Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Games food crew must match meals, participants The chore of converting 300 tons of food into meals for-Winter Games athletes is ballooning into the single greatest expenditure facing the Games. Keith Lees, Games' general manager, told The Herald food services has been the area hardest hit by inflation, and will be the single greatest expence. The Games' operating budget, drawn up two years ago, alloted for food services. Mr. Lees declined to make an estimate on the final cost of food services but said the cpstMn this area is the hardest to control after two inflationary years. The preparation and delivery of meals to the athletes, coaches and managers of provincial teams is also one of the largest, most complex Games' operations being organized. A volunteer food services committee and an industrial catering firm are sorting out details of supplying the meals to about participants in more than 10 Southern Alberta centres. Maurice Landry, food committee boss, says timetables had to be worked out to find where each athlete would be at each mealtime. The prime focus of food services will be on the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, part of athletes' village, where most participants will be fed dur- ing the 13 day Games period. But many athletes will be in rural areas during lunch and dinner hours participating in different events. Meals for these athletes also have come under the organizational arm of the committee and Drisdale Industrial Caterers of Calgary. Mr. Lees says Drisdale was hired by the Games to provide the expertise needed to keep the food operations simmering. Rene Vandervelde, Drisdale co ordinator in Lethbridge, says his firm has taken the task of developing menus, organize staffing, equipment and dispersal of meals to outlying venues. Work- ing with the firm has been the Games' com- mittee. Mr. Lees says the Games will augment Drisdale staff with support personnel and has also been helping to acquire produce for meals. Mr. Vandervelde said the whole operation might be compared with feeding the guests in Toronto's Royal York Hotel for 13 days. But the Royal York doesn't have to cope with providing room service for guests in Oshawa, Brampton or Guelph. Mr. Landry says some athletes in rural areas will have "box lunches" taken to them on site for a noon meal, some hot meals will be tran- sported and some meals will be supplied by groups in the individual venues. Drisdale will be supplying the box lunches needed in the rural venues. At LCI about meals will be served dur- ing the 13 days of sport, with meals being prepared on opening day. Mr. Vandervelde says as many me'als as possi- ble will be prepared in Lethbridge. But when facilities here are not adequate to prepare cer- Itain meals the foods will be prepared at Drisdale's Calgary plant, frozen and sent to Lethbridge. This is similar to food preparation on airlines. Mr. Landry says most initial problems faced by food service organizers have been ironed out but "more will likely pop up." "Every day I get two letters saying something has he says. "The numbers seem to change every day." If any major problems occur, possibly meals will be unavailable at a certain venue, the Cana- dian Armed Forces will be ready to help feed he says. The Armed Forces will have three trucks that can each set up and feed 100 people a three course meal on short notice, he adds. District The Lethbridge Herald Local Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, February 6, 1975 Pages 15-28 Hyndman answers CCH Case for cafeteria may bring new rules New bridge opening Friday Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne and Mayor Andy Anderson will officially open the 6th Avenue bridge in a brief ceremony Friday at 4 p.m. The bridge will be closed to traffic for about an hour for the ceremony, which will take place at the east end of the bridge. The public is invited to attend. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The determination of the Lethbridge separate school board to obtain a cafeteria for Catholic Central High School may result in an increase in provincial support for school food facilities throughout the province. In a telephone interview from Edmonton, Education Minister Lou Hyndman said the Lethbridge trustees provided a "a real service in bringing to our attention the fact that these regulations deserve some updating in flex- ibility." The separate school trustees began lobbying for a cafeteria about a year ago after receiving a report from CCH Principal Stan.Sawicki that outlined the need for lunch facilities in the school. He estimated there were about 700 students eating lunch in the hallways or in the crowded and untidy confines of two classrooms. Despite the obvious need for a cafeteria and the number of students who would use it, the trustees reached a stalemate with department of education officials because the regulations governing provin- cial support for the construc- tion of school cafeterias would not take into account the number of junior high students attending the school. Grades 8 to 12 involved School turned down A request by a Lethbridge