instruct company executives (the President of the U.S. and his staff) to reduce expenditures in a smart way and if they tried to sabotage the process, as Obama did in the Sequestration matter, they would be fired! We have laws that will permit the same thing in the political world and we need to use them! Citizens, let’s get started! No more saying, I don’t matter or I’m too old or any other excuse. I’m 85 and I’m doing my best to reveal the real Obama and his harmful policies and to return the U.S. to its traditional ways. Join me! - Robert G Reed III, Boerne

Cruz holds his own Senator Ted Cruz is extremely intelligent and smooth. Did you get to see his questioning of Senator Diane Feinstein regarding her attempt to take away our Second Amendment Rights? Keep givin’ ‘em hell! - Karl Strong, Boerne

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ers, and to every person who so generously made this success a possibility. Your generous work and From the pages of The Boerne Star contributions will give you consolation in knowing that you have helped to relieve pain, have saved the lives of our sons, brothers and fathers, who someday will again unite with their families, and will again be able to enjoy the love and laughter of peace when The long drought was finally bro- freedom and progress will normally be ken Wednesday when a nice slow rain dominant throughout a better world. amounting to about 2 inches fell. It was The Red Cross needs money this year accompanied by a small amount of hail as it has never needed it before. Every that did no damage around Boerne. advance that has been made in fighting The rain was a welcome relief to the the war has meant increased responsistockmen, farmers and those patriotic bilities for the Red Cross. The recreation citizens who are laboring to put in a centers maintained by the Red Cross for Victory garden. our servicemen in foreign lands are indeed worthy of commendation. The personal worries of many of our men in uniform are alleviated by the knowledge that the Red Cross workers back home are aiding their families. We may all sincerely appreciate that we have so willingly met the needs of this The citizens of Boerne were made organization in 1943. glad Tuesday when the news came in that Lt. Clarence Weidner had been found safe after being reported missing in action in the European War area a few days previous. Lt. Weidner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Weidner. We join the entire community in rejoicing with them over the First Lieut. Raymond Kinsey, 23, who safety of their gallant son. has been in Boerne since March 6, when he arrived home from Korea, will leave with Mrs. Kinsey, the former Miss Beverly Dugosh of Boerne, on April 1 for Kendall County makes good on the Nellis Air Field at Las Vegas, Nevada, home front again as we go over the top where he will instruct gunnery. and make our quota. We respectfully Asked what the Ace had been doing present out sincere appreciation to the since his return to Boerne, Beverly local Red Cross officials, to the work- said: “Loafing, except for a few shop-

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ping trips to get ready for his Nevada station.” Lieutenant Kinsey, who was born in Bandera, is a camera enthusiast, but has been too busy “loafing” to get into his hobby. He has not talked much about Korea either, and the two MIGs and the bomber he is credited with downing and the two MIGs he is credited with damaging. He had been in Korea since Aug. 4, 1952. Lieutenant and Mrs. Kinsey will report to the Las Vegas station on April 8.

Receives air medal Sidney L. Voges A/M2 was awarded an Air Medal on March 14, 1953, for meritorious achievement in aerial flights as a member of a patrol plane crew in Patrol Squadron Nine during operations against enemy forces from July 3, 1952, through Sept. 21, 1952. The medal was earned after completing 20 patrol and reconnaissance missions during this period in areas where enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft fire could be expected. Sidney also received his Combat Air Crewman Wings while stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, as a member of the patrol squadron.

Phone call into tomorrow A phone call into “tomorrow” was one of the strange experiences of Mrs. Kenneth Stevens the past week. Junior Hernandez of Boerne and stationed at Formosa, Japan, called Mrs. Stevens at 4 a.m. Wednesday to say that he had just read the Boerne Star and learned

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Viewpoints The Battle for Texas PROGRESSIVE VIEWS Kathleen De Leon KENDALL COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

In a recent Letter to the Editor, a writer suggested that Progressives should get used to the idea that they lived in a predominately right-leaning county and “get over it.” If that writer to the editor had read my article regarding vocabulary, he would have realized he perfectly fit the definition of a conservative - that is disposed to preserve existing conditions. Look at your children. They grow and change. Look at our community. It is growing and changing. Look at the seasons and the climate. These change. Look in the mirror. Isn’t that a brutal shock. There is change. Change is inevitable. It is not my intent to preach to the several factions of the right about change and how they should embrace it. I speak, this time, to the left to say Change Is Coming. Political analysts agree that Texas will be a battleground state in the next four to eight years. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Newly elected Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) has said that if Texas goes blue, combined with California (D) and New York (D) the Republicans will never win the White House again. Senator Cruz, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. There is a movement afoot called Battleground Texas. It is about everyday Texans who believe Texas is worth fighting for door to door, neighbor to neighbor, county to county. It’s about people who are weary of feeling bullied by a right that assumes it has a mandate and is not willing to listen to any other opinions. Even if Democrats did nothing, which we are not, the facts would turn Texas Blue. Here is the reality. The population of Texas is 41 percent Hispanic. The Texas Hispanic population is younger and has a higher birth rate than the Caucasian seg-

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ment of the population. The Hispanic segment of the population is going to increase in relation to the Caucasian segment of the population and 71 percent of Hispanics vote Democratic. Here is where the Democrats are about to shift into battle mode. In Texas there are 1.5 million Hispanic American, 500,000 African American and 200,000 Asian American unregistered voters. These 2.2 million Texans are going to be courted by the Democratic party and they are going to help turn Texas blue. The Democratic party is planning to register as many of the 2.2 million unregistered voters as possible. In addition, Democrats plan to engage registered voters who have not been involved in the democratic process. The point is to start having two candidates for every office from local to national level - to have contested races - to have debates that candidates feel compelled to participate in. Those of you who have been timid closet Democrats afraid to declare yourselves, take heart. A time is coming when it will no longer be acceptable for bullies to key your car in the parking lot because it has a bumper sticker for a Democratic candidate. Local retailers will post obnoxious sentiments regarding the left at peril of their bottom line profits. You will no longer express your opinions in hushed tones. But nobody is going to hand you this prize. Like all treasures, it is not free. The name Battleground Texas implies a fight and that means you faint-of-heart must grow backbone and resolve. You must join the charge to claim Texas for the values you cherish. If you’re tired of seeing that big red blob on the map on the southern coast of the United States, if you think there is room in Texas for more than one opinion, if red is not your favorite color, if you’re ready for change, join the battle. The battleground is Texas. Kathleen De Leon is a member of the Kendall County Democratic Club and the Kendall County Area Democratic Women.

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FROM PAGE 4A she was ill. A little checking up on time tables after the call by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens uncovered the fact that while it was 4 a.m. in Boerne, it was 7:30 p.m. the next day in Formosa.

March 28, 1963 First condemnation hearing The first condemnation hearing for right of way on Interstate Highway 10 in Kendall County was held on Monday, March 25, at the Kendall County Courthouse. Mr. Don O. Deibner was awarded $725. The taking involved 0.642 acres of a 5-acre tract in the Garden Oaks subdivision south of Boerne. The State needed the front 90 feet for the proposed Interstate. The State’s original offer for the land including damages was also $725.

Hearing on re-routing Interstate No. 10 A meeting was held Tuesday at the Courthouse for the discussion of a change in the routing of Interstate No. 10 entering Boerne on Johns Road. This road now divides the schools, and additional traffic on Johns Road would cause a hazard to the children and all school traffic. Engineers Walter Ehlers and R.O. Lytton represented the State Highway Department. The question was raised whether the interchange on Johns Road could be eliminated without damage to Boerne businesses. Interchanges, Mr. Lytton said, are never objected to as they help a small community. Most communities will fight to get one. Mr. Lytton suggested all officials, county, city and school, should meet to draw a joint resolution as to their wishes and to the best interest of the city and school board. He further stated it would be from two to three years before the interstate would be open to traffic.

March 29, 1973 Kendall County to inaugurate cancer crusade On April 2, Kendall County Cancer Crusade volunteers will launch the annual crusade with a family supper at Saxon Hall of the Methodist Church in Boerne. Crusaders from Bergheim, Comfort, Sisterdale and Kendalia as well as those from Boerne and their families will attend. Approximately 115 Kendall County volunteers will join the thousands of volunteers in America in making every effort to reach every home. When a Crusader calls at your home, please welcome him or her, accept the materials they offer, ask questions you may have concerning cancer and how your donation will be used to fight this devastating disease.

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Richard Sena KENDALL COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY

The impending vote on the Boerne Independent School District’s bond proposal gives us an opportunity to assess the district’s past financial stewardship and review answers to some questions that have been raised. Even though I served on this year’s 70-member Long Range Planning Committee, am a member of the BISD Budget Committee and consider myself reasonably well-versed in school finance issues, I visited with Bruce Revell, BISD financial manager to learn more. Revell has been with BISD since 2006 and is a self-described frugal money manager. For the past seven years BISD has received an outstanding rating for financial accountability by the Texas Education Association. The budget has been balanced each year and the reserve fund has increased from $6 million to $9 million, or approximately 2 months’ worth of expenditures as recommended by the state. I asked Revell to explain how the district could request this bond without raising the current tax rate, especially since taxes are frozen for homeowners over the age of 65. He noted that since 2010, BISD has refinanced most of its debt to take advantage of all-time low interest rates, saving taxpayers $40 million in future interest payments. BISD anticipates additional refinancing to be available in 2014, saving millions more. Due to new home and commercial construction, our tax base

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March 31, 1993 Two arrested after parking lot shooting A gunshot disrupted shopping at Boerne Wal-Mart on Thursday when a Georgia native discharged his weapon in the parking lot while scuffling with Boerne police. No one was hit and two suspects were taken into custody. The incident began when the store reported a car parked in the handicapped zone. Officer Carl Clayton contacted a male subject in the driver’s seat who claimed his name was Gary Torres and said he didn’t have any identification. Clayton then took the driver’s license of a female in the front passenger seat, named Abigail Escobar. A check was run on the license and the police were notified there was an outstanding felony warrant on Escobar from the state of Georgia for Escape. Sergeant Jim Kohler arrived to assist, and asked the male subject to exit the vehicle. As he got out, Escobar stated the subject had a gun. The subject with his back to Kohler was observed reaching for his waistband. Kohler grabbed Torres by the arms and took him down to the sidewalk. During the brief struggle, Torres managed to retrieve a .380 semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and fired one round into the parking area before the gun jammed. The officers were able to knock it free and handcuff the man.

March 25, 2003 This is only a test More than 40 local law enforcement officers successfully completed a two-day Rapid Response to Active Shooter training course hosted by the Boerne Police Department during the week of March 17 at Boerne Middle School North during the spring break period. The training sessions are designed to prepare police to deal with violent crimes. The training course was developed in the aftermath of the April 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado.

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has expanded. This has allowed the district to pay an additional $6 million of principal beyond regular payments, creating additional interest savings. Thus, BISD will be able to maintain the current tax Debt Service tax rate, which has actually been reduced by 3.6 cents since 2010 with savings passed on to taxpayers. Revell stated that the district is using cautious and conservative assumptions in planning the 2013 bond. For planning estimates only, they are projecting interest rates to be 2 percent higher than what is now available, and assume new appraisal growth of 2 percent per year, which is less than we have experienced. If rating agencies see that bond payment estimates are conservative and can cover any market fluctuations, then BISD’s bond rating will be higher, leading to lower interest rates and taxpayer savings. Low rates will enable BISD to either retire early much of the new debt (savings millions of interest) or eventually reduce the tax rate or some combination of the two. I also inquired about the advisability of including technology equipment and school buses in this bond. A little background history is in order here to understand this aspect of the bond. Boerne is a property-rich district that has paid about $50 million in our tax dollars to the state since 2004 for redistribution to property-poor districts. The state has also frozen its aid to local districts at the same level since 2006, during which time inflation has risen by 16 percent. These two factors have limited what BISD can spend in its operations budget. Consequently, BISD has had to make budget reductions of $5 million

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(10 percent ) since 2009. Lower priority positions and programs have been eliminated, and available money has been understandably prioritized to the classroom. Nonetheless, class sizes have increased to levels beyond what is recommended. People can argue that computer equipment and buses should be paid out of the same operations budget that has been reduced significantly. Further reductions threaten the standard of excellence that BISD has achieved. The district does have the option of asking voters to approve increasing the operations tax rate from $1.04 per thousand dollars to as much as $1.17. However, were this done, we would have to share about 40 percent of additional money raised with the state. The BISD board has understandably declined to use this approach. We would have to raise $20 million in operations funds (M&O) to net the $12 million called for in the bond to fund these items. Just as people finance their autos or trucks, BISD plans to finance these items with short-term bonds (and during the warranty period). Since BISD keeps all money raised by bonds (I&S tax), the total cost to the district, including interest, would be about $13.6 million or $6.4 million less than using the operations budget approach. BISD has an excellent track record of financial management and has real needs as a growing district. I have written many columns blasting our federal spending and debt. But when local schools have legitimate needs and are responsible stewards of taxpayers’ money, I believe they deserve our support. BISD has clearly met this threshold.

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CH Graphics has moved to 916 E. Blanco Rd., Ste. 100, in Boerne. Owner Jodie Webb started the company eight years ago and specializes in creating completely unique promotional products, specialty items and apparel and can provide full service illustration and graphic design services or work with customers’ artwork or logo files, including local and national clients, small businesses, large corporations, rodeo organizations, schools, churches and clubs. Call CH Graphics’ Boerne manager Jessica Kitts at 830-331-8859 or visit the website at www.chgraphics.com.

BISD trustee attends advocacy program Richard Elkins of Boerne ISD was among a group of school board members gathering in Corpus Christi March 7-9 to learn the latest on 21st century challenges to leadership and the implications of those trends for educators. Session theme for this, the third of five training sessions of Leadership TASB (LTASB), was “Where Leadership Happens through Community Engagement.” Trustees began activities Thursday with tours of Santa Gertrudis ISD’s Academy High School and Premont ISD. Academy

High School is the shared high school for Santa Gertrudis and Driscoll ISDs. Selected by TASB, the group of 35 trustees is participating in a year-long education leadership study program. The LTASB class of 2013 represents Texas school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 275 to 106,000 and reflects a range of property wealth. Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate in June with a unique designation recognized by TASB. LTASB is sponsored in part by H-E-B.

Message to Austin Copper Dragonfly Boutique owners Denise and James Filer focus on providing high-quality products and customer satisfaction. The Copper Dragonfly Boutique offers a line of bohemian, indie and hippie chic clothing in all sizes. The clothing is unique in appearance and comfortable to wear. They carry jewelry and art by local artists and custom T-shirts as well as scented candles and essential oils and blends. Copper Dragonfly Boutique is at 806 River Rd. in Boerne. Call 830-331-2259 and visit www.copperdragonfly.net.

Kevin Thompson, left, of Centennial Bank in Boerne visited with State Representative Bryan Hughes during the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Legislative Day at the Texas Capitol.

Chamber’s Board Endorses BISD Bond The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce board of directors has passed a resolution supporting the $99.5 million Boerne ISD bond proposal going before voters May 11. The resolution, passed at the board’s March meeting, presses support for the bond while commending the Boerne Independent School District, its volunteer leadership and staff for developing the proposal and for fiscal stewardship that would allow the bond to be issued without a tax rate increase. The Chamber directors also encourage voters to become informed about the bond and to vote. An excellent school district is so critical to the vitality of our community. Education is important to the people of our community and developing a well-educated, well-rounded work force is essential to the success of our business climate. Boerne ISD has a well-earned reputation for success in the classroom and a record of being reliable stewards of our community’s education tax dollars. By voting to support this bond, our community will make a critically important investment in the future of our children, our schools

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and our community. The BISD Board called for the bond election at its Jan. 28 meeting. The bond package includes dollars to support a significant investment in new career and technical classrooms, technology, construction to accommodate enrollment growth, renovation of aging facilities, enhanced safety and security measures on all nine BISD campuses without needing to raise the tax rate. Early voting on the bond runs April 29 through May 7. Election Day is May 11. A Resolution of The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in Support of The Boerne Independent School District 2013 Bond WHEREAS an excellent school dis-

trict - with acknowledged strengths in academics and extracurricular activities - is a vital component in a progressive community whose citizens value quality of life, and WHEREAS a highly recognized school district that is attuned to student needs, aligned with community values, and forward-looking in setting and achieving goals serves as the pulse of a community, and WHEREAS the measurable and acknowledged strength of a local school district has a very direct impact on property values in the area, success of business and commerce, and overall community pride and spirit, and WHEREAS the Boerne Independent School District has perennially been acknowledged by all applicable measurements to be an excellent district, cumulatively and in specific academic and extracurricular activities, thereby earning a reputation for excellence, and WHEREAS this well-earned reputation is a reflection of commitments on the part of students, families, teachers, staff and community leaders and supporters, and WHEREAS Boerne ISD accord-

‘Must haves’ for business owners If you own a business, you may well follow a “do it now” philosophy - which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly. Still, you also need to think about tomorrow - which means you’ll want to take action on your own retirement and business succession plans. Fortunately, you’ve got some attractive options in these areas. For example, you could choose a retirement plan that offers at least two key advantages: potential tax-deferred earnings and a wide array of investment options. Plus, some retirement plans allow you to make tax-deductible contributions. In selecting a retirement plan, you’ll need to consider several factors, including the size of your business and the number of employees. If your business has no fulltime employees other than yourself and your spouse, you may consider a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan or an owner-only 401(k), sometimes known as an individual or solo 401(k). Or, if your goal is to contribute as much as possible, you may want to consider an owner-only defined benefit plan. If you have employees, you might want to investigate a SIMPLE IRA or even a 401(k) plan. Your financial advisor, working with plan design professionals and your

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tion thereof. Many succession plans include a buy-sell agreement. Upon your death, such an agreement could allow a business partner or a key employee to buy the business from your surviving spouse or whoever inherits your business interests. To provide the funds needed for the partner or employee (or even one of your children) to purchase the business, an insurance policy could be purchased. Your estate plan - including your will and any living trust should address what happens with the business, in case you still own part or all of it at your death. The best-laid succession plans may go awry if the unexpected occurs. All these business succession options can be complex, so before choosing any of them, you will need to consult with your legal and financial advisors. Whether it’s selecting a retirement plan or a succession strategy, you’ll want to take your time and make the choices that are appropriate for your individual situation. You work extremely hard to run your business - so do whatever it takes to help maximize your benefits from it.

tax advisor, can help you analyze the options and choose the plan that fits with your combined personal and business goals. Now, let’s turn to business succession plans. Ultimately, your choice of a succession plan strategy will depend on many factors, such as the value of your business, your need for the proceeds from the sale of the business for your retirement, your successor and how well your business can continue without you. If your goal is to keep the business within the family, you’ll need to consider how much control you wish to retain (and for how long), whether you wish to gift or sell, how you balance your estate among your heirs, and who can reasonably succeed you in running the business. Many succession planning techniques are available, including an outright sale to a third party, a sale to your employees or management (at once or over time), or the transfer of your business This article was written by within your family through sales or gifts during your life, Edward Jones for use by your at your death or any combina- local Edward Jones financial advisor.

ingly has gained the distinction of being a “destination district,” meaning a district that can anticipate significant and steady population growth as families seek the best educational opportunities for their children, and WHEREAS the community desires to see Boerne schools continue to excel on all fronts, to the point of engaging in an extensive long-range planning process as a 70-member citizens committee did in the fall of 2012, and WHEREAS this citizens committee did in December 2012 make recommendations to the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees in the form of a districtwide bond proposition to address classroom technology, enrollment growth, aging facilities and campus security and safety, and WHEREAS our elected representatives, the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees, did receive and study these recommendations, after which it unanimously approved a $99.5 million bond election for the voters of the Boerne ISD, therefore be it RESOLVED that, we, the Board of Directors of the Greater Boerne

Chamber of Commerce do express our full endorsement of said bond proposal and all elements contained therein, and be it further RESOLVED that we commend the Boerne ISD for is sound and recognized fiscal practices and stewardship that permit this bond to be issued without need for a tax rate increase, and be it further RESOLVED that we commend the members of the long-range planning committee, the Board of Trustees, and the district administration on their commitment to developing a bond that serves all students of the district, placing an emphasis on strengthened academics, more robust career and technical education, state-of-the-art technology in the classroom, and student and staff safety, and be it further RESOLVED that we encourage all registered voters living in the district to vote in favor of this bond, taking full advantage of early voting April 29-May 7 or casting their vote on Election Day, May 11. Resolved this 20th day of March, 2013, by the members of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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What’s happened in Vegas impacts Boerne ISD. Economic conditions in other parts of the nation, including the Las Vegas area, Southern California, Arizona, South Florida and many other regions of the United States, has likely caused enrollment in the Boerne Independent School District to increase. The trend is expected to continue, according to a report by Templeton Demographics of Southlake. The firm specializes in demographic studies and enrollment forecasting for school districts.

According to Bob Templeton of Templeton Demographics, unemployment encourages people to move to where the jobs are, and Kendall County has grown because many of the families that first moved to the San Antonio area discovered the virtues of living within the Boerne ISD. The forecast was presented to the BISD Facilities & Resource Planning Committee, a diverse group of 70 individuals including students, parents, teachers, administrators, residents, community and business leaders. The committee began meeting in May with the goal of helping district administrators develop a strategic approach to addressing the future needs on its nine campuses.

Boerne High’s Madison Fritze kicks the ball past a Medina Valley player in Boerne’s playoff match with the Panthers. To see how the BISD soccer teams did, check today’s sports section, pages 9-11.

