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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta We invite you to drop in and see BERNICE VOTH for all your European travel arrangements. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 The Lcthlnndge Herald SECOND SECTION t Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 14, 1973 PAGES 17 to 32 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-74IT CURRENT STORE HOURS: 9:00 to 5:30 Mon., Tues., Wed. ond Fri. Thursday 9:00 to 9:00 Closed Saturdays County-school costs up By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer A 1973 budget for Lethbridge county's 20 schools was set Tuesday about three per cent higher than 1972 - even though student enrolment has dropped about three per cent. Despite declining population in the county, school committee chairman Jim Nicol said there are no plans to close any schools during the 1973-74 school year. The county school committee approved a budget of $3.1 million - up from last year's school budget of $3 million. The budget, which is easily �within guidelines laid down by the department of education, must be approved by county council at its monthly meeting next Tuesday. Enrolment in January was 3,103 students compared with 3,205 in January last year. The county includes high schools at Coaldaie, Picture Butte and Coalhurst and four Hutterite schools. Salaries for 163 teachers, phis clerical staff this year will consume $2 million - the largest single part of the county school budget. Transportation of pupils - which includes a contract for the rent of 64 buses and the operation of seven county-owned buses - is expected to cost $336,000. Plant operation and maintenance is set at $296,000. Retirement of debt on money borrowed for long-term capital projects has decreased this year. Debt charges are $212,000 in the current budget - compared with $226,000 in 1972. Books and other instructional equipment is expected to cost $115,000. The county expects to requisition $349,056 this year - revenue paid entirely by the local taxpayer. Bills will be sent to the county council, the towns of Coaldaie and Picture Butte .and the Village of Nobleford. The county is within the 7% per cent guideline the provincial government has set for this supplementary requisition. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DEN7AI MECHANIC Schworfi Bldg. 222 5lh St. S. Phone 328-4095 BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom Installations 328-0372 2716 J 2 Ave. S. till 9 p.m. Ph Open Thurs., Fri Film director returns BILL GROEMEN photo Bill Fruet, former Lethbridge man who has won nation-al prominence with his movie Wedding in White, met with several young people Tuesday evening ait the Bowman Art Centre and discussed film making. Mr. Fruet is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Fruet of 1508 15th Ave. A N. Wedding in White, the winner of the Canadian film of the year award, opens in Lethbridge Friday. CALGARY PHILHARMONIC Trustees balk at cost of concert A proposed student concert by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra wasn't music to the ears of Lethbridge public trustees Tuesday. The school district's fine arts coordinator, Neal Johnson, said the Calgary orchestra could perform for about 1,000 students March 8 in the Yates Memorial Centre. Cost of the project will be about $500 - which is where local trustees balk. "I think we should refrain from participating. If we have the money, it should go into the music budget and first call would be to buy more instruments so more children can participate in the schools," trustee Reg Turner said. Curriculum director Dr George Bevan said a shortage of instruments in public schools is not critical. "We have spent $15,000 per WE HAVE MOVED ALTASAN REALTY LTD. to 1277 - 3rd AVE. S. NOW IS THE TIME TO TRADE IN YOUR OLD FUR With the fur storage season fast approaching Canadian Furriers requires your old fur for repair purposes. You will receive a minimum of 100 In trade for your old fur, if in satisfactory condition, towards a luxurious fur from CANADIAN FURRIERS PARAMOUNT THEATRE BLDG. OPEN TILL 9 P.M. THURSDAY year for the last three years for musical instruments in schools. There is always a shortage - but we h a v e never attempted to own a complete set of instruments. "I think the situation has improved tremendously in the past three years," Dr. Bevan said. $300 GUARANTEE Trustee Doug Card opposed financial involvement by the board. He said the orchestra must be guaranteed $300 and student transportation costs will total an extra $200 for the concert. "I don't really see the need for this type of expenditure- "If we were to allow students to go and pay 50 cents at the door, I don't think the Calgary Philharmonic would like to gamble on anyone being there. "A free concert isn't going to give them (students) that much appreciation to take up a musical instrument," Mr. Card said. Board chairmlan Dr. Doug McPherson said although he is aware of financial limitations E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Leth.