private school to use Lethbridge Community College facilities for in- dustrial arts instruction was declined Wednesday by the LCC board of governors. Keith Robin, dean of instruction at LCC, said he would recommend against accepting the request from Immanuel Christian School. He said the request could probably be accommodated next' year, but the appren- ticeship and trades programs at the college could grow to eliminate it later. Continua- tion of such a program could not be guaranteed. Dr. Robin also said there could be some objections in educational philosophy to us- ing shops designed for adults as industrial arts laboratories for junior high school pupils. The school request would have meant an industrial arts elective for 15 Grade 8 and Grade 9 boys for 2'A hours a week. Half the time would have been spent on woodwork and half on welding, with the school providing two tradesmen and a teacher to staff the course. CCH includes Grades 8 to 12 but its student population in Grades 10 to 12 was less than the provincial regulations re- quired for provincial support in the construction of a cafeteria. Unable to convince the department of education of- ficials CCH should be given special consideration because it was both a junior and senior high school, the separate trustees took their case to the minister in November and have been keeping him in- formed of their concern by letter since that meeting. "The question which they raised is a very pertinent one as to the regulations that have been in existence for a number of years in school Mr. Hyndman told The Herald. "We thought we would have to look at the whole basis on which they have been granted previously, in terms of the number of students needed and the type of school, to see whether they are flexible enough to be reasonably applied over the province." Preferential treatment Mr. Hyndman said it is im- possible to meet the separate school board's request for a cafeteria under the current regulations because other school boards would then ask Claresholm rancher elected Sherm Ewing, a Claresholm district rancher, has been elected second vice presi- dent of the Western Stock Growers' Association. Mr. Ewing was elected to the executive from his seat on the board of directors. Neil Harvie, a cow calf operator at Cochrane, was elected president. George Ward, a rancher and feedlot operator at Arrowwood, was elected first vice president. for similar preferential treatment. A change in regulations "like that has to apply and be available to all the minister advised. The department of educa- tion has been receiving sub- missions from other school boards in the province suggesting changes that they feel should be made in the regulations and the depart- ment is studying the cost that may result from the proposed changes. "1 think there will be some changes in that Mr. Hyndman stated. When asked for a date when a change in the regulations might take place, he replied: "It may be a matter of weeks before we can get the figures and the sort of projections that we need on school buildings to work on this." BILL GROENEN photo Back to school for Games volunteers It's back to night school for 60 Winter Games volunteers who Xerox technician from Calgary shows volunteers how to trouble- will operate Xerox telecopters and duplicating machines provided shoot a photocopier at the Winter Games office, by Xerox of Canada Ltd; for the Winter Games. Heather Teed, a Chamber, travel office merger to be proposed The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce decided Wednesday to approach the board of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta to discuss a possible, merger of those two groups. The motion was sparked by the recent resignations of association executive vice president Frank Smith and his staff. Details of such a merger were not discussed at the chamber board's luncheon, pending initial talks with the association's board. Mike Sutherland, chamber manager, told the meeting the association formerly was a chamber responsibility. "About eight or nine years 'ago, the travel and convention organization was a tourism committee of the he explained. Public school teachers accept planning scheme Magrath farmer chosen chief for 21st term Lalavee Jensen of Magrath Wednesday was returned by acclamation to his 21st term as president of the Alberta Sugar Beet Association. Growers LCC master plan action delayed By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer The master plan for Lethbridge Com- munity College will be discussed with staff members and the directors of the schools before action is taken. The board of governors Wednesday deferred acting on three suggestions taken from the plan by College Presi- dent C. D. Stewart. Dr. Stewart later told The Herald the decisions do not really have to go forward until the fall. Deferring action will create no problems, he said. The president earlier told the board the college was "falling far short" of the 50 per cent space time use value desired by the department of advanced education. He recommended partitioning two lecture theatres in the Kate Andrews Building, and perhaps some large classrooms if LCC