Happy... ...Birthday March 24 Hopie Sotello March 28 Janie Stratton April 2 Joyce Lewis Jackson Moss Sherry Schodts Diane Weston April 3 Ken Allen Harriet Doyle Jerry Ellis Sylvia Potts David Schodts April 4 Wilbert Bauer Jimmy O’Malley Doris Rosendahl Jean Sorenson Robert White

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The Benedictine Sisters’ eighth annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser was held at the Omega Retreat Center in Boerne on March 20. With the help of over 100 volunteers, the community-building event featured food, fun, and entertainment for a crowd of over 500. Ticket holders had the option of dining in or picking up their meals through a convenient drive through. Those who chose to dine in were able to hear the accordion music provided by Robert Atwood and John McDonald as well as bid on an array of silent auction items. “The support we have received is overwhelming,” Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters, said. “We’d like to thank our generous sponsors and donors. We are also grateful to all the volunteers, including parishioners, Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts from St. Peter’s Church and our Benedictine Oblates who made this such a successful event.” For more information about the Benedictine Sisters, visit www.boernebenedictines.com

Deaths Loida Ester Cisneros Betty Parr Duckworth Ethel Lorraine George Norma Jeanne Harris For complete obituaries, see page 2A. See the latest obituaries at www.boernestar.com.

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A months-long process that included goal-setting, development of guiding principles, campus tours, analyzing public feedback, studying bond financing data and the enrollment projections resulted in the committee’s recommendation that BISD trustees put a $99.48 million bond package before voters May 11. The Templeton forecast looked at economic conditions across the country, inbound and outbound migration to Bexar and Kendall Counties, Texas enrollment trends, new home construction data, current and planned development within the BISD, and its impact on local public school enrollment. In comparison to the rest of the country, the San Antonio region has had relatively low unemployment rates, which “make people stay put” while high unemployment elsewhere “makes people move” to where the jobs are, Templeton said. According to the study, Texas gained 259,500 jobs between August 2011 and August 2012, leading the nation in job growth. The overall health of the Texas economy was evidenced by an increase in sales tax collections for 29 consecutive months at that point. Oil and gas tax collections were 41 percent higher in 2012 than in 2011, the report states. The population of Bexar County grew 12 percent between 2005 and 2010. During the same period, the population of Kendall County grew 20 percent. According to Templeton, many of the

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FROM PAGE 1 new local residents came from Bexar County as well as the Houston, North and Central Texas, and Corpus Christi areas, relocating to the Boerne area after discovering it. Due to the influx of jobseekers and others, enrollment in Texas school districts has increased from 4.3 million students in 2003 to 5 million in 2011. The most growth has occurred in the Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin and border regions, the latter being a gateway into the country, Templeton said. The study reviewed enrollment growth in the San Antonio-Austin corridor and looked in detail at Texas Education Agency Region 20, which includes more than 50 school districts in San Antonio, central and south Texas. BISD was ranked eighth out of 20 districts when measuring growth between 2006 and 2011. BISD ranked sixth among 21 Region 20 districts in terms of new housing with 277 housing starts and 285 closings in 2011, 946 vacant developed lots ready to be sold over the next three to four years, and 8,781 future lots to be developed. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;paperâ&#x20AC;? lots represent planned and preliminarilyplatted development already presented to government agencies, indicating growth five years into the future and beyond. New housing starts and closings analyzed by quarter within the BISD show an upward trend. New home construction overall in the State is also trending up, Templeton said. Based on the research, 88 percent of new home construction locally is taking place in 10 subdivisions, leading to growth in the different school attendance zones, Templeton said. These subdivisions include the Trails at Herff Ranch, Woods of Frederick Creek, Napa Oaks, Stonehaven, Cordillera Ranch, Ridge Creek, Fair Oaks Ranch and River Mountain Ranch. The report also shows that these developments, with the exception of Ridge Creek and River Mountain Ranch, had a combined inventory of 121 lots and 724 vacant developed lots available, including those offered in the Threshold Ranch and Menger Springs developments. These figures point to growth expected to occur in two to three years, Templeton said. The study also indicates there are 6,351 lots planned in several developments, representing growth within BISD five or more years from now. These developments include Esperanza, the Miller Tract PUD, Lerin Hills, Cordillera Ranch, Fallbrook, Stonehaven, Stone Creek and Front Gate in Fair Oaks Ranch. Based on the new and planned housing activity, attendance projections were developed to forecast how it will impact the various BISD campuses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historical growth compared to housing growth is a good indicator of the future,â&#x20AC;? Templeton said. The enrollment history in BISD was examined, showing the district grew by 13.5 percent during the last five years, adding over 840 students. Student populations within each grade level the last five years were studied in order to project future student populations in the different grade levels. The projections show that the elementary school population will grow by 717 students in five years and by 1,612 students in 10 years. Cibolo Creek and Fair Oaks Ranch elementary schools are expected to exceed capacity this fall. Fabra Elementary is projected to exceed capacity in 2015; Kendall in 2016; and Curington in 2018. Because four of the five elementary schools will be over capacity by the 2016/17 school year, adjusting school attendance zones will not solve the overcrowding issue,

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Templeton said. The forecast indicates the number of middle school students will grow by 216 in five years and 513 in 10 years. The number of high school students will increase by 497 in five years and by 1,095 over the next 10 years. The enrollment projections for the middle and high schools indicate capacity will be reached by 2019, with Boerne Middle School South expected to exceed capacity in 2017 and Boerne Champion High School in 2018. According to the report, the Texas economic outlook remains positive, which should lead to continued population growth across Texas and in the San Antonio region, including Boerne. The region is also being impacted by the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is significant because some workers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to live there,â&#x20AC;? Templeton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They would rather commute to work from desirable areas.â&#x20AC;? The Templeton Demographics report is available at www.boerne-isd.net.

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Friday April 5, 2013

Plans call for Boerne Nissan to join other dealers on Boerne’s southside

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BY GAIL YOVANOVICH

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Boerne may soon host another car dealership if the city council agrees with recommendations proposed by its Planning and Zoning Commission Monday. The commission voted to recommend changing permanent zoning of the recently annexed 5.477 acres at 32005 I-10 West near Scenic Loop Road from R-A (single family residential-agricultural district) to B-2 (highway commercial district) similar to adjacent highway zoning. It also recommended allowing the use of an automobile dealership at that location with conditions specifying construction of a 6 to 8 foot

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fence along the property line and a stipulation that any trees 8 inches in diameter or larger be maintained within 15 feet of the Boerne Heights subdivision. The city council will address the recommendations at its April 9 meeting. During public hearings on the two actions, Michael Weiss of 4M Realty Company, representing Boerne Nissan, was the lone speaker. Boerne Nissan currently has the property under contract. He outlined a plan to construct a 40,000 square foot new and used car dealership on a total of 8.5 acres, employing around 40 administrative, sales and technical people at the facility. Weiss told commissioners he and company

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Boerne High School student Theresa Clifford looks at the work of other BISD art students at the annual Boerne ISD All-Level Art Show currently on display at the Patrick Heath Public library. Artwork by students ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors and from charcoal to ceramics will be exhibited until the end of the month.

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Michelle Ann Geisler-Roberts

City promotes two administrators

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representatives met with Mayor Mike Schultz, District 5 Councilman Christina Bergmann and other city officials in early February, along with 23 residents whose homes in the Boerne Heights subdivision backed up to the rear of the potential car lot. “We had good feedback,” said Weiss. During the meeting, the dealership agreed to install a minimum 6-foot high Fencecrete fence along the property line between the dealership and the subdivision to shield homes from noise, lights and views of the business. The dealership also agreed to a landscape buffer protecting any larger trees within 15 feet of

Boerne City Manager Ron Bowman has announced two recent executive team promotions at City Hall. Jeff Thompson, who has served as assistant city manager since joining the staff in July 2007, has been promoted to the city’s first deputy city manager and director of the city’s economic development department. Linda Zartler, director of administration services, has been promoted to replace Thompson as assistant city manager. As economic development director, Thompson will lead the city’s efforts, in coordination with the Kendall County Economic Development Corporation, to retain current business

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Local veterinarian Tamara Oesterling says that canine parvovirus - most often referred to simply as parvo - continues to be a threat to young dogs. In fact, Oesterling has recently seen something of a mini-spike within her practice and she wants Boerne dog owners to take the highly contagious, often fatal illness seriously. “I’ve seen three cases in the last three weeks and that’s more than I’ve seen in the last three years,” Oesterling said. “It’s pretty concerning when you see young puppies with a disease that’s preventable.” Although two other area veterinary practices said that no parvo has come through their clinics, Oesterling reported that the cases she recently treated (two of the puppies died) were from homes on the north side of Boerne. The proximity, as well as the incidence of death leads her to issue the following caution: “People rely on rabies drives and they overlook the other diseases,” Oesterling said. “Yeah, rabies is important, but rabies alone isn’t enough. People overlook parvo because they’ve forgotten how bad it can be. Twenty years ago, puppies dropped dead all over the place - it was really prevalent.” Although spread by feces, the simple collection and disposal of feces isn’t enough. “The virus can remain stable in the environment for a long time,” Oesterling said. “Even though the fecal material is picked up, the virus can still be active.” Puppies should be vaccinated against parvo, Oesterling said, and owners of non-vaccinated dogs under one year of age should be particularly vigilant. “They should watch for vomiting and apathy.”

BISD Super calls bond election ‘pivotal point’ BY GAIL YOVANOVICH

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With just five weeks to go until voters in the Boerne Independent School District decide the fate of the proposed $99.48million bond issue, Superintendent David Stelmazewski is calling the election critical to the district’s future direction. “In my opinion, this is a pivotal point for this school district,” he said. “It’s time to decide if you want to continue to be the kind of quality school district we are.” Election day is May 11, but early voting begins April 29 and continues through May 9. In discussing the bond in general, Stelmazewski remarked, “This is the best calculated effort on the part of the planning committee comprised of community folks, professional educators in this district, and outside advisors that we’ve drawn in to look

at the situation. Considered among the most critical aspects of the bond issue is $14 million in district-wide technology infrastructure upgrades. The upgrades include equipping students with mobile computing, laptop, netbook and iPad connectivity and integrating sound and video to desktops, as well as replacing aging desktop computers. Education software would also be upgraded, along with cabling and wireless infrastructure connectivity. The district would add servers and data storage capacity and increase bandwidth on all campuses. Without access to the latest technologies, BISD students could be at a disadvantage both in higher education and in the job market. “We’re already behind in what we need

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OBITUARIES Michelle Ann Geisler-Roberts On April 3, 2013 our beloved Michelle Geisler-Roberts was called home. Michelle was raised in Boerne, and her adult life took her to Lytle, where she was residing at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband Eddie Roberts, daughter Fallon Lopez and husband Frank with grandchildren Nola and Elliot Geisler-Roberts Lopez; son Michael Gearhart and wife Jackie. She also leaves behind her mother Nadine (Mimi) Geisler and two siblings, Terri McBee and Gordon A. (Kip) Geisler Jr. She will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Arrangements are pending.

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FROM PAGE 1A as far as tech is concerned to use in instruction, to use in learning, to use in communications,â&#x20AC;? Stelmazewski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be hard to maintain the excellence we have at BISD if we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep up with technology.â&#x20AC;? He added although BISD has lagged behind other districts in technology, with proper funding, it could quickly be on the leading edge at all grade levels. Several projects address the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anticipated growth over the next 10 years, most notably a new elementary campus to replace Fabra Elementary School at a cost of $23.9 million, including land acquisition. The new school would be constructed in the general area of the existing school and add capacity for 200 more students. With portions of FES built in 1948, the campus suffers from maintenance and energy-efficiency issues, along with traffic congestion that compromises student safety. Of the total, $3.1 million would go to renovate the FES campus for administrative use. Adding capacity for the sixth grade at both Boerne Middle School North and Boerne Middle School South would accommodate an additional 500 students at a price tag of $11.15 million. This would allow the sixth grade to move to the middle school campuses, easing crowding at the elementary schools and keeping the district at nine campuses for the foreseeable future. Major upgrades to Curington Elementary at a cost of $8.35 million would include additional capacity for 100 students, along with an expanded and renovated cafeteria, renovated restrooms, administrative expansion and upgrades to meet current building codes. The aging C and D wings at BMSN will require roof patching or replacement, window replacement, interior upgrades and some new classroom accessories at a cost of $3.29 million. Current district enrollment is around 7,000 students, and an additional 3,000 are expected over the next 10 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where are we going to put them?â&#x20AC;? Stelmazewski asked.

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P&Z FROM PAGE 1A the property line, and they pledged to preserve as many trees as practical in the parking areas in keeping with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree ordinance. As far as lighting, Planning Director Chris Turk pointed out the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning ordinance already imposed limitations on lighting for commercial properties that abut residential areas, including restrictions on brightness and pole heights, along with the use of directional shields and full cutoff light fixtures. Boerne Nissan would also construct a driveway from its facility to Scenic Loop Road, building it almost parallel to

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where are we going to put them?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; David Stelmazewski BISD Superintendent speaking about handling expected increase in enrollment should bonds fail

He indicated classrooms would be more crowded, and the district would be forced to use portable buildings, particularly in the middle schools. Under the heading of fine arts and physical education, BISD earmarks $15.665 million for these programs at BMSN and Boerne High School, with $1.8 million of the total for a new stadium support facility. The district plans $2.935 million of the total for a new bandhall at BHS and some renovations at both schools. The fine arts buildings accommodate band, choir, theater, and similar programs. Of the $12.73 million allocated for physical education, BHS will receive $4 million and BMSN $6.93 million, to renovate aging structures and build a new competition gym at BMSN. Since not all students elect to attend college after graduation, the district also prepares students to enter the workforce through its popular career and technology education programs. The bond allocates a total of $7.85 million to expand CTE programs at BHS, build new CTE classrooms at BMSN and develop a culinary arts program at BHS. School officials said interest in these programs remains high, with students being turned away from the Champion High School CTE programs. CTE projects at BHS include construction of a welding shop and agricultural and construction trades facilities. Culinary arts courses are in high demand from district students. Funding a culinary arts facility at BHS includes construction of a new building, complete with kitchen equipment, classroom space and furniture at a cost of $1.6 million. Stelmazewski stressed the

need for an expanded CTE program, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The need has become obvious now that only 50 percent of four-year college graduates are getting jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We turn away students from our CTE classes because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have room. Without the bond, we would be stalled in our efforts to grow CTE,â&#x20AC;? he said. All nine BISD campuses would receive safety, security, health and energy management upgrades for a total cost of $7.175 million. Upgrading playground safety features, installing air conditioning in the elementary school gymnasiums and addressing building coderelated safety issues comes in at $2.35 million of the total. Ensuring secure school entrances and upgrading cameras, security systems and classroom door locks were also among the safety improvements. At $2.55 million are health upgrades including restroom renovation, along with roof, drainage, paving canopy and bleacher repairs as needed. Energy management projects at a cost of $2.275 million include installing up-to-date control systems, upgrading interior and exterior lighting and air conditioning systems, adding occupancy sensors, and installing low-flow plumbing fixtures. In the transportation support area, BISD plans to purchase new, more fuel-efficient busses as the older ones are decommissioned. Of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 85 busses, 46 have mileage over 125,000. Expanding the district warehouse and purchasing bus repair equipment brings the transportation total to $5.1 million Also with a nod to growth, the district allocated $3 million to acquire new school sites in light of the projected increase in enrollment. Should the bond fail, Stel-

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In other business, the commissioners gave conditional approval to final plats for 51 lots at Boerne Hollow, the Woods of Boerne Units 3, 4 and 5 and the Woods of Boerne commercial part 2.

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BISD strategic planning process underway A group of Boerne ISD educators, administrators, involved parents, and students met recently to initiate the development of a new three-year strategic plan for the district. This initial meeting was a lead-in to a more intense two-day session that will take place in late April. I look forward to sharing the results of this process. What is clear to me even after the initial meeting is that all stakeholders in our district desire educational excellence for our students on several fronts. Some of the themes that rose to the top in this first strategic planning meeting involved the strength and direction of our core curriculum, the effective use of technology in our classrooms, development of opportunities for our students in a 21st century workplace and a financially strong school system poised to address enrollment growth and sustain academic excellence. If those subject areas sound familiar, it may be because I have had the opportunity to share with you throughout the past school year some of the initiatives we are undertaking currently. We believe these steps are helping us chart a course to meet the needs of a growing student body in an increasingly complex and technological environment. Stated another way, we know our increasingly diverse student body has a wide array of needs – from foundational needs shared by all students to disparate needs based on individual paths toward college readiness or career aspirations. We want to develop and engage the best possible educational culture, teaching methods and technological tools to

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help all students reach their goals. Toward that end, BISD’s nine principals, our assistant superintendent for curriculum, and I have been taking part in the Academy for Transformational Leadership. This year-long series of seminars, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators, has a goal of transforming school districts so that students and district staff, as well as the entire community, realize the benefits of healthy and vital learning environments. The sessions, conducted by the acclaimed Schlechty Center, have been professionally inspiring thus far. One of the specific benefits for our district is that leaders from each of our campuses are involved. I want to thank our Boerne ISD Board of Trustees for making this investment in the leadership of our schools. Few participating districts have made this level of commitment. It has given us a shared platform upon which to build what I believe will be an even more solid district structure in the areas of curriculum and culture, helping to foster partnerships to meet our challenges. Another initiative currently underway that certainly seems to feed into the course of the strategic planning process is our work with Abilene Christian University’s Connected Consulting.

As I shared last fall when we initiated this program, a cadre of almost a 100 teachers across the district – primarily our math and science teachers from fifth grade up – is utilizing this training to discover the most innovative ways of using technology to engage our students in the learning process. These teachers have been equipped with iPads which they are using to learn and develop teaching methods that take advantage of the wide array of possibilities technology brings to education. This focused training is in advance of the day when students will increasingly rely on mobile digital devices in classroom settings. Of course, I cannot look at the early work of the committee without taking note of how elements of the 2013 bond package mesh with the themes of the planning process thus far. The bond’s emphasis on upgrading technology capacity, adding career and technical education spaces and constructing classrooms so that sixth grade can be fully integrated into the middle school curriculum are some examples that suggest to me we are moving forward in a progressive and properly aligned fashion. As these initiatives continue to develop, I will keep you apprised. As always, I invite your feedback and welcome your involvement in the process of educating our community’s children and grandchildren. Boerne ISD superintendent David Stelmazewski is an education leader who has served for more than 30 years as teacher, coach and administrator in Texas public schools.

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“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” - Matthew 7:15 (NIV) WRITE ’EM! KENDALL COUNTY JUDGE GAYLAN SCHROEDER 204 E. San Antonio Boerne, Texas 78006 830-249-9343 Commissioners MIKE FINCKE GENE MIERTSCHIN DARREL LUX KENNETH RUSCH 204 E. San Antonio 830249-9343

STATE BOARD REP. LAMAR SMITH OF EDUCATION Congressman Lamar Smith District 5 - 205 W. Travis 2409 Rayburn HOB. Fredericksburg, TX, 78624 Washington, D.C. 20510 830-997-9759 202-225-4236 San Antonio Office STATE SENATOR, DIST 25 Guaranty Bank Building DONNA CAMPBELL 1100 NE Loop 410, Ste. 640 Texas Capitol San Antonio, TX 78209 Austin, Tx 78701 210-821-5024 lamarsmith.house.gov STATE REP., DIST 73 MEETING TIMES DOUG MILLER Room E1.216, Capitol Ext. BOERNE CITY COUNCIL 7 p.m. second and fourth CITY OF BOERNE Austin, TX 78701 Tuesdays, City Hall, 402 E. MAYOR MICHAEL SCHULTZ 512-463-0325 Blanco, Boerne. 402 E. Blanco FEDERAL LEVEL 830-249-9511 KENDALL COUNTY PRESIDENT BARACK COMMISSIONERS OBAMA BOERNE ISD 9 a.m. second and fourth White House Superintendent Monday, Kendall County 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. DAVID STELMAZEWSKI Courthouse, 204 E. San Washington, DC 20000 123 W. Johns Rd. Antonio, Boerne Boerne, Texas 78006 U.S. SENATOR 830-357-2000 BOERNE ISD TRUSTEES TED CRUZ 6:30 p.m. third Monday, 703 Hart Senate Office COMFORT ISD BISD boardroom Building Superintendent Washington, D.C. 20510 COMFORT ISD TRUSTEES JOHN CHAPMAN (202) 224-5922 232 High St., Comfort 830- 145 Duncan Dr., ,Suite 120 7 p.m. second Monday in the board offices 995-3664 San Antonio, TX 78226 210-340-2885 COW CREEK STATE LEVEL GROUNDWATER DISTRICT GOVERNOR RICK PERRY U.S. SEN/ JOHN CORNYN second Monday at the State Capital, Room 200 Russell Bldg. Rm. 179 District Office. 216 Market Austin, Texas 78701 Washington, D.C. 20510 Ave., Ste. 105 Boerne 512-463-2000 (202) 224-2934

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April 1, 1943 South Pacific: Japanese concerned Even as Premier Hideki Tojo was warning the Japs that “the war situation is becoming more serious,” Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox declared that Japan has lost 1,857,000 tons of shipping, or one-third of her tonnage since the beginning of the war. “The journey to victory is just beginning,” Knox however cautioned. While Japan was exhibiting signs of concern over the war’s trend, American warplanes continued to blast at the westward movement of enemy troops and supplies to the islands above Australia, attacking Japanese coastal vessels off western Dutch New Guinea.

Ration news Beginning last Monday, housewives began using red stamps in War Ration Book II to buy their family supplies of meats, edible fats and oils, butter, canned fish and most cheeses.

