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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta City schools in ACTION MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD SPECIAL SCHOOLS SUPPLEMENT SCIENCE IN SCHOOLS Lethbridge.schools offer a full spectrum of science programs of all grade levels, with the best possible equip- ment for laboratory work. is sei August 1 this year marked the introduction of a new adminis- trative system for the Leth- bridge public school district. Following recommendations of a special committee appointed by the board in November, 1989, tiie public school board directed an administrative change that establishes a four department structure. The superintendent, Dr. O. P. Larson, remains as over-all ad- ministrator, w i t h the depart- ments cutting across the school system, each involving Grades 1 to 12. Originally the district's organi- zation included a junior-senior high school section supervised by the deputy superintendent, and an elementary school de- partment supervised by an as- sistant superintendent. The special committee in- cluded Dr. R. J. Leskiw, Univer- sity of Lethbridge dean of edu- cation; Dr. S. A. Earl, assistant to the dean and co-Drdinator of teacher education; Dr. J. E. Chcal, head of the education administration department at the "University of Calgary; and Dr. F. B. Oliva. an associate pro- fessor in the department of edu- cation administration at the. U of C. For students Public, separate schools will open August 25 The new structure they pro- posed diyides the administrative organization into departments supervised by directors: depart- ment of curriculum and instruo tional services; department of school services; department of personnel and material re- sources; and department of busi- ness affairs. School district secretary trea- surer Mack Crumley assumed the business affairs directorship, and the other three positions were a d v e r t i s ed throughout western Canada. In May, three men were ap- proved for the positions by the public school board. George H. Bevan, a native of Manitoba, became director of curriculum and instructional ser- vices; Gerald B. Probe, of Sas- katchewan, became director of personnel and material re- sources; and Bob Gall, who has been in Lethbridge for two years as public school district co-or- dinator of guidance and psychol- ogical services, was named di- rector of school services. Although Lome Blackbournc will remain with the district as deputy superintendent until his retirement next year, the total strength in the district's central office as a result of the reor- ganization will remain the same as last year. All city schools this year will open Aug. 25 for students, con- tinuing the divided school year's modified opening times. Teachers will return a day earlier, Aug. 24, to prepare pro- grams and records for the fall semester. About public and separate school students are ex- pected to enrol this year up slightly from 1969-1970. As with the past year, school days will be lengthened to make up the full instructional time re- quired by the Alberta department of education for each school year. Junior and senior high schools will lengthen their fall semester days by 30 minutes, and elemen- tary schools will lengthen their days by 15 minutes for both sem- esters in most cases. Otherwise, schools would have to open about two weeks earlier in August. A divided school year co-ordi- nating committee comprising rep- resentatives from the public and separate school boards, and the city's teachers, recommended the opening day and other special dates, and both boards have ac- cepted their suggestions a s fol- lows FALL SEMESTER: Opening day for teachers: Aug. 24. Opening day for students: Aug. 25. School holidays: Labor Day, Sept. 7; Thanksgiving Day, Oct. 12; Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. Closing day for fall semester: Dec. 23. Total school days: 85 (the equivalent of 95 regular days for junior and senior high school students and 90 days1 for elementary school stu- dents due to the longer in- struction Christmas Holidays: Dec. 2-i to Jan. 6 for students. SPRING SEMESTER: Opening day for teachers: Jan. 5. Opening day for students: Jan. 7. School holidays: Mid-term break, Feb. Con- vention, Feb. 25 and 26: Teachers' Institutes, March 19; Good Friday, April 9; Easter Holidays, April 12 to 16; Victoria Day, May 24. (The teachers' convention and teachers' institute times are working days for teachers but holidays for students.) Closing day for spring semes- ter: June 9, 1971. Total school days for stu- dents: 98 (normal length for junior and senior high school students but continuing the 15-minute addition to elemen- tary school days.) For the full year, students at- tend classes 183 days, the equiva- lent of 193: days of instruction time due to longer days. Teachers work 199 days six days more than the students. With semesterization of most high school programs, final ex- aminations for Grade 12 students are set twice a year, at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Because the Lethbridge semes- ters end at different times than other Alberta schools, final ex- aminations are made up by city teachers, and results sent to the department of education to substi- tute for regular provincial exams. All provincial universities have agreed to accept the city marks as equivalent to marks based on standard departmental examina- tions. Students nay, however, still write the provincial exams in January and June by arrange- ment with their principals. There will be no Grade 9 de- partmental examinations this year, since these were discon- tinued by the government last year. This special supplement )o The Lethbridge Herald is jointly spon- sored by the city public and separate school boards. Its purpo.sc is to inform parents, students and other taxpayers of some of the new developments which have taken place in Loth- bridge education and to provide the special information needed to assist students .starling school this fall. School District leiephona sv Separate: 327-4133 327-4521 ;