Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
, 1973 - THI LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 3 27,000 close school books By C. A. WEEKES and S. P. JOHNSON Twenty-seven thousand pupils and students have been thrown into reverse in life's highway of reading, writing and arithmetic. It's a teachers strike. It covers the areas of 18 school districts from the Crowsnest Pass east and south to the U.S. border. The cities are not involved. How long it will last, nobody knows. Both sides are deeply entrenched. Perhaps the blame lies with everyone connected with the school system. Perhaps we take everything just a little too much for granted. Are southern Albertans really grateful for the teachers who keep the children busy in pursuits over and above the call of duty? Or do we tend to ignore the dedicated teacher who gets a stamp club going, who stays until 5:30 refereetng a soccer game, who takes the trouble to take the class out of the classroom for some kind of expedition. Let's take a look at what goes on in our schools. At Picture Butte schools there is a diversification throughout. The high school, St. Cath- erine's and Dorothy Dalgleish schools provide a fantastic range of activities. There are band concerts. A recent evening opened with various selections of the band under the direction of Ross Harvey. Then came modern dancing and a lively display by various gymnastic groups. . Rooms contain displays of art, sciences, business education, language arts. There is the presentation of the high school awards. At Lundbreck, "Education Makes a Difference." Peter Iwasiuk, principal of Livingstone School, has plenty of activities going at all times. The halls have art exhibits displayed to great advantage. The rooms have various exhibits that show reading studies, social study options and fine handicraft. The high school rooms show examples of pickled biological s p e c i m e n s, geological rock samples, apparatus for studying sound, microscopes, electrical equip ment and geographical maps made by the students to show world affairs. There are models of S. P. JOHNSON photo* Leap into tJw unknown By withdrawing their service, rural teachers took a leap into the unknown. Above, Allen Wocknitz clears fellow gymnasts Darwin Sauer and 'Chester Bodnar. The painter is Miss Donna Mehalko of Picture Butte. Crowsnest Pass Bureau NEWS -:- CIRCULATION -:- JOB PRINTING Vemon Decoux, Resident Rap., Ilolrmere - Phono S62-2149 Cowley that showed the village from 1906 to the present. Display windows along the hall show special exhibits of crafts, such as ceramics. There are views of Rome and ancient Roman life. Many classes show exhibits of a reading program with emphasis on meaning, vocabulary and exercises to develop all these phases. One boys' group illustrated familiar games for the gymnasium or playground on the blackboard. The excursion around the school reveals a chemistry c 1 a s s in the science labora-t o r y conducting an experiment. As in all modern schools the Livingstone School Library is an extremely well-organized centre for study, for reference and recreational reading. The entire school is modern and efficient. School trustees will tell you it costs a great deal of money to keep these schools operating. This is obvious. Is it time to divert some money from, say defence spending, to the school system? Are we spending too much on roads and not enough on teacher salaries. If the strike accomplishes anything, it should make us think. s. P. JOHNSON photos $22,318 deficit revealed By MARG LUNN Herald News Service.:* � PINCHER CREEK - More than 100 people attended the recent annual meeting of Pincher Creek School Division No. 29. The financial statement for 1972 showed a deficit of $22,318. One of the factors contributing to financial difficulties was the drop in enrolment, especially from grade 9 to grade 10. The number of teachers for the 1972-73 term was 76 and two part-time, a drop of five from 1971-72. Qualifications of teachers with four years of training or more numbered 56 or 71.8 per cent; three years of training nine or 11.5 per cent; two years eight or 10.3 per cent; one year of training 5 or 6.4 per cent. There was 50 per cent of the teaching staff with 10 or more years of experience. The reduction of total staff was due to the financial squeeze, officials said. Some changes were due to falling en- rolments. This of course meant a reduction of program and services for students and an increased workload for the remaining staff. The "work experience program" is involving an increasing number of students in various businesses and services. These have led to more contact between the school and community. A frozen grant structure affected transporta t i o n. Three students per seat resulted in overcrowding on some bus routes and worked a hardship on students who totalled Vk hours a day on the bus. Pincher Creek has been awarded the provincial tliree-year trial project for the Community School Concept. Residents will be able to attend for credit or non-credit courses which would not be available otherwise. Opportunities f o r discussion are held by the education committee on the first Thursday of each month at Matthew Halton High School at 8 p.m. The pros and cons of the teacher strike were heard. Representatives, E. Kettles for the school board and M. Johnson for the teachers, answered questions. A motion was made by Dr. Juan Teran to the effect that the local school board negotiate directly with Hie teachers rather than through SASAA after this situation is over. The motion was lost. The concensus was that the board and teachers should be allowed to negotiate in the way it is now being carried out. 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