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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednndiy, January 15, Experimental project continues despite so-so value report By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A five-year experimental project at Westminster School will continue despite a not-too positive evaluation of the pro- ject's third year of operation. .The public school board sup- ported the operation of the project to the conclusion of the experiment in 1976 Tues- day when it heard an evalua- tion report of the project dur- ing the 1973-74 school year. To reach its objective of meeting the individual needs of .students, the project introduced a new approach to jjjfe education process that directly affected staff development and school operation. The project, under the spon- sorship of both the depart- ment of education innovative projects fund and the public school board, also included the designing of a new curriculum for the elemen- tary grades. Curricula for six of the eight school subjects have already been developed and im- plemented, in some cases revised one or more times. Operating at a cost of about a year, the experimen- tal project included the addi- tion of one teacher, a teacher aid and new curriculum materials. The annual evaluation, sponsored by the innovative projects fund, found that the Westminster project didn't fare any better during 1973-74 than did the control school, a traditional school used for Fertilizer price hike blamed on gas cost No inquiry into rising fertilizer prices is planned by the provincial government. Grant Notley, lone New Democrat in the legislature, demanded last week that fertilizer prices be investigated by a "non partisan" commission. Mr. Notley suggested the commission be composed of a representative from each of the two major farm organizations and one from the general public. However, says Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer, "it doesn't take a genius to figure out why prices are going up." Dr. Horner says the increases, in some cases bring- ing prices to twice the level of 18 months ago, are caus- ed by rising prices for natural gas and phosphate rock, both key fertilizer ingredients, and by rising wage bills. comparison purposes. It was not identified in the report. Surprisingly, the level of skills mastered by students in both the experimental and control school was below the national norm even though the students showed gains in the basic skills over previous years. The evaluator, after analys- ing the test results, concluded that the student scores may have been negatively influenc- ed by a "low ability to read for detail." The evaluation found the student attitudes in the two schools to be similar, despite the control school student at- titudes "improving slightly" and Westminster student at- titudes "deteriorating during the evalua- tion year. "There was no significant difference in either teacher or student attitude towards school in general or towards individual subjects" in the two schools, the evaluation report states. While accepting the evalua- tion as an accurate represen- tation of the project at the conclusion of its third year, the Westminster staff pointed out to the school board that the evaluation did not measure certain aspects of the program and no longer represents what is happening in the school today. It was explained that the schools made adjustments at the beginning of this school year designed to remedy the problems identified in the evaluation report. Superintendent Bob Phjxton informed trustees "thefe is evidence that the staff's concentration on core skills in various subjects, and their attempts to establish a positive learning environment have already had a definite effect on students this semester." The Westminster staff was also concerned that many stu- dent skills taught at the school were not measured during the evaluation. Habits of independent and small group study, ability to think critically and the capacity to make deliberate choices were some of the skills identified as not being tested during the evaluation. It was also pointed out that the evaluation did not give consideration to other benefits produced by the pro- ject, such as its preparation of curriculum material for use in other schools and improved skills of teachers in the iden- tification of student learning problems. The physical education and art curriculum documents developed by the experimen- tal project are being used in almost all the local public elementary schools, trustees were told. The 16 teachers on the West- minster staff unanimously agreed to.see the project through to a "successful the trustees were advised prior to making a decision regarding the: future of the project. With almost no discussion, the school board agreed to continue the experiment to its conclusion. Another evaluation of the project is to be completed this spring and again at its conclusion. 