continues with small class sizes. The lecture theatre in the Science Building is "sufficient for all our needs" in terms of large classes, he said. About half of tire college's classes could fit in the smallest classrooms. He also recommended extending the welding shop. The classrooms should be assigned by function, not in a block to various courses, he said. This would not apply to laboratories and other areas with specialized uses. Governor Bob Harrison, the faculty representative on the board, said such a move might not free a large pool of classrooms. Many specific rooms could not be assigned to general uses, he said. The room where the journalism students produce The Endeavor, the .campus newspaper, is not laid out as a classroom, he said. Even if it were free for part of the day, most types of classes could not be held there. Dr. Stewart said if room scheduling is known to the registrar, he will at least know if they are available. If rooms are assigned in a block to a course, he will not, said the president.. Mr. Jensen to-ld 100 delegates attending the association's 50th annual meeting that personal time requirements and family needs force him to retire at the end of his latest term as president of Canada's largest sugar beet growers' organization. Burns Wood of Taber was also returned by acclamation to his 21st lerm as vice presi- dent of the association. Recognition was given retir- ing secretary treasurer Harry Boyse after 31 years of service. Steve Tokariuk of Lethbridge was named the new secretary treasurer. There are three represen- tatives from each of the fac- tory districts on the central board .of the growers' association. A complete reversal of at- titude was evident at a general teachers meeting Wednesday when the majority of those attending accepted, in principle, a new planning scheme for the education of Lethbridge public school students. The objective based eduea- tion requires educators to spell out their goals and guidelines for at- taining the goals. The plan was first introduc- ed to the public schools a year ago but its implementation was stalled when a general meeting of teachers in May rejected its introduction until teaching staffs were more ful- ly informed. Following the rejection, the school board and officials altered their approach to the introduction of the plan and began working with teachers to establish guidelines. GIVEN DOCUMENT The teachers were presented with a document that explained the objectives of the plan and proposed methods of implementation. Explaining the nee'd for ob- jective based education the document suggests the plan will assist both teachers and trustees to demonstrate that the goals of education for Lethbridge public schools are being achieved. Should the plan show that the goals are not being reached, those involved would be able to show that steps are being taken to remedy the situation. "For a sizable majority of students, our educational system appears to be working. Our problem is that we lack the capacity to prove to ourselves, as well as the general public, that this is the school officials state in the document. Under QBE, the grade system will be divided into four divisions with three grades in each division. At the conclusion of the third grade in each division, the majority of students will be expected to master certain basic skills. MOST CAN MASTER School officials believe between 85 and 90 per cent of all students in public schools will be able to master the minimum standards es- tablished for their level within the three year period. The students who were un- able to master the minimum standards within the required time are still "a according to school officials. They suggest additional time may have to be spent in a division. The extra time would vary with the student's needs but would not exceed one year. The officials also estimate that five to 10 per cent of all students may never be able to accomplish the minimum standards established for each level. For those students, an alter- native set of minimum objec- tives may have to be developed by the school, the document suggests. Different programs may also be developed for students who require more time to reach the minimum skill stan- dards. SLOW JOB The implementation of OBE will be a slow process because the minimum standards must still be established. The minimum level of skills to be mastered at each level and the educational process of attaining those skill levels are to be established for all sub- jects and all four divisions by 1977. Mathematics and language arts are the first two subjects to receive the OBE treatment from the committees of teachers that are to be es- tablished to implement the system wide standards. It is estimated between 10 and 20 objectives will be es- tablished in the two subjects by the end of this year. Committees will meet dur- ing school time and com- mittee meetings are to be scheduled to place the least possible strain on the instruc- tional programs of the school. The cost to the taxpayer will be at least the amount set aside by the school board for payment of sub- stitute teachers who. are to replace the teachers attending committee meetings.