Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Parent-child centre idea proceeds By the end of this year a council to make decisions regarding early childhood services should be in operation By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The child-care needs in the city will be more effectively met when child-care resources are co-ordinated and a parent-child develop- ment'centre is established in the city's preven- tive social services director says. teachers and child- care professionals who are working with kindergarten children in the have been meeting for about a year now to study ways and means of co-ordinating child-care ser- vices in the Tony Tobin said in an interview. The known as the early childhood services planning has now reached the stage of develop- ing a child-care council to act as the decision-making body for early childhood services in the city. Mr. Tobin says the council and the organizational struc- ture supporting the council should be operational by the end of the year. The parent-child develop- ment centre will be of chief concern to the council. The ECS planning com- mittee sees the centre as a method of co-ordinating and improving services now informing parents about available services and preventing an overlapping of child-care services by private and public agencies. No duplication A youngster could now be in- volved with four or five different agencies without any of the agencies knowing what type of service the other one is providing for the Mr. Tobin explains. The centre would co- ordinate the services provided by these agencies so there would be no duplication of ef- he says. The plans for the centre include an executive director who would co-ordinate and ad- minister the centre and its staff. The staff is to in ad- dition to the executive direc- a family life education a family develop- ment a speech development an early education a child development specialist and community workers. Under the original the centre's staff and resources would be formed from personnel already work- ing with agencies providing some type of child-care to children in the city. The agencies have been ask- ed to provide information on what services they would contribute to the centre. Each agency will still be operating its own services. The centre would merely refer parents to the agency that provides the service their child needs and keep records on each child who has used any of the services available through the centre. Integrate services Private kindergartens will continue to operate as they have in the but will receive consultant assistance from the centre. Mr. Tobin says the council will have to the whole funding resources it will likely try to integrate present services to keep the operational cost at a minimum. Grants under government early childhood program announced in March will be one source of he said. The government said in March it would only fund local child-care programs that demonstrate community and parental involvement. That regulation should make it simple for the ECS council to qualify for govern- ment funds. Program users will be the policy makers on the council since they'll be the only members with votes. During the council's initial the program users will be the parents of children in the private and public kindergartens. the council will include parental representa- tion from all preschool child- care services in the city.. This would include such services as day-care centres. Evaluation Mr. Tobin says in the most parental involvement in decision-making on child ser- vice and educational organizations has been at the level of will bring cookies to the This won't be the case with the ECS council. Council members determine what type of ser- vices they'll get for a he says. Local professionals will evaluate the program and provide advice as required to the council. There wasv considerable debate this fall between ECS professionals and program users about who would be making the decisions on child- care services in the city. The program-users wanted to control decisions affecting their children and the council has been designed to satisfy that Mr. Tobin says. Parental involvement in the care of. their children must be encouraged and supported so they realize their tion is just'as bloody as a he the parental in- volvement would also con- tinue when their children reach grade he says. Mr. Tobin hopes the council will be able to provide all child-care including kindergarten at lit- tle or not cost to the recipient. Lower economic groups must receive more access to child-care services than they have he insists. The council is also expected to concern itself with the child's environment to pre- vent detrimental stress situations for young children. As an example of en- vironmental he said the council could become involved with the planning of new apartment buildings in the city. Apartment owners could be encouraged to provide day- care centres within new apartment he said. The ECS centre was named parent-child centre because it will include an educational program for parents as well as their children. Home visits The parent's education will be gained from home visits by the preschool teacher or other child-care attending monthly parent meeting with speakers and having to make decisions on the operation of child-care services in the Mr. Tobin said. The ECS planning com- mittee has representation from the city school home and school city and provincial govern- ment local health and recreation organizations and associations dealing with mental and physical health. Each one of the kindergartens now operating in the city is also represented on the committee by a parent representative and a staff member. District The Lctlibridcje Herald Second Section November 1973 Pages 13-22 Local news School trustees nix ward system Chilly grip Temperatures are 40 degrees below normal for this time of year and this scene southeast of Leth- bridge illustrates the chilly grip holding the South. Temperatures tonight will dip to 10 or 15 degrees below and climb to five or 10 degrees above for Thursday. It was to remain sunny with a few scattered clouds and the possibility of light snow flurries today and Thursday. A temperature of 16 below this morning was the lowest since 1936 when it was 11 below zero. College formulating leave policy Lethbridge Community College employees should be allowed leaves of absence when they campaign for a public political office but not when they seek election to an office a particular the LCC board of governors chairman feels. Bob Babki also feels leaves should not be granted when LCC employees request the time to campaign on behalf of another person seeking any of- fice. Mr. Babki's opinions on the matter were solicited by LCC president Or. C. D. Stewart as the board prepares to consider a formal policy on leaves of absence for political reasons at its regular open meeting tonight at p.m. The policy is likely to set down explicitly the situations when leaves would be granted and whether or not they would be granted with or without pay. In other board will be asked to approach the city about im- proving transportation ser- vices for people taking even- ing educational programs at various places in the city. The director of the college's school of continuing Dale says the Lethbridge Association of Life Long Education and Recreation Sept. 27 went on record as being in favor of asking the city to provide better public transportation than now exists for people tak- ing night courses. Mr. Heyland says in a letter to Dr. Stewart that he sup- ports the association's posi- tion and hopes the college board will too. board will be asked to hire a fourth full-time instruc- tor for the college's popular environmental science program. So many students are taking the program or have shown an interest in taking it that class sizes are growing too large for the three instructors to handle the board will be told. