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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, June 13, 1974 LOGO to complete the separate board's teaching roster puzzle J utir c-jurir-ifi thpn informed Mr. Bori When the superintendent of Lethbndge separate schools completed the massive 1974- 75 school population puzzle for trustees Wednesday, he was short one piece Ralph Himsl explained to trustees that the missing piece represented a shortage of 1.25 teachers at Catholic Central High School. The shortage is anticipated because of a projected student enrolment increase of 86 students next tall The school board was informed it would cost about to fill the 1.25 teaching positions and thus complete the puzzle. But board chairman John Boras wasn t satisfied that all the pieces had been placed together properly and suggested a little juggling of the teaching staff in the elementary schools may reveal the missing piece. However, when Mr Himsl explained the cold hard facts of the situation, it was obvious there were only two alternatives for the trustees Either they live with the gap (shortage of 1.25 teachers) or spend the money to plug it He informed the meeting the decline in the past few years of the number of students CHEMICAL DEM AND entering Grade 1 will not have an effect on high .school student population for about live vears Meanwhile. tne population of CCH should increase during the next four years because ol the large number of students in Grades 4 to 7 CCH includes Grades 8 to 12. As of last separate schools had 211 Grade 4 students. 216 Grade 5 students, 204 students in Grade 6 and 209 in Grade 7. Mr. Himsl then pointed out that there were only 1G6 students in Grade 10, 161 in Grade 11 and 133 m Grade 12 as of last month. He used the present population figures to illustrate to the trustees that the additional staff being requested for CCH will be needed for at least the next four years, even if the Catholic student population in the city remains constant Stan Sawicki CCH principal, told the meeting the school would have to drop four courses in business education unless it was permitted to hire another business education instructor. CCH just "got room to juggle" its Sunny weather spurs South hopper hatch By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The hot sunny days this week has spurred the hatch of grasshoppers throughout Southern Alberta, says a provincial agriculture official Ross Bertrand. agricultural heldman tor the regional plant industry division, said Wednesday requests for the grasshopper control chemical Dimethoate have jumped dramatically in the past three days. The provincial stockpile "in Lethbndge. District agriculturists at Medicine Hat. where there was a stock of 400 gallons earlier this spring, have requested more and additional stocks are being shipped to officials in the County of Forty Mile The warm weather, although needed for crop growth throughout all of Western Canada, is credited for the rapid grasshopper hatch, said Mr Bertrand. The outbreak was expected much earlier but wet, cool weather conditions delayed the hatch Farmers should be checking their fields more regularly for the pests and action should be taken immediately if an infestation is found, he said. The areas in Southern Alberta predicted by the Lethbridge Research Station to be possible hot spots include a region about 45 miles wide from east to west and 36 miles deep in the Grassy Lake-Burdett-Bow Island area and a small east- west strip about 15 miles long southeast of Raymond Another hot spot expected to give farmers trouble is in the Acadia Valley area near Empress on the Alberta- Saskatchewan border east of Calgary. CORNWALL HOT POT Instant Hot Water -Ideal for travelling -boils 4 cups of water in 5 minutes -with cord and safety thermostat 795 Call Housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Trustees take cautious step on 'family life' By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The separate school board took another step Wednesday toward the implementation of a family life education program in its schools, but it did so very cautiously. Aware of the controversy that has surrounded any type of family and sex education programs at the grade school level, the trustees and Certmed Dental (tectonic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MFJMCAL DENTAL BLM. Lower Level PHONf M7-3I22 UNfflOVAL ZETA I Mileage Guaranteed Tires ZETA RADIAL Ironclad Guarantee 3 MILES administrators have been gradually developing a family life education program for local schools over the past school year. They agreed Wednesday to grant permission for eight teachers to take time from their classroom duties in September to attend a family- life education workshop. However, they refrained from dealing with a motion confirming their intention to introduce the program to Grade 8 students next October. The motion now will not be considered until after the fall workshop. The trustees also intend to hold a family life weekend this fall to bring "parents, teachers and the church together" to discuss the proposed program. While Trustee Steve Vaselenak claimed he was "not against" the implementation of a family- life education program in local separate schools, he was "worried about the content" of such a program. "We must be very careful." he warned. 75% MORE HAZARD PROTECTION' 20% MORE CAR CONTROL1 12% MORE TRACTION' AND YOU ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY ON GAS. And to be extra sure ol safety let our Service Department give you a Safety Check on: BRAKES SHOCKS BALANCE ALIGNMENT All work is performed by experts to assure complete safety and satisfaction. CONVENIENT TERMS AVAILABLE OR USE YOUR BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BEhtiMAN Open Thursday Evening till 9 p.m. PHONE 328-0372 2716 12th Ave. S. stall, especially in specialized education positions such as business education. The .25 portion of the request for additional stall represented the hiring of one of the religious instructors on a half-time basis rather than quarter time. Mr Sawicki's warning of course reductions and Mr. Himsl's explanation that the staff of the elementary separate schools will be reduced next fall by the equivalent of about tu u teachers convinced the trustees the need ior additional staff at CCH was legitimate. Neil Reilander, secretary treasurer, told the school board the amount of money it will receive trom government per student grants will increase next fall even though the total student population of the separate school system is expected to remain constant. While the amount of money the school svstem will receive for elementary students will decrease directly with the drop in enrolment, larger per student grants r ,eived for the high school population will more than make up for the loss. The province grants schools for each elementary student, for junior high students and per high school student. The trustees eventually plugged the gap by unanimously giving their stamp of approval to the request for additional staff at CCH. Another request for an additional teaching stall expenditure for CCH was also approved by the school board, but only after Mr. Boras had voiced a lengthy protest to the "principle" of such a request. Due to a shortened