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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Bern inder A mass of bicycles parked like this can mean only one thing school is in. But these vehicles are not always sitting in the school yard. Much of the time from now until June, when the weather permits, they are carrying students hustling to and from school. Motorists and student cyclists are reminded to follow traffic regulations sensibly. Allows boards to employ specialists Fund fights disabilities The department of education has announced details of a new fund to help pay for special diagnostic and remedial services provided to children who have a learn- ing disability. The Learning Disabilities Fund will enable school boards to employ specialists in the areas of diagnosis, speech therapy and program development remedial teaching. Previously, the costs for such service were borne entirely at local expense and were considered a board option Although the fund is ex- perimental, and not part of the normal Foundation Bus service information School bus service in Lethbridge is provided by both the public and separate systems for students in Grades 1 to 6 who live more than three-quarters of a mile from school. Service is also provid- ed for students of both systems in Grades 7 to 12 who live more than miles from school. Parents who are not familiar with school bus procedures are en- couraged to contact the principal of the school which their child attends. Service to and from school is provided, by both Lethbridge boards, in two ways: On regular school buses operating on es- tablished routes, eligi- ble students receive boarding passes. On regular Lethbridge Transit buses. Eligible students receive bus tickets. Any questions about school bus service will gladly be answered by the secretary- treasurers of each Lethbridge board: public, 327-4521; separate. 327-4133. Further clarification can also be obtained fr.orfi the Lethbridge Transit superintendent at 327-2588. Program funding system, it does provide an oppor- tunity for school systems to evaluate and remediate the special learning problems faced by many children As one example, the Lethbridge public school district would be able to apply for an additional to provide these services. This figure is calculated in all cases by multiplying the total elementary school popula- tion (Grades 1-6) by a per pupil grant figure. Services now provided under other grant categories, such as special education, are not eligible for new funding. Those services which are paid for entirely at local expense, such as two speech therapists now employed by the school dis- trict, can now be supplemented by the fund. In addition to services now in existence, however, new personnel may be employed to assist in the diagnosis and remediation of children experiencing great difficulties in reading or other academic areas as well as physical co-ordination and social disabilities. WHO IS INCLUDED? All school boards may claim on the fund with the two following exceptions: Those boards p a r ticipating in the Learning Assistance Project operated by the Regional 'Office of Education for Zone 1 located in Grande Prairie. Those boards which are either members of or are eligible to become members of Central Alberta Regional School District Number 3 The purpose of the fund is to make it possible for school boards to provide or arrange for the diagnosis and remediation of children who have a learn- ing disability. Boards will be allotted, yearly, a m a x i m u m number of dollars for this purpose arrived at by mul- tiplying total enrolment. Grades 1 to 6, by ten. Boards will be paid from the fund only for services rendered by qualified peo- ple for the actual cost of the services, or per elementary pupil enrolled, whichever is the lesser. For approved services, the fund will pay twice yearly for the cost of those services to a maximum of per year pro-rated on a semi-annual basis The two periods of service at the end of which payments mav be made are July 1 to Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 to June 30. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Augutt 3 School sparks valley In I he heart of the area ichere Donkhobors mnrchwl ami hurried, a 'free school' program struggles APPLEDALE. B.C.