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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE L1THBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Auguil IB, 197J IMC LCinDKIUVJC iiiuuy, nuu Registration procedures ivill ease school start With more than students returning lo school, Aug. will un- dounledly be the most hectic day of the 1972 73 school year but the confusion can be minimized if everyone follows the correct pro- cedure. Those who arc returning for an- other year should already know what to do, but for those who arc attending city schools for the first time, registration day can be an unnerving experience. For separate school students, tho rouline is to report to the school in their attendance district at CJ a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Stu- dents entering Grades 8 to 12 will report to Catholic Central High School on the s.4' 12 day. In addilion to registering, stu- dents will then be advised of exact slarling times for school days. These times will vary from school to school to accommodate the school bus schedule. Public school students are to re- port to the school in their attend- ance district, also ai v a.m. on Aug. 23. Students attending the Leth- bridge Collegiate Institute will have a different schedule: Tues., Aug. 22: from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. all Grade 10 students arc to report to the cafeteria, pay regis- tration fees, pick up student sched- ules, have a student card picture taken and receive a locker com- bination. From 8 a.m. lo a.m. part- time Grade 12 students register; to 10 a.m. Grade 12 students only (first come, first 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Grades 11 and 12 students (first come, first At the appropriate times, these students are to report to the new gymnasium, pay registration fees, pick up master computer cards, have a student card picture taken, report to the old gym for computer subject cards, deposit master cards and subject cards at the check-out table. All LCI students will report lo their first class of the year on Aug. 23 at a.m. All oilier elementary and second- ary school students may register at their own schools on Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. New students in the school sys- tem, either those entering Grade L or students transferring from an- other city, may register at the ap- propriate school all next week, and clerical staff will be on hand lo provide assistance. Transferring students are requested to bring everything needed for registration with them to their school. Further information on registra- tion is available from either schoof board office. The phone numbers are on the front page of this magazine. Enrolments relatively unchanging Senior high schools are the only area of the public school system expected to show an enrolment in- crease for the 1972-73 school year. However, the decrease experienced by elementary and junior high schools is very slight. The same trend applies to staff numbers in Ihe city's public school syslem. There will be students at- tending the two public high schools, an increase of 22 students over last year. The Lelhbridge Collegiate In- stitute will have the largest enrol- ment in the city This is New money formula? A new education financing form- ula lo be introduced by the depart- ment of education this fall will not likely be much different than the one introduced by the Social Credit government three years ago, says Dr. O. P. Larson, superintendent of Lethbridge public schools. The existing formula limited school districts to a maximum six per cent per year increase in their budgets requiring that if the dis- tricts wanted more money, they had to ask for it through a local plebiscite. Dr. Larson said the new formula will have to be announced directly after the fall silting of the legisla- ture ends by mid-November. "1 expect there will he a continu- ation of the limiting factor, al- though it could be increased to 6'A or seven per he said. This would mean about between the two districts some- what less than one mill in taxation, lie does not completely expect the provision for a plebiscite to be continued: school districts are con- cerned that the vote on a plebiscite may end up being more emotion- ally and monetarily based and less clucationally based. "There are oilier he said. "For example they could form some sort of a board of reference. It could bo left to school systems which need to go beyond Ihe limit to convince the board it was ncccs- DR. O. P. LARSON sary and the board of reference could approve the increase." Br Larson said Ihe outcome of teaching and other staff salary ne- gotiations this fall will determine Ihe district's financial situation tins school year. Almost 70 per cent of the budgrt goes to salaries and fringe bi-ncfil payments. However, be said, he not rx- pcct any contract decisions to be made until after Ihe government announces its new formula: "It would be too risky for cither side." 12 more ijhan last year. Winston Churchill'High School will have 080 students this year as compared with G7G in 1971-72. The teaching staff in the two public high schools this year totals 100, compared with 99.5 last year. The student-teacher ratio (the num- ber of students per teacher will be 20 to 1. (This is not a measure o( teacher instruction time per stu- dent.) 'Hie four junior high schools in the public school system will cx- enrolment drop of nine students, from last 'year to in 1972-73. There will he a staff decrease from 101 last year to 100.5 this year but the student-teacher ratio of 19.3 will remain Ihe same. The elementary schools have the largest block of students despite a decrease of 158 students from last year. The leaching staff in elementary schools this year also shows a de- crease, from 156 last year to 151.5 this year. There will he a slight in- crease in the student-teacher ratio from 23.3 to 1 to 23.7 lo 1. The number of sludents in gen- eral learning disability classes and the Dorothy Gooder School shows a slight increase this year. There will be 51 elementary-age students in learning disability classes compared with 40 last year. Don't be afraid to telephone trustees Public and separate school trus- tees in Lethbridge take their re- sponsibility seriously, and they are happy lo discuss educational mat- ters with the electorate at any rea- sonable hour. They'll accept criticism, sugges- tions and even compliments. For handy reference, here are the home telephone numbers of all board members: PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEES Carl Johnson......... 327-2085 Dorothy lieckel........ Bill Brown........... 32B-3B70 Doug Card........... 327-4757 Dr. Doug McPherson 327-5414 Alastair Mont......... 327-8948 Reg Turner........... 327-2936 (Mr. Johnson is chairman of the board.) SEPARATE SCHOOL TRUSTEES John Doras........... 328-2702 Paul K S Vacelciiuk........ 32B-42G4 HonFabbi............ 327-3331 Frank Pnta........... 32B-B500 (Mr. Boras is chairman of the board.) Fourteen junior high aged children are enroled in the classes, com- pared with 13 last year. Twelve senior high school age students are in the classes compared with 13 in 1071-72. There will be 05 elementary stu- dents at Dorothy Gooder this year compared with G2 last year. Over-all, students are en- rolled in the city's public school system for the 1972-73 school year compared with last year. This represents a decrease of GO stu- dents in the total enrolment. The changingcst school in the Lethhridge separate school district this year may he St. Mary's. 'Hie Grade 1 to 7 school is plan- ning a number of leaching syslem changes, and because of expansion of its facilities, it is also going to have about 115 more students than it had last year and 4'A more teachers. 'Hie rest of the separate schools will see little enrolment change, ex- cept for St. Basil's, which due to enrolment changes will drop about 70 students, according to school dis- trict estimates. The district as a whole expects to have about 37 fewer students this year lhan last: the projection calls for students this fall, compared with last June. Teaching strength will remain al- most the same, 101.9 compared with 102.G Catholic Central High School ex- pects 860 sludents and 42.7 teach- ers, compared with 8G6 and 43.3 last year; St. Mary's is prepared for 470 sludents and 19.5 teachers, compared with 385 and 15.0 in 1971- 72 Assumption will have 350 students and 13 9 teachers, compared with 363 and 13.9 last year. St Patrick's will have 150 students and G.5 teachers, compared wilh 101 and 7.4. .St. Basil's expecls 235 students and 10.4 teachers, and had 303 and 13.6 last year. St. Paul's will have 100 students and 8.9 teachers, compared wilh 214 and 9.4 last year. The enrolment changes reflect changing residential patterns lo a small extent, but are mostly duo to the need for more effectively spreading the students out in Iho city's schools. 'hie fractional leachcrs? Thoy'ro the way a person who leaches part lime in several schools, or acls as an adminislralor part time, are ac- counted for. ;