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer CALGARY The Alberta School Trustees Association Tuesday opposed a proposal by the minister of education that school trustees be elected by wards. Lou while speak- ing to the ASTA convention suggested the ward system would stimulate closer contact between the public and the school board. The trustees claimed the election of trustees at large provides for a school board that represents the educational interests of the whole school district. The ward it was might encourage trustees to pay more attention to the concerns of the ward and the common educational needs of the whole district could suffer because of it The ASTA also indicated its preference to hold school board elections at the same time as municipal elections Mr. Hyndman had previous- ly indicated to trustees that consideration should be given to holding school board elec- tions at a time apart from municipal elections in an attempt to overcome parent apathy in the election of trustees. It would be financially im- possible for smaller school boards to operate an elections separate from the municipal trustees said. During his Mr Hyndman expressed con- cern about voter disinterest in school board but the ASTA didn't appear to be as concerned. A Calgary separate school board trustee received response when he suggested school board elec- tion is burning houses Two of the old houses on 5th Avenue S. scheduled to be demolished saw service as training sites for policemen and firemen this week. In a seminar on arson and different types of homemade bombs and other explosives were detonated in the structures. Fires were also set to give firemen a chance experience incen- diary fires. Conducted by bjie city the provincial fire marshall's office and fire the training ses- sion sought to ascertain the extent of damage of bomb blasts and deliberately-set and to try methods of containing this damage. S Sgt. Bill Brummitt of the city police said the seminar was Mr. Hyndman the very few citizens have even bothered to cast a ballot for school trustees. school trustees do not have a high status in the public mind yet their decisions must be con- sidered crucial to a healthy As a solution to the public Mr. Hyndman propos- ed a government-sponsored advertising campaign to be activated before the 1974 school board elections. The campaign could inform Albertans of the of trustees and the necessity of the election and re-election of the best possible men and women The trustees also opposed Mr. Hyndman's proposal for board chairman to be elected by the entire population of the school district rather than by fellow board members In opposing the the ASTA claimed the chairman elected by the trustees probably have the confidence of other trustees on the LCC governors ban recorders Tape recorders all will no longer be allow- ed to record any portions of Lethbridge Community College board of governors meetings. Gordon LCC infor- mation informed The Herald a letter the new policy will be enforced beginn- ing at tonight's regular board at 7 30 p.m. newsmen have been using recorders to ensure ac- curacy when writing news stories members of the board do not want sessions recorded. Firemen chase phantoms It wasn't a will-o'-the-wisp city firemen were chasing Tuesday but almost. What was reported to be a fire at the distillery in North Lethbridge turned out to be lights shining on the huge cloud of steam which the dis- tillery emits A member of the fire department says people often think the west part of the city is on fire when red light from the brewery sien is reflected off steam from that plant. a newsman wants to record an interview with any member of the board during a recess or following the it is all right to do Mr. Colledge says. Board chairman Bob Babki said Tuesday some members of the board feel inhibited. when meetings are recorded. Grandstand work could begin after 1974 fair Work on a new grandstand at the Lethbridge exhibition grounds could begin right after next year's exhibition associa- tion general manager Andy Andrews said Tuesday. Mr Andrews said if the grandstand work was1 started next summer it could be finished in time for the 1975 exhibition. City council Monday approved in principle a request from the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Board for a grant of up to a year for 10 years Starting in 1975 The commitment from the city was re- quired before the board could get assistance from the provincial and federal governments for the million program of replacing the grandstand and barns at the exhibition. Mr. Andrews said the matter of funds from the two senior governments would be worked out in course City falls short on sewage standards The city's sewage treatment plant is meeting provincial environment department standards in discharging effluent into the CHdman River only one-third to one-half the a city engineering department report During the past 18 the report a number of modifications to the activated sludge process have been tried at the nortMMt plant. Four have been rejected as ineffective but a process being tried now is showing limited The report says the activated sludge process is ideally suited to treating normal domestic sewage although some industrial wastes can also be treated by the process but with some difficulty. The problem at the city plant is the treme fluctuations in industrial waste receiv- ed by the plant sewage that engineering director Randy Holfeld says is stronger and more difficult to treat than Calgary's and in the top half-dozen in terms of strength of some 300 cities across Canada. Mr. Holfeld uid that when the plant was recommended a sewer surcharge bylaw which would attempt to make industrial sewage more closely conform to the limits of domestic sewage. Council at the time backed away from a strong bylaw and has only recently passed such a bylaw that will come into effect in 1974. The purpose of the said Mr. is not to create revenue or penalize industries but to influence the economics of industry to encourage industries to pre-treat its sewage their plants. more laboratory space to gather technical data and process expertise for future sewage plant modifications or expansions is in the 1974 operating budget. The provincial environment department has said it is keeping its eye on the plant's but has said it will wait to see the results of the sewage bylaw on the plant's effectiveness before ordering the city to ex- pand or modify the plant. A million expansion project for the plant is included in the city's 1975 capital budget but city hall officials are hoping the fan to Old she vote for Hal This tense moment In a political campaign was caught by the camera at Lethbridge Community College where Hal Gallup Is running for president against Dale Johnson LCC student June Harris gets a kiss from Gallup cam- paign worker Brad Almond at a kissing booth set up to attract student support for Gallup. Students go to todav.