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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta  - TNI IITHMHXK HERAID � ThffhddV* March 11, 1971 Kainai Industries plant becomes landmark in south Factory-built houses on assembly line at Kainai Industries Money still constant problem By JIM WILSON Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge public and separate school boards spent about $7.25 million between them in operating expenses during 1970, and will likely increase that sum to about $8.3 million in 1971. Money - the constant two-edged problem of education systems the past few years- was a constant problem in 1970, as both city boards found it necessary to curtail programs they had planned to expand. The reason was the Alberta department of education's firm insistence that education expenditures be limited to six per cent per year increases for the next three years. The total budget sum will increase this year by about 14 per cent in both Lethbridge school districts, but most of the difference between the six per cent guideline and 14 per cent actual increase is due to larger city population and enrolment In 1970 the public school district spent about $5,575,000; it will increase in 1971 to an estimated $6,385,000. The. separate school district spent $1,-665,000 in 1970 and will increase in 1971 to about $1,890,-000. The public school district owns 17 buildings valued at about $12.5 million; the separate school board owns seven buildings, valued at $5.4 million. There are 7,625 public school students this year, up about 150 students over 1969 - 1970. The system employs 371 teachers, each of whom was earning an average of $8,300 to $9,300 last year. The average will increase by about $900 for this year, following the eventual settlement of the 1970-1971 contract negotiations. There are 2,289 students inj the separate school district, up about 120 from the previous year. The system employs 101 teachers, earning the same salaries as public school teachers. Somewhat more than $3 million was spent in the public school district during 1970, as major additions were built to the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, , Susie Bawden Elementary School and Agnes Davidson Elementary School. The $2 million LCI addition was opened in September, as was the Davidson addition. The Susie Bawden addition was not opened until January, 1971. The district's Central and Fleetwood Elementary schools were closed at the end of 1970, and all students from the two schools joined Susie Bawden students in their new school. The school board officially changed the new school's name to Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary School. Its 600 students attend Grades 1 to 6, and the school has a 14-room equivalent ope n-area instruction centre. The separate school district joined the public district in 1970 in planning new additions, and currently a $375,000 addition is planned for the St. Mary's School. The addition is to be finished for fall classes. Both the public and separate school districts made a major entry into the educational television field in 1970. The public school district approved expenditure of $25,500 in ETV equipment, the first of what could grow into a major facility. The separate school district approved purchase of $9,000 in equipment. Both districts will place at least one television camera, one videotape recorder and one or more television sets in each of its schools. Teachers are be- ing specially trained to handle the equipment. The separate school board had some special excitement in April, when board chairman Dr. W. J. Cranley resigned from the board following a difference of opinion concerning acceptance by the board of a study of the Lethbridge divided school year experiment. Trustee John Boras was elected by the board to replace Dr. Cranley, and in a later byelection, Eric Schill was elected to fill Dr. Cran-ley's school board seat. The divided school year, in which students attend school for a fall semester from Aug. 25 to Dec. 23, and a spring semester from Jan. 7 until June 9 this year was proclaimed successful by both school boards following a report from Dr. Vera Dravland of the University of Lethbridge faculty of education. Dr. Dravland's report, backed up later by further research, indicated almost complete acceptance of the new school year by students, parents, teachers and administrators. Further research is planned to establish whether or not there are specific educational values in the divded school year. However, it is likely the experiment will be continued for at least the next three or four years. The Alberta department of .education is currently itudying a variety of modified school year approaches, but has had many positive things to say about the Lethbridge system Several other school districts in the province have asked the department for approval for introduction of the same school year into their districts, but have been turned down. However, under the new Alberta School Ac.t introduced last year the boards can vary the starting and ending dates of their locals school years without reference to the department. The only problem arises when Grade 12 departmental examinations are considered. The department, and Alberta's universities, colleges' and technical institutes have approved Lethbridge school district examinations as being the equivalent of the provincial exams. Lethbridge schools have their share of special provisions this year. The public school district is operating a home-bound program where a teacher visits sick students in their homes to keep up their studies; and 12-student class of emotionally  handicapped students is also available. The public school district also took over operation of the Dorothy Gooder School for retarded children in 1970. iThe separate school district operates a number of special ist programs and has also opened a religious education centre in its old offices by Catholic Central High School. While neither school board supports Project Head Start financially, both districts reap the benefits from it About 36 five-year-old children attend Head Start classes, which give disadvantaged children an opportunity to catch up to their age-mates. Head Start has had a class room in the separate school district's St. Patrick School for the past three years; next year, however, it will be crowded out of the