Jill of all trades The electric bulb socket should hold no mysteries for the wartime handywoman. She must learn to rewire and repair faulty sockets as part of her home repairs education. She also has to learn how to keep her various electrical appliances in tip-top shape, thus saving electric power and avoiding accidents in the home.

April 2, 1953 Curb and gutter judgments paid Mayor Clarence Dietert announced Tuesday that all property owners against whom the city obtained judgment in the

case Holden et al vs. City of Boerne have paid the judgments against them in full. This was the case brought by certain property owners to prevent the city from collecting the curb and gutter assessments made by the council in connection with improvements to Main Street in 1949. Mayor Dietert said that a release will now be prepared and placed of record to show that this judgment has been fully satisfied and that the parties to this suit are no longer indebted to the City, nor is their property any longer subject to the lien which was established to secure the payment of assessments.

April 4, 1963 Schools to have additions At a special meeting on Wednesday, March 27, of the School Board members, a plan was drawn up to add two rooms to the Junior High School, enlarge the Ag. Shop and add a dressing room to the Gym. The cost will not raise the school taxes, but a bond issue will be called in the near future. An 11-room high school plan was discussed, but not adopted.

April 5, 1973 Sausage supper and talent show On Friday, April 13, the Boerne High School German Club will present their third annual talent show at the High School Cafeteria, which includes a sausage supper. Holders of tickets enjoy both the sausage supper and an array of talent from Boerne High School. At the conclusion, each ticket holder votes for his favorite act or

performance. Tickets are now being sold by German Club members.

April 7, 1983 Hearing to decide spraying proposal A proposal to spray Kendall County for control of the dreaded fire ant will be aired in a public hearing Monday afternoon in the Kendall County Courthouse. County Judge Ken Muller said the Texas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have offered to provide aerial spraying of the entire county with Pro-Drone, an EPA-approved insect growth regulator, free of charge. “This is a $1 million job for us, free of charge,” Muller said.

Students learn the effects of drugs The Boerne Police Department, aided by state and area officials, recently conducted a drug seminar for young Boerne students in the Middle School Auditorium. The officers showed off drugs and drug paraphernalia, discussed the effects of drugs, and distributed literature and informational materials. Also on the program was a “drug sniffing” dog. The Police Department has been staging drug education programs in the city.

Chamber off and running for new year The Boerne Chamber of Commerce is off and running on a new year with 79 members already in the fold and directors anticipating a total of 200 or more for the year.

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Business Business partnerships help local organizations

Boerne Education Foundation committee members Trish Doucette and Karen Smith accepted a $25,000 donation from Methodist Stone Oak, presented by Dean Alexander who represented the title sponsor of the upcoming Rock On gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Estancia at Thurder Valley, with food entertainment and catering by Don Strange. There will also be both silent and live auctions.

Boerne Youth Soccer officials and Cavender Chevrolet recently presented a Home Entertainment Package to 2012 Chevy Youth Soccer regional winners Ben and Catherine Skipper. For more than five years, Cavender Chevrolet has been Boerne Soccer Club’s local sponsor for the event. The fundraiser raised more than $4,000 for player scholarships last fall. From left, players Emmy Ferris and Grace McClain, Tommy Pipes of Cavender Chevrolet, player Olivia Farias, winners Ben Catherine Skipper, player Kendall Skipper, David Perryman with BYS, and player Riley Burkey. Since 1979, the Boerne Soccer Club has been committed to improving local youth and strengthening the Boerne and Hill Country communities by offering a range of soccer programs for young people between the ages of 4 and 18. Last year, more than 1,000 players participated in three Boerne FC Thunder soccer programs, while hundreds of parents volunteered their time as coaches, managers and helpers.

Career training key in Boerne ISD Bond issue The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has endorsed the Boerne ISD school bond package and applauds the district’s commitment to preparing students to enter the workforce with a solid education and a set of skills that equip them to compete in the marketplace. One of the key components of the 2013 bond package is a significant expansion of the district’s popular Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. CTE classes - incorporating many of what the previous generation might have known

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as vocational training courses - are in high demand on BISD secondary campuses. As a growing number of high school students in our community choose career paths that do not involve a four-year college, a strong CTE program helps meet their educational needs. CTE also helps produce a

local workforce of careerready graduates who add value and strength to the community through the various skills they have mastered that lead to steady employment. BISD currently offers courses in 10 different career clusters, each providing an educational pathway to specific career areas. Some courses are in such high demand that students are being turned away due to a lack of existing space. Limited facilities do not allow the district to offer all courses on both Boerne and Champion high school campuses. In order to access some

CTE courses, students shuttle back and forth between the campuses. This causes students to sometimes miss as much as 15 or 20 minutes of class time in order to commute to their next class. The bond package includes funding to add new classroom facilities and expand the number of CTE course offerings on both high school campuses. Many of the programs at Champion High School’s popular “Ranch” will be replicated at Boerne High School under the bond proposal, thus expanding capacity and alleviating the heavy reliance on

the shuttle system. This includes coursework in agriculture, welding, design and building. The popular automotive tech program at Boerne Champion High School continues to flourish and gain industry recognition. It will not be replicated on the Boerne High campus because of the significant expense of the program, but school leaders expect it to continue to draw students from both campuses. Likewise, a new culinary

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Is your portfolio truly diversified? Life is full of ups and downs - and the financial markets are no different. As an investor, you’re no doubt happy to see the “ups” - but the “downs” can seem like a real downer. Isn’t there any way to help smooth out the volatility in your investment portfolio? First of all, to cope with volatility, it’s helpful to know what causes it - and there can be many causes. Computers that make trades in milliseconds, based on mathematical models, are sometimes blamed for intraday volatility, but large price swings can also occur following the release of government economic reports, such as those dealing with unemployment and housing starts. Global events, such as the European economic malaise, can also send the financial markets into a tizzy. By being aware of the impact of these events, you can see that the workings of the markets - especially their volatility - may not be as mysterious as

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you thought. Still, while knowing the causes of volatility can help you prepare for market swings, it won’t blunt their impact on your portfolio. To do that, you need to create a diversified mix of investments because your portfolio can be more susceptible to negative price movements if you own only one type of asset. To illustrate: If you owned mostly bonds, and interest rates rose sharply, the value of your bonds would likely drop, and your portfolio could take a big hit. But if you owned stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and other investment vehicles, the rise in interest rates would probably affect your portfolio less significantly.

Unfortunately, many investors think that if they own a few stocks and a bond, they’re diversified. But you can actually extend your diversification through many levels - and you should. For the equity portion of your portfolio, try to own stocks representing many market sectors and industries. Also, consider international stocks. And rather than owning just U.S. Treasury bonds, consider corporate bonds and municipal bonds and diversify your fixed-income holdings further by purchasing short-term, intermediate-term and longterm bonds. Work with your financial advisor to determine the mix of asset classes and investments that are appropriate for your financial goals and objectives. How you ultimately diversify your portfolio depends on your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals there’s no one “correct” asset mix for everyone. Over time, your diversification needs may

Chrome Glidden Tour comes to Boerne The Chrome Glidden Tour is coming to Boerne the week of April 21-26, putting more classic cars in town than normal. The Veteran Motor Car Club of America will host the 32nd Annual tour with over 70 classic cars and their owners using Boerne as home base. Each day they will tour points of interest in the area, and then retire to the host hotel, the Fairfield Inn & Suites. On Wednesday, April 24, they will tour in and around the Boerne area, ending up on Main Plaza around 6 p.m. for a car show and ice cream social. The public is invited to join in for ice cream and tire kicking while enjoying the music of The Boerne Village Band. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Boerne Volunteer Fire Department. The Veteran Motor Car Club of America is celebrating a milestone, marking 75

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For more information or questions about the event email Steve Mergele at spm@gvtc.com

change. One example: as you enter your retirement years, you may need to increase your percentage of income-producing investments while possibly reducing the amount of growth investments you own. These growth-oriented investments tend to be more volatile, and you may want less volatility during your retirement. However, even during retirement, you will need to own a certain percentage of growth investments to provide you with the growth potential you’ll need to stay ahead of inflation. Keep in mind that diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss. Nonetheless, building a diversified portfolio may help take some of the volatility out of investing - so look for diversification opportunities whenever possible. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones financial advisor.

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“Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth!” - Henry David Thoreau Bible Verse …

“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” - Proverbs 16:32 (NIV) WRITE ’EM! KENDALL COUNTY JUDGE GAYLAN SCHROEDER 204 E. San Antonio Boerne, Texas 78006 830-249-9343 Commissioners MIKE FINCKE GENE MIERTSCHIN DARREL LUX KENNETH RUSCH 204 E. San Antonio 830249-9343

STATE BOARD REP. LAMAR SMITH OF EDUCATION Congressman Lamar Smith District 5 - 205 W. Travis 2409 Rayburn HOB. Fredericksburg, TX, 78624 Washington, D.C. 20510 830-997-9759 202-225-4236 San Antonio Office STATE SENATOR, DIST 25 Guaranty Bank Building DONNA CAMPBELL 1100 NE Loop 410, Ste. 640 Texas Capitol San Antonio, TX 78209 Austin, Tx 78701 210-821-5024 lamarsmith.house.gov STATE REP., DIST 73 MEETING TIMES DOUG MILLER Room E1.216, Capitol Ext. BOERNE CITY COUNCIL 6 p.m. second and fourth CITY OF BOERNE Austin, TX 78701 Tuesdays, City Hall, 402 E. MAYOR MICHAEL SCHULTZ 512-463-0325 Blanco, Boerne. 402 E. Blanco FEDERAL LEVEL 830-249-9511 KENDALL COUNTY PRESIDENT BARACK COMMISSIONERS OBAMA BOERNE ISD 9 a.m. second and fourth White House Superintendent Monday, Kendall County 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. DAVID STELMAZEWSKI Courthouse, 204 E. San Washington, DC 20000 123 W. Johns Rd. Antonio, Boerne Boerne, Texas 78006 U.S. SENATOR 830-357-2000 BOERNE ISD TRUSTEES TED CRUZ 6:30 p.m. third Monday, 703 Hart Senate Office COMFORT ISD BISD boardroom Building Superintendent Washington, D.C. 20510 COMFORT ISD TRUSTEES JOHN CHAPMAN (202) 224-5922 232 High St., Comfort 830- 145 Duncan Dr., ,Suite 120 7 p.m. second Monday in the board offices 995-3664 San Antonio, TX 78226 210-340-2885 COW CREEK STATE LEVEL GROUNDWATER DISTRICT GOVERNOR RICK PERRY U.S. SEN/ JOHN CORNYN second Monday at the State Capital, Room 200 Russell Bldg. Rm. 179 District Office. 216 Market Austin, Texas 78701 Washington, D.C. 20510 Ave., Ste. 105 Boerne 512-463-2000 (202) 224-2934

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Chris Woerner, Chris Tilton, Anya Maltsberger CONTRIBUTING WRITERS AND COLUMNISTS Mary Alice Yelverton, Natalie Morgan, Ed Davis, Anita Porterfield, Sharon Benedict, Mary Alice Dell, Tom Harris, Tom Lanier, Ron Warden, Connie Clark, Kevin Thompson, Tamara Oesterling, DVM, Constance Keremes, Robin Stauber. and Oscar Garcia.

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Bond issue well researched I am writing this letter in support of the proposed 2013 Boerne ISD Bond because citizens of our school district carefully developed the content and priorities contained in the document. Thousands of hours were dedicated to research and development of a bond that meets the needs of a growing district and continues to make excellence in education a priority. From Day One, the transparency, integrity, dedication and professionalism demonstrated by each member of the 70-member Facilities and Resource Planning Committee were evident. The committee reviewed the current state of the district’s facilities and developed a set of recommendations to fulfill the immediate needs of each campus. The committee was extremely fortunate that Steve Mack, a local banking executive, agreed to chair the Committee. Mr. Mack was dedicated to a strategic approach in analyzing the district’s current capital needs. He kept the meetings open to give each committee member an equal opportunity to express their opinion and be part of the overall conclusion. At no time was the committee coached to draw a specific opinion or position on any subject. The committee developed a set of 12 guiding principles to use as progressive benchmarks as we worked through the investigative process. An independent demographer projected a district enrollment growth of 3 to 4 percent over the next 10 years. A professional bond advisor has projected that the district can issue the proposed $99.48 million bond without needing to increase the tax rate. The committee’s recommendations were presented to the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees at its December 2012 meeting. In January, after conducting its own due diligence and thorough review, the board unanimously approved the recommendations without change and called for a May 11 bond election. In closing, I would like to say it was my honor to serve as a member of such a dedicated committee. An informed citizen is a smart voter. Please vote: it is your right as a citizen. You can vote in this election if you are a registered voter who resides in the Boerne Independent School District. – Charles Hepler, Boerne

No time to concede “ObamaCare is the law of the land now, so don’t waste time focusing on overturning or repealing it,” said health care economist Dr. Gail Wilensky in a recent San Antonio speech. Frankly, I was surprised by Wilensky’s statement. She has an impressive four-decade resume of health care positions in and out of government that makes her more qualified to be Secretary of Health and Human Services than Kathleen Sebelius, the current HHS secretary. In 2008, predicting what might happen if the economy were to fall deeper into a slump, as it has, her belief that “health care costs are expected to continue their upward spiral, placing a growing burden on American families,” was prophetic. It’s unfortunate she isn’t influenced by the likes of Olympic Decathlon standout Dan O’Brien, who said, “If you never give up, you’ll be successful. I disagree with her advice that the health care industry “should now concentrate on the nitty-gritty of the Affordable Health Care Act’s (ObamaCare) implementation.” Throwing in the towel is not the answer. They need to delay implementation and fight it mightily. . One by one the President’s promises have been broken. Most of us will not be able to keep our own doctor and health plan, and instead of lower premiums, they are rising by as much as 32 percent. With some 20,000 pages of regulations on ObamaCare, Sebelius made the absurd statement that no one anticipated the difficulties in implementing it nor how complicated it would be with the public.

An application form currently being drafted is already at 60 pages, and the government is hiring thousands of “navigators” at $20 to $50 an hour to help us understand it. “Navigators” will come from the ranks of Obama-friendly organizations, who will no doubt encourage you to register to vote Democrat on the form included in the application. Projected to cost $898 billion, ObamaCare is now estimated to cost $1.6 trillion. And while the CBO report that the legislation would reduce the deficit by $124 billion, it will actually increase it by as much as $59 billion. The latest screw-up is the year’s delay of the exchange feature for small businesses. Texas is among the majority of states resisting the expansion of Medicaid because it will cost them millions of dollars. Efforts to delay, defund and repeal must continue. Support among Democrats has dropped 15 points, resulting in 42 For and 36 Against implementation, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Republicans need only six wins to gain control of the Senate, and three of those states will face the highest premium increases. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WVa) said ObamaCare was shaping up to be a political disaster for the party in November. With both houses, defunding ObamaCare is feasible. As the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon wrote, “Now is not the time to go wobbly.” - Eldon Kramer, Boerne

Loose dogs serious problem To Boerne Star Staff Writer Elena Tucker for coming forward; to Mary Hillin and a lady named Elsie: I commend you for doing what has been needed for years. We have lost so many sheep, lambs, goats and kids to running-loose dogs. We have had dogs all our lives and they were well cared for. These dogs that don’t have collars or tags, you know someone isn’t doing his job. The dogs need shots and vaccinated for disease and rabies. We have signs all over the county that say, “$500.00 fine for running loose.” We have a problem right now; the dog ran loose, no collar or tags, yet nothing has been done about it. If you find the dogs killing your livestock, you can shoot them. We have and found out where they came from, had the dead dogs to show the owner and you can get paid. But how many times you don’t and you suffer the loss. It’s been a heavy burden. Like the lady says, nobody cares. We had some good people help, but you have to know where the dogs came from and if no collar or vet number, you’re out of luck. Hope this will wake the people up and be more concerned about the situation. Thanks, guys. - Elizabeth Seidensticker, Kendall County

Self-responsibility needed Why do so many liberal socialists blame others for the choices they made in their lives? Oh, that’s right, they do not believe in the principle of self-responsibility. I do not blame wealthy people for the results of the decisions I have made. I also do not agree that the government is responsible for fixing this false comparison between those who have and those who don’t. If there is a need to do something about this, the answer is personal responsibility, not bigger government! Liberals feel the wealthy have cheated to get their wealth and that it takes the government to punish them to make things fair. Instead of thinking from a capitalist perspective, they look through their socialist rose-colored glasses, incapable of understanding that the equality in our society is in its equal chance for all to achieve, not the guarantee that all will achieve. It is class warfare, pure and simple. A recent article in this paper discusses the income discrepancies between the different classes in America. This is a

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1950-52 and 2.5 percent bonds of 1964-69 afford unusual opportunities for anyone From the pages of The Boerne Star who has any money on hand to invest and will be sold only during the period April 12 to April 30 inclusive. The employees at the banks, post offices or any member of the committee will be glad to give any information desired in connection with the abovementioned bonds.

April 15, 1943 Mayor Max Theis issues War Bond proclamation

The Second War Loan opened April 12 and will continue through April. We must play our part in the Second War Loan to raise thirty million dollars. Back up our men on the fighting line today. Buy War Bonds and you will not fail to do your part fully.

First Day Bond Sales $3,150 Postmaster Cartwright who is also chairman of the Bond Committee for Kendall County states that the bond sales made by the Boerne Post Office on April 12, the first day of the second and biggest Bond sale launched was $3,150. The 2 percent Treasury bonds of

Notice to water customers The City Council has decided to increase the water allowance from 3,000 gallons to 4,500 gallons per month until further notice so residents can plant a Victory Garden.

April 16, 1953 Caroline Hotel sold A real estate transaction has been completed whereby Mrs. Mattie Wooten became the owner of the “Caroline Hotel.” Mrs. Wooten, who lives at Denton, plans to make this her permanent

See LETTERS, page 5A home. She will not, however, move here until later in the summer. In the meantime Mrs. Marian Coyle, its present manager will be in charge. The Caroline was until recently owned by Mrs. Beulah Lewis of Houston. Before that this property changed ownership many times. Several years ago its name was changed from the “Phillip House” to “The Cibolo” and then its present name. The original “Phillip House” dates back to pioneer days when it was owned and operated by the Joseph Phillip family. Later Miss Augusta Phillip operated the hotel and it was during this era that Boerne’s social life centered around the “Phillip House.” The establishment was known far and wide for its gracious hospitality and excellent food.

County board bill $84.50 Kendall County served 169 meals to prisoners during the past month at a cost of $84.50. Commissioners’ Court Monday reimbursed Sheriff Bill Edge that amount for prisoner’s board. The prisoners included 12 drunken

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Closing is set for the first right-of-way purchases in the Herff Road project, helping clear the way for construction of the long-anticipated thoroughfare on Boerne’s southeast side. Kendall County Commissioners Monday approved paying $239,774 for rights-of-way to

Tennis Regionals

Champion’s Kevin Powell and Sydney Sachse play at last week’s regional tennis tourney. To see how Champion and BHS did, check out today’s sports section, pages 9-11.

Happy... ...Birthday April 23 Cherie Horton Adah Short Billie Sparger Joan Twitty April 24 Lynell Stone Erna Vogt April 25 Larry Buchman Walter Carter David Krom Carolyn Runner Ruth Slezak

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BISD Día de los Niños celebrates children Día de los Niños, a celebration of the community’s children, will be held Tuesday, April 30, at the Patrick Heath Public Library. The free carnival-style event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Boerne Independent School District Hispanic advisory committee, the district’s dual language program and the public library, Día de los Niños will offer opportunities for Spanish-speaking parents to interact with educators. The event will include activities for family members of all ages. The event also will be an opportunity for parents and community members to pick up information on various programs sponsored by the BISD.

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April 23 Randall & Joyce Puckett Eddie & Eda Street April 24 Charles & Suann Agold

Deaths Carlton Thomas Haynes Frances Newsome Perry For complete obituaries, see page 2. See the latest obituaries at www.boernestar.com.

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The divided road will extend from Old San Antonio Road to South Main Street at Crosspoint, and feature two lanes of traffic each way, along with bike lanes and some sidewalks. Completion is expected in late 2014. The court also authorized Commissioner Precinct 2 Gene Miertschin to sign closing documents and checks for the Herff Road project.

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Deputy Sheriff Glenn Duty received a commendation award from Kendall County Sheriff Al Auxier Monday for saving a woman’s life. On March 8, Duty was dispatched to Comfort to assist with an EMS call. Upon arrival he found a woman unconscious and not breathing. After immediately administering CPR, he assisted EMS crews when they arrived, and the patient regained a heartbeat and respiration. The woman recovered in the hospital and is now back home. According to Kendall County EMS, Duty’s actions saved a life. “We’re proud of his efforts and what he did,” said Auxier, “and we appreciate it very much.”

the Friends of Cibolo Wilderness, and closing is set for Thursday. Funds will be disbursed from the Herff Road Projects Fund No. 71 with three separate checks for $97,585 for parcel 7, $112,597 for parcel 8 and $29,592 for parcel 11. Approved by voters in 2010, the 1.5-mile, $10 million project includes $3.7 million to cover right-of-way acquisition, design, engineering and other costs.