'W BRINK'S COURIER TOM BUCHANAN PICKS UP PARCELS FOR FAST DELIVERY. Commercial mail goes private New dance policy draws party limits A new high school dance policey was adopted by the public school board Tuesday after it went through more than two months of debate at various levels of concern within the school system. The trustees followed the recommendation of the prin- cipals and professional com- mittee that the board should not pay for the cost of security at the dances. The school board had withheld final approval of the new dance policy in November until it received a response from within the pstem as to board involve- YES! WE CUT KEYS WHILE YOU WAIT! Call Hardware 327-5767 DOWNTOWN 606-6083rdAve.S. ment in security costs. The new policy was called for by trustees in November after they heard a report about the rowdiness and drunkenness that has oc- curred at some high school dances. The policy adopted by the board restricts attendance at school dances to students of the school and one invited guest. It also provides the prin- cipal with the power to prohibit undesireable behavior and require that all guests be registered. The policy restricts each high school to six regular dances each year and a dance closing time of no later than midnight. The board granted permis- sion for the Lethbridge Coun- cil of Home and Schools to dis- tribute coupons in the schools for the film, Where The Red Fern Grows. The film, to begin a four day stand at the College Mall theatre today, is based on the true story of a poor boy and his two hounds in Oklahoma. The family rated movie is based on the best selling novel of the same title by Wilson Rawls. The film distributor has agreed to return 25 cents to CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL ILK. LomrLml PHONE 127-2122 HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION At Tin WAREHOUSE 1920 2nd AHUM SHtk THURSDAY, JANUARY 16th TMM Cut M Mm M. 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Home and School Council President Mabel Byam in- formed the school board that the coupons will not reduce or increase the admission charg- ed for the film. Money gained through the coupons is to be used by the council to sponsor its annual convention which will attempt to attack the problem of mind and body pollution among students today. The convention is to begin 9 a.m. Saturday in the Gilbert Paterson School. The superintendent of schools was granted the authority to close a school in the case of emergency by public school trustees Tuesday. Previously, school closure decisions were made by the entire board. The board members agreed it would be wiser to delegate the authority to the superintendent because of the difficulty of contacting all board members or calling a special meeting when an im- mediate decision is needed to deal with an emergency situation. An attempt by Trustee Reg Turner to include the school board chairman in such decisions was rejected by the board. He felt the school board should not delegate the total responsibility for school closure to its chief ad- ministrator because it "is .not an educational matter, it is a public matter." He also feared the superintendent may face public criticism all by himself if a decision he made to close a school was questioned by the public. Dr. Plaxton advised the board he would keep them in- formed of any decision he made to close a school as soon as it was possible to do so. ART DIETRICH DCNTUftE CLINIC OCNTAL MECHANIC S. Dr. Stewart speaks on water Water's importance as a natural resource will be the topic Thursday for the regular luncheon meeting of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. C. D. Stewart, president of Lethbridge Community College, will speak. He believes a hot summer com- bined with low runoff could' cause competition for water among irrigation, industrial and urban interests in Southern Alberta. Water diversion from the north, and dam building in the east slopes of the Rocky Mountains could be the answer. Dr. Stewart, who earned his Ph.D in irrigation and drainage engineering, was formerly chairman of the South Saskatchewan River Development Project, and is now chairman of the water resources committee of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Boots returned Fifty pair of used ski boots, worth about reported stolen Dec. 13 from Gotschna Ski Haus Ltd., 1287 3rd Ave. have been returned to the store. Three juvenile boys, two aged 15 and one 14, told Lethbridge city police they thought the boots had been thrown out so they took them. The boots had been put outside By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Up to 90 per cent of the mail sent by major companies in Canada goes by private courier, claims a Lethbridge official of one of the major couriers. Mel Irwin, supervisor of couriers and armored cars for Loomis Courier Service, says three companies Loomis, Brink's and the Bankers Dispatch Corp. account ifor most of the courier business. But a Herald telephone sur- vey of .several Calgary oil company offices showed much lower usage. Most of the courier use involved inter- office mail in the same com- pany. An office services super- visor for Amoco said the com- pany uses couriers between its headquarters and its field offices. That's only about half of the volume, he said. BETWEEN OFFICES A Shell Canada Ltd. spokesman said only about five per cent goes by courier, arid it's all between Shell