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Local school enrollment continues to increase

PRACTICAL LEARNING Career and technical education is oered to Texas high school students who want to begin pursuing a trade right out of school or get a leg up into secondary training. In New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD, overall participation has grown among students taking one or more CTE classes.

Percentage enrolled in CTE courses

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Enrollment in New Braunfels and Comal ISDs increased at a rate higher than enrollment overall in Texas public schools, according to the most recent data from the Texas Education Agency and local districts. According to the TEA, Texas schools grew by 1% from the 2020-21 school year. In NBISD, that number was 4.19%, and in CISD growth in school enrollment was 6.82% year over year. In NBISD, enrollment took a slight dip in the 2020- 21 school year due to the onset of the COVID-19 pan- demic, somewhat in line with the statewide trend. However, CISD actually saw continued student body CONTINUED ON 27

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According to the Texas Education Agency, Texas schools grew by over 8% in the past decade, outpaced by NBISD and CISD.

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Professional training diversies the educational experience

Texas Education Agency. Rachel Behnke, director of CTE programs at NBISD, said Texas as a whole has been pushing for districts to develop these programs in recent years. “The Texas Education Agency developed these programs of study. In school districts, we made them applicable to our local courses in what we oer,” Behnke said. “The intent there is to kind of have multiple entry and exit points. So for example, if a student went through a pro- gram at high school and decided they want to go directly to work, they could go into that position. Or if a student wanted to keep furthering their

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ENROLLMENT GROWTH BETWEEN 2011-12 AND 2021-22 Comal ISD New Braunfels ISD Texas

Over the past few years, New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD have seen growth in high school student participation in career and technical education, or CTE, courses and certications. Unlike traditional high school courses, these pro- grams provide a more technical knowledge base for specic professional elds and practical training and certication that helps students hone in on spe- cializations earlier in their careers, according to the

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therapy service is available for any patient interested in receiving care at home rather than in a clinic, and Dr. Zach McClung oers treatment plans for a variety of health issues. 830-632-2991. www.integrativepts.com On July 1, Tap Truck Hill Country began operating in the New Braunfels area. The beverage catering service oers beer, wine, mixed drinks and nonalcoholic bev- erages directly to customers and is avail- able for weddings, private parties, events, festivals and more. 830-461-1660. www.taptruckhillcountry.com COMING SOON 4 Staunch Traditional Outtters plans to open a brick-and-mortar storefront at 297 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, in August. The business was founded in 2015 and sells hats, clothing, accessories and more printed with unique designs. 830-237-7711. www.staunchtradition.com RELOCATIONS 5 Steele Hyundai of New Braunfels is expected to relocate from its current location at 485 I-35 Business Loop to a property addressed at 4165 and 4261 N. I-35 pending approval from City Council to rezone the land. The dealership sells new and used vehicles and plans to include walls and landscaping buers around the new property to ensure privacy for surrounding neighborhoods. A construction date and timeline has not been set. 830-484-6855. www.steelehyundainewbraunfels.com 6 In July, Vinny’s Upholstery Shop relocated from 839 S. I-35, Ste. E, New

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NOW OPEN 1 Bulletproof Dog Training opened a new location at 118 Trade Center Drive, New Braunfels, in early June. The business has six locations across the country and oers training for puppies, board-and- train programs, in-home training, therapy dog certication and more. 210-801-5467. www.bulletproofdogtraining.com 2 Club Car Wash , located at 1775 Hwy. 46 in New Braunfels opened

in June. The car wash oers varying levels of cleaning and complementary vacuums and towels. The company was founded in 2006 in Columbia, Missouri. Since then, Club Car Wash has expanded to have locations throughout Texas. 833-416-9975. contact@clubcarwash.com 3 Skips Beer Wine and Liquor had the grand opening of two new locations recently in New Braunfels. The new location on A 1187 W. County Line Road opened in June, and the company celebrated the grand opening of the

