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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-23,Lethbridge, Alberta DMrlet SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Albert«, Wednesday. January 23,1974 Local H9WS Pages 13-22 Ratepayers face school tax hike Scuba school Students In the fast-growing sport of scuba diving tai<e weekly lessons at the Lethbridge Family YMCA from instructor Jacit Lee. The classes consist of two hours each, one in the classroom and one in the water with the gear. The course lasts 12 weeks and costs Y members $15 and nonmembers $20. Above, students June Crighton and Doug Marston pass a mask as part of an under water exercise. Left, instructor Lee and students Mrs. Crighton, her husband, Ron, Dennis Pahara and IVlr. Marston. Below, class Instruction. Walter Kerber photos Teachers absent Catholic Central High 8.5 day, a year facilities ‘inadequate’ Alberta teachers are absent from tbeir classroom duties an average of 8.5 days each school year, an Alberta School Trustees Association surv^ shows.    . The survey, to be presented to Lethbridge separate school trustees today, is tuised on the 1972-73 school year statistics and is representative of 90 per cent of the teachers employed in the province.    ■ The teacher absences included in the survey consist of paid sick leave days, leave granted for personal reasons, sabbaticals, in-service training and early releases for summer school.    . It does not include sick leave days paid for by benefit programs.    . In addition to the direct cost of salaries for teachers on leaves of absence, the survey also revealed that it cost Alberta school boards 1.5 per cent of their basic payroll to provide substitute teachers. In Lethbridge that would amount to an additional payroll cost of about $20,000 for the separate school board and about $70,000 for the public school board. Lunchroom and physical education facilities at Catholic Central High School are inadequate, its principal says in a brief to be presented to the separate school board today. “No school in the city has a greater, need for proper lunch facilities,” says Stan Sawickl while pointing out that only 20 per cent of the students attending his school go. home for lunch. That leaves about 700 students eating lunch in the hallways or in the “crowded, untidy and difficult to supervise confines” of two Caretaker got his goat Billy goes to school When Billy finally arrived at St. Paul’s School at about 4:30 p.m., he discovered the school day had already concluded. Showing signs of frustration over being denied a day’s education, be twtted his head against a window until he landed bead first in the school; Aflxidus to get his teeth into some knowledge, Billy headed toward the nearest shelf of ^s. But on his way he spotted himself In a mirror and berauae be didn’t see the reflection of a scholar, a depressed Billy began banging his head against the mirror until the image disappeared. It was about that time caretaker W. C. Smith spotted Billy in action. Because Billy was behavnig like an animal, Mr. Smith called the city pound. The pound wouldn’t have anything to do with Billy — not even for a night. For it didn't have the facilities to keep poor Billy. No problem. Mr. Smith turned the goat looM to again roam the Northwestern portion of this city.    ’ classrooms in the central section of the school and in the basement of the St. Francis building. There is also no provision for warm food other than the hamburgers and hot dogs provided by a commercial vendor. Mr. Sawicki, in his brief, suggests if a lunchroom facility was properly planned it could also double as a meeting room for the school and the community. The brief also outlines the need for expansion and upgrading of facilities for the curricular and extracurricular program in physical education and sports. The after-school needs of the school’s five basketball teams, Mr. Sawicki says, almost eliminates other forms of sport which “would serve more students.” The seating accommodations for basketball games and other sporting events in the school’s gymnasiums are "the lowest standard of any of the schools which our teams visit,” Mr. Sawicki also points out. Hie brief also claims a need for resource centres to facilitate new teaching methods that require a greater use of books and other print materials and audiovisual aides. The resource centres would provide the students with an area to do tbeir reading and By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A 1974 budget providing ioi an expenditure of more than 18,3 milliffli — an Increase ol about U per cent — was approved by public school trustees Tue^ay. As a result, city prcqierty owners may face a one mill increase in the public school proporti(Hi of their 1974 mill rate. The school board called it a hold-the-line budget that maintains the same number ol teachers, the same pro^am-ming, the same expenditure on supplies and equipment as the year before and provides relatively little money for the maintenance of the school buildings. The budget allows the public schools to manage “quite well this year, but next year we ex pect increases that are higher than what we can see in the form of revenue,’' Dorothy Beckel, chairman, said Tuesday. Robert Plaxton, superintendent, pointed out that the 1974 budget doesn’t provide for much money to be carried forward to offset an increase in teacher salaries next year. Salaries And salaries' account for three quarters of the school board’s budget. Local representatives of the Alberta Teachers Association have already indicated they will be seeking a percentage increase that will be in excess of the projected cost of living mcre^e in 1975., Their 1974 contract provided a six per cent salary increase while the province granted school boards a nine per cent increase. But even with the three per cent the school board gained by holding teacher salaries to a six per cent increase, it still only anticipates a surplus of $8,240 in its 1974 budget. However, the anticipated surplus in 1974 will fall about $292,000 short of offsetting the school board’s projected deficit in 1975. The    provincial government’s financial sup-ort will increase by about 0,000 in 1975 while city iblic school expenditures — ised on current trends — could increase by more than 1900,000. z