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Career technology education students in the Boerne Independent School District brought home several team and individual honors from recent state-wide tech skills competitions. BISD Superintendent David Stelmazewski told board members Monday that for the eighth consecutive year, district high school CTE students earned the state 4-A championship at the annual Texas Tech-

nology Student Association competition in Waco. The Boerne Middle School North technical team also won the state championship for its age division. Students compete in events like welding, auto mechanics and other CTE skills. “This is a great story that probably has not received enough attention,” Stelmazewski stressed. “We are talking so much about technology and technical skills and how it’s going to be important in the goals we’ve set for our students....It’s exciting to know that if we put technology in our stu-

dents’ hands and give them some good instruction, they really do well.” In other CTE activities, seven district high school students recently took part in the state SkillsUSA championships in Corpus Christi. Champion High School sophomore Brandon Spreen took first place in motorcycle service and technology, won a $10,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute, and qualified for the national contest. Bobby Yelverton, owner of Boerne Auto & Truck Supply and a member of the district’s automotive

technology advisory group, assembled 15 other auto businesses in the community and raised the funds needed for Spreen to compete in the national finals. “Community support is tremendous,” said Stelmazewski, “and I don’t know where we’d be without them. I want to thank the folks who made that happen.” In other business, Special Program Director Marcy Voss updated board members about Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee activities. The committee this year surveyed parents dis-

trict-wide and used both the survey data and state guidelines to reassess the program. In the communications area, improvements will include enhanced campus and district web page information, a challenge lab open house, updated brochures and a talking-points guide teachers could use when discussing individual student needs with parents. Improved services will include gifted and talented curriculum writing sessions, staff training and possibly

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BISD bonds aimed at saving money from Robin Hood BY BRIAN CARTWRIGHT

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While revered by some, “Robin Hood” – the state’s school revenue-sharing plan – is loathed by others who have felt the sting of the legendary character’s “share the wealth” mentality. When it comes to financing public education in Texas, Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code, commonly referred to as “Robin Hood,” has caused Boerne Independent School District taxpayers and administrators to cope with the loss over the last seven years of approximately $60 million in local public school funding that would have gone toward operating the district and maintaining its assets. The triple-threat facing the district – “Robin Hood” payments, increasing enrollment, and shrinking state education funds – has caused district officials and trustees to ask voters to approve a $99.48

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million bond package to cover the cost of more than a dozen projects deemed necessary by BISD’s Facilities and Resource Planning Committee made up of 70 members from across the community. If approved by voters May 11, the funds from the bond will pay for improvements on all nine district campuses. Technology upgrades will be used to comply with current state instructional guidelines. New, expanded and renovated facilities will be built to handle current and projected growth in the student population. Transportation, security and safety upgrades will occur across the district. Chapter 41 mandates that school districts deemed to be “property wealthy” share their local tax revenue with “property poor” school districts. The mandate, along with the loss of $4.5 million in statesupplied educational funding for the last two years, the equivalent of 75 teaching positions, has caused district officials and trustees to lookfor

alternate means to maintain the district’s highly-regarded reputation for educating local students. Public school financing in Texas involves two different tax-based revenue streams. The Maintenance & Operations (M&O) tax generates the revenue necessary for the district to operate its schools on a daily basis. The largest part of that budget goes to pay salaries and benefits for district teachers and staff. The debt service (I&S – Interest and Sinking) tax is used to pay the district’s debt principal and interest on the voter-approved bond obligations that fund school buildings, equipment upgrades and other capital purchases. BISD recently reduced the I&S tax rate by 2 cents to $0.254 after refinancing existing debt. However, due to school financing rules, a district cannot use I&S dollars to pay for expenses that fall under the M&O budget. “I agree that replacing aging vehicles, repairing roofs and replacing

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OBITUARIES Carlton Thomas Haynes Carlton Thomas Haynes, 78, a longtime resident of Highland, Ind., passed away in Boerne on April 16, 2013. He is survived by his daughter Deborah (Michael) Wickless; grandsons Christopher (Marisha) and Jacob. Mr. Haynes is preceded in death by his wife, Taeko and daughter Bobbie Lee. Services were held Sunday at the Garner Funeral Home in Ripley, Tenn. A graveside service followed for family and friends at the Conchord Cemetery in Gates, Tenn.

Frances Newsome Perry Jan. 8, 1927 - April 14, 2013 Frances Newsome Perry 86, passed in her sleep Sunday morning, April 14, 2013, at her apartment in Stanwood, Wash. She was born in Kilgore, on Jan. 8, 1927, and attended Kilgore College where she was a member of its famous drill team, the Kilgore Rangerettes. She married Garland A. Perry in 1950, and moved with Perry him until his retirement from the Air Force in 1966. They moved to Boerne in 1978, and Fran quickly became involved in the community, and tried her hand at retail as part owner of the former Closet Boutique, which was located on Main Street. When Garland was elected Kendall County Judge, she spent her free time typing articles written by Judge Perry for the Boerne Star and for his books, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic Images of Boerne,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Saga.â&#x20AC;? Fran relocated to Stanwood, Wash., in October 2011 to be close to her only and favorite son, Thomas H. Perry of Camano Island, Wash. Fran loved the many casinos close to her apartment and took home her fair share of winnings. She was a great wife, mother, and friend to many and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Vicki Perry of Camano Island, Wash.; grandsons Brannon Bonner of Wailae, Hawaii, and Bane Bonner of Rowlett; five great-grandchildren; and her brother C.L. Newsome of Marble Falls. Donations in her memory may be given to the Friends of the Boerne Public Library.

BISD BONDS FROM PAGE 1 to be raised without increasing the I&S tax rate beyond its current $0.254 per $100 valuation for the next seven years. The SAMCO report highlighted the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history of achieving savings from refunding and early payments on its debt, totaling $41.01 million saved over the last four years. SAMCO compared BISD to 10 other area districts in terms of debt and I&S rates for 2011-12. In debt per capita and debt per student, BISD ranks among the lowest in the group, exceeding only East Central ISD, San Marcos CISD and Kerrville ISD. BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt per taxable assessed value was second to the lowest at $0.274 last year. Hays CISD was the highest at $0.4213. Without voter approval of the bond, district officials will be faced with choosing between further cuts to the operations budget and borrowing from other sources to pay for safety and maintenance issues while attempting not to hurt student education in the process, Revell said. In comparing BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operational costs to the state average and other school districts in the area, the local district spends proportionally less than most, according to the 2011-12 Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Report from the Texas Education Agency. In terms of percentage of operational cost by the instructional staff, BISD is

61.5 percent compared to the state average of 64.8 percent. The Alamo Heights, Bandera, Fredericksburg, Kerrville and North East ISDs all have a higher percentage cost by instructional staff than BISD. This indicates that BISD would need to increase the amount spent on instruction to be comparable with the state average and other area school districts. When comparing operating cost per student, BISD is below the state average of $8,717 at $8,293. BISD spends less in operating cost per student than Alamo Heights, Bandera, Fredericksburg, Kerrville and North East ISD. BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operating cost per instruction is $4,867 compared to the state average of $5,061. Alamo Heights, Bandera, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, North East and Northside ISDs all have a higher cost per instruction. These comparisons also show that BISD should be investing more on educating students, according to Revell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is what happens when you have to cut $4.5 million,â&#x20AC;? he said, indicating most of previous cuts were in salaries. When analyzing the efficiency of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration, BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Administration cost per student is 2.7 percent compared to the state average of 3.1 percent and the area Texas Education Agency Region 20 average of 3.0 percent. While the Bandera, Seguin and New Braunfels ISD central administration costs are similar at 2.5 to 2.7 percent, BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate is lower than Fredericksburg, Kerrville

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FROM PAGE 1 extending challenge lab hours. A new independent study mentorship class will be offered to seniors at both high schools, and the district will pilot a gifted and talented reading course for the eighth grade at Boerne Middle School South. Responding to an earlier report that had indicated a rise in alcohol and drug use among BISD students, the district now offers a series of five videos on its website as a resource for parents. Parents should visit www. boerne-isd.net and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Programs.â&#x20AC;? Then, in the drop down menu, click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;safe and drug free schoolsâ&#x20AC;? to access the videos. In the teacher presentations and principal initiatives portion of the meeting, Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School teacher Mary Arreguin outlined the BIZWORLD program in which fourth graders learned how to plan, finance, set up, market

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and run their own bracelet businesses. The participating students showed the board videos and slides of their activities and answered questions about their classroom business. Kendall Elementary School principal Marshay Wolff briefed the board about her Picture the Possibilities program for teachers. The program encourages teachers to view new possibilities in the classroom and tap into their own strengths, while using resources available on campus. Boerne High School principal Natalie Farber then outlined the Fundamental Five program for teachers at her school. Farber said the program gets teachers â&#x20AC;&#x153;out with the kids in the classroom,â&#x20AC;? not merely standing behind a podium or a desk, and allows teachers to facilitate purposeful and meaningful talk among the students. The board also approved a proclamation designating April 30 as National Healthy Schools day and budget amendments and accepted donations as presented.

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Hinojosa to speak at local Democratic meeting Kendall County Democratic Club brings State Democratic Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa to Boerne for the May 2 meeting at the Patrick Heath Public Library. Hinojosa will describe how he and Battleground Texas intend to turn Texas blue. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. following a 6:30 p.m. social. For more information, visit www.kctxdemocrats.org/home. html and Alamo Heights which range from 3.7 percent to 3.9 percent. BISD is frequently compared to Lake Travis, Friendswood and Highland Park in terms of academic, extracurricular and management performance. The administrative costs for these districts range from 4.1 percent to 4.8 percent. North East ISD at 1.9 percent and Northside ISD at 1.4 percent have lower central administration costs per student. The lower rates are achieved by the economies of scale and ability to spread the administrative costs over their enrollments of 70,000 in NEISD and 100,000 in NISD, according to Revell. The current student population of BISD is approximately 7,100. WHEN & WHERE Early voting for the BISD bond and trustee election is

Monday, April 29, through Tuesday, May 7, at two locations: â&#x20AC;˘ The Kendall County Voter Administration office, 221 Fawn Valley Drive, Boerne, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours Wednesday, May 1, and Tuesday, May 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Fair Oaks Ranch City Hall, 7286 Dietz Elkhorn Road, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ On Election Day, Saturday, May 11, voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fabra Elementary School Library, 238 Lohmann Street (Johns Road entrance), in Boerne, and at the Fair Oaks Ranch City Hall, 7286 Dietz Elkhorn Road. For more information on the BISD bond proposition, visit boerne-isd.net.

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Viewpoints Hmm-hm-hmm and the red-beret-ed woodpeckers For several years the Breadwinner and I’ve enjoyed watching a family of woodpeckers who come to snack in our front yard. They’re goldenfronted woodpeckers - or so my handbook says. But “golden-fronted woodpecker” is a misleading label for a bird whose most striking characteristic is the big old crimson beret it wears plopped right on the top of its head. Of course sometimes names, words and phrases do precisely what they’re meant to do: they bring just the right thing to mind. Say “hammock,” for instance, and I think beach. Say “cocoa fudge” and I think chocolate cake. Say “soft as silk” and I think chinchilla. On the other hand, names and words and phrases can generate immediate gaps. Say “gun control,” for example, and I immediately feel stuck on one side of an impossible issue. “Gun control” no longer means what it did throughout a lot of American history. These days, “gun

control” is just two words that act as a Pavlovian trigger - three syllables that activate instantaneous response. Say “gun control” and people immediately begin to salivate out of either the Left side of their mouths or the Right. “Gun control” elicits an automatic, vehement drooling of second-amendment-right-to-carrytaking-all-our-guns-away or it generates worn out NRA-lobbynine-out-of-ten-Americans-support arguments; “gun control” elicits the same words combined in the same ways over and over and over and over and over and over again. It won’t come as a surprise that I (at least for the time being) live a gun-free life. I have good reasons for feeling the way that I do, just as the gun-owning camp likely has good reasons for how they feel. The point I’m trying to make, though, is how the very words “gun control” have now become over-turbulent with implication, unnavigable with emotion.

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Elena Tucker

“Gun control” is the river that - although once easily crossed by steppingstones - has gouged a chasm the size of the Grand Canyon into our landscape. Those who espouse one viewpoint reside on this side. Those who espouse the other attitude live on that side. We can’t seem to visit across this void; the best we seem able to do is shout over angrily. And all because this river is called “gun control” - two words so divisive that maybe I just won’t say them. Maybe I’ll just keep my lips pressed together: hmm-hm-hmm. Thing is, hmm-hm-hmm should be a crossable river. There must be ways for folks to ask me how I feel about hmm-hm-hmm, what I think

and believe. And as for me, I too have questions about hmm-hm-hmm, like how does local law enforcement feel about all of this? That is, who should have the right to ownership? And what kinds? And should everybody? How easy or hard should they be to procure? Is it normal and reasonable for a 13-year-old boy - as happened last week in Boerne - to have his own ready access? If that’s indeed common, then shouldn’t we also assume that these young adolescents are ready for alcohol and car keys and birth control? Are they toys? Recreational? Protection? (Really?) OK. I know. Obviously it’s silly to refer to this raging, alienating issue as hmm-hm-hmm. There should be a less divisive term. Problem is, when I look up “gun” in my thesaurus, I find things like “ordnance,” “flintlock,” “peashooter,” “weapon,” etc. And when I look up “control,” it’s little better, since words like “quell” and “crack-

down” don’t communicate the sound judgment and wise restraints that the topic deserves. In fact, all those words do is channel even more water into an already raging river. So I don’t really know what the answers are. Or might be. All I know is how I feel. And I know how strongly the other side feels. I wish we could talk, but the words “gun control” divide us to an unbridgeable extent. If we could just use better, smarter words I think it could help. I mean, the birds in our front yard - they’re not “golden-fronted; “red-beret-ed woodpecker” would provide a whole lot clearer picture. “Gun control’s” not exactly working either since it instantly implies anarchy or stupidity or lawlessness or ignorance or conspiracy or recklessness. Which is why maybe we’d be better off referring to hmm-hm-hmm. Because the other two words are just making matters worse.

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Why should I vote for the bonds? Early voting for the pending Boerne ISD school bond starts Monday. Two websites have details: www. Boerne-ISD.net and www. VoteForBoerneSchools.org. I recently put myself in the shoes of a variety of school property taxpayers and asked, “Why should I vote for the bond?” Taxpayer One “I think we have too much government debt and spending. Why should I vote for the bond?” Nothing grows and strengthens the private sector more than an educated workforce. If you want a vibrant free market, then equip young people to research, write, invent and solve. Among other things, the proposed BISD bond will fund technology and facility enhancements to prepare students for work in a knowledge-based economy. Bond proceeds will be managed and spent at a tangible, local level, not in an ethereal abyss like Washington, D.C. Boerne ISD has a solid reputation for financial stewardship. There is a very low probability that the funds will not produce the results envisioned by the board of trustees. Taxpayer Two “I am retired and know no one with kids in the school district. Why should I vote for the bond?”

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Kevin Thompson Quality of schools drives an area’s attractiveness. Attractiveness drives property values. A vote for investing in schools is a vote for strong property values. Besides, if you are over 65 or older, you have access to an exemption that freezes your school property taxes. According to district administration, the proposed bond won’t result in a tax increase. But even if it did (or even if it does in the future), you won’t pay the increase. And there’s the legacy factor. What do you want to leave behind? Rising generations face massive mountains of federal debt. The least we can do is give them knowledge to face a challenging future. Taxpayer Three “I have kids in private schools; it’s like I’m paying double for their education. Why should I vote for the bond?” Congratulations. You value education. You understand the power of opportunity. That’s what BISD is attempting to give to every child who ends up living within its borders. America’s shrinking middle

class should worry the upper class the most. As the havenots outnumber the haves, the have-nots will likely take by vote or by force more of the bounty of the haves. A wealth divide exacerbates safety and security concerns. The best way to bridge the divide is opportunity for all. And that comes from quality education for all. Taxpayer Four “I live on the south side of the district and the bond largely benefits schools on the north side. Why should I vote for the bond?” One word: McDonald’s. What has made Ray Kroc’s concoction so fascinatingly successful? Consistency. Whether Shanghai, China, or Shamrock, Texas, that burger is going to taste the same. A brand that can’t be trusted will not maintain its value for long. Every BISD school must offer the same high standard of educational experience or else the BISD brand will suffer. If the brand weakens, property values, neighborhoods and businesses will inevitably decline. On your way back from San Antonio sometime, count the billboards for residential developments that advertise “Boerne schools.” Then ask yourself, “Is that by chance or by direct result of generations of citizens’ prioritizing education?”

One spring day I asked the pharmacist at Walmart for a potato patch. He looked at me like I was crazy. He said, “Are you crazy, man? We sell pills here.” Then softening somewhat he said, “Maybe you want our garden department.” He was wrong, of course. What I wanted was something to stick on my arm to make my desire to plant something go away. My garden has deep, friable, sandy soil. When it is moist you can work it easily with your hands. When it is dry you could roller-skate on its surface. So I “sez” to myself, “I’ll just keep it moist all the time.” Well, this turned out not to be the best plan for some reason. My sweet potato slips, which cost me about $1 apiece, grew mightily but produced zip. Not even enough for seed. Undismayed, I drove to Killeen and bought a trailer load of compost and then followed up with a lot of fertilizer, heavy on the nitrogen. If that doesn’t work, pray for me. When I was a kid we had a neighbor who lived on a high, sandy clay hill. His name was Jack Roach. He was old with a bent figure and a wizened face. He spoke in a cracked falsetto voice. Everybody considered him something of a character at a time when characters were not all that hard to find in our community. The soil in his garden looked like it would not grow weeds, much less a garden, but it was the envy of the neighborhood. He grew vast amounts of tomatoes, potatoes, corn, peppers, squash, cucumbers, melons. Whatever he wanted, he grew. Everybody wondered what his secret was. Fertilizer was practically unknown in those days, and who could afford it anyway. Cow chips

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Disaster recovery, investigation proceed AUSTIN - An explosion on April 17 at a fertilizer storage and distribution company in the city of West left at least 14 people dead and an estimated 200 injured. Counted among the dead were 10 volunteer firefighters who were called to the scene to extinguish a fire discovered there. As they fought the fire, an explosion powerful enough to knock down a nearby school and an apartment complex occurred at 7:50 p.m. Flames and the shockwave from the blast burned homes, shattered windows and incapacitated infrastructure up to several blocks away. Officials said the blast, deafening in intensity, shook the ground like an earthquake. Dozens of people remain unaccounted for and search efforts have been continuous. Help from all directions poured into the city of about 3,000 people located between Waco and Hillsboro on Interstate 35. “Like most small towns, West is a tight-knit community where neighbors look after each other and join together in times of need,” said Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Department of Public

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Safety Division of Emergency Management. “Local firefighters - most who work on a volunteer basis - medical personnel, town officials and countless others came together last night under the most difficult of circumstances.” Gov. Rick Perry on April 18 signed an emergency proclamation certifying that the explosion has caused a disaster in McLennan County. On April 19, Perry toured the city of West to get a firsthand look at the damage and to check relief operations. Ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia, the two main ingredients in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, were present in quantity at the West Fertilizer Company on April 17. Both chemicals are commonly used in row crop production.

Officials must conduct forensic testing before they determine the actual cause of the blast. The Dallas Morning News on April 21 reported that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other agencies are investigating what happened. JOB COUNT DROPS IN MARCH Texas Workforce Commission on April 19 reported the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 6.4 percent, unchanged from the previous month and down from 7.0 percent a year ago. But, seasonally adjusted nonagricultural employment fell by 4,100 jobs in March. Employers added 14,900 jobs across five major industries in March, but these gains were offset by the loss of 19,000 jobs in six other industries, the Texas Workforce Commission reported. SENATE MOVES LEGISLATION Two bills having to do with quick response to armed intruders on school campuses were passed by the state Sen-

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BISD Drive for Excellence includes transportation Over the past several weeks, I have been traveling throughout the district on an “awareness tour” of sorts, informing voters about the upcoming bond election and attempting to answer their questions about the various components of the bond package. My meetings have taken me to all nine Boerne ISD campuses, where I have made presentations to faculty and staff groups, PTOs,

site-based committees, booster organizations and others. I have been to meetings of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce, homeowners associations, civic and service clubs, and other organizations. People have been kind enough to invite me into their living rooms to share the bond presentation with groups of their friends. It has been an exhilarating experience, one that I

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anticipate will continue as Election Day, May 11, draws closer. It has also reinforced for me a very basic truth about our school district: There are many, many miles of roadway, highway and byway within the boundaries of BISD! Early in my teaching career in my home state of Illinois, my duties included driving a bus to get students to and from school. I will never forget being handed a set of keys and little else that first morning: no map, no roster. I was told that the children waiting miles away, down at the end of such-and-such road, should be picked up first. They then could direct me on the rest of the route. Fortunately, our methods for route design and scheduling here in the 21st century are advanced well beyond my earliest experiences! In part because of those

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David Stelmazewski experiences, I have always had an appreciation for the skills of our bus drivers and for the care and concern they have for our students. Having recently traveled portions of their routes – charting a mere fraction of the miles they cover during an academic year – my already high esteem for these folks has increased an extra measure. In our collective hustle and bustle, we don’t often pause to consider our school bus drivers and the fleet of vehicles that is required to get our students safely to and from school on a daily basis.

But think about it: Without reliable drivers and reliable buses, we would be challenged to get school started on time each morning. Getting home in the afternoons would be an equally difficult proposition. So I want to say a word of thanks to the 70-plus women and men who drive our buses each day. Thanks also to the folks on our maintenance and support staff who help keep our fleet operational. I visited with many of these folks at the district’s maintenance facility not long ago – sharing with them information about the bond – and I know they take great pride in their work. It is because of their collective support of the district’s fleet that we are able to extend the life of our buses and gain efficiencies that are so important to the district, logistically and financially. Each bus in the current

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fleet of 85 is expected to run 250,000 miles before being retired. The district has not purchased any new buses since 2009, but we need to replace 29 of them in the next five years. There are provisions in the bond package to finance that purchase. Using short-term bond financing to upgrade the fleet is a sound financial approach to the issue and will keep our fleet running safely and efficiently in the years ahead. Each day, approximately 3,600 students – just over half of our total enrollment – get to and from school on our buses. Men and women are up and out early, cautiously and conscientiously driving their routes, fair weather or foul. And each afternoon, they do it again, making sure our children and grandchildren get home safely. I want to thank the drivers and the support team for their dedication to the students of Boerne ISD. Boerne ISD superintendent David Stelmazewski is an education leader with more than 30 years as teacher, coach and administrator in Texas public schools.

