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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta ilyndman releases report children seek grants of Results of a progress report on Earlv Childhood Services have been an nounced by Education Minister Lou Hyndman The report shows more than 70 applications have been received on behalf of nearly 3 000 children for grants totalling about Most applications have been from private agencies and sponsors although proposals from various Alberta school boards in eluding those at Lethbndge are now before the government ECS personnel have con centrated on personal visits to northern com- munities considering the establishment of centres for young children More than 175 such meetings have been held in the last four months plus 75 meetings in urban com mumties More than 3 500 telephone requests for ECS information have also been received What is ECS and what is the purpose of progress studies on the programs9 Dr H I Hastings ECS director explains The report identified a combination of geographic isolation extreme cultural and language differences high incidence of health problems low success rates in school and low parental income levels as factors used in qualifying some northern centres for the higher level grant of per pupil many speciln program proposal-, suggested group ex penences for children some proposals such as in the County of St Paul in elude programs for pre schoolers in the home with direct parent involvement Many of the parent groups are asking for assistance in devising alternatives to kindergartens to main- tain and reinforce the assistance parents can give to their children This is highly desirable and consistent witr the general objectives of ECS to provide a community level co-ordinated approach to early childhood needs THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August 7 Schools to open with new men in key positions It will be a new school year on both sides of the fence this month as students and teachers alike get acquainted with some important new faces At the Lethbndge public school board s main office two major administrative changes have been approv- ed by trustees Dr R P (Bob) Plaxton of Calgary will become Lethbndge superintendent designate in September working until Dec 31 with veteran administrator Dr 0 P Larson Dr Larson who retires at the end of the year after a 43-year distinguished career in Alberta School year begins Tuesday ends June 7 It s going to be a busy school term for youngsters in the citv s public schools this year Students will relish only 19 days of rest during the term which starts August 21 The first break will be Sept 3 Labor Day That will be followed by a hoh day Oct 8 Thanksgiving Dec 22 to Jan 6 Christ mas April 12 to 19 Easter and May 20 Vic- toria Dax Actually there are a few Saturday s and Sundays in- cluded in the Easter and Christmas recess so the 19 day holiday period real ly represents actual school days This vear s first semester begins Tuesday August 21 It ends w ith the start of the Christmas break Saturday Dec 22 The second semester Mondav Jan 7 and runs through to Fndav June 7 Textbooks ready Before the thousands of school textbooks are issued to Lethbndge students they are-carefully checked for iden- tification and condition A substantial saving in the cost of textbooks and other necessary instruction material will be available again this year to the students in all city public schools education has been citv school superintendent since 1968 His successor begins solo duty for Lethbndge public schools Jan 1 1974 Forty-year old Dr Plax ton has moved from the rigors of high school teaching at Rosthern Sask in 1954 to the more in tncate duties of assistant superintendent of the Calgary public school board this His appointment as Lethbndge superintendent continues a local policy of consideration for the Lethbridge parent and taxpayer As Dr Paxton explains The superintendent of the 70s in addition to develop ing and maintaining the in ternal organization needs to communicate effective Iv the tax-paying public concerning the educational program he directs I have been fortunate in having been gnen oppor- tunities to develop the skills, in this area The second new face at the public board offices will be that of Fied a i t r i g h t former superintendent for the Mbcrta School For The Mr Cdrlu right takes oxer from Dr Bob Gall the Universitx of Lethbridge as director of pupil personnel services member ot numerous societies dedicated to educational handicaps and their solutions Mr Cai tvv right holds special awards fiom provincial tcachei organi7ations federal piovmcia) group1- and the Universitx of Calgarx His qualifications for director of pupil peisonnel set vices aie impressive Mr Cartxx right is a member of the Council of Exceptional Clnldien the for the Hear ing Handicapped the Vlbcrta Council for the Hearing Handicapped the Conference of Executives for Schools for the Deaf the Conference ol Canadian Educators for the Deal and Blind the Professional Rehabilita- tion Workers the Deaf In both the case ol Mr Cartvxright and Dr Plax- ton it s not the list of ad- mmistralive ac complishtnents that take first place in the minds of Lethbridge trustees Both men in addition to those already serving the city s public schools have been appointed for their experience initiative and willingness to co operate fully with their most im poftant commodities the taxpayer the parent and the student ;