research, explains Mr. Sawicki. Another need of CCH, according to the brief, is a low-cost passageway between the central and St. Francis buildings. Mr. Sawicki says “experience over the years has shown that — depending on weather conditions — this open space is often an inconvenience and at times a hazard.” In support of his request for the improvement of facilities at CCH, he says a school must irovide more learning space or students that is in excess of regular classrouRi space. “Teaching methods and modes of learning today have expanded beyond the confines of classrooms in which teachers teach classes of 30 or so students who spend most of their time sitting quietly at their desks,” Mr. Sawicki explains in the brief. He also supports the school's need for additional space with a detailed projection of increased enrolments at CCH during the next five years. The school expects its enrolment to average 200 students per grade for a yearly average of about 1,000 students. The trustees will be asked to instruct the superintendent to form a committee to further study the facility needs of CCH and report back to them in March. maintenance costs are spiralling because of 20 to 100 per cent increases in plumbing and electrical supplies. Unless the provincial government decides to help school boards in the province by reducing the 40 per cent increase this year in unemployment benefits, the Lethbridge public school board already has to face a $16,000 expenditure it didn’t count on. Harald Gunderson of Calgary, president of the Alberta School Trustees Association, charged the provincial government last week with bureaucratic bungling” for not avoiding the increase in unemployment insurance premiums he claims resulted from a $500 million deficit accumulated since 1971. Double The teachers share of the unemployment- insurance premiums will be double of what it was in 1973. Even though the trustees were satisfied that the 1974 budget allowed them to maintain the same educational services to public school students, they were not at all pleased with the amount of money the budget provided for maintenance of the school buildings. Trustees Reg Turner claimed the school buildings and the future needs of the school system weren't “looked after by this budget. “We're in a spot. We have to find a way to get the public to supply the funds needed to modernize our schools,” he insisted. Trustee Bill Brown agreed. "I don’t think the government is adequately funding the physical plant.” Mr. Crumley said the public school system is now in a position where it must fund alterations and renovations to some parts of its school buildings that haven’t been upgraded since first constructed.    ' Trustee Carl Johnson said he knew of one school with windows that desperately needed some sort of help. “And I don’t think band-aides are the answer,” he sarcastically remarked. The 1974 budget did provide a reserve fund to finance priority needs and Mr. Crumley says it may all have to be used for upgrading the school buildings. Even if the total reserve fund of $159,000 was allocated for school upgrading, it would only be enough money to renovate schools with emergency needs. It would cost about $50,000, Dr. Plaxton says, just to replace a boiler that has been in operation for at least 30 years and has deteriorated to such a condition that it must be replaced. Rings on fingers gave thief away No cushion The anticipated suiplus of about $8,000 in the 1974 budget doesn’t provide much of a cushion for any unexpected increases the school board may be faced with this year, says Mack Crumley, secretary-treasurer for the public school system. Sudden increases in supplies and materials or in the cost of providing maintenance to the schools could easily reverse the anticipated surplus into a huge deficit, he explained in an interview following the school board meeting. Even now, he says school supplies and materials are increasing in price by about 50 per cent between orders and ""TiriViv*. V ■■ A 43-year-old Edmonton man arrested Tuesday morning and charged with breaking into a city jewellry store pleaded guilty Tuesday after-noOTi and was remanded to Jan. 30 for sentencing. Charles Protheroe was charged after he walked into a restaurant with rings on aU fingers atid his arms covered with watches. Protheroe admitted in court to breaking into Higa’s Jewellry and Men’s Wear, 406 13th St. N., Tuesday night. About $2,200 worth of rings and watches was stolen. In connection with the incident, a 32-year-old city man, Norman Richard Bengry, 316 15th St. S., pleaded not guilty in court to a charge of possession of stolen property. He was remanded in custody to Jan. 30. A 22-year-old Lethbridge man was cleared Tuesday of a charge of auto theft laid against him Dec. 20. William Joseph Kirby was charged after police found him driving a 1969 car which had just been reported stolen. The car, owned by Lyle Downey, 52112th St. A S., was stolen from the 400 block 1st St. S., near the Plainsman Hotel, Kirby, who entered a not guilty plea, told the court he was coming out of the Plainsman Hotel when he saw a woman in the vehicle, trying to back it out of a parking spot. He said the woman was drunk and asked him if he would drive her home. He agreed, not Itnowing the car didn't belong to her. Canada course in works The separate school trustees letter of support for a common course of studies about Canada was welcomed by the minister of education this month. In his reply to the letter. Lou Hyndman says a proposal for development of such a course has been prepared by his department for presentation to the council of education ministers in Canada. Mr. Hyndman had asked trustees at the Alberta School Trustees Association annual meeting in October to indicate whether they supported a common course of Canadian studies. The course would provide all Canadian students with the same historical, cultural, political and geographical information about Canada. . ‘T-i “ft t AII too familiar The warm west winds bring-more than high temperatures unfortunately. They regularly whip loose paper and garbage into unsightly piles, often more than one pile to a city block. This example adorns the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and 6th Street S., beside the Lethbridge Army and Navy Club.    ' Nk-ivj. i'Jikiifi GH iVE ;