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Page 8 The Free Press Current Events September 25, 2003 Kjle hoops book plugs ol,tl virtues BY BILL PETERSON Editor "TYLE - Moe Johnson-probably Lasn't ever going to sit down and write his full-blown autobiography, which is too bad because he's a cen- tral historic figure in this communi- ty for his work with kids spanning four decades. But the community needs the book he and his wife, Gene, have written, Panthers Fight, Never Die! The book ends up telling us quite about Johnson, anyway. Johnson starts out remembering the great Kyle High School basketball teams of the late 1950s, which he coached to five consecutive state tournament appearances from 1956 through 1960. In many communi- ties, that would be a significant enoughaccomplishment. But Johnson is only halfway through his effort when he's finished remem- bering basketball. From that point, he's on to even more important matters, such as developments in local public education since he hung up his whistle in 1960 to become the superintendent of K),le schools. Johnson was a key player in changes that have brought us to where we are today. From the beginning of his administrative career in 1960, Johnson took on the chal- lenges. Right off the bat, he dealt with the Texas Education Agency, which placed the Kyle schools on "warning" status regarding their accredation. Clearing that hurdle, Johnson and others successfully pushed for 'the integration of Kyle schools in 1961. In 1967, Wimberley school offi- cials approached Kyle about con- solidation. As talks intensified, Johnson's alma mater, Buda, also wantedto join the co-operative. Thus was born the Hays CISD, with Johnson as the superintendent from its founding until his retirement in 1984. Following his remembrances of those developments, which are charming and all too brief, Johnson Book Review returns to his Kyle High School bas- ketball teams and ties the entire story into his subtext- his insistence that education is less about academ- ic achievement than helping kids learn how to live good lives, that people matter more than standards or methods. Johnson's short (70 pages) treatise brims with observa- tions along those lines, partcularly at the beginning and end. Johnson looks back on his Kyle kids, who came largely from poor families, who had inferior facilities, teachers who wouldn't be qualified by today's standards and a lack of programs. "According to today's educa- tional expeas, the students of Kyle High School during the 1950s and 1960s should have been relegated to the 'black hole' of fail- ure," Johnso0 writes. But the kids didn't fail, and they certainly don't remember the experience angrily. Many offered their own memories for the book, unanimously praising their small-town experience from a day long gone. They went on to successful careers in medicine, administration and other fields. It was all in the way they were taught. "Throughout my academic career in public schools I saw teach- ers with outstanding academic cre- dentials who failed as teachers but I never saw the failure of one with solid moral character, integrity and true love for children," Johnson writes. Garlic Creek, from page 1 that location and now it is being controlled back to Garlic Creek." Some citizens have expressed concern that the city won't be able to provide water for the subdivision. But Mathis said the city has calculated the subdivi- sion's projected water volume into its future water needs. "I think it is important to keep everyone focused on the fact that this is not an overnight activity," Mathis said. "Their buildout for residential homes is ten years and their commercial buildout is 15 years." Mathis said the city planned on a development in the area when considering the city's wastewater plant expansion. "The city council has approved an over-sizing of the wastewater plant out there," Mathis said. "Bottom line, we will have capaci- ty to serve this area if the city coun- cil elects to provide service." Mathis said the developers have indicated a willingness to be annexed and will do so after their preliminary plan is approved. However, general law cities like Buda are unable ha annex without the landowner's permission. Mathis said the area already was planned for buildout to medi- urn density, and that lot size for the ETJ isn't specified in the city's UDC. "I checked with Austin and Round Rockand they do control lot size in their ETJ," Mathis said. "...If we want to do it, we would have to change our UDC because we only make a non-binding rec- ommendation for lot size." ents of the subdivision claim that B&W Development is trying to push the plan through the city council before the TCEQ decides on new aquifer boundaries. " According to Mathis, the BS/EACD calls for 100 percent Aquifer Status, from page 1 simulation of the aquifer, called MUDFLOW, which was created by the Unites State Geological Survey. The district's engineers collect data and input that infor- mation into the model to help better understand the aquifer. The district, which approves permits to allow more than 2.3 billion gallons of water per year to be pumped from the aquifer, is particularly interested in what would happen in the event of a serious drought. The most severe drought to hit aquifer in recorded history occurred in the 1950s. Engineers were able to obtain information on wells that were monitored during that period of time, plug- ging the data into the model to see how the aquifer would react under current pumpage levels 1 pumpage. Smith said the average flow of the aquifer is about 53 cubic feet per second, and that during the drought of the 1950s water flow had dwindled to a mere 9.6 cubic feet per second. The district is concerned because consumers decrease water flow by 10.5 cubic feet per second, which indicates that water flow would cut off com- pletely in the event of a drought. Smith said the Barton Spring Salamander be in trouble and wells in the shallow western sec- tion of the aquifer would begin to go dry. Smith said the western side of the aquifer is more at risk during a drought because it is shallow, while the eastern por- tion of the aquifer is deeper. "The water flows east and best management practices (BMPs) over the aquifer. B&W Development is providing 80 per- cent B'MPs over the entire subdivi- sion, which meets the standards set forth by the TCEQ. Mathis added that the develop- rnent will come as no surprise to the Hays CISD, which included homes on the land in its April 30 demographic update. "In that study the Giberson/Rea tract was projected for buildout," Mathis said. "Additionally, they have the plans for the Garlic Creek West. These numbers are being used in their factors." The city council will not make a decision on whether to approve the Garlic Creek West subdivision preliminary plan until its Oct_ 7 meeting. In a 4-1 vote on Sept. 16, the council voted to table taking action on the controversial plan. The council has until Oct. 9 to make a decision to approve the north to Barton Springs Pool," Smith said. Another danger, Smith said, is that water becomes unsafe to drink as water levels clecrease. "When it gets lower the water is foul," he said. Smith said the computer model helps engineers to a better understanding of the aquifer, even if it's inexact. "It's generalization," Smith said. "It's pointing us in a direc- tion. It helps us predict water levels and spring flow." Smith said the district would like the model to be complete and accurate by December. The model will more than likely be challenged in court by parties who don't agree with the district's assessment of sustain- able yield. subdivision preliminary plan or, by state law, the plan will be automat- ically approved.  m | Im am mm Imm m n Im m i mm u mm mu mm mn um mm mm mm u m mum m ml mum mn m m mal m m | mm mm am | m m ' ": ......................... '" Watering Calendar for September m .:@ m m i m *32 - For hose-end sprinklers water 7 pm - 10 am m m .% For underground systems water midnight - 10 am m m m i ! I Ifyour mm u address Then your watering Tip of the Month: m i ends in... days are... Plan a water conserving landscape. 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