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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta College decides to pass Sportsplex in favor of building own gym The only way the Lethbridge Community College will be able to obtain the sporting acilities it needs to properly operate its education programs is to construct its gymnasium. C.D. LCC made it clear in i press conference Tuesday that the amount of ime the Sportsplex could be made available to he college is not sufficient to make academic scheduling feasible. The city and the college have been attempting o reach an agreement for college use of the facility for more than a year. When they began discussing LCC use of the Dr. Stewart said both parties were Diking about the college using the facility five iays a week. But in recent the city has suggested use of the facility to be restricted to three days a he added. our make it necessary for the college to have access to another gymnasium five days a week. He feels the college is no longer given first consideration for the use of the facility by city officials as appeared to be the case last fall. In Vaughan chairman of the Sportsplex told The Herald the city needs the college and its money to break even and has considered from the start that LCC would be the single major user of the Sportsplex. The city and college officials have participated in several discussions since that time and in April the college presented the city with a complete outline of the amount of time it would need the Sportsplex. Dr. Stewart said the city has since indicated it won't be able to provide the college with the use of the Sportsplex to meet all its needs. To complicate in a letter presented to the LCC board of governors the city stated the delivery date on its portable floor is now scheduled for 1975. Since the portable floor is necessary to convert the ice surface of the Sportsplex into a Dr. Stewart believes the college would not be able to use the facility until the fall of 1975. The portable floor would likely be installed in then the Winter Games events will utilize the Sportsplex for most of February and by the end of February LCC is more than half through its spring semester. Dr. Stewart said the college may still seek to use the Sportsplex even if it constructs its own sporting facility. The board of governors Monday passed a resolution calling for the planning and costing of a gymnasium to serve the needs of the college. He predicts the college will have completed planning and costing of the facility within three months and receive approval from the department of advanced education within a year to begin construction. The physical education complex could be built in conjunction with the residential complex being proposed by the LCC students to reduce the cost of both Dr. Stewart suggested. The students are in the process of planning and costing their proposed facility. both the students and the college board must convince the department of advanced education that it should approve the construction of their proposed developments. Dr. Stewart maintains the college is only asking the government to allow it to spend the surplus it has accumulated during the past few years by renting its science building. In the college reported about million surplus but since that time has designated about of the surplus toward the purchase of land and additional operational expenditures. Dr. Stewart is not prepared to blame anyone for the failure of the college and the city to work out an agreement for LCC use of the Sportsplex. He said he doesn't know who should receive the brunt of the blame. If the the college board of governors and the department of advanced education had made some decisions before the city proceeded with construction plans for the Sportsplex. LCC would not only be using the it would have financed a portion of the he pointed out. District The LetKbtidge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 13-22 BILL GROENEN photos Activities Expo at Gilbert Paterson Junior High More than 700 attended the afternoon and evening program of displays Paterson offers options with pizzaz By KATHIE MacLEAN Herald Staff Writer Students constructing paper polishing stuffing the skins of dead animals or playing tennis are not uncommon sights at Gilbert Paterson Junior High School. Through a wide ranging students are able to participate in these activities and many more. More than 50 option courses are offered each year and students may choose at least eight courses. To help familiarize incoming elementary students with the an Activities Expo was held Wednesday. Nearly 700 Grade 6 parents and other interested persons attended the expo in afternoon and viewing some 50 displays set up in the gymnasium. Ernest D. co- ordinator of the program and assistant says the event provided an ''honest look of the program Courses studied off the school including figure tennis and were video-taped for screening during the Expo. The gymnasium floor was crowded with different while on the stage the school stage band and 3 troupe of gymnasts alternated 15 minute performances The activities program was introduced two years ago at the school as a year says Mr. Dawson. will be going into the third year in the fall Needlework Taxidermist Trent 15. and after the program is we'll have to sit down and evaluate carefully to see if the program has accomplished what it set out The program is designed to create a bank of leisure time for students and provide a liaison between students and teachers. it has helped in solving the problem of apathy and non participation of students in both curncular and extra- curricular he says. Students are asked to evaluate the courses after the six week letting the co ordinator know what's what should be improved and what should continue in the program. In most classes are co educational. The grade structures are broken down with exception of girls' only junior high girls may enroll. Mr Dawson said he is pleased that the school system is finally beginning to realize that much is to be learned outside the classroom. such as girls' self community service and curling take the students out into the hope is to create a community school he says. Mr. Dawson believes the biggest contributions to the program's success