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 facing trustees, ". . . it seems to me that this most important segment of the arts is being totally neglected-" Trustees agreed to pay transportation costs during school hours "if the other costs can be met in some appropriate manner other than from the board." The afternoon concert has been designed for students in Grades 4 to 7. The evening of March 8, the Calgary Philharmonic will present a program in aid of the Lethbridge Mental Health Association. OTHER BUSINESS In other business Tuesday, trustees:  Gave formal ratification to the new two-year contract between the board and public teachers.  Agreed to seek further information on a United States pilot program titled "exploring childhood."  Decided not to particiipate in an Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties seminar on insurance March 29 at Edmonton.  Agreed to support an i n t e r-provincial survey on "education purposes" conducted by the Canadian Education Association. A policy statement, approved by Lethbridge trustees last year, will be distributed to aill other school jurisdictions in Alberta by the department of education- The policy concerns local autonomy in relation to final Grade 12 examination procedures. Co-authored by Dr. O. P, Larson and Dr. G. H. Bevan for local trustees, the policy will be used to clarify some questions of other Alberta boards about Education Minister Lou Hynd-man's recent announcement that departmental exams are to be abolished in the province- "The department feels a copy of this policy should be distributed to every school jurisdiction in the province," Dr. Larson said. Lethbridge public and separate school systems have used local evaluation for Grade 12 examinations the past three years. Earlier this month, Mr. Hyndman said the program will be introduced throughout Alberta this year. Although departmental qualifications will still be available to those students wishing to take a government test, local boards will now be able to accredit students through their own staffs. Public board accedes to teachers' request By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge school trustees will ignore a request from their provincial body and will provide information on student enrolment and finances to the Alberta Teachers' Association. The public board had received a request for the information earlier this month - and was prepared to give details to local ATA officials until being warned not to by the executive direeior of the Alberta School -Trustees' Association. Teachers are seeking data on the total number of teachers to be employed within the system, the total number of pupils, finances and salary scales for the year. Board secretary M. V. Crumley said Tuesday he was willing to provide the information to the teachers - until the ASTA directive was received. "I'd already completed the questionnaire and was ready to put it in the mail when the (ASTA) letter came in," Mr. Crumley said. He was told to distribute the information anyway. "Isn't this reasonable information for the Alberta Teachers' Association to have?" trustee Dorothy Beckel asked. Board chairman Dr. Doug McPherson, and all other trustees, agreed with Mrs. Beckel. "It is the opinion of this board that this is a reasonable request by the Alberta Teachers' Association to which we are acceding," Dr. McPherson said. Not only will trustees assist the ATA, they will also send a letter of protest to Alberta School Trustees' Association president Harald Gunderson and ASTA executive director Lowell Williams. Mr. Williams told trustees not to provide public information to teachers - "Providing them directly with the information requested is like putting a loaded gun into the hands of a dubious friend. "It is not necessary, nor is it recommended, that you do the calculations requested," Mr. Williams said. REFUSAL Refusal by some boards to provide information has aggravated current negotiations between rural teachers and trustees in southwestern Alberta. More than 1,320 teachers in the area, comprising 18 school districts, have sought the information for use in talks now under way in a last-ditch attempt to avert a strike throughout the entire area. The teachers have already rejected a conciliation board award recommending salary increases of 6.2 per cent. ATA negotiator Bill Casanova told The Herald a strike vote could be held as early as Feb. 26, 27 and 28. Mr. Casanova said requests have been made to rural boards for the information now HURRY SPRING UP. Send an FID "Dutch Touch" Bouquet Uusf the thing to breakthe winter doldrums. Freshest flowers enhanced with springtime tulips. As a Member of FTD, we can deliver this delightful touch of Spring almost anywhere In the U.S. andCanada $g| ^QQ 10 MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP ONLY PHONE 327-1515 ,-HUMAIJIlT AUSTm-, SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION AT THE WAREHOUSE - 1920 2nd AVE. S. Thursday, February 15th SALE STARTS 6:30 P.M. TERMS CASH NO RESERVE 2 vanity dressers; Chest of drawers; Buffet; Single ped-gas range (about 2 years old); 3 