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“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” - Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV) WRITE ’EM! KENDALL COUNTY JUDGE GAYLAN SCHROEDER 204 E. San Antonio Boerne, Texas 78006 830-249-9343 Commissioners MIKE FINCKE GENE MIERTSCHIN DARREL LUX KENNETH RUSCH 204 E. San Antonio 830249-9343

STATE BOARD REP. LAMAR SMITH OF EDUCATION Congressman Lamar Smith District 5 - 205 W. Travis 2409 Rayburn HOB. Fredericksburg, TX, 78624 Washington, D.C. 20510 830-997-9759 202-225-4236 San Antonio Office STATE SENATOR, DIST 25 Guaranty Bank Building DONNA CAMPBELL 1100 NE Loop 410, Ste. 640 Texas Capitol San Antonio, TX 78209 Austin, Tx 78701 210-821-5024 lamarsmith.house.gov STATE REP., DIST 73 MEETING TIMES DOUG MILLER Room E1.216, Capitol Ext. BOERNE CITY COUNCIL 7 p.m. second and fourth CITY OF BOERNE Austin, TX 78701 Tuesdays, City Hall, 402 E. MAYOR MICHAEL SCHULTZ 512-463-0325 Blanco, Boerne. 402 E. Blanco FEDERAL LEVEL 830-249-9511 KENDALL COUNTY PRESIDENT BARACK COMMISSIONERS OBAMA BOERNE ISD 9 a.m. second and fourth White House Superintendent Monday, Kendall County 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. DAVID STELMAZEWSKI Courthouse, 204 E. San Washington, DC 20000 123 W. Johns Rd. Antonio, Boerne Boerne, Texas 78006 U.S. SENATOR 830-357-2000 BOERNE ISD TRUSTEES TED CRUZ 6:30 p.m. third Monday, 703 Hart Senate Office COMFORT ISD BISD boardroom Building Superintendent Washington, D.C. 20510 COMFORT ISD TRUSTEES JOHN CHAPMAN (202) 224-5922 232 High St., Comfort 830- 145 Duncan Dr., ,Suite 120 7 p.m. second Monday in the board offices 995-3664 San Antonio, TX 78226 210-340-2885 COW CREEK STATE LEVEL GROUNDWATER DISTRICT GOVERNOR RICK PERRY U.S. SEN/ JOHN CORNYN second Monday at the State Capital, Room 200 Russell Bldg. Rm. 179 District Office. 216 Market Austin, Texas 78701 Washington, D.C. 20510 Ave., Ste. 105 Boerne 512-463-2000 (202) 224-2934

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District, Mrs. Irene Leidl, census enumerator, announced today From the pages of The Boerne Star following completion of the 1953 school census. This represents an increase of 36 over last year’s census.

April 22, 1943 Revised draft regulations

Approximately 425,000 dads of military age in Texas will be granted draft- deferment under amended Selective Service regulations. The revision in the regulations will enable the Selective Service System to continue to meet the manpower requirements of the armed forces, war production, agriculture and other essential activities and at the same time, protect as long as possible homes where there are children.

Air war continues Aerial warfare on the north and east extremities of the Pacific battlefront provided for weeks the only activity in this theatre. In the north, American bombers escorted by fighters continued their daily assaults on Jap positions in the Aleutians, bombing Kiska and blasting Attu. Largest scale action of all occurred near Guadalcanal, where American airmen destroyed 37 out of 98 Jap planes and bombers which attacked U.S. shipping. Seven American planes were lost in the encounter.

City sends cigarettes to soldiers The City of Boerne joined with a number of other cities over the country in sending cigarettes to soldiers across the seas. Boerne sent 1,000 packages to Africa in care of Lt. Lloyd Hazen, a Boerne boy who will see that they are distributed to the boys. This is another example of the fine spirit Boerne has already displayed and Mayor Theis and the Council are to be congratulated for their cooperating with this splendid effort to show our fighting boys our appreciation.

April 23, 1953 School census There are 714 children of school age in the Boerne Independent School

New school bus The handsome, new 54-passenger school bus received on emergency requisition from Austin has arrived at the Boerne ISD. The bus is being used on the Upper Balcones route. The high school band is eyeing the new bus with delight since it holds a rack on the top for carrying band instruments. Another new bus has been requisitioned and is expected to arrive next year.

Narrowly escapes death A Houston man escaped death at 5:30 a.m. Saturday when the huge truck and float loaded with oil well casing which he was driving ran into a ditch and overturned on Highway 475 1.5 miles east of Boerne. The man crawled from the upturned cab of the truck and walked to the radio patrol station about a quarter of a mile away. He was employed by the Southwest Oilfield transport Co. of Houston and was enroute to Center Point. The man told the radio patrol operator he “must have gone to sleep.” He added, following his narrow escape, “I’m going to church tomorrow.”

April 25, 1963 Boerne polo team wins The Boerne Bobcats in a Sunday polo game at Brackenridge Park in San Antonio won the Continental Airlines Presidents Trophy. Mr. Bob Alexander, Captain of the team accepted the trophy.

Falstaff bowlers to present demonstration The Boerne Turn Verein will be buzzing with activity at noon Tuesday, May 14 when a six-man unit of professional bowlers will be gunning for more vic-

tories. The 1962-63 champions will be visiting every section of the country, and to date They have bagged more than 70 championship trophies, not to count individual and doubles awards. While here they will bowl a three-game series against local bowlers. This will be followed by trick shots and a clinic. Mr. Hilmar Haufler, local Falstaff Beer distributor, has been trying for over three years to bring this team to the local alleys in Boerne.

Huge rattler killed One of the largest snakes killed in this area was a five-foot rattlesnake killed on the Bordelon place, south of Boerne. The reptile was killed with a pistol by Earl Dunning, a neighbor in that area. The snake had 11 perfect rattles and double fangs.

April 26, 1973 Daylight savings time starts Sunday This Sunday, April 29, will be the beginning of our annual experience with Daylight Savings Time. Sometime Saturday night or early Sunday, set your clock forward one hour, or you will be late to everything all day long. For some, DST is an annual pain in the neck. Just as it seems the alarm is going off at a civilized hour - after daylight - along comes DST and there you are, groping around in the dark trying to wake up. Amidst all the controversy that still rages over DST each year, one of the U.S. Representatives suggested all yearround DST, claiming that it would help the fuel crisis by burning fewer lights at night. It appears that this type person must have a lifestyle lending itself to always rising after the sun comes up. Otherwise, he would surely realize that those who arise early must use a proportionate amount of electricity.

April 28, 1983 Country pro-drone Kendall County’s Commissioners, after conducting a lengthy public hearing Monday night, voted Tuesday to give the Texas Department of Agriculture the green light to aerially apply the fire ant regulator Pro-Drone over the county. The work may begin as early as May 7, after property owners who do not desire to have their lands treated have

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The idea for a shopping mall in Boerne was conceived in 2007 then postponed by the recession, but may finally reach fruition with today’s better economic climate and the start of two key road projects. Project 500, a planned 500,000-square-foot town center concept mall, would sit on two tracts of land flanking South Main St. near Walmart. Tract 1 includes the Calder estate and the Har-

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pole property on the east side, and Tract 2 the Miller property on the west side. All three parcels in the two tracts are permanently zoned B-2, highway commercial, a designation appropriate for Project 500. Designed as a live-work-play complex similar to Huebner Oaks in San Antonio and the Domain in Austin, the town center mall would feature shopping, dining and perhaps living units. Although Project 500 had been on a back burner since 2007 when a developer abandoned the idea in the midst of the real estate collapse and recession, the timely Herff Road and I-10 frontage road extension projects have brought it

to the forefront again. Both Kendall County Economic Development Corporation President Dan Rogers and Boerne Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Director Jeff Thompson stress the town center mall would contain “the right retail” and not replace downtown, but rather enhance it. “Downtown is the catalyst for our tourist trade, and that’s what it’s always been,” said Rogers. But he added, “When tourists come to an area with an historic downtown district...when they finish shopping there, they look for things they

School district quality impacts property values

In a Jam Boerne Champion’s Nick Kindred beats out a throw at first during Tuesday’s fourthplace tiebreaker game against Alamo Heights. Comfort was in a tiebreaker game for first with Blanco. See results of both games in today’s sports section, pages 15A-16A.

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Happy... ...Birthday May 3 Dora Esquivel Anna Voigt May 4 Annlea Mola Mary White Stanley Young May 5 Betty Pankey Jean Sanders Roberta Watson May 6 Helena Brown Don Dunlap Sam Ellis Robert Onofrey Byron Tesch Doyle Weldon Dunn

In the Food Sciences lab at Champion High School, Porter Allen and Kristen Dunn prepare a strawberry jam recipe. Students in Food Science classes at Champion High School have been learning the different techniques for preserving foods and doing it safely. Using the proper equipment and following recommended guidelines and recipes can ensure that food preserved at home is safe and delicious. Students used the Boiling Water Bath method of canning while creating their own

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Strawberry Jam. One of the most popular Career Technology Education classes in the district, officials hope that if the proposed bond issue is approved by voters they will be able to expand the number of classes. Currently many more students apply for the class than can be accepted due to limited space.

The purchase of a residential property is usually one of the most significant investments made by an individual. Like most investments, the owner hopes it grows in value to yield a profit when sold to relocate, downsize or pass along as part of an estate. Current research suggests that the location of the property and the amenities of the area play an important role in the market value of the property. Multiple research studies show that one of the amenities that most influences whether a property’s value rises or falls is the quality of the school district in which it is located. In his report “Public Schools and Economic Development - What the Research Shows,” Jonathan Weiss, senior counsel for Washington-based SRS Technologies, states there is “clear-cut, undisputed evidence” that the quality of public schools directly influences residential property values. A professor of law at George Washington

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Taxpayers whose property value increased more than $1000 in the last year will soon receive an appraisal notice from the Kendall Appraisal District. The appraisal district mailed about 7,500 appraisal notices yesterday. City, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set the 2013 property tax rates. Under state law, county appraisal districts are required to notify property owners about changes in their property’s value. The notice contains important information about the property’s location, ownership and tax exemptions that have been applied to the property. It must also include an estimate of 2013 taxes by local taxing units using the 2012 tax rates. Property owners who disagree with the appraised value of their property, the exemptions or any other action by the appraisal district have the right to appeal to the Kendall Appraisal Review Board (ARB). The ARB is an independent panel of citizens responsible for hearing and settling property owner protests. The notice of appraised value includes instructions on how and when to file a protest, a protest form as well as the Comptroller’s Property Taxpayer Remedies. The deadline for filing a protest with the ARB is June 3. The Texas Comptroller’s publication, Property Taxpayer Remedies, explains in detail how to protest a property appraisal, what issues the ARB can consider and what to expect during a protest hearing. The publication also discusses the option of taking the case to court or entering into binding arbitration if the property owner is dissatisfied with the outcome of the ARB hearing. Property Taxpayer Remedies is available from the Kendall Appraisal District at 118 Market Avenue, Boerne, TX 78006. The publication is also available on the Comptroller’s website at www.window.state.tx.us/ taxinfo/proptax/ or by calling the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division at 800-252-9121. Press “2” to access the menu and then press “1” to contact the Information Services Team.

Boerne Performing Arts announces lineup for upcoming 2014 season The concerts for Boerne Performing Arts 2014 Series are now scheduled and season ticket packages for the 3-concert series are now available for as low as $75. Kicking off the series are Australia’s hottest music export, The Ten Tenors on Jan. 27. Next up will be The Stepcrew on Feb. 10, with visual and musical display through various styles of dance. Time For Three, or Tf3 for short, will close out the 3-concert series on March 25 as the string ensemble blends a melting pot of musical genres. Previews of the world-class performing artists are available at www.boerneperformingarts.com. Information is also available at the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce and the Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau. For telephone ticket requests, call 830-331-9079. Season Ticket packages are available at three levels: • Patron: $170 (individuals wanting to purchase premium seating and make a donation), • Corporate Donors: $1,000 (businesses that would like to include program advertising opportunities along with premium seating tickets),

• Subscribers: $75 Committee member Dan Rogers says he is hoping to see another increase in season ticket sales. “Our first season sold 30 percent of the auditorium with season tickets. In our second season, that number doubled to over 60 percent sold with season tickets. We are looking forward to continued community support of these events with the increased trend of Patrons, Corporate Donors and Subscribers,” Rogers said. Purchasers of season ticket packages by Oct. 31 receive priority seating that includes one ticket for each of the three concerts at substantial savings off the single ticket price. Single tickets for events will be $30, $40 and $60, and will not be available until Nov. 1. Seating will be assigned based on the level of donation and the date the application is received within a particular level. All performances will be at 7:30 p.m. at Boerne Champion High School Auditorium. Boerne Performing Arts and Boerne ISD will offer outreach programs with the visiting artists to the students of BISD.

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Boerne VFD fundraiser tomorrow will help maintain local service Last year, Boerne Volunteer Fire Department volunteers contributed 7,796 hours of their time, saving taxpayers approximately $170,000. On Saturday, area residents will have an opportunity to thank them for their work and help them continue. The department will host their annual Fried Fish Dinner, Raffle, and Live Auction Saturday, May 4, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the

BVFD Station, 726 North Main St., Boerne. Funds from the event are used to purchase firefighting and rescue equipment, pay for training firefighters and maintaining the highest level of fire protection and emergency response service in the area. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. with music by the True Texas Band. Plates are by donation

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FROM PAGE 1A would not find in the downtown area.â&#x20AC;? A recent study found the city and county lose about $200 million annually when consumers, both tourists and residents, leave the area to shop in San Antonio. Rogers pointed out if those shoppers stayed local, it could add about $3 million in sales taxes to city coffers and $1 million to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, plus the ad valorem taxes generated by new businesses. The Buxton Company, a Fort Worth marketing research firm, works with retailers to help stores locate in appropriate settings, and also the reverse, helping developers identify businesses that would be good fits for their locations. Buxtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s data for the area pointed towards the higher-end type retailers including a major anchor store and complementary shops and restaurants.

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FROM PAGE 1A University, Weiss specializes in matters relating to community sustainability, having served as the director of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center on Sustainable Growth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homes in higher-performing school districts sell for higher prices than homes in lower-performing school districts,â&#x20AC;? Weiss said. The report shows that multiple studies conclude the impact of a higher-performing school district can be measured in the thousands of dollars and can increase home values as much as 14 percent. In his report, â&#x20AC;?School districts people flock to - and flee from,â&#x20AC;? Harvard-educated economist Jed Kolko, Ph.D., writes that parents â&#x20AC;&#x153;vote with their feetâ&#x20AC;? by moving to better schools. His research was conducted for Trulia, a national real estate firm that has more than 4.5 million real estate and rental listings nationwide. Kolko looked at which U. S. school districts attract families with schoolage children. Boerne ISD is one of them. Using 2010 Census data, the August 2012 study looked at the number of elementary school children ages 5 to 9 and the number of pre-schoolers age 0 to 4 living in every school district in the U. S. The ratio of elementary school kids to preschoolers indicates whether families move to or away from a school district as kids approach school age. A ratio above 1.0 indicates that more families are moving in than moving out. Boerne ISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ratio is 1.33. Of the Texas school districts with more than 1,000 students, the highest ratio reported is Lovejoy ISD at 2.15. The district is located in the northern Dallas suburbs and earned a high ratio partly due to the availability of affordable real estate priced slightly above the Dallas metro median price per square foot, the report said. The Friendswood ISD in Brazoria County has a 1.67 ratio and the Highland Park school district in Dallas has a ratio of 1.59. Alamo Heights ISD ranked slightly below Boerne at 1.32, with Lake Travis ISD at 1.23. The Boerne ISD is frequently compared to these districts in terms of academic, extracurricular and management performance. Nearby Comal ISD has a 1.13 ratio while Kerrville, Fredericksburg and Bandera are at 1.08. Comfort is at 1.06. In Bexar County, Northeast ISD is 1.03 while Northside ISD is 1.01. Edgewood ISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0.95 ratio and San Antonio ISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0.93 ratio indicate that more families with school age children are moving out of the districts than moving in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Property values are better protected if they are located in a good school district compared to a poor dis-

and drive-thru plates are $10. A raffle, silent auction and live auction will highlight the evening. Items include a Yamaha Grizzly 300 ATV, Spikes Tactical AR15, Ruger Single 6 22LR/22 Mag, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Western Boots by Lane, Marlin 30-30 Model 336BL, Spa Day for Two, Kindle Fire HD 7â&#x20AC;?, CZ455 22 Mag Bolt Action Rifle, Winchester SXP Shot Gun, and more.

Rogers explained the EDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to bring business to the area to relieve the homeowner tax burden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retail is the quickest way to meet that goal,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting not enough land was available for manufacturing to offset the high values and numbers of homes being built in Boerne and Kendall County. Thompson emphasized, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not looking for something to replace downtown or compete with downtown.... This is meant to be complementary.â&#x20AC;? He said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next next economic development plan would place even more emphasis on the downtown area, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city has spent a lot of money on downtown and will continue to do so.â&#x20AC;? Speaking of Project 500, Thompson observed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be some people who wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see this as a good idea, but whether they believe it or not, something like this going to happen in Boerne, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next year, two years from now or four years from now.â&#x20AC;? Roads have always been crucial

trict,â&#x20AC;? said Kendall Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Gary Eldridge. He said that throughout the recession, property values in BISD generally remained the same. According to Eldridge, 322 single-family residential properties were sold within the school district in 2012 at an average sale price of $363,893. In comparison, 336 were sold in 2006 at an average of $321,269 and 350 were sold in 2007 at an average of $334,051. In 2008, 231 homes were sold, averaging $360,929 each. The average fell from $342,615 in 2009 to $324,589 in 2011 before rebounding last year. In order to maintain the highly rated education provided to BISD students, district officials and trustees are asking voters to approve a $99.48 million bond package to cover the cost of more than a dozen projects deemed necessary by BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facilities and Resource Planning Committee made up of 70 members from across the community. If approved by voters May 11, the funds from the bond will pay for improvements on all nine district campuses. Technology upgrades will be used to comply with current

Live auction action begins at 7:30, provided by Fundraising Auction Events with Forres Meadow, auctioneer. Raffle tickets are $10, and winners need not be present. The department receives only part of its funding from the City of Boerne and Kendall County. The department is made up of 14 paid employees and 30 volunteers. Founded in 1903, the BVFD is

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state instructional guidelines. New, expanded and renovated facilities will be built to handle current and projected growth in the student population. Transportation, security and safety upgrades will occur across the district. Without voter approval of the bond, district officials will be faced with choosing between further cuts to the operations budget and borrowing from other sources to pay for safety and maintenance issues while attempting not to hurt student education in the process, according to Bruce Revell, Boerne ISD assistant superintendent and business manager. BISD offers a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax freezeâ&#x20AC;? on properties that qualify for the age 65 and over and disability exemptions. Taxes are limited to the amount paid on the homestead in the qualifying year plus the value of any additions made to the property after that date. Early voting for the BISD bond and trustee election runs through Tuesday, May 7, at two locations: The Kendall County Voter Administration office, 221 Fawn Valley Drive, Boerne, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30

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We are all troubled and saddened by the recent tragic events in our country, first with the Connecticut school shooting, then the Boston bombing, followed almost immediately by the explosion and devastation in West, Texas. First and foremost we need to hold these folks close in our thoughts and prayers. The strength of the American people’s resolve is always amazing to me, and I believe this resolve provides hope that as a people and a community we can address any issue that comes our way. Following these three major events, your local emergency personnel met several times to revisit our preparation and emergency response strategies should something like this happen in our community. I want to assure you that your public safety personnel meet frequently to discuss emergency issues, to conduct training exercises with disaster scenarios, and to coordinate and evaluate responses. The goal is not only to be as prepared as possible, but to ensure that our communication and coordination processes are also effective. After the Sandyhook school shooting incident security at all Boerne campuses was increased. The BISD administration and Boerne police have now implemented

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additional security measures based on things learned from that incident. Right here in Boerne a recent example of vigilance and communication prevented a potential crisis at Middle School North. As information was provided, school administration and the city police acted very quickly to defuse and eliminate what could have become an extremely serious situation. We should all applaud those folks who came forward, the BISD staff and our great police department for their efforts to bring this under control before anyone was injured. Thank you to all! A major public safety investment by the City of Boerne, the City of Fair Oaks Ranch and Kendall County involves new public safety radio technology so personnel can more effectively respond to emergency situations in our area. Communication resources are as critical to emergency operations management as having expertly trained responders and caregivers. We can all hope that our

community will never be tested the way others have, but when the time comes, I know our community is ready to work together. In the meantime, be vigilant; get to know your neighbors; and report suspicious activity. Public safety efforts are just one of many responsibilities local governments have when it comes to maintaining the quality services you deserve. This is the time of year that the city staff begins the budget process for the following fiscal year. After many meetings and budget workshops the City Council will adopt the new budget in September. Boerne has weathered the financial downturn in the nation’s economy primarily because our community is strong and our local economy is thriving. The finance director provided a quarterly report to the City Council recently that outlined the status of the city’s revenues and departmental expenses. We are right on track and actually seeing some great sales tax numbers compared to the last couple of years. This is very good news. The City Council budget workshops are always open to the public, so if you want to learn more check out the agendas that are posted on the city’s website. Remember, the Boerne City Council

