Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE lEIHBRIOGIE HERAID Wednesdoy, Moy 9. 1973 BOARD SUPERINTENDENT NAMED The assistant superintend- ent of the Calgary Public School Board has been named superintendent of the Leth- bridge public system, effec- tive Dec. 31. Dr. R. P. (Bob) Plaxton will begin duties for the Leth- bridge board Sept. 1. He will become chief administrator for the system Dec. 31, on the retirement of current su- perintendent Dr. 0. P. Lar- son. Until Dec. 31, he will work with Dr. Lai-son. Dr. Plaxton. 40. is a gradu- ate of the Universities of Al- berta and Saskatchewan. He holds bachelor of arts and bachelor of education degrees from the U of S. a master of education and doctorate of philosophy from the U of A. In 1967 Dr. Plaxton was awarded the John Walker Barnett Fellowship by the Al- berta Teachers' Association. A year later, he received a Province of Alberta Graduate Fellowship. Selected from three candi- dates for the Lethbridge posi- tion, two of which were lo- cal. Dr. Plaxton emphasizes the importance of public re- lations in education today: superintendent of the seventies needs to communi- cate effctively with the tax- paying public concerning the educational program that he directs. have been fortunate in having been given opportun- ities to develop the necessary skills in this Dr. Plax- ton has told local trustees. Lethbridge board members interviewed Dr. Plaxton here April 29. IDs salary is still under negotiation. Dr. Plaxton has nine years teaching and administrative experience: 1951-56. high school teaching, Rosthern, Sask.; 1956-57, teaching in the British Isles and Europe; 1937-63, teacher at Viscount Bennett Junior-Senior High School, Calgary. From 1964 to 1965 Dr. Plax- ton was assistant principal of Vincent Massey Junior High at Calgary; 1965-67, assistant principal, James Fowler Sen- ior High, Calgary; 1967-69, lecturer, University of Al- berta; 1969-72, director of de- velopment and research, Cal- gary Public School Board; 1972-73, assistant superintend- ent, development and re- search, Calgary Public School Board. DR. R. P. PUXTON Public trustees okay renovations to city schools By VYATIKEX CA1UGATA Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge Public School Board will spend this >ear renovating and repairing existing school facilities, the money to be taken from current surplus funds. The largest expenditure item, is for structual repair a t Lethbridge Colle- giate Institute to correct a heat-gain problem. The trustees, at their regu- lar meeting Tuesday, also allocated for con- struction of bus access and off-street parking on the north side of the LCI-Hamil- ton Junior High complex. Ken Sauer, LCI principal, told the meeting that such a provision would save about 40 per cent of his time which is now taken up dealing with citizen complaints about stu- dent loitering and congestion in front of the school. About 2.000 students attend both schools. Mr. Sauer said. Watson school About will also be spent renovating the boys' shower room at LCI. There was some discus- sion by trustees about an allocation of S4.000 to ren- ovate the art room at Allan Watson school. Trustee Car] Johnson said in light of declining enrol- ment at the school, the mon- ey should be diverted to another project. Chairman Dr. Doug Me- Pberson said he couldn't see closing the school "for a while and said the school could very well be used when the West Leth- bridge development is popu- lated. Trustee Reg Turner, a member of the ad hoc com- mittee determining renova- tion requirements, said the figure met only the immediate needs- Don Attwell. the board's facility planner, suggested to the meeting that a special fund for repairs and renova- tions be set aside each jear in order that a backlog does not build up "We should take into con- sideration that repairs have to be he said. And board member Al Mont said the province should provide landing for this purpose. Smoking policy changed In other business, trus- tees: Approved a new policy on student smoking which for elementary and junior high students will give the principal authority to dis- cipline the offending student "as he sees fit.'' Students in senior grades are allowed to smoke in designated areas only, and offenders may be dealt with in the same man- ner. Accepted estimates for renovations and additions to Lakeview Elementary school. Construction will cost about but the net cost to the board will run about 000. The renovations will ex- pand the library and the staff roam and will create an addi- tional art and science room. The addition will provide a new principal's office and a conference room. Agreed to nominate three board members to a public library liaison com- mittee. Board supports concept of pre-school committee T h e Lethbridge Public School Board gave its bless- ing Tuesday to the concept of an umbrella advisory body to look after pre-school services in the city. The body, proposed in a brief presented at the board's regular meeting, would hope- fully bring together commun- ity agencies including both the public and separate school boards interested in early childhood services. In its initial