school, and will likely find a home in the public schools. In 1970 the public school district reorganized its administrative setup, creating three new directorates. Dr. George Bevan, a native of Manitoba was appointed di- Your Southern Alberta Co-op Is Proud To Have Progressed With Southern Alberta For 46 years. The way to continued growth and progress of our com* muniry lies in moving ahead together to meet the challenges of making this a better place to live and work. We're proud to share in this effort� . , and to serve the progress of the individual, the family and the business by providing you 8 stores and a Livestock Division for all your home and farm needs. rector of curriculum and instructional services; Dr. Gerry Probe, originally from Saskatchewan, was appointed director of personnel and material resources; and Bob Gall, with the district for several years, became director of school services. Lethbridge schools joined with the city parks and recreation department in 1970 in a community use of schools agreement, which made all school, facilities available to community groups whenever the students' were not using them. STANDOFF - Kainai Industries Ltd. is now a landmark for all the people in the area and to the 4,500 Blood Indian residents, the sectional house construction plant will become the major source of income and employment. . Situated in an 80,000 square foot "stretched skin"' steel building two miles south of here, the plant will employ about 250 in an assembly line procedure, producing up to four new homes a day. The employees will work on nine houses on the assembly line at any given time when the plant is in full production. At present there are about 70 employees producing about one complete house per day. Assembly line work is not new to many of the Kainai Industries Ltd. employees, but title line is one of the most comprehensive in southwestern Alberta, producing three - bedroom houses varying in size from 900 square feet to 1,200 square feet. The homes will be marketed by Schwartz Agencies of Lethbridge through a three - year contract which is estimated to be worth about $20 million to the Blood Beserve. Once the building was estab-lished and equipment was moved into place, Indian welders built large steel frame  moving decks for the actual construction of the houses and ease of assembly line production. The steel frame decks 46 feet long and nine feet wide are moved into place in two channel tracks which guides the houses along the assembly line. Once in place, workmen assemble the floor joists, using 16 inch centres for the planks and joist hangers on the side of the house not supported by a basement beam. Each steel frame supports one half of a house. The two halves move along the assembly line simultaneously. The next step on the line Is the application of the floor sheeting, with hot air duct holes cut in the right places. Using a glue spraying ma chine, the linoleum is then ap- plied, with hot air ducts rou- > tared out. The metal boots for 1 the hot air system is also put in. J The rest of the hot air system installation is done on the site when the house is in place. To the left of the assembly line sawyers cut the wall studding to size and another group forms the window frames. These window frames are then put on a bottom plate two by four beam which is marked for stud placement. This work is done on a stand - up jig for ease of construction and movement. As the wall frame is moved along the jig, toward the assembly line, sheet plastic vapor barrier and stone board sheeting is applied. The plastic is used on all walls facing the weather. On the right of the assembly line, adjacent to the wall jig, is the inside partition construction area. Men build the inside walls and store them against the plant wall until needed. As me outside walls and inside partitions are needed, a travelling hoist is used to move them into place. The bath tub , and rough plumbing is installed at this point for ease of work. Back on the left side of the assembly line, the next step is the construction of the roof. Ceiling joists, made by a pre-fabdication company in Calgary, are fitted together and the final ceiling tile is applied. . .This is then lifted into place with the travelling hoist The inside shell of the house is complete at this point. The electrical and plumbing work is done next so the men can work from both sides of the partitions. Fibreglass insulation is applied and the outside plywood sheeting is put on. Air equipment is used to nail the plywood into place. At the same time the sheeting is applied, the first coat of dry wall is being applied to the inside stone board walls. Nails and cracks are covered with a base coat of dry wall cement. The roof plywood is also ap- plied at this stop along the assembly line. The next step on the line incorporates several stops in the construction of the houses, with building paper, windows, asphalt shingles, aluminum doors and outside fixtures applied. The second coat of dry wall covering is put on the inside and horizontal lap siding (ma-sonite) is put on the outside walls. - The doors, base boards and other finishing work is dons next. The cupboards are installed with sink plumbing fixtures. The final coat of dry wall is applied and the outside trim is painted. The last step in the construction is the application of the outside roof facia boards, the underside boards on the eaves (soffit) and the inside painting. Heavy black plastic i� applied to the open half of the houses for transportation and then the finished house is taken to the parking area for storage until the moving trucks can take them to the site. The pieces of finishing boards are put inside the house for application at the connection position once the house is on the foundation. During the construction of the houses, provincial electrical and plumbing inspectors from Lethbridge check the workmanship standards along the line. Journeymen tradesmen supervise all the work. The houses are checked periodically by officials from Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation to make sure the house meet CMHC standards. The majority of the workers are receiving on - the - job training, being assisted by Canada Manpower Centre and the department of Indian Affairs. The majority of the actual work is done by Indian production workers. 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