B 1761 S. Hwy. 46 location July 15. The liquor store oers tastings and events, specials on a selection of products and a wine club. Skips Beer Wine and Liquor has another location in New Braunfels located at 1174 Loop 337, Ste. 110, along with a location in Cibolo and another new store anticipated to open in the near future in downtown San Marcos. 830-837-5598. www.skipsliquor.com Integrative Physical Therapy Specialist began operations in New Braunfels in early July. The mobile outpatient physical

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS In July the Texas Council on Family Violence awarded $270,000 in grant money to 12 domestic violence agencies across Texas, including three in Central Texas. The funds are part of the Swalm Grant program that was established in 2005 when the Swalm family of Houston gifted the TCFV an endowment fund of $5 million to benet domestic violence service providers in Texas, according to a TCFV press release. Grants are awarded annually following an application process, according to the organization, and funds are designed to support operations not usually covered by government grants. In New Braunfels, the Comal County Family Violence Shelter , also known as the Crisis Center of Comal County , received $30,000 to increase the shelter’s in-school violence prevention education program, according to the release. The program teaches students about body autonomy, healthy communication, relationship safety, how to report abuse and more. In 2021, the organization served more than 400 children and provided more than 12,000 victim services to children, according to the release.

The Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter received $29,669 to hire a full- time counselor, according to the release, and the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center received a $30,000 grant for exible funding. The HCWC intends to use this funding to cover rental deposits, child care costs, car repairs and hotel rooms to temporarily house survivors, according to the release. The organization has been at or near capacity for over a year. “[The] TCFV expects these funds to help agencies acquire more resources and open more opportunities to serve survivors and their families, because we have always and will always support agencies who prioritize the survivor’s needs,” TCFV CEO Gloria Aguilera Terry said in the release. 1547 E. Common St., New Braunfels 830-620-7520 • www.crisiscenternb.org

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Braunfels, to 234 Trade Center Drive. The shop provides upholstery services for boats, cars, aircraft, some furniture and more. 830-743-2077. Search Vinny’s Upholstery Shop on Facebook. 7 Legacy Heating and Air Condition- ing relocated in June to a new location at 2001 Wald Road, New Braunfels. The business provides full-service heating and air conditioning repairs, replacements and maintenance plans. 830-608-8000. www.legacyservicesac.com EXPANSIONS 8 In July, John Newcombe Country Club opened its new pickleball courts at 625 Mission Valley Road, New Braunfels. The eight courts are the only outdoor pickleball facilities in the city, and the country club oers clinics, lessons and tournaments. 830-624-2005. www.newkscc.com 9 Bluebonnet Chrysler Dodge Ram will be constructing a new two-story automobile dealership with a separate one-story detail building at a new loca- tion at 1310 S. I-35 in New Braunfels. The 316,824-square-foot dealership will also include a four-story parking garage built on top of a service shop. Construction

is anticipated to begin on the expansion Nov. 15, 2022, and be completed by Jan. 15, 2024. 830-606-3463. www.bluebonnetchryslerdodge.net NEW OWNERSHIP 10 Winery on the Gruene , located at 1308 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, is now under new ownership after Vickie Bermea purchased the business earlier this year. Bermea worked at the business for six years before purchasing the winery, she said. The business oers wine made in house and hosts live music and pour tastings. 830-608-1976. www.gruenewinery.com 11 The authentic Italian restaurant 188 South located at 188 S. Castell Ave. in New Braunfels has announced it will be under new ownership and will transition to become Cody’s Restaurant Bar and Patio. The previous owners of 188 South, the Snider Family, said it was a pleasure serving the community. Cody’s has a location in San Marcos and oers high-quality New American Cui- sine, hand-crafted cocktails and a dining club. 188 South closed for the last time July 30.512-393-2867. www.codyssmtx.com

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12 CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF QUEEN

