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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 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 ;