Captains beds; Good selection of fridges; 8 bathtubs; Viking washer and dryer; estal office desk; Good selection of TV sets; Tappan 30" 3 single beds; I.H.C. deepfreeze; 54" box spring and mattress; Chrome table and 4 chairs; Shuffleboard; Exercise bike; Lawli chairs; 3 gas heaters; Good boys 3 speed bike; Tables; Dishwasher; 3 - 39" headboards; 4 double stainless steel sinks (for trailers); Cedar chest; Lounge; Gas and electric ranges; Garden tools; Twin rinse tubs; Trailer ice box. Vanity basins; Garden tools; Coffee tables; Automatic washers; Small bufft* - china cabinet; Golf bag and clubs; Guitar; Electric broom; Hoover upright vaccum; Swivel chair; Massage pad; B and D Vt" electric drill; Motor and compressor; Radial arm for saw; Lamps; Vacuums; Pole lamp; Gas radiant; Pots and pans; Dishes; Rocking horse; Toys; Garden Hose; Pair walkie talkies. SKI DOO 300 SNOWMOBILE Many More Items Too Numerous To Mention FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 328-4705 1920 2nd AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE AUCTIONEERS TED NEWBY KEITH ERDMANN Lie 41 Lie. 458 released to teachers at Lethbridge. He said refusal by some boards to give the information, acting under the advice of Mr. Williams and the ASTA, has not helped rural teachers in their attempt to reach a fair settlement. If the information is not given to teachers, and if a successful strike vote is held, rural teachers could walk off the job as early as March 5. About 27,000 elementary and secondary students would be affected by a strike. The area involved stretches from the British Columbia to Saskatchewan border and is .south of a line running east and west about 100 miles north of the United States border. Mr. Casanova said today talks between rural teachers and trustees were called off Tuesday night - when trustees f a i 1 e d to present "an acceptable offer to the teachers. "If trustees persist in their current attitudes, teachers will have little choice but to approve strike action to achieve an equitable settlement," he said. Mr. Casanova said a strike vote will now definitely be held Feb. 26, 27 and 28 conducted by the department of labor. The vote will be counted March 1. The teachers, who have been without a contract since September, must give 48 hours notice after a strike vote has been oounted before they can withdraw their services. School systems share bequests More than $800 has been made available to the Lethbridge public school system, to help children with "special needs," by the secretary-treasurer of the Lethbridge Foundation. In a letter to trustees Tuesday, R. F. P. Bowman said the Foundation has $1,044.42 from a bequest of the late R. E. Patterson "to be used for special schooling for a physically handicapped child or children residing in Lethbridge." Mr. Bowman said 80 per cent of the fund, $835.54, will be Lecture on Sudan at V of L The origin and history of an ancient Sudanese civilization will be1 discussed Feb. 23 at the University of Lethbridge by the chairman of the archeology department at the University of Calgary. , Dr. Peter Shinnie will speak on excavations in the Sudan, particularly those in the Meroe area which offer insight into the civilization of the Negro kingdom which once flourished there. The lecture is open to the public, free of charge, beginning at 8 p.m. in room E690 of the academic-residence building. CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LABti MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. lower level PHONE 327-2822 given to the public school system. The other 20 per cent, $208.84, will be used by the city's separate school board. "It has been suggested that these funds be transferred to the two school districts, who would draw on them as required when a special case warrants so doing. "Each school district will draw on these sums to provide equipment and services for which the school budget does not normally provide," Mr. Bowman said. When grants are made to a child, each school board must notify the student's family that the assistance comes from the Patterson estate through the Lethbridge Foundation. The. Lethbridge Foundation was incorporated in 1966. Nov/s The Time For . . . MELT IT  WALKS  DRIVEWAYS  PARKING LOTS 30 times mora powerful than salt for melting Ice or Snow. 5-lb. bag 1.39 2.49 10-lb. bag Call Hardware 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Camm's is First | With the very newest Shoe Styles for Spring featuring - lovely new styles by Empress. This dressy sling avail-j, oble in Black Kid under glass and "fejN Navy Kid under glass with navy * suede trim. Many other styles to choose from. CHARGEX See too, our exciting new arrivals in Lisa. Debs-. Dress Pumps. This Very Popular "Hew Overture" by Joyce Shoes Is available in Black, Red, and Navy Crinkle Patent _wet look - also in White. With the built-in comfort features. Bengal" - as shown In black lizard under glass See too our many other new arrivals, luff" - in'black wet look. Corie" - in black wet look.  "Frisco" - dressy sling in black wet look - also in white. CAMM'S 403-5th Street S. SHOES ;