AUGUST LIVE MUSIC FREIHEIT COUNTRY STORE 2157 FM 1101, New Braunfels 830-358-7148 www.freiheitcountrystore.net 19 Kin Faux Band 26 Howl at Moon’s Dueling Pianos GRUENE HALL 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels 830-606-1281 www.gruenehall.com 1213 Hayes Carll 19 Cory Morrow 20 Tanner Usrey 26 Max Stalling 27 Bri Bagwell KRAUSE’S CAFE 148 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels 830-625-2807 www.krausescafe.com 11 Gus Miller Band 12 RockCastle 20 Passing Strangers 27 Jesse Stratton - Father & Son Show THE REDBIRD LISTENING ROOM 1260 S. Business I-35, New Braunfels 830-606-7886 www.redbirdlisteningroom.com

Visit the Brauntex Theatre to experience a tribute to the music of Queen. A seven- member band will perform the band’s set from the 1985 Live Aid concert. The concert is part of the Brauntex’s 80th anniversary celebration. All ages welcome. 7:30 p.m. $18-$38. 290 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830-627-0808. www.brauntex.org 12 THROUGH 14 FIND NEW FASHIONS Shoppers can nd new fashions just in time for school at The Peddler Show hosted at the New Braunfels Civic/ Convention Center. Vendors will oer women’s and children’s clothes, bags, jewelry, home decor and more. Noon- 6 p.m. (Aug. 12), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Aug. 13), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Aug. 14). Free (age 12 and younger), $5 (single-day pass), $8 (weekend pass). 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 512-358-1000. www.peddlershow.com 18 ATTEND A LUAU Adults with special needs are invited to attend the Rock-the-Haus Hawaiian Luau Dance Party hosted by the Rock Haus Foundation. Guests will participate in dancing and activities, and food and drinks will be available for $1 each. Proceeds benet future events. Participants requiring special assistance must be accompanied by a caregiver. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free to attend. The Village Venue, 2032 Central Plaza, New Braunfels. 817-266-6833. info@rockhausfoundation.org 20 STUDY THE SCIENCE OF MAGNETS During the August Saturday SEAM series, children can learn the science of magnets and build Lego hovercrafts. The monthly science, engineering, art and math series is held at the Headwaters at the Comal pavilion. 10-11 a.m. $3 (headwaters member youth: supporter and contributor level), $4 (headwaters member youth: family level), $5 (general admission). For children in kindergarten through third grade. 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com

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AUGUST 06 JOIN A WINE ‘PAW’TY Celebrate Doggy & Me Bakery’s one-year anniversary with wine and a treat just for dogs. Hosted at Winery on the Gruene, human attendees can enjoy local wine while canine guests will be treated to pupcakes. The Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area will also be in attendance along with additional vendors. 5-8 p.m. Free. 1308 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. 956-777-4461. Search Doggy & Me on Facebook. 06 THROUGH 07 SPRUCE UP THE HOME AND GARDEN Visit the annual New Braunfels Home and Garden Show presented by Hill Country Conferences to connect with experts from over 100 industries related to home and garden care. Attendees can nd crafters, explore emerging trends in home design, learn about landscaping and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The New Braunfels Farmers Market will participate in National Farmers Market Week on Aug. 13. The national celebration will be observed throughout the country Aug. 7-13 and will highlight the importance of local farmers and vendors. In New Braunfels, vendors will oer specials, and the market organizers will conduct a favorite vendor contest and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 186 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-629-2223. www.nbfarmersmarket.com (Courtesy New Braunfels Farmers Market)

Get started planning a wedding at the Wedding Fair Show hosted at the New Braunfels Civic/Conference Center. The event will include local vendors, prize giveaways, venue representatives and more. Noon-4 p.m. $13 (per person). 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. www.weddingfairshow.com (Courtesy Wedding Fair Show) (Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). Free (age 2 and under), $5 (per child), $10 (per adult per day). New Braunfels Civic/ Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-488-7814. www.hillcountryconferences.com 09 BE A PIRATE FOR A DAY Children are invited to the McKenna Children’s Museum for a day of pirate-themed fun. Guests to the museum can participate in a scavenger hunt at their own pace. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $7.50 per person for museum admission. 801 West San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830-606-9525. www.mckennakids.org 12 START THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH A BASH Celebrate the start of a new school year at the McKenna Children’s Museum. Kindergartners will participate in back-to-school activities to prepare them for school. Pizza and ice cream will be included. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free (kindergarten students), $7 (adult McKenna Museum members), $10 (adult nonmembers). 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830-606-9525. www.mckennakids.org

