Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
ThurKloy, Augull 19, 197) THE lETHBRIDGE HERALD 1 T V T r? m C5 2 "S f-o ,z -4 1 O S Oi ;S' m -C f O m :c O m 2: C; O nj ffli C S m n -i 3 J Public schools starting system-wide textbook rental scheme in all grades All Lethbridge public schools this year will have comprehensive text- book rental plans, freeing all stu- dents from the expense of having to purchase their own texts. Over the past few years most school systems in Alberta have de- veloped such rental which make it possible for students lo ob- tain their textbooks and supple- mentary instructional supplies at a much lower cost. In T.cthbridgc, e 1 c m c n I a r y ls have for many yours had a Band program thrives in Lethbrid-Qe schools A program is de- veloping in Lellibridgc schools, and stii'lcni inl'.'rcst is increasing rapidly. The public school system expects a band i of 500 students Iliis fall in junior and senior high school, and interest, is also obvious in city elementary schools. Willie Malhi.s divides his music time about equally between Win- ston Churchill High School and Wilson Junior High School; Gerry Pokarney work? with students at the Lethbridgo Collegiate Institute and Gilbert 1'al.erson .Junior High .School: and .Jack Arlamson is b.ind instractor al. Hamilton .Junior High School. The band program and school music programs are under the gen- eral co-ordination of JVliss Janet 1.arson, witli a budget, this year of about A number of economies have been built into the system, slart- ing with development at LCI of a central shod music library. All bands in public schools will pay a share of music acquisition costs for the library, and will then draw on its facilities as needed. In Iliis way only one complete set of sheet music for the system must be purchased, instead of three or four as has been the case in past years. Musical instruments, too, are shared by the. various bands as much as possible, although the dis- iricl is building up a ..f p'noiigh inslnimciils so Dial -i-hodls have enough. Students in band u iif.v ilieir own instnjmenls after ti.uv develop sufficient interest in thr-p.-i. but may rent some of ih" niore ours .--chool district. I.efhhridge scliool ban-Is have strongly in .several iriisie competitions in the past year, and look forward to a inning year in 1972. The school district is also inter- ested in the development nl' a marching band along lines propos- ed by the scliools themselves. The public school board will give all the assistance it can to develop- ment of a marching band. In elementary schools one or uvo teachers generally teach most niii- sic and music appreciation classes, and the district is supplying all scliools ivitli as many facilities as can be afforded, including pianos, music and sound equipment. In addition this .vcar. every rchool is equipped with a tele- vision camera, videotape recorder and television sets. There arc a number of videotapes may be borrowed for music classes- at all levels, and teachers can devel- op their own programs for replay. AH city music teacher's rould also get together to develop spe- cialixed music programs lor their students, on a shared basis v.ith the various schools. free system and Winston Church- ill High School has had onlv secon- dary school rental plan. The purchase of. books for high school students ranges from S30 to S50. and under the nev. rental plan wijl only cost S17. In view of the saving 10 students and the desireabilily of having text- books and supplementary supplies rpadih' nvnilable lo siiidems at all limes, the public school board has authorized the nc-u plan, which goes into effect this month. The fee 1971- 1H72 school year luve been review- ed and generally approved by the principals and the schools <'o-ordi- naling committee. The schedule is 1. Basic flat fees fur rc'ials and supplies: for oler.'pi.'nlary schools for junior high schools. S8; for senior high sclK'ols. These fees r cos's of textbooks rentals, n- i'. tapes, records and workbook.- used .'is a suhslilule fur locker 1 cnlals. -pecial i-hargr-: classes and olher fllancor.s sums. The .-upplies anil i ob- tained in Ibis manner arr- or and above Ihc free basic materials of iii.slruciion noi'mally by ihr board. 2. Caution fee: for M.nior high school students, S5. This fee is colk'do'l once during the student's high school career, .v-ix- high school students may lea-.t scilool at any time, it is desipr.t-cl ;o encourage srndents lo leave books before leaving. The ;Ve v. ill be returned to the students if '.he books are found to be in condition. 3. Special fees: these may vary slightly school to school. The fees are designed to cover activi- ties and corviees beyond those noi'- mally above. They m.'iy be collected if ap- ty a majority of tile par- euls responding to a questionnaire sent by :ht- fo of all Miuic-riis involved. 4. Student Union fees: All j'a'llcr and scni'.-.- 'vgli school sludt-n'is are cxpce'f' T.TIV student unior ices. They e to er -vi-iin activities iy. -'I'dents thini-'jl-.-es. such a- :ii paper. r-rovioks. student clubs anil -'M Siiiilf foes have ijn'n for many ;.ears in :he r.i'id scnicr liicli scbooN -a. 5. Other charges: Either at or during the year, sonic stu'ip v.iilfmd it necessary lo pay other charges such as those fcr gyni suits re- -pcrial field trips or for ;hc :'i instruments. Board meetings open All meetings of the T.oi.hbridgc public and separate school boards arc open to the public, and trus- lecs invite city residents to attend. Parents can find rnil what de- cisions will affect their children; students can find out v. hat de- cisions will effect them: and tax- payers can find out how effective- ly their money is being spent. The public school board meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each school month: the separ- ate school board meets the first Wednesday of each month. While there may be some varia- tion in this schedule, the meetings are always announced in advance by The city radio -la- linns People v. i-ijVg to make presen- tations lo either board are also welcome, although normally sev- eral clays' advance notice is re- quired iK't.T.ise agendas are pre- pared four or jive days in 'ad- vance. Delegations b a r d meetings are olcome, ami v. written -tibm-ss.-cns are not re- quired, ibey .ire preferred. Ad- vance notice is normally required, in- this case as well. The public school district meets at 433 15th St. S.: at p.m.: the separate school district meets at (ilh Ave. and :8lh St. S., also at n in.