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STATE BOARD REP. LAMAR SMITH OF EDUCATION Congressman Lamar Smith District 5 - 205 W. Travis 2409 Rayburn HOB. Fredericksburg, TX, 78624 Washington, D.C. 20510 830-997-9759 202-225-4236 San Antonio Office STATE SENATOR, DIST 25 Guaranty Bank Building DONNA CAMPBELL 1100 NE Loop 410, Ste. 640 Texas Capitol San Antonio, TX 78209 Austin, Tx 78701 210-821-5024 lamarsmith.house.gov STATE REP., DIST 73 MEETING TIMES DOUG MILLER Room E1.216, Capitol Ext. BOERNE CITY COUNCIL 7 p.m. second and fourth CITY OF BOERNE Austin, TX 78701 Tuesdays, City Hall, 402 E. MAYOR MICHAEL SCHULTZ 512-463-0325 Blanco, Boerne. 402 E. Blanco FEDERAL LEVEL 830-249-9511 KENDALL COUNTY PRESIDENT BARACK COMMISSIONERS OBAMA BOERNE ISD 9 a.m. second and fourth White House Superintendent Monday, Kendall County 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. DAVID STELMAZEWSKI Courthouse, 204 E. San Washington, DC 20000 123 W. Johns Rd. Antonio, Boerne Boerne, Texas 78006 U.S. SENATOR 830-357-2000 BOERNE ISD TRUSTEES TED CRUZ 6:30 p.m. third Monday, 703 Hart Senate Office COMFORT ISD BISD boardroom Building Superintendent Washington, D.C. 20510 COMFORT ISD TRUSTEES JOHN CHAPMAN (202) 224-5922 232 High St., Comfort 830- 145 Duncan Dr., ,Suite 120 7 p.m. second Monday in the board offices 995-3664 San Antonio, TX 78226 210-340-2885 COW CREEK STATE LEVEL GROUNDWATER DISTRICT GOVERNOR RICK PERRY U.S. SEN/ JOHN CORNYN second Monday at the State Capital, Room 200 Russell Bldg. Rm. 179 District Office. 216 Market Austin, Texas 78701 Washington, D.C. 20510 Ave., Ste. 105 Boerne 512-463-2000 (202) 224-2934

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Re: The Boston Massacre Newsflash for Richard Sena (Write of Center, Boerne Star, April 26): Hitler was a Nazi, not a socialist. He became the leader of the German Nazi Party in 1920 and led that horrific movement until his death in 1945. Although the official name of the German Nazi Party was the German National Socialist Party, substantively, Nazism and socialism are two disparate and opposing ideologies. Fascism and Nazism are not easy to define in this limited space. That said, virtually all definitions begin with this: Fascism and Nazism are opposed to Marxism and socialism, be it totalitarian communism or democratic socialism. Fascism and Nazism are considered far-right ideologies, whereas socialism is considered far-left. Yes, the official name of the Nazi Party included the word “Socialist,” but it’s a bit of a misnomer since neither Nazism nor Fascism is a socialist ideology. The World English Dictionary offers this definition of Fascism and Nazism: “any right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism and which encourages militarism and nationalism. In today’s world, Fascism is generally described as a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism, violent suppression of the opposition, and often racism. Mussolini himself opined that “Fascism should more appropriately be called ‘corporatism’ because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” To paraphrase Mr. Sena’s own words, his divisive and inaccurate comment - in stating that Hitler was a socialist - is beyond absurd. It’s just plain wrong. It also exasperates that, given the number of times the word “socialist” is so carelessly thrown around in connection with liberals and progressives in these parts, it’s very probable that too many readers will blindly and inaccurately - assume that liberals and progressives are somehow aligned with Nazism and Fascism, or worse, with Adolph Hitler. Read your history, Mr. Sena. Hitler was the leader of German Nazism, which was a far-right movement. Neither Hitler

nor Nazism nor Fascism has anything to do with socialist movements. - Cindy Offutt, Boerne

School Bond It now seems that even the 65 and older in the school district are being targeted to vote to increase debts. I guess a lot of people have forgotten that George Bush had two wars and reduced taxes. Barack Obama got a new health care system passed and not funded. Do not worry, the economy will recover and all will be OK. Well, how is their national debt today? Now I read in a mail-out to me that we over 65 should not worry because it will not change anything for us. Also refinancing of the current debt saved $41 million, but no mention of how much is owed. I know it takes a lot of money to save $41 million on interest. Today I received my Boerne Star and a front page article says BISD bonds are aimed at saving from Robin Hood. A lot is written, but the debt will still be increased over $99 million with no tax increase due to new home growth. Remember how the national debt was going to be taken care of in the future? To add insult, today Kevin Thompson stated four reasons to pass the bond. The voters that worry about the national debt should not worry about local debt. Retired and over 65 with no kids in school should not worry because their taxes will not change. If you have kids in private schools you must have enough money to pay for the taxes and the private school, so help those that cannot afford private schools. If it will not help the schools your kids attend, vote for it anyway, all kids should have equal buildings. My main point is that my generation forgot to teach our children and grandchildren how to manage that type of debt, probably due to us creating the credit card. Now the generations following me are teaching their children that government debt at any level is not to be a concern, because it will not change anything. At what point do voters decide what is enough debt at any level of government? I support education, but not at this cost. To help make things equal, if that is one of the objectives, then we need the voucher system so the kids with parents with less can have an opportunity to send their kids to a private school. – Melvin Carley, Jr., Boerne

The Final, Critical Piece: Vote Almost a year ago, individuals from across the community were being recruited and the initial meetings of the Facilities and Resource Planning Committee for Boerne ISD were taking place. In one sense, that time has seemed to pass quickly. The amount of work done by the 70-member committee was significant: comprehensive campus tours, exercises that envisioned the district’s future, meetings with experts on population growth and financial modeling, and numerous sessions with sleeves rolled up and a variety of options scrutinized. As I have said before, I am confident this committee left no stone unturned in examining the district’s current and future needs and then developing a plan to meet those needs. The final work product, of course, was a set of recommendations to the BISD Board of Trustees that called for a $99.5 million bond package to

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address districtwide needs. Educational technology, growing enrollment, aging facilities and campus security rose to the top of the committee’s priority list. Committee chairman Steve Mack delivered the recommendations to the board in December. Following intensive review, the board in January unanimously approved the recommendations as presented and called for a May bond election. There followed an immediate focus on the part of the district to inform voters about the bond package. Dozens of meetings were held on campuses and in various other venues as we worked to

make sure the community understood the bond’s many components. Volunteers – many of whom had served on the planning committee – formed a group that worked independently of the district to build awareness of the bond from a citizens’ vantage point. In all of the meetings I was privileged to take part in, I believe a lot of good information was shared and good dialogue was held with voters considering the merits of the bond and its implications for our students’ futures. And then this past Monday, the polls opened signaling the start of early voting. That point in time that seemed so far off a year ago when the committee first met was here. I have said from the very start that I trust the process and I trust our community to do what they believe is right for our students and schools. As

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Viewpoints Prohibition does not work PROGRESSIVE VIEWS Kathleen De Leon KENDALL COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

When you get home in the evening, do you enjoy a little cocktail? Do you prefer scotch or sipping bourbon? How about a glass of wine with dinner? Is your pleasure white or red? Chablis or Merlot? In 2013, you are free to choose. In the late 1900s the temperance societies professed the evil of alcohol and on Jan. 16, 1920, Amendment 18 to the U.S. Constitution prohibited the manufacture, sale or transport of alcoholic beverages. The result was a thriving black market, organized crime, bloodshed, violence, an incredible drain on the financial and manpower resources of law enforcement and a general disregard for the law by the public. On Dec. 5, 1933, Amendment 21 to the U.S. Constitution was ratified repealing Amendment 18. This was the first and only time an Amendment to the Constitution has been repealed. How then do we deal with the evils of alcohol? It became a health and education issue rather than a legal issue. Rather than shoot people and fill the courts and jails, we allow people to use small amounts of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;drugâ&#x20AC;? they enjoy and, if they become addicted, we refer them for medical treatment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much less stressful and less expensive for our society. Forty years ago we declared the War on Drugs. The results have been more devastating than the 18th Amendment. It has been called the new Jim Crow Law because it has created a segregated inferior class for minorities based on dealing illegal drugs. The best career path for a young minority male involves money in one pocket, drugs in the other and a gun in the back waistband - 58 percent of our prison population is drug-related. Among African-American males over 18, one in 15 will serve jail time for drugs. Among Hispanic males over 18, one in 36 will serve jail time for drugs. Just as there was a better method for dealing with the evils of alcohol, there is a better method of dealing with drug issues. The method is not prohibition. The method for controlling drugs is the same as alcohol, legalization and regulation. It is an education and health issue, not a

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the members of the planning committee worked between themselves with at least a half-dozen campus configuration scenarios to address enrollment growth, I trusted their discernment process. As the board was drilling down on critical parts of the bond, questioning and learning more about the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rationale, I applauded and encouraged their process. Now, as the issue is in the hands of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voters, I am elated that the democratic process is in full swing. Please become informed about this bond and get out and vote. That is the final, critical piece of this important process. Information on the bond and on voting is available at boerne-isd.net. Once there, click on the 2013 Bond button at the top of the page. Early voting continues through Tuesday, May 7. Election Day is Saturday, May 11. Boerne ISD superintendent David Stelmazewski is an education leader who has served for more than 30 years as teacher, coach and administrator in Texas public schools.

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legal issue. Among the currently illegal drugs, marijuana is, by far, the most popular. There are two prohibited drug markets, medical and recreational. If drugs are legalized the government can regulate purity, potency, price and availability. This essentially eliminates the black market, territory wars among drug dealers, price wars, overdoses from inconsistent potency and drug poisoning from impurities in drugs. People who are already using recreational drugs will continue to use recreational drugs. People who need drugs for medical purposes will have no problems getting them from reliable, safe sources. There would be licensing of commercial dealers, growers and producers. There would be taxation of all product transactions. There would be regulation and limits on driving under the influence as there are with alcohol. There would be age limits for purchase as with alcohol. Individuals who overindulge or that become addicted would be treated medically. Why would I propose that we legalize drugs? Because prohibition doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. Making drug control a legal issue doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. It has created the same issues prohibition of alcohol created in the 1920s. The list of people and organizations that agree is astounding. The information for this article was gathered from LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). Milton Friedman, winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economic Science (hardly a liberal) said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who would believe that a democratic government would pursue for eight decades a failed policy that produced tens of millions of victims and trillions of dollars of illicit profits for drug dealers, cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, increased crime and destroyed inner cities, fostered widespread corruption and violations of human rights - and all with no success in achieving the stated and unattainable objective of a drug-free America?â&#x20AC;? Additional supporters are: International Red Cross, Global Commission on Drug Policy, NAACP, U.S. Conference of Mayors, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former Chairman U.S. Federal Reserve Paul Volker. Dramatic changes like this donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen overnight, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to start talking about something other than prohibition because it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working. It Is Broken. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fix it. Kathleen De Leon is a member of the Kendall County Democratic Club and the Kendall County Area Democratic Women.

tact us with your suggestions or concerns, because we all want Boerne to be the best it can be. The schedule of community activities in Boerne this month is dizzying. Just look at the lineup for this Saturday alone - the annual Hauptstrasse Quiltfest at Main Plaza; the Fire Department Fish Fry and Auction fundraiser at the Fire Station; a lively Tejano Fest, featuring the Tejas Brothers, at the fairgrounds, and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Rabies Clinic at the Boerne Community Center. This weekend is just a tune up to get you ready for the Best of BoerneFest May 17 through 19. But wait, next

weekend we have Market Days, the Second Saturday Art and Wine tour, election day on Saturday and of course moms will get to celebrate their special day on Sunday, May 12. Then we get to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which will include a free Memorial Day performance by the Boerne Concert Band on Sunday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at Main Plaza. We close out May with one of our most popular community activities - a Movie in the Park at Main Plaza featuring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madagascar III.â&#x20AC;? I am quite sure I have failed to mention all of the special activities this

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Boston, Benghazi, Ft. Hood. Across the US and world, Islamic terrorists are on a killing spree against Americans. Since 2008, there have been 38 killed, 346 injured in 15 incidents on US soil. Sobering thoughts! It took the US more than 30 years to accept that terrorists were killing Americans on American soil and finally declaring a â&#x20AC;&#x153;War on Terrorâ&#x20AC;? after 9/11. Now, Obama has gone back to the days of denial and appeasement that led up to that horrific event. Reality is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far from over, the tempo is increasing and the enemy is now living among us as US citizens, an Army field grade officer, college students or victims of foreign politics. Additionally, many are living off government checks and benefits, almost as if we are paying them to be here to kill us. Moreover, in at least two cases - Boston and Ft Hood - the terrorist links to foreign terrorism were already known by our government, foreign governments and our military chain of command. Yet the drum beat from the White House is Al Qaeda has all but disappeared, Ft Hood was just â&#x20AC;&#x153;work place violenceâ&#x20AC;? and in Boston, we should â&#x20AC;&#x153;not rush to judgmentâ&#x20AC;? they might only be â&#x20AC;&#x153;misdirected kids.â&#x20AC;? Even Benghazi was written off to â&#x20AC;&#x153;out of control flash mobs angry over a video.â&#x20AC;? Denial is not a river in Egypt; it is our current US policy on a now-denied War on Terror. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;politically correctâ&#x20AC;? policy of not offending, along with praise, funding with billions of US dollars, aid and equipment for radicals and terrorists such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas has become the our hallmark. Obama appears never to have met a radical he did not like, be it Muslim, communist, Marxist, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers or any radical for virtually any anti-establishment revolutionary cause. No war or battle has ever been won by leading from behind or attempting to pla-

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cate the enemy and this is a war we are now losing. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer to the terrorists actions is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;form a committee to investigate,â&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;not jump to conclusionsâ&#x20AC;? and to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 percent assuredâ&#x20AC;? they did it and delay until the news media and people forget. US has a long history of weak Secretaries of State whose solutions were to write checks, ship billions of dollars in goods and try not to offend. Political correctness has been fermenting for many years and will be the cornerstone in the downfall of US foreign policy. We have spent more than $3 trillion of taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money on funding and aid in the Middle East with many of these same countries making billions in oil revenues. This begs the questions of why are we there and should the American taxpayer be funding it? No matter your answer America should not be shouldering the burden alone. The world benefits from stable oil prices, the Middle East gains from having secure governments and they should be paying their share. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership is a failure and We the People are paying the price in taxes, safety and, for some, their lives. The threat of radical Muslim terrorism grows whilst the government classifies Mormons, Evangelical Christians, combat Veterans and gun owners as US radicals? Is this a ruse by the White House and Obama to deflect the real issues of radical Muslim infiltration in the US? Ninety percent of all Muslims are peaceloving people. However, that still leaves at least 1 or 1.5 million Muslims willing to die for Allah and defending Islam by killing Americans. A recent Pew Research Report found 13 percent of US Muslims (350,000+) think suicide bombings of civilians to defend Islam can be justified. Muslims are pouring into our country, gaining citizenship, drawing welfare and other benefits. Currently 75,000 Muslims came here on advanced schooling permits, but 22,000 never showed up at college - where are they? Legal aliens are perhaps the real problem in America! Don Pryor is a retired US Army major.

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Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures The law gives property owners the right to protest actions concerning their property tax appraisals. You may follow these appeal procedures if you have a concern about: sTHEMARKETORAPPRAISEDVALUEOFYOUR property sTHEUNEQUALAPPRAISALOFYOURPROPERTY sTHEINCLUSIONOFYOURPROPERTYONTHE appraisal roll sANYEXEMPTIONSTHATMAYAPPLYTOYOU sTHEQUALIlCATIONFORANAGRICULTURALORTIMBER appraisal sTHETAXABLESTATUSOFYOURPROPERTY sTHELOCALGOVERNMENTSWHICHSHOULDBE taxing your property sTHEOWNERSHIPOFPROPERTY sTHECHANGEOFUSEOFLANDRECEIVINGSPECIAL appraisal sANYACTIONTAKENBYTHECHIEFAPPRAISER appraisal district or appraisal review board that applies to and adversely affects you. Informal Review KENDALL APPRAISAL DISTRICT Local (830) 249-8012 Metro (830) 816-2738 Review by the Appraisal Review Board If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resolve your problem informally with THE+ENDALL!PPRAISAL$ISTRICTSTAFF YOUMAYHAVE your case heard by the Kendall Appraisal Review Board (ARB). The ARB is an independent board of citizens that reviews problems with appraisals or other concerns listed above. It has the power TO ORDER THE +ENDALL!PPRAISAL $ISTRICT TO MAKE the necessary changes to solve problems. If you lLEAWRITTENREQUESTFORAN!2"HEARINGCALLED ANOTICEOFPROTEST BEFORETHEDEADLINE THE!2" will set your case for a hearing. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll receive WRITTEN NOTICE OF THE TIME DATE AND PLACE OF THE HEARING)FNECESSARY YOUMAYREQUESTAHEARING in the evening or on a Saturday or Sunday. Prior to YOURHEARING YOUMAYASKTOREVIEWTHEEVIDENCE the Kendall Appraisal District plans to introduce at the hearing to establish any matter at issue. The law provides that before a hearing on a protest or IMMEDIATELYAFTERTHEHEARINGBEGINS YOUORYOUR agent and the Kendall Appraisal District shall each provide the other with a copy of any written material intended to be offered or submitted to the ARB at the hearing. To the greatest extent PRACTICABLE THEHEARINGWILLBEINFORMAL9OUORA designated agent may appear in person to present evidence or you may send notarized evidence for the ARB to review at your hearing. The Kendall Appraisal District representative will present evidence about your case. You may cross-examine the Kendall Appraisal District representative. 4HE !2" WILL MAKE ITS DECISION BASED ON THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED )N MOST CASES THE +ENDALL Appraisal District has the burden of establishing the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value by a preponderance of the evidence presented. In certain protests where the owner has submitted an independent appraisal BEFORE THE HEARING THE CHIEF APPRAISER HAS THE burden of proving the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value by clear and convincing evidence. You can get a copy of a PROTESTFORMFROMTHEAPPRAISALDISTRICTOFlCEAT Kendall Appraisal District -ARKET!VENUE "OERNE 4EXAS Note: You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to contact ARB MEMBERSOUTSIDEOFTHEHEARING4HELAWREQUIRES !2" MEMBERS TO SIGN AN AFlDAVIT SAYING THAT THEY HAVENT TALKED ABOUT YOUR CASE BEFORE THE

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ARB hears it. Review by the District Court or an Arbitrator or SOAH !FTERITDECIDESYOURCASE THE!2"MUSTSEND YOUACOPYOFITSORDERBYCERTIlEDMAIL)FYOURE NOTSATISlEDWITHTHEDECISION YOUHAVETHERIGHT TOAPPEAL)FYOUCHOOSETOGOTOCOURT YOUMUST STARTTHEPROCESSBYlLINGAPETITIONWITHINDAYS of the date you receive the ARBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s order. In certain CASES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO lLING AN APPEAL IN DISTRICTCOURT YOUMAYlLE NOTLATERTHANTHETH DAYAFTERYOURECEIVENOTICEOFTHE!2"ORDER A REQUEST FOR BINDING ARBITRATION WITH THE +ENDALL Appraisal District. In certain cases originating IN CERTAIN COUNTIES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO lLING AN APPEAL IN DISTRICT COURT YOU MAY APPEAL TO THE 3TATE/FlCEOF!DMINISTRATIVE(EARINGS3/!(  !NAPPEALTO3/!(ISINITIATEDBY NOTLATERTHAN the 30th day after you receive notice of the ARBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ORDER lLINGWITHTHECHIEFAPPRAISEROFTHECOUNTY appraisal district a notice of appeal. Appeals to $ISTRICT#OURT "INDING!RBITRATION OR3/!(ALL REQUIREPAYMENTOFCERTAINFEESORDEPOSITS Tax Payment You must pay either the amount of taxes due on the portion of the taxable value not in dispute or the amount of taxes due on the property under the ORDERFROMWHICHTHEAPPEALISTAKEN More Information You can get more information by contacting your appraisal district at: Kendall Appraisal District -ARKET!VENUE "OERNE 4EXAS Local (830) 249-8012 Metro (830) 816 2738 You can also get a pamphlet describing how to prepare a protest from the appraisal district or from the State Comptrollerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Property Tax !SSISTANCE $IVISION AT 0/ "OX  !USTIN 4EXAS  Deadline for Filing Protests with the ARB Usual Deadline /NORBEFORE*UNE  Late protests are allowed if you miss the usual deadline for good cause. Good cause is some REASON BEYOND YOUR CONTROL LIKE A MEDICAL emergency. The ARB decides whether you have good cause. Late protests are due the day before the ARB approves records for the year. Contact your appraisal district for more information. Special Deadlines For change of use (the appraisal district informed you that you are losing agricultural appraisal BECAUSE YOU CHANGED THE USE OF YOUR LAND THE deadline is not later than the 30th day after the notice of the determination was mailed to you. For ARB changes (the ARB has informed you of a change that increases your tax liability and THECHANGEDIDNTRESULTFROMAPROTESTYOUlLED the deadline is not later than the 30th day after the notice of the determination was mailed to you. If you believe the Kendall Appraisal District or ARB should have sent you a notice and did NOT YOU MAY lLE A PROTEST UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE TAXES BECOME DELINQUENT USUALLY &EBRUARY  ORNOLATERTHANTHETHDAYAFTERTHEDATEYOU claim you received a tax bill from one or more of the taxing units that tax your property. The ARB decides whether it will hear your case based on EVIDENCE ABOUT WHETHER A REQUIRED NOTICE WAS mailed to you.


