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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -Monday, August 17, 1970 THE LETHBRIBGE HERALD 3 Three new public school district ore filled Three new administrative posi- tions have "been created in the Lethbridge public school district's administration and they have brought two new educationists to the city. The three new positions involve direction of three new depart- ments curriculum and instruc- tional services, personnel and ma- terial resources, and school ser- vices. The departments have a variety of specified functions, but for at least the first year their person- nel will likely be defining parts of their jobs as they go along. George H. Be van, a native of Manitoba becomes director curriculum and instructional ser- vices. He holds a B.Ed, and from the University o British Columbia and is currently completing requirements for his Ph.D. at the University oJ Al- berta, specializing in curriculum and educational administration. He has had 20 years of experi- ence in education, with eight years of teaching and several years as a vice-principal. He.has also worked in B.C. in curriculum development at several schools. He and his wife Lu have two boys, nine and 12, and two girls, 10 and 13. He says his first job this fall will be to survey the entire pub- lic school system in the city "to find out what's going on and where it is the same and differ- ent from the rest of the province." He then hopes to meet with teachers and principals through- out the city to see where changes might be needed in view of new developments in education. "Ultimately the changes have to be made by the people on the spot, who are doing he said. "I'd like to look at perhaps a two or three year program and plan, instead of making changes holus bolus." He favors a common core of courses which flow through 12 years, rather than "a bunch of year-long units" that may not re- late to one another. from Saskatchewan, becomes di- rector of personnel and material resources. He holds a B.Ed, from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and an M.Ed, from the University of Oregon. He is currently completing re- quirements for his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Mr. Probe has had 10 years' experience in teaching and ad- ministration, and while in Oregon he conducted seminars for grad- uate students and worked as a consultant in high school prepara- tion for accrediation evaluation. He and his wife Bev have one daughter, 11, and three sons, four, five and nine years of age. Mr. Probe says he expects his job to call for close consultation with principals and other depart- ment heads in order to co-ordi- nate all phases of the personnel function in public schools, as well as to develop appropriate policies governing the allotment equip- ment and supplies to the schools. "I will also consult with prin- cipals to determine their staff re- quirements, and work closely with them during recruitment, George Sevan Gerald Probe Robert Gall Alasfair Mont: On behalf of the Lethbridge Public School Board, I wish to take tills opportunity to express our hope that this initial attempt of communicating what our school district is presently doing is both meaningful and interest- ing. This past year has been an exciting period of educational change. The divided school year, the semester system, the intro- duction of school aides, and the formation of a new and more functional Board Office Adminis- tration are just the main changes. What is the reason for our con- stant re-evaluation and the re- sultant changes that have oc- curred? We feel that as a Board it is vitally important in today's world that the children of our district graduate from our schools as worthwhile citizens, How is-this to be accomplished? By endeavoring to create for our children an adequate school at- mosphere in which they will be able to develop to the utmost of their individual capacities (phys- ically, academically and emo- tionally) By becoming more familiar with your school system and how it is involved in a role which is becoming increasingly more complex, various groups of our society, parents, students a n d others interested in education will develop more understanding about our plans and goals. We trust that these articles will be informative and that this manner of approaching you will be an encouragement for further discussion with the board and staff of our schools if you wish to communicate with us person- ally. Mont, Chairman, Lethbridge Public School Board In our society today, we are hard pressed to cope with 'the ever increasing technological ad- vances being made by experts in all facets of life. The language of the highly trained and skilled expert in edu- cation as in other fields is like- wise becoming more and more technical and confusing to a lay- man. Notwithstanding this profusion of terminology and the confusion it creates to us laymen we insist and like to think that we have ultimate control of the direction education takes. Herein lies the problem, that is "How do we make knowledgeable decisions using the experts' advice, while at the same lime realizing the consequences of such advice both as it affects the student and us the Most of the expert advice re- ceived in the last two decades has led us to the conclusion that "An Education (whatever that may is a must. We have now come to a crossroads and many are questioning the "Get an education at any price philos- ophy." Therefore we must do some soul searching for answers which we loo often in the past have tended to avoid. As a Board we feel that if there were more participation on the part of the public we would have a better barometer of your feel- ings on this mailer. We also ap- preciate the difficulty of getting selection and placement of our He said he will also give atten- tion to enrolment projections, boundary changes, new building requirements and staff changes and transfers. He also hopes; to work closely with the Alberta Teachers' Asso- ciation. Robert S. Gall, who has worked in Lethbridge for two years as co-ordinator of guidance and psy- chological services, becomes di- rector of school services. Mr. Gall has lived in Lethbridge since he was one year old. He holds a B.Ed, from the Uni- versity of Calgary and an M.Ed, from the University of Washing- ton. He is currently completing requirements for his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. He was a teacher and counsel- lor at Gilbert Paterson Junior High School in Lethbridge from 1963 to 1966, moving to the Leth- bridge Collegiate Institute for 1967-68. He and his wife Marilyn are ex- pecting their first child this month." Mr. Gall says his job will in- volve "development of a mean- ingful, co-operative and contin- uing program for the children of our system." He hopes to encourage a more active involvement of the com- munity in education, including the public in general as well as other professionals. He says he will evaluate school services programs now in exis- tence with respect to their quan- tity and with a view to- ward ensuring that the needs of the children remain the prime reason for their and the school's operation, and discovering any neglected areas of the programs which require special focus. "I hope to develop, in co-opera- tion with all school system per- sonnel, a program of objectives for the long-term re-organization of school services, and to develop from these a list of priorities which will emphasize what is to be accomplished in each Mr. Gall said. public participation especially in view of the complexity of the matter. As your Lethbridgc Separate School Board and iiotwithsland- ing the difficulties, we feel that i your participation, however min- imal, will enable us in malic i better decisions. j In view of we are. in junction with the Lelhbriiige Public School Board publishing' this special on education in the hopes of providing you with soiiio additional information on cduca- lion. To some of you it may even i appear to be an attempt to while- wash our system or systems. If so. I would urge you to tell us. In any event, I trust that this may provide you witli some addi- j tional and worthwhile informa- j tion on our education systems I which you may not have been i unaware of before. If it supplies some answers and i initiates some questions or dia- logue however small, I will con- sider it, as having niade a useful contribution in our cuu- ;