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near completion VIA Metropolitan Transit and the Texas Department of Transportation are near completion on a Park and Pool location near the northbound and southbound exits for Schwab Road on I-35 heading into San Antonio. The Northeast Park and Pool location will operate on a rst-come, rst-served basis, according to Stephen Scheidt, public information coordinator with VIA. “The lot is located outside the VIA service area in Comal County along I-35 near Schwab Road; however VIA vanpools or others sharing a ride may use the lot to park, gather and commute into the San Antonio area, or carpool into the New Braunfels, San Marcos, or Austin area,” Scheidt said. “VIA vanpools must originate or be destined for the VIA service area.” VIA vanpools allow groups of ve to 15 people commuting into San

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I-35 ramps from FM 306 to Watson Lane nearing halfway point A project to build eight new ramps along on both the northbound and southbound sides of I-35 is expected to wrap up this year, said Laura Lopez, Texas Department of Transportation public information ocer. In 2020, construction company Webber began building the ramps from FM 306 to the Hays County line, Lopez said. Timeline: March 2020-December 2022 Cost: $63 million Funding source: TxDOT

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Antonio to share the cost of renting a VIA van to coordinate amongst themselves when and where to meet. The vanpool can begin anywhere so long as the end point is within the VIA bus service area. The project consists of two 50-space Park and Pool facilities o the northbound and southbound exit ramps on I-35 between FM 1103 and Schwab Road near the Schertz and New Braunfels city limits. Timeline: November 2021-August 2022 Cost: $1.5 million Funding sources: VIA Metropolitan Transit, TxDOT

VIAWorks, a transit benet program from VIA Metropolitan Transit, oers the ability for employers or employees to rent vehicles with coworkers or others that commute every day. HOW DOES IT WORK? Groups of ve to 15 people opt to share a van. The cost of the van rental and fuel is split evenly. Roadside assistance and a ride home in case of emergency are oered.

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City Council postpones rezoning request for resort

New Braunfels City Council Meets Aug. 8 and 22 at 6 p.m. at 550 Landa St., New Braunfels 830-221-4000 • www.nbtexas.org Comal County Commissioners Court Meets Aug. 11, 18 and 25 at 8:30 a.m. at 100 Main Plaza, New Braunfels 830-221-1100 • www.co.comal.tx.us MEETINGS WE COVER Texans to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is also accessible at 800-273-8255. This will not replace the original Lifeline number. Instead, 988 is meant to be more accessible during mental health emergencies, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. NUMBER TO KNOW requested from the Texas Federal Lands Access Program by Comal County. If received, the funding would be used to install oating docks on Canyon Reservoir. $1.19M HIGHLIGHTS in grant funding has been NEW BRAUNFELS A proposed ordinance to prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in retail pet shops in New Braunfels is expected to be presented to City Council for a vote later this fall. During a presentation at the July 25 council meeting, council members heard a presentation about the ordinance that has been recommended by the New Braunfels Animal Services Advisory Board. A date for the rst reading and council vote have not been set. TEXAS People in need of mental health support in Texas and across the United States can now call or text a new three-digit number: 988. The new number will connect “WE’VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL. ... AS A GOVERNMENT, I DON’T LIKE GETTING INVOLVED IN SMALL BUSINESS. … BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS. ... THAT’S WHY WE’RE PURSUING THIS AND GETTING MORE INFORMATION.” DISTRICT 6 CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JAMES BLAKEY, REGARDING THE PROPOSED PET SALE ORDINANCE

BY SIERRA MARTIN

PROPOSING DEVELOPMENT The land outlined between Sleepy Hollow Lane and Gruene Road may be rezoned if approved by New Braunfels City Council to allow a resort to be built.

