Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE IETH8XIDOE HMMO 3 Lakeview Elementary School playground has facilities for everything. School playgrounds used by all School buildings and playgrounds in Lethbridge are not there for Ihe exclusive use of school children everyone and anyone can and does use the facilities. As a result of a joint agreement between the school hoards and the city recreation department, all school facilities are turned over to the city at p.m. every day, and on weekends and holidays. Anyone wishing to make use of any school facility simply contacts the rrity recreation department, and if Hie facility is available, the mal- lei' is settled, with minimal rental charges for most groups. In turn, the cily makes its fa- cilities available to the schools dur- ing the day. 'hie schools turn over play- grounds, gymnasiums, libraries, lecture theatres, cafeterias, music rooms and classrooms for commun- ity use while the cily makes such facilities as skating rinks, pools, the Civic Sports Centre and Ihe Yates Memorial Centre available to the schools. The popularity of the agreement in borne out by the number of citi- zens making use of school facilities. Figures show that more than visits (entailing use) were made to school facilities during 1971-72. This means that, on the average, every person in Leth- bridgc made use of their schools about Hi times last year, outside of school hours. 'Hie agreement is now in ils four- th year and bolh the school offi- cials and the city are enthusiastic about the success of the venture. School bus problems overcome SCHOOL OPENS Busing problems have hit the public and separalu school dis! rid hill the city's pur- chase of two new school buses for should have solved I he difficulty. "Between Ihc (wo systems wo had so many students last spring thai it look the services of 12 cily buses all the transit system could spare to look after our needs." snid Dr. O. I'. Larson, su- perintendent of Public schools. "We didn't find out. until rather laic last spring that we'd com- pelled to bus even more students this September, we'd hoped to have nn addition to l.nkeview School this fall, to take care of the increased enrolment there. "We had u sialomenl of need mid some government commitment for ttie addition when the govcru- menl changed ils policy and decid- ed that schools with extra class- rooms in the cily would have to be used instead. "This meant we'd have In many more students than C'.xpei'l- Dr. Larson said. The school districts and the rily got together, and eventually Manager Tom Nutting recommend- ed that Ihe cily purchase Ihe I wo new buses. Some aldermen objected, bill it was discovered thai most Alhoita communities are happy lo be in ihc school bus business because il ac- tually makes them a profit. School boards provide paymnil for the city's operation of Ihe hiisc-s cents per mile in and il cosls less lo run the buses than thr. payments amount ton In fact, the value of Iho two IIHFCS will soon be paid off by school dis- trict milage rates. Lakevicw parents were con- tacted and the situation has been explained to them. "They were fairly agreeable, once Ihey under- stood the situation." Dr. Larson said. Only Grade B students from the area will be affected. The other bus headache faced by the two school districts is Ihe mas- sive education complex on 5th Avc. S., which includes the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Catholic Cen- tral High School, Hamilton Junior High School and St. Mary's School. Almost students attend school in that small many of them have to be bused. The "result is staggered opening and closing times for the four schools: Buses arrive at LCI and Hamil- ton at and p.m. and at CCIIS and St. Mary's al a.m. and -1 p.m In the spring semesler, Ihc times will be traded so the other schools will get the extra 10 minules of sleep-in time fni- their students. There will be 192.fi total instruc- tional days in Lethbridge schools this year 94.8 in the fall semester and in the spring semesler. The fall semester slarts Aug. 23 and ends Dec. 22. The spring term runs from .Jan 10 to June 8. There will be six teacher plan- ning days during Ihe year, which are holidays for students. These are over and above the instruction- al clays. The schedule is as follows: AUGUST Aug. 22 teacher planning day, student holiday. Aug. 23 school slarls SEPTEMBER Sepl -I Labor Day holiday. OCTOBER Oct. 9 Thanksgiving Day holi- day. NOVEMBER There are no holidays in Novem- ber because Remembrance f) a y, Nov. 11, falls on a Saturday. DECEMBER Dec. 22 last day of fall semes- ter; Christmas holidays start. JANUARY Jan. 8, 9 teacher planning days; student holiday. Jan. 10 first day of spring semester. FEBRUARY Feb. 22, 23 teacher planning days; student holiday. MARCH March 16 teacher planning day; student holiday. APRIL April 18 last day of school be- fore Easter holidays. April 30 students return to school. MAY May 21 school holiday braling Victoria Day; last holiday of the school year. JUNE June f! last day of school. Although the exact dales haven't been finalized, il is expected stu- dents will write examinations Dec 15 to 21. Grade 12 students will also be able to write exams ad- ministered by Ihe provincial gov- ernment from Jan. 22 to The first full week of June will probably he Ihe final exam period for most students, but Grade 12s could be writing later, depending on arrangements made be t w e e n Lethbridge school hoards and the department of. education.