of- fices. Shell has offices in four buildings in downtown Calgary and the inter- departmental mail is in an en- tirely different class than mail going outside the com- pany. The important factor in courier use is speed, he stressed. If all the company's offices were in one building it wouldn't have to use couriers. But a letter going to another company even across the street goes through the post office, he said. Postal service is generally satisfactory, he added. David Forsyth, service manager for Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd., said his company no longer uses courier service since it closed its Edmonton office. In Lethbridge, both Eaton's and Sears said they use couriers. Sears manager John Loewen said credit sales bills and internal mail go to the Calgary store by courier. Denny Cookson, Alberta manager for Bankers Dispatch Corp., says the courier business has increas- ed 100 per cent in the last two or three years. In a telephone interview from Calgary, he said the business goes up 100 per cent during postal strikes, and the couriers keep about 20 per cent of the increase after each strike. Raymond land taxed twice WARNER (Staff) Cana- dian Sugar Factories Ltd. and Cominco both paid taxes to the Warner County for the same parcel of land at Raymond, the county council learned Tuesday. Double taxation on the parcel was in effect from 1970 to 1974, council learned! Neither Cominco nor Cana- dian Sugar Factories Ltd. knew the other firm was also paying taxes on the parcel. "Advise us what we can look forward to as an ad- said a letter from the sugar factory. "It did admitted county secretary treasurer Ken Duncan. "Which one was supposed to be assessed for asked Coun. Don Christensen of Stirling. "I think about half and said Mr. Duncan, noting the sugar factory mov- ed some bins from the land when it was sold to Cominco. It was tabled until the February meeting to obtain more information from the assessor regarding the amounts of money involved. "We look forward to mail strikes, as a matter of says Mr. Cookson. The Lethbridge manager for Brink's Courier Service, who did not want his name used, says the increase in courier use has been steady, with "no real overnight jump." guess the mails haven't been the he says. But the couriers don't com- pete with the post office, he says. They supplement the postal service, and can't touch a single letter. What is offered is a bag service, usually on a contract basis. What goes in the bag'is up to the customer, he says. There is a minimum charge, and a parcel weighing between one pound and 25 pounds would go to Edmonton, for example, for TIME IMPORTANT Henry Schaufele, assistant postmaster at Lethbridge, said the postmaster general has the exclusive right to han- dle letters in Canada. He quoted some exceptions from the "Canada Postal including letters about the private affairs of the sender and receiver carried by a messenger, covering letters with goods sent by a common carrier and letters carried by, a friend at no charge. Time is the important fac- tor in the courier services, the Brinks official says. Mr. Irwin says the couriers guarantee overnight service, and delivery by 10 a.m. the next day for mail sacks. Fast freight, data processing material and small parcels are carried. Mr. Cookson says next-day service extends even to dis- tant cities as Toronto and other Eastern Canadian points, whereas a parcel mail- ed to Toronto might take two days to get there. Closer places, such as Coleman, may get same-day service, says the Brink's manager, who has four courier trucks. Mr. Irwin says Loomis alone bases 15 to 20 vehicles each in Calgary and Edmon- ton, three in Lethbridge and a couple in Medicine Hat and Red Deer. It services Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and several smaller centres in between. The provincial government depends on Loomis to carry its mail, according to super- visor Jim Watts. Provincial offices in the city despatch about 60 50-pound bags of mail per month to government of- fices in other cities. City Scene FOX DENTURE CLINIC Esl. 1922 PHONE 337-6M5 E. 8. f. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHIMD6E DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BUM. following day. STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Phont 327-3024 I City lawyer heads bar group Lethbridge lawyer Edward Rice was elected president of the Lethbridge Bar Association at its annual meeting here Friday. Vaughn Hembroff was elected vice-president, Glenn Morrison is past-president, Robert Baines was elected secretary-treasurer, Philip North was elected as junior-bar representative and Ronald Jacobson, Fred Pritchard and Martin Hoyt were named directors. Twelve charged with speeding Twelve people appeared in court Tuesday to answer charges of driving at an unreasonable speed considering road conditions. Two pleaded not guilty to the charge and 10 others pleaded guilty and were fined each or seven days in jail. One man who paid his fine, Laurie Zmurchyk, told the court "I think the city should have more money allotted to clear the streets." Provincial Judge L. W. 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