stages, the body would neb students that need help most, if their par- ents agree, said Dr. Bob Gall, a member of the citizens' committee that proposes the B.C. youth guilty of break-in A 16 year old Vancouver youth pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of breaking into United Motors, 219 3rd Ave. S., and was remanded to May ]6 for sentencing. Bradley David Armstrong, and a 15-year-old B.C. juve- nile were picked up Monday night in the office of the auto dealership. The 15-year-old was trans- ferred back to B.C. body. Dr. Gall is also the re- tiring director of school ser- vices for the public board. The brief will be forwarded to the provincial government. If the government approves and the group is formed, Dr. Doug McPherson. public board chairman, said one of the board's experts in early childhood education would be appointed to serve on it. In related business, the board deferred a request from the parents association of the Project for Learning and Lan- guage Problems asking them to take over a pre-school pro- gram for handicapped chil- dren and those with learning disabilities, operating out of a classroom at General Stew- art school. Dr. Eugene Falkenberg, who made the request on be- half of the association, said the school board has the back- up services, such as staff psychologists and therapists, which could make the pro- gram more successful In a brief presented to the trustees, the association esti- mates that up to 15 per cent of pre school children have emotional or learning disord- ers and they made their re- quest on the basis that if the board took the class over, it could be made available to a larger group of children. Caught in a wind, The bald prairie, a towering sky and a kite at the end cf o long string come to- gether to form a composition of timeless beauty. Rajko Dodic, 20, of 1318 ISth Ave. S., demonstrates the inner satisfaction to be had from this old art, as his kite soars high above a Southern Alberta coulee. Separate trustees back parent appeal for safer crossing By HERB LEGG Herald Staff writer Lethbridge aid ermen will be asked to provide safer street crossing con- ditions at Mayor Magrath Drive andSth Ave. South by the city's separate school trustees acting on behalf of 30 parents in the area. Separate board mem- toers Tuesday were unan- imous in their support for a safer intersection and in their condemnation of city council for not start- ing an improvement pro- gram at the corner. "In Lethbridge there has been a rather dismal failure on the part of council to pro- vide safe crossings for chil- dren particularly on Mayor Magrath t r u stee Paul Matdsz said. "In many cases, it would be unsafe to cross Mayor Ma- grath Drive in an armoured truck." Mr. Matisz said it is a sim- ple matter provide safe croesL'-s. He said cob" is r.ot a factor when human lives rre considered. "We need a safe crossing. It's abaut time our city coun- cil got off their fat fannies end did something about he said. Other comments from board supported Mr Madsz and the 30 parents who petitioned trus- tees for backing. a very bad. ha- zardous situation. I'm kird of terrified about it." superin- tendent Ralph Himsl said. Board chairman John Boras said, ''If somebody got severely injured as a re- sult of this, there'd be a mad scramble (for safutyl. But it's 1m late, then. Council is hiding their heads in the sand by refusing to construct an overpass.'1 Trustee Steve Vaselenafc ?dded, "This is ridiculous for chy council to be setting aside a matter of life and dsath of Vaselenak suggested all trustees join the CO parents in psrsor.ally con- fronting aldermen at tha next council mi-sting In addition to their letter to ccjncil. trustees will aJso seek support from members oi the Lethbridge public board. Pat Barry, who appeared before separate t r u s tees Tuesday on behalf cf paren.s in tha area, soid pclice foot patrals at the intersection aie rot adequate. "If anybody has observed tliis over there, they will realize the red light is run any time of the day or night. were told if anybody ran tj-.e red light, the pclice- man should leap out and cha.se after them en Mr. Barry said. Ko said many parents >ave started driving their children across the intersection. In other business Tuesday. tniite-es: Approved entry of a Catholic Central High School pi ay in a regional festival May 11 and 12 at Ectiff. Approved interim b o r- rowing of Approved a letter of pro- test to Education Minister LTJ Hycdmoa coned ning government restrictioiis on the recently announced learning disability fund. V of L spring convocation set About 250 student will be awarded degrees the sixth spring convocation May ?J at the University of Lethbridge. The public ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the U of L physical education fine arts building. Honorary degrees will be presented by chanc e 11 or James Oshiro to Canadian author Failey and to Southern Alberta historian and educator James Cousins. Guest speaker will be Dr. Walter Johns, former presi- dent of the University of Al- bsrta, now a professor in the U of A classics department. Responding on behalf of the graduating class be Ken a n aits and