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Viewpoints Bring on the SHOPPING MALL! I can’t wait Ever since I heard that a shopping mall’s in Boerne’s future, I can hardly curb my anticipation. Having a mall WITHIN OUR VERY OWN CITY LIMITS is one of the most exciting, forward-moving, community-healthy ideas I’ve heard in a long time! OMG ... these exclamation marks and capitalized words refuse to be contained! How many ways to name the many reasons our sweet town needs a mall! Just off the top of my head (and feel free to add your own ENTHUSIASTIC ideas!) here are but a few: 14. Since I practically live at the mall, the few minutes it currently takes me to drive into La Cantera or The Rim is just SO DARNED

INCONVENIENT! This is especially true for Fair Oaks residents. 13. More is not less. More is most definitely MORE. More stores. More fast food. More beauty salons. More jewelry stores ... oh THINK of the franchise possibilities. 12. And just IMAGINE IT ... an additional source of plastic bags to decorate the landscape! 11. Who doesn’t want to demonstrate our famous Southern hospitality? Isn’t it just SO MUCH FRIENDLIER to say “YES!” when developers pitch their ideas? Anyway, they’re so darned consistent and so gosh-darned friendly ... why would we respond with a Yankeesounding “no”? 10. Proximity to a mall = PROX-

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Elena Tucker

IMITY TO HEAVEN! 9. Our founding fathers surely harbored dreams of a land where green fields could be replaced by broad expanses of maze-like asphalt. 8. MORE MUZAK! 7. No doubt about it - we could all use more overpriced, sweat-shopmade stuff in our lives! 6. A decade down the road - when the other bigger, more posh mall goes up on a competing side of

town - today’s new mall will end up as the affordable place for poor people to shop. By then, when its design’s out of date and its fluorescent lights have begun to hum and blink, it’ll have all sorts of cool discount and second-hand establishments! 5. Stars are STUPID. Anyone with an appreciation for the fantastic knows there’s no night-sky beauty like the radiance of parking lot lights. 4. In fact, green spaces as a whole are overrated. For years our Hill Country wildlife’s waited for a more permanent solution to their natural but toilsome oppression. Trees and meadows and wildflowers are temporal. But oh my gosh ... eradication is FOREVER!

3. And the creek bed was already such a TRASHY DISGRACE. What an embarrassment! Now, finally, that creek bed can be COMPLETELY cemented in. I’ve seen places like that in other cities. Beautiful, tidy, concreted gullies. No unsightly underbrush or rocks for litter to hang up on. Instead the trash just washes neatly out of sight! So perfect! 2. Speaking of creek beds, since water’s never an issue in our part of the land, the mall will be just another mighty cry of “Bring It On!” 1. Nothing says “quaint small town” like a department store shopping! And absolutely NOTHING says “unique” and “charming” like a big-box behemoth.

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CTE vital to schools I wish to express my thanks to the BISD School Board and to Superintendent David Stelmazewski for providing additional pathways to success to our students through their renewed commitment to a Career and Technology Education (CTE) program. This, among other reasons, is why I am supporting the BISD Bond proposition and will vote “Yes” on May 11. Boerne schools have long been known for their commitment to college preparedness, and my twin daughters benefitted from that commitment in the late 1990s. However, this is a different world today - even former Superintendent John Kelly admitted to a Chamber Workforce Committee meeting a few years ago: “We have been like a pro tennis player, with a big right arm that is college prep and a weaker left arm that is career prep.” This was the welcome beginning of a change in thinking whose time has come, that “PostSecondary Success” is the target for our students, not just “college or nothing,” an attitude that leaves many students with no options. My passion is workforce development and economic development - I have spent many years in these arenas, from serving as an officer on the Workforce Solutions Alamo board, to serving for six years on the Boerne Chamber Board and helping to found the Kendall County EDC, to working with the Christian Women Job Corps teaching resume and interviewing skills. At a recent event, Dr. Robert Bisking, Dean of Our Lady of the Lake University’s College of Business and Leadership, stunned us with the following statistic: 86 percent of students in the San Antonio MSA (eight counties including Kendall) will not get a four-year college degree – they will either not graduate from high school, elect not to attend college or not finish all four years. If we do not address this 86 percent, then we are seriously missing the boat for many of our young people. What BISD’s commitment to CTE does for our kids is to give them “options” – to let them know that there are many pathways to “PostSecondary Success.” Employers in Boerne have made their voices heard; they are looking to partner with local education to help create a local skilled workforce. Local businesses would rather not “import” their employees; they would rather

hire local residents who want to live and work here. The 2013 BISD Bond program will provide the necessary funds for equipment, specialized training and classroom space so that students will not be turned away from following their dreams. This is a win-win all around – please vote “Yes” for the BISD Bond proposition on May 11. – Beth Coyle, Boerne

Tell the whole story Why can’t we be told the whole story about the bond election? The refinancing of existing bond debt is what allows the district to say that taxes won’t go up if the bond passes. The flip side is that because of the restructuring of the existing bond debt, if the bond should fail the district could lower the tax rate. So if the bond fails taxes should go down. Back in 2004 when we had a bond issue to vote on it was packaged to improve our schools for the kids. We need two high schools to improve our schools. To vote against the bond is a vote against our kids. Now we have to bus kids from one campus to another to attend classes. Having two high schools was a bad idea. Now our steering committee wants us, the taxpayers, to foot a $99.48 million bill to improve our schools. Sounds good at first until you look at what the steering committee suggested. The taxpayers could save millions of dollars by closing one high school, moving all high school students to Champion and rename it Boerne High School. Take the money from the proposed improvements to Boerne High School and add on to Champion to accommodate the extra students due to having one high school. We would have only one athletic department to support, not two of everything. Then move Middle School North to the current Boerne High School campus, making it the new Boerne Middle School North, saving $6.93 million slated for Middle School North. Then move Fabra across the street to Middle School North making it the new Fabra, saving $23.9 million by not building a new school. Doing that will also eliminate the need to expand Boerne High School. I do not believe any money would have to be spent on the BMSN because all the slated improvements wouldn’t be needed. Boerne ISD would not

See LETTERS, page 5

One of the fellows with whom I used to share the joys of the construction business told me the biggest problem he had was communication. I said, “Say what?” He was not amused. But I guess that is pretty much what life is all about. Particularly for us humans. There was a time, my children, when people did not always have a cell phone to their ear, have auto collisions while texting, spend all their spare time away from the TV doing Facebook, Twitter and all the other electronic ways of talking. Yes it is true. People talked face-to-face, actually wrote letters on paper, and called up “central” to talk on a land line. But that is not the end of the story. At Ulithi I went aboard the destroyer I was to serve on in World War II. There was a big hole in the side, about four feet in diameter, and numerous small ones scattered around. One of the fellows in the draft with me communicated thus, “It could be dangerous out here.” This was Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning my division mustered on the deck outside the bridge. One of the us who was not in the communications gang communicated anyway. He said, “Who has the cards?” Whereupon we sat down and played “Hearts” all day while everybody else worked madly patching up the holes. I said to myself, “Quartermasters don’t work on Sunday I suppose.” This routine was repeated for the next five days and I was beginning to think this was going to be a month of Sundays. But that is another story. This one is about communication. Most communication aboard ship was limited to “Yes, sir!” “No, sir!” and “I don’t know, sir!” Official, that is. Otherwise we had signal flags between ships, handheld flags between persons, blinking lights for Morse

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House-Senate panel still working on budget bill AUSTIN - May 27 will be the last day of the 140-day regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature. There is a mountain of work for lawmakers to pack into the remaining few days. First among lawmakers’ duties is to pass a budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The task of reconciling two versions of the budget is now in the hands of a 10-member House-Senate conference committee. Members are weighing and measuring their way toward an agreement over the final composition of a budget likely to total in the neighborhood of $195 billion. They will have to come to terms on how much of that enormous amount to put toward public education, health care and transportation. Once agreed upon by the conference committee, a budget of about 850 pages in length will be returned to the House and Senate for more or less ceremonial votes before reaching the governor’s office for a signature of approval or a veto. Big-ticket items in the budget are health and human services, about $75 billion; public and higher education,

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about $75 billion; public safety and criminal justice, about $12 billion; and business and economic development, about $25 billion. WATER BILL SLOWS DOWN CSHB 11, by House Natural Resources Committee Chair Allen Ritter, R-Nederland, was stopped on a parliamentary point of order in House floor debate on April 29. The bill would pull some $2 billion from the state’s “rainy day fund” for deposit into a state water implementation fund that the Texas Water Development Board would mete out for qualified local and regional water conservation and infrastructure projects. Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, raised the point of order against further consideration of the bill on grounds that the general appropriations (budget) bill had not yet been certified by the comptroller.

Speaker Joe Straus sustained the point of order and the bill was returned to the House Committee on Appropriations. HOUSE OKS FUNDING PATCH On April 29 the supplemental appropriations bill, Committee Substitute House Bill 1025, moved to the Senate, after having been passed by the House on April 26. Authored by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, the bill would add $875 million to the current state budget, which ends Aug. 31. Public schools would get $500 million of the amount to help fill the gap left by a $5.4 billion cut in education funding passed by the 2011 Legislature. Prison-related managed health would get $39 million to cover projected costs through the end of the fiscal year. Some $170 million of CSHB 1025 will come from the Rainy Day Fund to help the Texas A&M Forest Service and other agencies cover costs from wildfires that ravaged areas of Central Texas in 2011. Some $2 million of the supplemental funding is designated for the recovery of West, Texas, where a fertilizer plant

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How do Facebook and other social media fit with the professional world Having my own business means that I have access to a lot of resources for adver-

tising, marketing, vendors, etc., and what I keep hearing is that I need to be on

Facebook in order for my business to grow. I can certainly see the

benefit for some industries such as restaurants wanting to announce special meals, wine-tastings or live entertainment or boutiques announcing sales and arrivals of new merchandise. I have been stewing over this for several weeks now and it may take a few columns to cover this topic. I have been somewhat, half-heartedly, occasionally looking at Facebook and making a few posts and learning how the system works.. Yes, I know it helps family and friends keep in touch in a global society but this is why they call it Social Media, not Professional Media. I am told to make several “posts” per week and when I asked what I should post I was told it didn’t really matter, just as long as the clinic page offered some content on a frequent basis. It was suggested that I visit other pet friendly websites and cut and paste some information to my Facebook page. When I was in school they called this plagiarism. Another suggestion was to post photos of cute puppies or have a contest for cute puppies. Are they joking? How many millions of pictures of puppies are there on the Internet? And ... show me a puppy that isn’t cute! I have a medical degree and my future depends on photos of cute puppies? If I post “patients” having surgery or having their teeth cleaned or having a tumor removed, I imagine there is some form of “permission” I would have to have from the pet’s owner and I find

PAWS FOR THOUGHT

Tamara Oesterling DVM

it unprofessional and distracting, not to mention sad that I would need to exploit my patients and their medical issues on the Internet in order to increase business. It may seem interesting and informative, but there is plenty of educational content on You Tube so I feel I would be repetitive. Another suggestion has been that I get on OTHER business Facebook pages and make comments about where I get my nails done or shop for handbags. First of all, I don’t have the time or extra money to get my nails done which leads me to the point that I don’t have time to be sitting at a computer posting silly stuff about what my parrot ate for breakfast (although, sadly, I confess, I did post that information recently). Although I can’t believe this is what will help my business, I am trying to participate. When I tell the “Marketeers” I don’t have time for this, the answer was to hire a high school student or have one of my staff take care of all the Facebook postings, that I don’t really have to be involved with it. In fact, I don’t even have to know what is on my Facebook page. It sickens me to think that after years of sacrificing

relationships, money and time away from my family and late nights and working through weekends and holidays to learn my craft and all that I have done to save so many animals and help so many people ... that it is not enough. Is it not enough that I spent 10 years in school and $100,000 on my education and missed out on social engagements and family gatherings because I was in school or working? Let me get this straight. I let another person post information representing my clinic, into which I have poured my life savings to increase my presence on the Internet and I don’t need to have any input, nor do I even have to be personally represented as a doctor? I don’t understand any of this. The marketing and success of gaining more business has nothing to do with me as a professional? I am really struggling with this even though I am told that Facebook is another tool to improve my ranking on Google. Rather than being frustrated, perhaps I should look on the bright side. I can go home, clean out my purse, have a glass of wine and let a 17-year-old take care of marketing my business. Or better yet, I could go have my nails done. But that would probably mean I would need to post a comment. Or a photo... “Dr. O has her nails done”... Dr. Oesterling is owner of Heart of the Hills Vet Center, 117 Commerce Ave., Boerne. Visit www. HeartOfTheHillsVet.com.

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FROM PAGE 4 have to purchase new property, another cost savings of $3.0 million. The ISD wouldn’t have to expand the middle schools, saving another $11.5 million. That’s a total savings of

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FROM PAGE 4 code, short range TBS, and long range radio for receiving messages and long range sending if you did not value your life, liberty or career. The good part was called scuttlebutt. I will not try to give you the entomology of the word other than to mention that “butt” is another word for cask or barrel, which in the old days was used to store wine, water, hardtack,

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PAGE 4 caught fire and exploded on April 17, resulting in 15 deaths, more than 160 injuries and catastrophic public and private property losses. AGENCY WOULD BE RENAMED The Senate on May 2 passed SB 212, the Railroad Commission of Texas sunset bill reauthorizing the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry for 10 more years. Authored by Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, the bill would rename the agency the Texas Energy Resource Commission to reflect its actual purpose. The legislation also includes language barring the agency’s three commissioners from seeking or accepting campaign donations earlier than 17 months before an election day and provisions granting the agency power to regulate pipelines that cross the state border and creating a pipeline permit fee. HOUSE OKS GUNRELATED BILLS Tentatively approved by the House last week were:

$45.33 million. That’s almost half of the bond package on the ballot. That’s the bond amount we should be voting on. The last bond issue was voted down handily. This one should be voted down as well. We need to get back to basics, not do what a small handful of people think we should do. – Clayton Smith, Boerne

salt pork or almost anything else aboard ship. So, if you hung about the water barrel drinking water and “passing the word,” it was called scuttlebutt. Now that the scene is set I will tell you more about communication aboard our ship and how the captain participated - innocently, I hope. We had two methods of communicating other than face-to-face. There was the sound-powered telephone, a sophisticated version of two tin cans and a string. The other was the speaking tube, which was a bank of

hollow pipes connecting the bridge and other parts of the ship. One of these pipes went to the captain’s cabin. Because of our daily association with the captain we got a lot of respect because everyone thought we kept him posted on their misdeeds, which was true but in a very devious way. If we wanted to let him know something we thought he should know we just gathered before the speaking tube, the cover of which was conveniently open, and conversed about the problem while we played “hearts.”

• HB 1009 by Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, to authorize a school district or open-enrollment charter school to appoint school marshals to prevent or abate the commission of an offense in the event of a life-threatening situation that occurs on school premises. • CSHB 972 by Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Tomball, to authorize a public institution of higher education to use its rulemaking process to “opt out” of prohibiting concealed handgun license holders from

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Voters approved by a wide margin the Boerne Independent School District’s $99.5 million bond proposition Saturday, and Dale Adams and Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper earned seats on the board of trustees. “We are gratified by these results and pledge to be excellent stewards of the resources and the

trust placed in us by the voters of the district,” said BISD Superintendent David Stelmazewski. “I want to thank voters for taking the time to become informed about this bond and for getting out to vote in impressive numbers.” After the vote was in, Stelmazewski thanked everyone involved with the proposition’s passage, saying, “So many dedicated people in our community helped make this bond election a success, including the citizens committee that developed the bond, our board of trustees, members of the faculty and staff and concerned citizens who

formed an independent organization that helped generate awareness for the bond. The success of this initiative would not have been possible without these collective efforts.” According to Stelmazewski, projects supported by the bond will start very soon, focusing first on campus security and technology upgrades, with work on safety features beginning this summer. He said he plans to appoint general and technology oversight committees to hold the district

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Remembering ... Comfort’s Sara Brown races in the 100-meter dash at the state meet in Austin last weekend. To see how athletes from Boerne High, Champion, Comfort and Geneva did at their respective state meets, see today’s sports section, pages 9A-11A.

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Happy... ...Birthday May 14 Mary Escobar Oleta Rice May 15 Judy Kiefer James McCrary Yolanda Powers Kenneth Zielinski May 16 Sandra Harris Harold Lambert Mary Lou Valentino Anthony Valys

...Anniversary May 16 Elmer and Billie Bergmann Bob and Marilyn McVey

Deaths Steven ‘Clay’ Aderholt Capt. Mark ‘Tyler’ Voss Dorothy J. Lienneweber For complete obituaries, see page 2A. The latest obituaries are posted at www.boernestar.com.

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Members of Boerne’s VFW Post 688 fired a 21-gun salute during a memorial service Saturday for Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, USAF, at Veterans Park in Boerne. Voss, a 2004 graduate of Boerne High School and two crewmates died May 3 near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan when their KC-135 tanker aircraft crashed while on a refueling mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Funeral services for Voss are set for 4 p.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Boerne.

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The Kendall County Historical Commission Monday asked for support for two activities that would increase its profile and call attention to the county’s heritage when Kendall County Commissioners met Monday. KCHC representative Bryden Moon first asked for the court’s approval to seek inclusion in the national Preserve America program with the goal of preserving and promoting the county’s heritage. “We want to promote Kendall County,” said Moon, “and we view this as an opportunity to highlight our assets as a gateway to education and tourism.” Originally launched by President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, March 3 marked the program’s tenth anniversary. Preserve America was designed to increase interest in learning about the nation’s heritage and recognize that a community’s cultural and natural assets could improve its economic health and quality of life. In discussing the program, Moon explained inclusion in the program was not automatic. Nationwide, 887 entities were enrolled in the program, with only 72 counties across the U.S. included. He called it a “small fraternity,” and said

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When Kendall County Commissioners met Monday, Benefits Coordinator Michelle Lux announced the winners of the county’s fifth annual weight loss challenge, a 16-week program that began Jan. 8 and ended April 30. This year 24 employees completed the challenge, losing a total of 222 pounds. The court awards a day off to the man and woman who each lose the most pounds and the highest body weight percentage. “It takes several years for this kind of program to really pay off,” Lux said. “Continuing the program is important because we have the opportunity to work in an environment that supports healthy choices.” The county’s insurance agency, Alamo Insurance Group, donated two $25 Best Buy gift cards, and all participants who successfully completed the program drew for the prizes.

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FROM PAGE 1A accountable for effective and efficient use of bond funds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe we will look back on this day as a pivotal point in our shared desire to strengthen our community by providing excellence in education for our students,â&#x20AC;? Stelmazewski said. The proposition passed by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, garnering 2,895 votes in favor and 1,079 against in the still unofficial tally. Of 3,974 total votes - a 14 percent turnout - just 921 votes were cast on election day, with 3,053 voters visit-

ing the polls early. There were three provisional and no military ballots. Among Kendall, Comal and Bexar counties, 28,257 registered voters were eligible to participate in the BISD election. In the board of trustees contests, Place 5 winner Dale Adams took 50.18 percent of the vote against opponent Chris Godsey, with a ballot count of 1,708 to 1,696. He replaced Ron McBee who did not seek reelection. In running for the board position, Adams said he did not have a targeted agenda, but seeks to continue academic improvements and enhance the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to prepare children for the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have some specific ideas,â&#x20AC;?

Bexar County Judge speaks to Leon Springs business group Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff will be guest speaker at the Leon Springs Business Association luncheon Thursday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. in the Dominion Country Club, One Dominion Drive. The event is open to all Leon Springs area business leaders, residents and visitors. Advance reservations are $20 and, $25 at-thedoor. Guests are welcome.

Send RSVP to leonspringstx@gmail.com, or call 210-860-8926. Wolff is a native of Leon Springs and has served in numerous public offices since 1971. He will discuss his first-hand knowledge of the area and will present information on the growth and development in northwest Bexar County as it pertains to Leon Springs residents.

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said Adams, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but my overriding goal is just to continue the improvement we have seen in the last 10 or 15 years.â&#x20AC;? Addressing the bond passage, Adams said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mandate from the community. The community as a whole feels that this is important for our schools and a priority for our community.â&#x20AC;? Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper won the Place 4 spot in an uncontested race, taking over for incumbent Jennifer Christianson who chose to step down. The BISD board of trustees will canvass the votes at its May 20 meeting. At that time, Adams and GonzalezCooper will be sworn in and assume their new roles.