are the number of volunteers from the community who have helped with the instruction of some activities and the extra time Paterson teachers have put in with the students. A breath of life Linda demonstrates on dummy Members from the Lethbridge School District office who have instructed stamp sign language and curling are George Ed Fred Cartwnght and Gerry Probe. Reg school board teaches while Burl from the U of assists in weightlifting. These teachers and student helpers are invaluable to the he says. Among the student assistants is Terry Penney. Grade who teaches lapidary to the students and also to the instructor. Mr Dawson said he is pleased to see teachers and students learning together. program exists because both teachers and students want it to. The enthusiasm is great. The attendance is best on activities Some of the courses offered are short-wave radio leather stuffed toy ski copper yoga and macrame. Each one costs us empty desks in schools County to protest limit Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON There are empty places in Alberta each of them costing taxpayers figures released by Education Minister Lou Hyndman reveals. With places there are only students. The student population has been dropping by about persons in each of the last two years. The estimated cost of the debenture debt and interest for each vacant place is over the life of the school. The figures were contained in resume of school building approvals for Calgary. Of seven the school buildings board approved only one. But the board did approve 17 new schools m the province for an- additional new places since January. Another 10 projects were still being considered to provide new places. Total cost for approved and outstanding projects was million in debt and interest charges. Outside the Mr. Hyndman said the government recognized the need for of schools into new neighborhoods. Regulations also took into account the changing mix in school populations. message is that we have to try for a He said junior and senior high schools will be within a decade if alternate uses are not found The government is pursuing such he said. Lethbridge County school committee will send a letter of protest to the education department complaining about the ceiling on education spending increases. School estimates discussed Tuesday at a special meeting of the county school committee show education expenditures in the county for 1974 of compared with last year's expenditures of million The spending said Superintendent Chick do not allow for any improvement of education in the county and if the 7V2-per- cent ceiling on increases in the supplementary requisition is the county is still left with an education deficit of The actual based on estimates presented to the is about but the county will apply the surplus from last year's education budget to the expected deficit. Reeve Dick Papworth said the county could meet the ceiling imposed by the provincial government by closing but the department wants to keep small rural schools open. If workers were held to a 7V2-per-cent they would call a he said. If the government does not remove the and it isn't expected that will the county will meet budgetary restraints by cutting from the teacher salaries and about from payment to bus drivers under contract. These cutbacks can be Manager Bob Grant without affecting the quality of education and without- laying off teaching staff He estimated the supplementary requisition this year would amount to about 17.3 compared with the 15.9 mills assessed in the county last year. Hobbyists invited to fair Whoop-Up Days 1974 will add a Hobby Village to its line-up of attractions and the exhibition association is inviting local and district hobbyists to display their work The village is an effort to respond to past criticism that there should be more to see at the says Leona Pratt of the Lethbridge and District Exhibition office. It's hoped hobbyists will work at their hobbies right on the Mrs. Pratt says. For the Lethbridge Drama Society will put on one act plays in the village. There will be prizes for some of the better displays. 10 injured in mishap A 10 year old Lethbridge boy is in fair condition today in Lethbridge Municipal Hospital after he was struck and injured by a car Tuesday afternoon. Eric 2426 20th Ave. was in an accident involving a car driven by Billy William 7th Ave. N. According to Hutton was westbound in the 2300 block 16th Ave S when the Ouelette boy ran into the street just west of a crosswalk. LCC staff raise rate explained The president of the Lethbridge Community College Tuesday refuted claims by the LCC faculty association that the academic staff will receive a raise in July that is one per cent lower than what has been granted the college administration. C. D. Stewart claims the academic staff and the administration as a whole received identical salary increases for 1974-75. Hal LCC faculty association said last week the academic staff will only receive a seven per cent raise in July as set out in the second year of a two year contract. Dr. Stewart explains that academic who have reached the top of the college pay will only receive a seven per cent increase but others will also receive an annual increment which will leave them with about a nine per cent increase. The total cost to the college for the wage increases the academic staff are to receive in July amount to slightly over eight per cent above the same expenditure during the past year. Velikovsky symposium registration tops expectations All sessions of the University of Lethbridge's symposium on Velikovsky and cultural amnesia will be held in the gymnasium of the U of L Physical Education- Fine Arts Building due to high registration. Registration has reached 152 and symposium co-ordinator John Hamilton says persons interested in only one or two sessions can attend for a session. Individual tickets will ho nn caln Thiircriau anrl EViHati registration desk on the main level of the Physical Education-Fine Arts Building. A good attendance is expected for American scientist Immanuel Velikovsky's main presentation at 8 p.m. Thursday. Members of the public have been invited to a free showing of a CBC Velikovsky. The Bonds of the at 8 this evening in Room E-690 of the Academic Residence ;