science student. Construction accident Inquest likely into man's death A city coroner said Tues- day he will probably order an inquest into the death of a 59 year old construction worker who died in hospital Monday six days after an ac- cident at a construction site in Lethbridge. Dr. Norman Baster said since Frank Klassen, of Coal- dale, was invo'ved in an. in- dustrial accident May 1, he "probably shall hold an in- quest.'' Mr. Klassen, married with four children, was walking across a piece cf three-quar- ter inch plywood at the top level of the addition to the Professional Building the board slipped, pitching him to the concrete 10 feet below. An official of the Work- man's Compensation Board said Tuesday he has made a recommendation at the acci- dent site that walkways be more securely fastened to thsir moorings. Workers at the site were apparently surprised at Mr. Klassen's death, as first re- ports indicated that he suf- fered a broken hip in the fall. Another worker on the pro- ject said the board was just "lying loose, overlapping its supports. The beard must have shift- ed. There was a guy on it half a minute before and nothing he said Tuesday. "I was walking across there all another worker said. ''It's just one of those things that happen." Both workmen agreed that the safety provisions at the site were adequate. Funeral services, handled by Martin Bros., will be held Thursday at p.m. at the Mennonite Con f erence Church in Coaldale. with bu- rial to follow in the Coaldale cemetery. Mr. Klassen is survived by his wife Ansa; a son, Frank Klassen, of Coaldale; and daughters Mrs. Anita Klas- sen cf Coaldale; Mrs. Helen Dyck, of Rosemary: ard Miss Annie Klassen, of C0al- dde. Farm machine demand tops dealer supply By RIC SWIHART Herald Slaf Wrilcr It appears to be the year of the farm implement deal- f demand in Lethbridge for equipment is ahead of the supply. All the dealers surveyed by The Herald reported active buying on tha part of farmers following a successful year in 1972. The consensus is that farm implement sales have caught the dealers fkt-fcoted follow- ing two or three years of near disaster conditions. A build- up cf machinery en the mar- ket was sold more rapidly than the dealers could antici- pate, resulting in lower-than- needed orders for this year, one dealer reported. Tractors appeal- the hardest order for the majority of the dealers to fi'Jl. McKay Bros. Farm Implements, dealers for John Deere equipment, said the big demand for trac- Local man faculty group head The head of the University of Lethbridge faculty associa- tion has been elected presi- dent of the Council of the Con- federation of Alberta Faculty Associations following a meet- ing here Friday. Dr. Edwin Webking will ba assisted on the CAFA execu- tive by Professor J. E. Sem- ple, University of Alberla, secretary; Professor George Linder, University of Cal- gary, treasurer: and Profes- sor Lloyd Stephens-Newsham, U of A, past president. CAFA is the representative body of the faculty associa- tions for Alberta's three uni- versities. Members of the CAFA coun- cil include Professor Semple and Professor B. M. Smith, U of A; Professor W. R. Unruh and Professor George Linder, U of C; Professor Frank Schaffer and Profes- sor William Baker, U of L. A budget for 1973-74 of 100 has been approved by CAFA members. The funds will be used for research, committee work and council meetings during the year. tors has resulted in a two- month wait for most farmers. The firm has no shortage oE used tractors and stocks of tillage equipment are good. International Harvester Corporation reports sales are up Irom last year. Equipment is readily available "unless farmers set down specific re- quirements in a piece of equipment'' Southland Ford Equipment Sales report a production problem in the U.S. due to a two-month strike. Because of the shortage experienced by all Ford dealers, stocks are being balanced across West- Canada. Dan Dalke, local Ford man- ager, said small equipment slock is the biggest problem with tractor supplies "nip and tuck." He said he has had to go as far as 630 miles to get a piece of machinery to fill an order Li Lethbridge. Canadian Co-operative Im- plements Ltd. report tillage equipment stocks are short but other types of equipment are available. George Smith, manager of the Lethbridge depot, said harvest equipment stocks are good now. But he anticipates some difficulty in obtaining adequate cr.mbines if sales continue at the fast pace. CCIL is opening a new man- ufacturing plant in Winnipeg July 7 and. according to Mr. Smith, it help maintain stocks d all equipment sold by the company. The building complex, sit- uated under one roof on a 7! 2- acre parcel, will handle ail types of equipment except tractors which continue to be imported from the U.S. Grades sent to students Grades for the spring sem- ester at the University of Lethbridge have been mailed to students. University registrar Jack Ovisit said the marks, sent May 3, didn't set a record for mailing "but we did compile and send them on to students as quickly as was humanly possible." About 250 students will at- lend the U of L spring convo- cation May 19.