NEW BRAUNFELS City Council voted unanimously July 25 to postpone a rezoning request that will determine if a resort featuring cabins and RV parking will be built on 19.96 acres out of the Ingram Acres subdivision at 1251 Sleepy Hollow Lane. If approved, the rezoning request would allow a resort to be constructed on the property with cottages, cabins, condos, RVs and commercial parking. Supporting structures would include a bathhouse and other amenities. New Braunfels city sta suggested eight conditions for the resort development, including no campres, no outdoor activities between 9 p.m.-9 a.m. and a 50-foot building setback from Sleepy Hollow. A drainage easement is also recommended on the property to contain the oodway. Schumann Consulting Executive Director TJ Grossi represented the owner of the proposed resort and asked to postpone the item for more time to review the city’s standards. “This is an investment in not only money and time, but it’s also an investment in your neighbors, and so I think it’s extremely important. ... If we can make it a win-win, it’s a good thing for everybody,” New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman said.

19.96ACRE property

The resort would include cabins, condos, RV parking and more.

ABOUT 80% of the property is located in a ood zone, an area adjacent to the river prone to ooding that must be developed to ensure there are no increases in upstream ood elevations.

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City puts out updated, streamlined website

mailed responses received 827

online responses received 714

COLLECTING INPUT The community survey conducted between March and April was part of

9 IN 10 respondents rated New Braunfels as an excellent or good place to live

BY SIERRA MARTIN

NEW BRAUNFELS The city has launched a newly designed website that features streamlined navigation, a more modern look and a new toolkit for residents. The toolkit allows residents to report an issue or submit a request, and the website is under the new domain www.newbraunfels.gov. According to city of New Braunfels ocials, the website receives over 1.2 million annual visits. The new website is designed to be more user-friendly. Submit a request The new city of New Braunfels website features a Submit a Request page oering a list of common requests made by residents. File a Police Report Report an Issue: Roads, Streets and Drainage

of respondents rated the transportation system as fair or poor

of respondents rated the city’s economic development as excellent or good

70%

77%

the National Community Survey.

SOURCES: CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS, POLCOCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Results of community survey are presented

BY ERIC WEILBACHER

this hybrid approach with 827 total responses received and an overall response rate of 14%,” said Jade Arocha, director of survey research with the National Research Center. Among the ndings, 9 out of 10 residents gave New Braunfels the designation of an excellent place to live, and 8 in 10 would also recom- mend New Braunfels as a place to live and plan on remaining in town. Mobility, however, is an increas- ingly concerning issue, and all indicators analyzed in the survey— including trac ow, ease of public parking, ease of travel by bicycle, ease of travel by public transporta- tion and ease of walking—have all trended down.

NEW BRAUNFELS The results of the 2022 New Braunfels Community Survey were presented by Polco, a civic analytics rm, to City Council on July 11. Of the 6,000 surveys mailed to households across the city, 827 responses were received. Of those who chose to participate in the open-participation sample by lling out the survey online, 714 responses were received. The survey is part of the National Community Survey, which is developed by the National Research Center at Polco. New Braunfels previously completed the survey in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019. “We saw a robust response to

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DISTRICT DATA

Data and information from local school districts

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

COMAL ISD

NEW BRAUNFELS ISD

Covering 589 square miles, Comal ISD is one of the largest school districts in Texas and serves students from ve counties in Central Texas. CISD is working to build more schools to accommodate a growing population.

Located in the heart of New Braunfels, New Braunfels ISD serves more than 9,600 students. As the city has grown, enrollment has increased and the district has plans to open a second high school in the coming years.