semester system, CCH has found it needs the first few days of the new school year to conduct classes rather than work out student schedules. However, in order to provide maximum instruction hours each semester, the school has found it necessary to work out the schedules prior to the first day of school. And since arranging a schedule for about 1.000 students is a complicated process, the school board was asked to pay the school counsellor a month's wages to do the scheduling during the four weeks prior to the school opening. Mr. Boras suggested the scheduling is a responsibility that could be taken on by the principal or vice principal as part ot their regular duties. Mr Sawicki then informed Mr. Boras that the scheduling of each students day should be done bv the school counsellor who works with the students schedules and career counselling during the school year. Agreeing that it may be in the best interests of students for their counsellor to make up their schedule, Mr. Boras said his concern is with the principle of having to pay somebody to do a job they're already contracted to do. "It could have deep rooted he warned. If it is necessary for the counsellor to put in hours in addition to those of a regular teacher, compensation for the extra time should be included in the person's contract rather than be requested in addition to the contract. Mr. Boras suggested. Trustees Steve Vaselenak and Ron Fabbi also agreed that scheduling at CCH will require the counsellor to work an extra month in future years, additional money paid for the work should be included in the contract Mr Boras opposed the successful motion to grant the request and trustee Frank Peta didn't vote. Go west, young gopher, go west Gophers Farmers resort to poison to protect crops, pasture Gophers, the common prairie variety, are causing farmers concern in Southern Alberta, especially in the County of Forty Mile. Vern Arnold, fieldman for the County of Forty Mile, said Wednesday more than 30 cases of gopher poison has been put out throughout the county this year, the equivalent of all used last year. The gopher population in the county seems to be moving westward each year, said Mr. Arnold. Four or five years ago. they were numerous in the Manyberries district but now more are seen in the Foremost area. The gophers cause problems for pasture land and farmland, said Mr. Arnold. They eat the leaves of cereal crops and if enough are in a given field, they can destroy the crop. Vern Jordan, fieldman for the County of Vulcan, said the gopher population there is down compared with 1973. He has sold only about half the amount of poison this year. The control of gophers isn't expensive but it can be time consuming, said Mr. Jordan. Once crops are advanced, fanners pretty well have to walk to the various gopher mounds to spread the poison. Richard Berringer. fieldman for the Municipal District of Willow Creek, said the gophers are causing problems only in certain locations throughout his district. Mr Berringer said they seem to colonize, creating problems in various fields. The MD of Willow Creek doesn't handle gopher poison but farmers can get supplies at hardware stores throughout the district. City separate schools mull quarter system Lethbridge separate schools should begin to study the possibility of adopting the full- time school system, their board chairman proposed Wednesday. Such a system would allow students to attend any three three-month semester of the quarter system that their parents wanted them to attend. John Boras told a meeting of separate school trustees. There is "'a waste of a lot of school space" in the two- semester system now being used, he suggested while pointing out the flexible curriculum of today's schools makes the full-time school system feasible now The quarter system was being discussed at many of the trustee and education seminars he attended during the past year, he said. And "it is gaining more he added. Ralph Himsl, superintendent, offered to prepare a report on ihe quarter system for the next regular board meeting scheduled for August. The separate school board also expects to receive a preliminary report on the two- semester system in August The separate and public schools have jointly hired the services of a consultant to determine the effectiveness of their semester systems. O WN PARKING METER MIGHT BE THE ANSWER A Lethbridge man agreed with a provincial judge in court Wednesday that he should buy his own parking meter after he had to pay for ignoring 21 parking violation tickets. Provincial Jude L. W. Hudson fined Greg James Rudolph. Suite 1411 Ashgrove Road, and court costs for each offence. The parking violations spanned a period between February and June of this year. Rudolph was also fined on a shoplifting charge after he pleaded guilty to taking six packages of cigarettes from Woolco June 6. Separate trustees wonder if gov't due them Separate school trustees decided Wednesday to survey the upgrading needs of their schools to see if any of them qualify for financial support under the new provincial school building restoration program. The program provides funds for complete renovation of very old schools, upgrading of others to meet building and safety codes and adjustments of present gas, lighting or water systems. A few of the upgrading needs of the separate schools mentioned at the meeting include replacement of windows, improvement of sub-standard lighting, reduction of hallway noise level, alterations to gas piping conversion of office and classroom space. School boards have until September to submit their applications for funding under the restoration program and until the end of 1975 to complete the renovations for projects they receive funding for No specific limit on funds for the program announced. but the department of education experts it will receive applications for upgrading projects requiring several million dollars to complete. Parents and teacherscagree that the extended implemented at tstie Assumption School during thV-. last semester "is acceptable" and "of separate school trustees were informed Wednesday. Jerry Heck, principal, based his information on a survey of parents and teachers that he conducted to obtain their impression of the 1974 extended school day. The school day was extended by 15 minutes to provide teachers with a planning time of 68 minutes a week without a time loss A joint agreement between the Lethbridge and Pmcher Creek separate schools that calls for the sharing of the Lethbridge school board's central office administrators FOX DENTURE CLINIC ESt. 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P- FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. For Father's Day Sun.. June 16 give a FLORAL TRIBUTE Novelty Arrangements Terrarium (Bottled Garden) Priced from FRAME'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6th Street South Phone 327-2666 KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. LETHBRIDGE TABER CALGARY 6201 50ft Aw. 1210- 45ft Ave.K.E, Phow 327-5985 Pbow 223-3441 276-5344 SWATHER CANVASES Combine Canvases and Pick up Belts are atso available Prices on application First grade High quality Heavy rubberized Duck canvas used throughout for longer wear Available now at... 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