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A 40-year perspective on Roe v Wade In the 40 years since Roe v Wade became “law of the land” there has been much debate around the issue of “choice.” Recently, Planned Parenthood is taking a step back and considering how it wants to describe abortion rights advocates. “It’s a complicated topic and one in which labels don’t reflect the complexity,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said at a press briefing earlier in January. Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens in particular derided the word choice. “Now that women have more rights and freedoms,’choice’ as a word sounds frivolous,” she said. At the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center we speak with women making hard choices about their pregnancy

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that includes those who may choose or have chosen to have an abortion at some point. The Supreme Court ruling of Roe versus Wade stated, “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development in man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.” And thus, they agreed that abortion would no longer be against the law. It was a private issue between a woman and her doctor. But 40 years later we have seen quite a development in this area of man’s

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Thumbs up for the buses Employees for the Boerne ISD transportation department were given “thumbs up” from the community as they transported the children to and from school on Monday. Yellow ribbons adorned their buses in honor of Capt. Tyler Voss, one of Boerne’s own who lost his life in the line of duty. The yellow ribbons bring to mind each of our fallen soldiers,

as well as our wounded warriors, while awaiting the safe return of all. Ribbons were compliments of The Flower Shop on Main St. where volunteers of Angel’s All Around You military ministry and a group of other supporters designed ribbons and distributed a large number of them around town. - Kathy Bozsan, Boerne

Mall not progress We understand the need for progress,

but Boerne is a small German town where people shop and move here for its ambiance. Our small setting shops are unique. If a mall is built in Boerne, south of Walmart, do you think the shops downtown will still be utilized? The mall will be the first thing people see and stop there first. Downtown will be ignored. So what happens to our current smaller businesses? We need incentives to encourage business to the north side. - Cindy May, Boerne

Now the work really begins The wide array of research, planning and conferencing required to develop the Boerne ISD 2013 bond is well documented. A great deal of work was involved, to be sure. Still, when word was received that voters had approved the bond package in last Saturday’s election, my second thought was, “Now the work really begins.” (My first thought was a feeling of elation for the students of Boerne and for this community. In the years to come, I believe we will look back on this day as a pivotal point in our shared desire to strengthen our community by providing excellence in education for our students.) There are so many to thank for the parts they played in passing this bond. First, I want to commend the voters in our community who took time to become informed about the bond and who turned out in impressive numbers to cast their votes. As I said all along, I trust the process; having an informed electorate exercise its right to vote is critical to that process. The 70-member citizens committee that initiated this process back in the spring of 2012 with its planning and development of bond recommendations deserves our thanks, as does the

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David Stelmazewski BISD Board of Trustees that reviewed those recommendations, unanimously approved them without change, and called for the bond election. An independent citizens group, Vote FOR Boerne Schools, organized to promote passage of the bond and worked tirelessly to achieve that goal. That group’s financial contributors helped make possible the signs, advertisements and website that promoted the proposition. The mayors of Boerne and Fair Oaks Ranch supported this bond. The board of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce endorsed the bond. Local media coverage was impartial and clearly committed to informing the public about the school district and the issues to be addressed by the bond. All of this was very important and deeply appreciated. And I would be remiss if I did not thank my colleagues on the BISD faculty and staff who worked in so many

different ways to help develop and support the bond initiative. I am humbled to be a part of your team. As I said at the outset, now the work really begins. Now that you, the voters, have entrusted us to move forward, we will do so quickly and expeditiously. We relied on communication, transparency and inclusiveness in the processes that led up to the election; we will incorporate those same qualities into our work as the projects supported by the bond begin to roll out. This fall, I will appoint two oversight committees to assure the district is fully accountable in its use of taxpayerapproved dollars. One committee will have responsibility for oversight of the majority of the projects contained in the $99.5 million bond package. The other will focus specifically on the $14 million technology component of the bond. I will be looking for folks in the community with specific areas of expertise and industry knowledge to advise us as we commit ourselves to using tax dollars wisely. Work on our campuses will actually begin this summer as we start to enhance technology infrastructure in our schools

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Viewpoints â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why government mattersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; PROGRESSIVE VIEWS Ella Phillip BOERNE HIGH SCHOOL

(For the first time this year, the Kendall County Area Democratic Women sponsored a scholarship for a graduating senior, with the applicants required to write an essay on the topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why government and politics should matter to me and my family in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world.â&#x20AC;? Here is the winning essay from Ella Phillip, a senior at Boerne High School.) As a typical teenager, politics have not been in the forefront for me. My mother has discussed various topics with me over the years, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until December 2011 that the impact hit me and all the pieces started coming together. I was visiting my father, who works for the New Zealand embassy in Vienna, and my step-mother, who is a political columnist for an Austrian newspaper. Karin was interviewing Heinz Fischer, the President of Austria, and she arranged for a private meeting between us. As I stood in the Maria Theresa Room with President Fischer, I was in awe of the greatness and the power that had transpired in that room - from the great empress herself through modern times and the infamous likes of Hitler. Simultaneously, the race for presidency was heating up in the US. My mother and I discussed the debate topics. She challenged me in asking how certain topics impact me personally, not just today but in the years to come. She challenged me to form my own opinions, not simply base an â&#x20AC;&#x153;opinionâ&#x20AC;? on someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words. Now to the root of the question. I hear

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too many people, classmates especially, who do not care about todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political environment. A person is never too young to be heard. The recent sequester may not affect me directly, but will affect our local community, especially in San Antonio. Cuts in spending on education have a ripple effect that will last generations. Educating our youth should be one of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top priorities. It is through education that individuals can break cycles of poverty and abuse, thus improving their lives and others around them. I currently work at Boys & Girls Clubs in Boerne, but spent a summer volunteering at the Westside Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. The programs that these children require to be successful in life are being slashed. One saying that my mother has is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are all citizens of this world.â&#x20AC;? International politics affect us, just as our domestic policies affect us. Too many around me push aside diplomacy to other nations, but reaching out to others is what may one day end many of the conflicts raging in the world. The Arab Spring enters yet another spring! My mother has educated me through travel and taught me to be open-minded. Having family in other countries expands those horizons for me even greater. Not many think about the financial crises taking place in Europe, but I do. It affects my father and therefore me. In conclusion, politics and government are a part of our lives - welcomed or not. Without it, society as we know it could not exist. There is much that needs to be changed in the system, cuts to be made, but until the lawmakers can set aside political agendas and realize the right things need to be done for our country, no lasting change will happen. In six months I will register to vote and look forward to my voice being heard!

WRITE OF CENTER

Richard Sena KENDALL COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY

The approval of the Boerne ISD bond proposal by an almost 3-1 margin is a clear sign of strong support for our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public schools. Such a margin of victory indicates the bond received support from all age groups and areas of the district A lot can be learned from this successful effort, as BISD did many things well during the entire bond formation and electoral process. We will highlight some of them in this column, as well as things that need to be done to ensure a successful rollout of this project. Vision and Goal Setting - Leadership requires the creation of a vision for the future that gives direction to an organization. In the case of BISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facilities and Resource Planning Committee, this required the participation and input of educators, parents, business people, retirees and all stakeholder groups in the community. Throughout the bond process, school leaders from Superintendent David Stelmazewski on down were engaged, sought diverse opinions and listened. People want to give input and be part of the process, and this was done very well. The 70-person Committee worked diligently for seven months and explored many options prior to finalizing its recommendations. Communication - A vision, or roadmap, for a district can be developed, but is of no good if it remains secret. This vision needs to be shared with the community. If there is something in there that does not make sense, people will let you know. Voters will support a proposal if the plan is justified and has value. During the recent bond campaign, district officials, as well as the citizens group Vote for Boerne Schools conducted over 60 presentations to audiences totaling over 1500 people. Whether there was an audience of five people or 50, information was shared so that voters could make an

Perry names Clarke to medical physicists licensure board

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Boerne City Council incumbents District 4 Ron Cisneros, District 2 Nina Woolard and Mayor Mike Schultz were officially sworn in at the Boerne City Council meeting Tuesday. Since no one had filed to oppose them by the March 1 deadline, Boerne cancelled its election for the first time since 2002. The council Tuesday also elected Woolard as Mayor Pro Tem.

Gov. Rick Perry has named Geoffrey Clarke of Boerne to the Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists for a term expiring Feb. 1, 2019. Perry also named Charles W. Beasley of Bellaire chairman of the board, and Douglas A. Johnson of College Station and John R. Leahy of Austin to seats on the board. Clarke is a professor of radiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is president of the Southwest chapter and a board representative of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, a member of the Radiological Society of North America, American Board of Medical Physics, Institute of Electrical

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knowledge about when life begins. A doctor I know used to perform abortions in the early 1970s but has not done so in many decades now. He commented to me that ultrasound technology was unavailable in 1973 and people considered the young fetus to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;justâ&#x20AC;? tissue or a clump of cells. Fetal motion began being detected regularly with the use of ultrasound technology by the late â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s and early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s. By 1990 ultrasound technology had improved to the point of showing accu-

rate first trimester babies. Today we can detect a heartbeat between 6 to 8 weeks and later we can see our babies with 3D imaging that is really stunning. Quite a development in technology and knowledge. But speak about abortion and you will quickly see how the Supreme Court judges got one thing right. It is a private issue for most women. Not everyone is politicizing it. Some women live with the experience of having had an abortion. Some women

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you apprised of the progress being made. The voters of our district have made a significant investment in our students and our schools. I thank you for that and I pledge that we will be exemplary stewards of

FROM PAGE 4A and replace generations-old desktop computers so that our teachers will have enhanced instruction capabilities. The summer months also will give us opportunities to address some of the shortterm projects called for in the bond, such as upgrading electrical and ventilation systems in our Champion High School welding shop in order to enhance capabilities in that facility. We will begin immediately to implement the approved security measures on our campuses, focusing on reconfiguring the entrance points to some of our schools and adding other security enhancements. Our studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety is our first priority. There is much more to come and you have my commitment along the way to keep

informed decision. Respect the People - Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever take the people for granted. Boerne has always supported public education. However, this does not mean that voters will give a blank check to BISD. It was essential for the district to explain and justify its plans. If this is done well and is consistent with the vision, people will support a bond proposal. The election results clearly indicate that voters were satisfied with the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans. Building Trust - Throughout the research and development of the bond proposal, David Stelmazewski stated often that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we need to trust the process.â&#x20AC;? He felt that a good process would yield a worthy proposal. In expressing their approval of the bond, voters displayed trust that BISD will wisely spend the money. This granting of trust needs to be maintained. To accomplish this there must be continuous communication and updates as to the projectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; progress. Accountability - This is the glue that will help maintain the trust. The district has indicated that it will form a citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oversight Committee to monitor progress. If this committee operates as effectively as the Facilities and Resource Planning Committee did, we should be in good shape. The voters approved an expenditure of up to $99.48 million in this bond. Without sacrificing quality or safety, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be wonderful if we came in well under budget? While aesthetics are nice, the primary objective of any building project needs to be functionality. As a growing district, undoubtedly we will again be asked in future years to approve school bonds. If BISD continues its history of reducing its debt beyond what is required by regular payments and completes its projects on time and at or under budget, then voters will likely reward this good stewardship in future bond elections. While the passage of the bond proposal is a cause for joy for its supporters, this enthusiasm needs to be balanced by the seriousness of properly managing and executing the plan of action and maintaining the trust and responsibility that has been granted to BISD. Let the work begin!

live with the experience of having placed their baby in a family after birth. Some women have grown up as single moms or blended families as a result of their choice. And there are many men and women whom I have met (and so many more that I will never meet) who tell me the story of how their mothers considered abortion but chose not to travel that road. I am glad to have the opportunity to speak with them. Now, 40 years have brought many changes since Roe v Wade became law and a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective is influenced by their life experiences. From my per-

spective I am glad that the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center exists here in Boerne. To offer free ultrasounds, up-to-date information and so much more. But even more importantly, to be caring and available when a woman experiences a crisis in her life around sexuality and pregnancy. To share the love of Jesus Christ. Regardless of her choice. Diana Anzollitto is executive director at the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center.

and Electronic Engineers, Texas Radiological Society, and International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, and a volunteer judge for the Alamo Regional and ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering fairs. Clarke is past board chairman of the American Board of Medical Physicists and former secretary-treasurer of the Commission for the Accreditation of Medi-

cal Physics Educational Programs. He received a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas, a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in medical physics and Doctor of Radiological Sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

Easier Said Than Done There are lots of things that are easier said than done. Most advice that we are given or that we know to be true usually is â&#x20AC;&#x153;easier said than doneâ&#x20AC;?. Dieting and staying healthy is one of them. Texting while driving, everyone knows how dangerous it is but people still do it. The list goes on and on but one of the things that I became obsessed with, was not allowing anyone to steal my joy and my peace. I found at least one way to prevent that from happening and it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;easier said, than doneâ&#x20AC;?. Like any advice that is not easy to follow, it takes time and energy and a lot of self control to get results. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I found was one way to do it and I learned this from reading the Bible. Do not take offense or let anyone offend you. It is so easy to get upset by what people say or what they think about you, it is easy to get upset when someone does something that hurts or bothers you and guess what? They have immediately stolen your joy. But what really happened is you allowed them to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get to youâ&#x20AC;? and so you feel bad and all the other emotions that follow, none of them good. So someone says something to you that is mean or hurts you. What is your reaction? Typically, you will get angry or hurt and feel bad. You can control your reactions and that is how you overcome your feelings .Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow others who are probably lacking in joy in their lives steal yours. The best advice book in the world is the Bible and the more I read it the more I see how we can be in control of how we feel. Everyone wants to feel good and have peace in their lives and most of that comes from within, not our circumstances and not from others. Just try doing this; the next time someone says something that is hurtful, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take offense but think instead that they probably have a problem and are taking it out on you. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say anything and just know that you are A-Okay and your joy and peace are in tact. It is definitely easier said than done but trust me, it works. By the way, when I let my emotions get in the way the Emily Swope difference is like night and day, darkness 830-377-8234 and light. I would much rather stay in swope.emily@gmail.com peace and joy. It is a work in progress.

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Debbie Russell, BPLF board secretary, puts the final touches on just one of the Yellowstone Park pieces that will be exhibited in the Patrick Heath Public Library through Aug. 15, thanks to a new relationship between the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Boerne Public Library Foundation. See story page 2A Photo courtesy of the Boerne Public Library Foundation

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veterans of all military branches. “We will especially remember our recently fallen local warrior, Capt. Tyler Voss,” Judson said. Some seating will be available but to ensure a place to sit, guests should plan to bring a comfortable chair and an umbrella. The post will collect unusable American flags which will be retired with due respect and honor. Flags may be brought to the ceremony and given to any VFW member. They will be retired later in the day. “Help us and the rest of the community pay tribute to our departed veterans and honor their service to our country,” Judson said.

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Late Tuesday afternoon, the Boerne Police Department received a call for a disturbance between neighbors in the 100 block of Lilly Creek. Another report was received that a cat had been shot with an arrow. A preliminary investigation revealed that both calls were related and that offduty Boerne Police Officer Lance Deleon was suspected of shooting a cat with a cross bow and arrow. The off-duty officer was arrested for cruelty to animals, a state jail felony. He was released after being magistrated and posting a $2,000 bond. The cat was taken for medical treatment and as of last report is alive. According to Boerne Police Chief Jim Kohler, “Officer Deleon, a four-and-ahalf-year veteran of the Boerne Police Department, was placed on administrative leave pending both an internal and criminal investigation. I want to assure the public that a complete and thorough investigation of this incident will be conducted.”

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School Fife and Drum Corps. Under the direction of Larry Schmidt, the band will play such favorites as “American Overture,” “Shenandoah,” “The March from 1941,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Redemption,” “Midway March,” “The Unknown Soldier” and “The Armed Forces Salute,” along with other patriotic music from the Civil War through World War II. The concert is free, but guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets. Then on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at the Boerne Cemetery the Post will conduct an observance beginning at 11 am commemorating the service and sacrifices of departed

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country,” Post 688 Commander Dave Judson said. Also on Saturday, the Boerne Walmart SuperCenter is hosting a “Saluting Our Heroes” event in honor of Memorial Day. Members of VFW Post 688 and the Angels All Around You Military Ministry will be serving grilled hotdogs, chips and drinks free to veterans! On Sunday, May 26, the Boerne Concert Band will present a Memorial Day Concert, sponsored by the city Parks and Recreation Department starting at 7 p.m. on Main Plaza. The VFW will present the colors, accompanied by the Boerne Middle

The weekend in Boerne will be filled with events honoring those who served in the U.S. military and especially those who have given their lives for freedom. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars will be front and center for most of the events. On Saturday morning post members will be offering the traditional red Buddy Poppies at several business in the area. The poppys, which are assembled by disabled veterans, honor all veterans who have served. “When offered a Poppy please wear it proudly and know that there are still many brave men and women who continue to serve you and our

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Kendall County Election Administrator Staci Decker presented the Boerne Independent School District’s May 11 election returns Monday, and the board of trustees welcomed its newly elected members. After the board canvassed the vote, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Debby Hudson administered the oath of office to Dale Adams and Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper. Adams had defeated Chris Godsey in the contest for Place 5, replacing Ron McBee who did not seek reelection. Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper won Place 4 in an uncontested race, taking over for incumbent Jennifer Christianson who chose to step down. The board then elected Alan Rich president, with Richard Elkins as vice president and Susie Allen as

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Debby Hudson, administered the oath of office to Dale Adams, left, and Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper Monday at the Boerne ISD’s Board of Trustees meeting. Photos courtesy of BISD

secretary. Rich was first elected to the board in 2006, and his current term will expire in 2015. He previously served as board president from 2009 to

2011. Rich told the board, “We are in for a great year ... passing the bond is going to give us a whole new set of challenges, and we’ll all work

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OBITUARIES Carol Ann Fuhrman Carol Ann Fuhrman, age 68, passed away at her home on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Born in Bakersfield, Calif., she was the daughter of W.T. and Louise Wells. She had been a resident of Boerne since 1968. Preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy M. Fuhrman and stepgrandson, Orthus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buddyâ&#x20AC;? Lewis, IV in 2007, Carol is survived by Fuhrman daughters, Jackie Fuhrman (Ronnie Thomas), Jody Fuhrman (Richard Ortega) and Jennifer Fuhrman (Skip Lewis); adopted daughter Kim Barron; former son-in-law Mike Sealy; grandchildren Guy Sealy, Amanda Fuhrman, Cory Fuhrman, Nick Thomas, Elizabeth Thomas, Sheri Lewis, Tim Lewis (Natalie), Lance Lewis, Olivia Allen (Baley); great-grandchildren, Aliza Sewell, Darla Sewell, Leela Nelson, Isabella Lewis, T.J. Lewis, Kip Lewis and Miley Lewis; step-sister Suzie Schrank; and step-brother Delton Schrank. A memorial service will be on Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at Vaughanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.vaughanfuneralVaughanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home home.com. Funeral arrangements 319 EAST SAN ANTONIO ST. entrusted to Vaughanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BOERNE, TX 78006-2501 Funeral Home of Office (830) 249-9128 Boerne. toll-free 1-800-929-0949

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FROM PAGE 1A The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $99.5 million bond election passed by an overwhelming three to one margin. District Superintendent David Stelmazewski expressed gratitude for community support of the bond, calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a mandate to move forward with the projects.â&#x20AC;? He went on, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of good things going on, and I think next year is going to be really exciting. We put a

lot of effort into the bond, and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to deliver.â&#x20AC;? In other action, the board also: â&#x20AC;˘ Approved the method of purchase, vendor selection, proposals and/or prices based on district administration recommendations. â&#x20AC;˘ Agreed to rent busses to the YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Country between June 12 and Aug. 23. â&#x20AC;˘ Received the monthly financial report. â&#x20AC;˘ Approved changes and corrections to the 2012 tax roll and to tax rolls for other years.

Next AARP Driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Safety course planned The next 4-Hour AARP Drivers Safety Course is set for Thursday, June 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Rainbow Senior Center at Kronkosky Place, 17 Old San Antonio Rd. in Boerne. The course is designed for drivers 55 years and older and is available to seniors in Boerne and surrounding areas. The course does not

fulfill requirements for court-ordered defensive driving, however those who complete it may be entitled to a discount on their auto insurance. Cost for course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To sign up and register, call course instructor, Randy Williams, at 830249-8130.

Foundation partnership brings northern wilderness park to Boerne library â&#x2013; 

BY ELENA TUCKER Staff Writer

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Today the Patrick Heath Public Library opens its doors as summer home to what organizers are calling an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unprecedented look at Yellowstone National Park.â&#x20AC;? The Yellowstone exhibit has come about through a new and perhaps unexpected relationship between two ancillary organizations: the Boerne Public Library Foundation and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There IS a connection between the two foundations,â&#x20AC;? YPF corporate relations manager Tom Porter laughed during an interview from Montana, explaining that he is son-inlaw to the man for whom the Boerne library is named. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I married Patrick Heathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter,â&#x20AC;? Porter said. He and his wife, Jennifer Heath Porter, have spent many years working on behalf of the park. The final stamp on the foundationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relationship resulted from the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural gala. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did an auction item,â&#x20AC;? Porter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a trip to Yellowstone that generated a lot of attention. At that point, we said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, maybe we should create an event or series of events, since one of our goals is provide outreach to Yellowstone.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So it fits perfectly with our mission which is to raise awareness for the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful park.â&#x20AC;? One of the exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlights will be the unique opportunity to see a collection of images by photographer Tom Murphy - a collection entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellowstone National Park Through

the Seasons.â&#x20AC;? Murphy, who has made Yellowstone National Park the focus of much of his photography, has had his work used both commercially and editorially in publications such as Life and Time magazines, the New York Times and National Geographic. Other elements of the display will include archived pieces that represent the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, along with items from nature that explain the abundance of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildlife. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We connected the library foundation with the park curator,â&#x20AC;? Porter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From that they were able to secure historic prints and reproductions.â&#x20AC;? Artifacts such as clothing and vintage souvenirs will be available for viewing along with hands-on educational objects including animal skulls, rocks and pelts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an incredible opportunity for us at the foundation to raise visibility about the work that we do,â&#x20AC;? Karen Bates Kress, YPF president, said by phone, also from Montana. To which her Texas counterpart, Ariel Brooks-Stevens added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boerne Public Library Foundation is very excited about this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partnership with the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Libraries are often thought of as houses of books and the PHPL is proving that it isso much more. By bringing projects like this to the library, we are providing an opportunity for everyone in our area to benefit from it.â&#x20AC;? The Yellowstone National Park exhibit opens at the Boerne Public Library on May 24 and will run through Aug. 15.

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