SOURCES: COMAL ISD, NEW BRAUNFELS ISD, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

STUDENT ENROLLMENT

STAFFING, SALARIES AND SUBSTITUTES

Total number of teachers*

Average salary by position, 2021-22

Percentage change from 2019-20:

+8.61% +7.93%

Statewide

2,000

+16.05%

$63,860 $66,010 Support sta $69,330 $56,581 $56,963 Teaching sta $58,887 $232,001 $215,000 Superintendent

1,600

1,200

+6.28%

800

400

0

2018-19

2019-20 2020-21 2021-22

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

2022-23*

*PROJECTED

Average teacher salary

+1.04% -0.16%

202122 STUDENT STATISTICS

$60,000

$58,000

Economically disadvantaged students 29.81%

English learners

Special education students

$56,000

$23,092 $19,767 Paraprofessional sta $23,015 $82,827 $91,856 Administrative sta $92,806

7.99%

13.47%

$54,000

$52,000

0

36.4%

14.19%

11.58%

2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22

Substitute daily pay**

Statewide

$80-$200

$110-$200

60.61%

21.66%

11.7%

*TOTAL IS THE FULLTIME EQUIVALENT AND MAY INCLUDE PARTTIME POSITIONS. **RANGES VARY BASED ON EXPERIENCE AND OTHER FACTORS.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

COMPILED BY ERIC WEILBACHER

2022 EDUCATION EDITION

Comal ISD Meets Aug. 22 and Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the CISD District Oce, 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels. 830-221-2000 • www.comalisd.org New Braunfels ISD Meets Aug. 8 and Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Administration Center, 1000 N. Walnut ave., New Braunfels. 830-643-5705 • www.nbisd.org MEETINGS WE COVER DISTRICT HIGHLIGHT COMAL ISD Due to a shortage of bus drivers in the district, Comal ISD will implement “no service zones” at campuses in the school district. The zones are expected to impact students at all grade levels who use buses for transportation and those aected would need to nd other modes of travel. The zones are focused on those neighborhoods and residences that are in close proximity to each campus to make up for the shortfall of drivers, said Steve Stanford, assistant superintendent of communications and organizational alignment for CISD. In all, 12- 14 bus routes will be cut.

Zoning boundaries set for NBISD’s second high school NEW BRAUNFELS ISD The New Braunfels ISD board of trustees unani- mously approved new high school zoning boundaries that would divide student attendance between New Braunfels High School and Long Creek High School mostly along I-35 and Elliot Knox boulevard. The district’s ninth grade campus will eventually become a full second high school and is expected to expand to include 10th grade during the 2024-25 school year or once the district’s enroll- ment for students in grades 9-12 reaches 3,000. The school will accommodate grades 9-12 by the 2026-27 school year. Discussion of the zoning boundaries occurred over the past few months and at several previous school board meetings. “I know that we’ve done a lot of work on this and had a special workshop, and we’ve sent dierent requests back to you all,” board Vice President Eric Berquist

Comal ISD begins search for new superintendent COMAL ISD The board of trustees began the search for a new superintendent to replace Andrew Kim, who had served as superintendent since June 2012. Kim announced his resig- nation during a June 7 school board meeting. Mandy Epley, assistant superintendent of strategic initiatives and programs at CISD, was appointed to serve as interim superintendent. The district opened the application process July 15 and will accept applications through Aug. 15, according to a press release. A survey is open until Aug. 7 to provide feedback and can be found at: www.comalisd.org/apps/ pages/SuperintendentSearch.

DRAWING NEW ZONES Attendance zones for New Braunfels High School and Long Creek High School will divide almost entirely along I-35.

New Braunfels High School zone Long Creek High School zone High school location

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said. “So I know there was a lot of work done with that.” The two high schools sit at almost opposite ends of the city, with NBHS on Loop 337 in Comal County and Long Creek High School o West Klein Road.

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NONPROFIT Headwaters at the Comal

2022 EDUCATION EDITION

Nonprot organization highlights the importance of local water resources I n 2014, New Braunfels Utilities adopted a master plan to rede- velop an unused 16-acre prop- BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

absorb pollutants that would other- wise be washed into the river system by rainwater, Pappas said. Following the completion of the rst phase, Headwaters began developing programs for youth and adults to visit the facility to learn about conservation, native gardening, science and more, Strack said. Once a month the facility hosts the Saturday SEAM Series where children engage in science, engineering, art and math projects centered on a theme, she said, and each fall and spring the organization oers courses in gardening, rainwater collection and composting. “We also oer eld trips and formal education programs. We’ve been developing that in partnership with the city of New Braunfels,” Strack said. “They have a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that they fund a part-time educator that’s helped us develop this program.” The school program is aimed at fourth through sixth grade students, and Strack and Pappas hope to continue expanding educational opportunities at the facility. “We’re really at this point where we need additional buildings and facilities out here that can help us to grow the work that we’re doing and meet the needs of the community,” Pappas said. In April, Headwaters was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the New Braunfels Economic Development Corp. to be used in the construction of a facility that will house meeting and conference spaces. The Headwaters is fundraising for Phase 2, which will construct the 6,400-square-foot Center at the Headwaters facility. The facility is expected to cost $8 million with an additional 20%-30% of construction cost increases anticipated over time for a total cost of $9.11-$9.68 million. NBU is expected to contribute $4 million to the project, and the com- munity has contributed approximately $934,000 so far, according to city documents, leaving a total funding gap of approximately $1.87 million.

TRANSFORMING CONSERVATION The primary goal of the Headwaters at the Comal facility is to promote conservation eorts, educate the community about local resources and promote community involvement in preservation eorts.

Headwaters at the Comal features nature paths.

erty located at 333 E. Klingemann St. into an education and community center that would highlight local water resources and promote conser- vation eorts. Following the creation of the plan, NBU established the nonprot orga- nization named Headwaters at the Comal to oversee the implementation of the plan and ensure the sustainabil- ity of the project, said Nancy Pappas, managing director of the Headwaters at the Comal. “They came up with a grand vision for removing all the asphalt and impervious cover on this site and restoring the buildings to become an environmental education center,” Pappas said. “That was really import- ant because this is an incredibly important environmental site [and there is] a rich historic past to this site, both with the founding of New Braunfels and this being the rst water plant here and being the rst water source for the community.” The property includes the head- springs of the Comal River, Pappas said, and archaeological evidence indicates that humans have utilized the Comal Springs as a water source for thousands of years. “We feel really strongly that this is a great place for people to come and learn about how special these water resources are,” said Lauren Strack, assistant manager at the Headwaters at the Comal. “The Comal Springs are the most signicant springs in the whole Southwest of the United States.” The project master plan is being completed in phases, Pappas said, and the $8.4 million Phase 1 was com- pleted in 2017. Phase 1 included a natural stormwa- ter management system, the con- struction of an amphitheater, walking trails, the Comal Springs overlook and retrotting an outdoor pavilion. The rst phase also uncovered the headsprings of the Comal River and restored native plants that catch and

PHOTOS & RENDERING COURTESY HEADWATERS AT THE COMAL

2012

New Braunfels Utilities convenes a group to share ideas for unused utilities buildings surrounding the Comal Springs Conservation Center. The Comal Springs Conservation Center Master Plan is completed. A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the rst phase and work begins on various projects. Asphalt removal Replanting of indigenous trees and grasses Uncovering the headsprings of the Comal River Converting a warehouse into a learning pavilion Phase 1 is completed, and Headwaters at the Comal is established as a nonprot organization to oversee the project and create a sustainable long-term vision. A six-month archaeological excavation takes place to research the historic signicance of the site. A strategic plan is created by Headwaters board of directors. Work on Phase 2 is slated to begin. PHASE 2 includes: a 6,400-square-foot building with indoor spaces for education programs, exhibits, community meetings and public restrooms; a redesigned entrance from Klingemann Street; and a picnic space.

2014

Children participate in Saturday SEAM activities each month.

2016

2017

The new picnic area will feature native trees.

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Headwaters at the Comal 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels 830-608-8937 www.headwatersatthecomal.com

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Once complete the center will include a 200-seat conference room, restroom facilities, a visitor center, a 60-person meeting room and more. “A lot of people really, you know, they know and they love the Comal River but don’t necessarily have the

understanding of why it’s here and how important this resource is,” Pappas said. “[It is] not just a great economic driver, a wonderful place to swim and play and have fun, but a really incredibly important rich envi- ronmental asset that we have here.”

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CAMPUS DATA

A closer look at campus-level standardized test scores and other data Comal ISD serves more than 25,000 students from ve area counties. The district has more than 30 campuses, 13 of which serve students from New Braunfels. Since 2009, the district has grown by more than 8,000 students. By 2025, the district anticipates having 24 elementary schools, up from the current 18. COMAL ISD COMPARING CAMPUS SCORES

Understanding the tables The following tables reveal test results from the 2021-22 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exam. Tables also include enrollment data, feeder school campuses and the percentage of students considered economically disadvantaged. STAAR RESULTS Results show the percentage of

ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED These students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, come from a family with an income below the poverty line or are eligible for other specic benets.

students within the district and each campus who are approaching the grade level, which is considered passing.

202122 STAAR PASSING RESULTS BY GRADE

ENROLLMENT

3RD

4TH

5TH

The chart below shows the change between the percentage of CISD students who passed the STAAR exam in spring 2021 and spring 2022. STAAR SCORE CHANGES

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Comal ISD Statewide

State average District average 1 Clear Spring

N/A N/A 52% 42% 54% 41% 57% 46% 37% N/A N/A 761.43 7.5% 86% 83% 88% 85% 91% 88% 82% 41.33% N/A 792 12.5% 83% 74% 86% 86% 90% 80% 70% 49.12% 8 821 15.96% 75% 68% 72% 66% 77% 72% 68% 52.86% 8 835 0.85% 87% 87% 90% 87% 88% 90% 80% 25.63% 10 650 6.56% 83% 71% 86% 85% 82% 81% 72% 55.69% 9 756 -1.95% 95% 94% 96% 94% 97% 98% 95% 7.94% 9 762 7.32% 68% 71% 70% 66% 86% 85% 84% 62.2% 10 714 13.88% 90% 84% 90% 89% 89% 85% 78% 37.82% 8

PERCENTAGE POINT CHANGE, SPRING 2021 VS. SPRING 2022

-6%

-3%

0

+3%

+6%

+9%

+12%

+15%

2 Freiheit

SUBJECT: READING (3RD) READING (4TH) READING (5TH) READING (6TH) READING (7TH) READING

3 Garden Ridge 4 Goodwin Frazier 5 Homann Lane 6 Morningside

+4%

+9%

+6%

+14%

7 Oak Creek

+6%

202122 STAAR PASSING RESULTS BY GRADE

+8%

ENROLLMENT

+6%

6TH 7TH

8TH

+8%

+4%

MIDDLE SCHOOLS State average District average 8 Canyon Middle

+10%

+5%

(8TH) MATH (3RD) MATH (4TH) MATH (5TH) MATH (6TH) MATH (7TH) MATH (8TH)

+10%

N/A N/A 42% 37% 54% 29% 56% 38% 43% 29% 37.35% N/A

941

4.32% 83% 85% 89% 81% 89% 75% 88% 77% 43.1% 11, 13

+2%

1,109 12.93% 74% 74% 81% 69% 83% 53% 81% 66% 29.11% 12, 13 773 -5.96% 87% 88% 90% 80% 87% 74% 86% 75% 36.69% 11,13 954 5.76% 73% 82% 86% 84% 81% 66% 79% 62% 36.69% 11,13

+9%

9 Church Hill

+6%

10 Danville Middle

+11%

202122 STAAR PASSING RESULTS BY GRADE

+3%

ENROLLMENT

+6%

+2%

+6%

HIGH SCHOOLS State average District average 11 Canyon HS 12 Davenport HS

+2%

+5%

N/A N/A 46% 57% 48% 57% 71% N/A 1,232 9.16% 88% 93% 82% 86% 96% 30.6% 2,340 -5.22% 81% 88% 74% 81% 95% 30.3% 996 85.13% 80% 88% 76% 81% 93% 55.02% 360 -5.01% 96% 99% 96% 99% 100% 22.96%

-2%

+10%

13 Memorial Early College HS

SOURCES: COMAL ISD, TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY, TEXAS LEGISLATURECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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