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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridge railroad at dawn Lights the sky a mass of colors and the first real Chinook of 1973 make Lethbridge an attractive city. A new day catches hundreds of railway all sizes and waiting for the inevitable trip to some distant market. WALTER KERBER photo District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section November 1973 Pages Preschool fees to be cut by half Sportsplex interior This cut-away model of the Canada Games Sportsplex shows the concourse between the upper and lower seating tiers and something of the seating arrangement at rink level. The structure will be located on Scenic Drive just north of Lethbridge Community College. Now under it is expected to be completed by the end of November 1974. The view in the photo is from the north to the south end of the building. Preventive services funding strained By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A meeting in Edmonton Nov. 23 could have important ramifications for the city's preventive social service programs. That date has been set by Neil minister of health and social to meet with representatives of local com- munity services boards across the province at a crucial point in the evolvement of the preventive social service concept. Margaret Sutherland and Ken Sauer of the city's com- munity services advisory board and community ser- vices department director Bob Baruett will attend the neeting for the city. The program was created ly legislation in 1966 in tlberta and has since grown a the point that the number of immunities getting into the is putting a severe strain on says city social services lirector Tony who was elected 'president of he provincial Preventive Social Services Directors Association. The province pays 80 per cent of the cost of the programs and the municipalities pay 20 per cent. The squeeze on funds was felt this year in the when the Family Services the Centre for Personal and munity board had to make a direct appeal to the provincial cabinet when it was in the to get required funds for the balance of this year and the first part of next year. Another project the Com- munity Outreach Project was refused a grant request from the province even though city council had approved the and was told to reapp- ly next April. The direct approach by the Family Services board clearly says Mr. that the government wants to hear from local board members and citizens as to the value they place on preventive social service pro- jects. D. W. deputy minister for services with the department of health and social made the same point at the preventive social services conference this Mr. Tobin says. boards are far more effective than directors in presenting issues to the minister wants to hear from community groups and citizen Cancer Society sets goal at million for 1974 A target of million has been set for the 1974 fund- raising campaign of the Alberta division of the Cana- dian Cander Society. Tom executive director for the Alberta said Monday the society has reached the point where it can aim for the million-dollar mark for the first time in its history. Mr. Steele was speaking to the annual meeting of the Lethbridge unit of the society. The society has been setting all time records every year through campaign canvassing and memorial he said. This year the division collected more than Next year the campaign goal will be about and from memorials more than Coupled with revenue is ex- pected to top he said. C. H. campaign chairman for the Lethbridge unit of the said next year's goals for the local branch will remain relatively stable. Because memorial contributions will not be included in campaign totals next year the goals will re- main the he said. Figure released at the Mon- day meeting showed the Lethbridge unit collected more than in campaign funds throughout Southern Alberta this year. The unaudited financial statement showed a surplus in revenue of This will be transferred to the Alberta division for cancer research- and other Mr. Gordon said. Other reports presented to the meeting included and patient ser- vices. Kay education committee in- dicated more than people took advantage of films and seminars during the year. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Tuition fees at most Lethbridge kindergartens are expected to be reduced by more than 50 per cent by the end of the year. The reduction will occur when the kindergartens receive their grants from the provincial government's early childhood services branch. The branch was formed last spring to give financial sup-' port and organizational assistance to private in- stitutions and agencies and boards an educational experience in con- junction with health and social services to all preschool children. Most of the local kindergartens have received provincial government approval on the condition that they comply with a few minor regulations. Government funding will be forwarded as soon as these regulations have been met. Standards are based on buildings and accom- equipment and safety and fire staff preparation and content of program for children and and registration un- der the Society Act. Tuition varies Registration under the Society Act as a non-profit organization and certain building regulations are all that is preventing the city's approved private kindergartens from receiving the ECS grants immediately. Sone will take the necessary steps this month while others don't expect to qualify until the end of operators say. Private kindergartens will receive a child per year for most children and between and a year for each handicapped child. The grant will depend on the type of han- dicap each child has. The tuition charged by private kindergartens ranges from to per month per child. When the government grants are received the kindergartens intend to lower the tuition to between and -a month per a Herald survey of local private kindergartens shows. Supplies 130 families north of Fort Macleod Water haulers' well nears completion Surveyors have completed rork to establish the location if a new water well for Jane the 80-year-old ancher who cut 130 families iff from domestic and animal rater supplies earlier this rear. After a series of meetings letween Mrs. epresentatives of the North facleod Water Haulers Co- perative and the provincial a decision was nade to drill a new well in an attempt to satisfy both the water haulers and Mrs. Whipple. The whole trouble started May 4 when Mrs. Whipple cut the tap off a flowing cutting the water haulers off from free water supplies. Mrs. Whipple claimed the constant use of the well on her property rendered another well at her house useless. A number of court cases in- volving trespassing and assault resulted when members of the water haulers co-op tried to get water from the well. After threats of expropria- tion of the well on Mrs. Whipple's the water haulers obtained permission to drill another well on property owned by John Van Sluys about feet from Mrs. Whipple's buildings. Jack head of the technical branch of the Alberta Department of the Environment in said the new water hauler's well has affected Mrs. Whipple's present well lit-' tie over the long haul. He said the new well should be completed before Christ- mas. Her present well will be capped off to stop a severe leakage of water that is thought to affect the How of water for both the Whipple and water hauler's well. Mr. McCracken said the new well will serve Mfs. Whipple's another house used by helpers and the Whipple barn. The entire 1 system will be pressurized. Detmer Detmers of Granum. a spokesman for the water said as far as he the well at Mrs. Whipple's house will be fixed before the water hauler's well will be licenced. He says the water haulers are using their well almost every day. It is supply- ing about 20 tanks of water daily although they have to use a gasoline engine to pump the water into the tanks. The licence is needed to make it permanent. At the former the water pressure was high enough from natural artesian forces that tanks could be fill- ed by simply opening the taps. He said the present proposal is for. the government to put in the well system to the three buildings. Mrs. Whipple will be responsible for the operating costs. Some operators said their kindergartens would be refunding the difference between the fee now charged and the fee to be charged after the grant is received retroac- tive to September. Grants paid for children in approved public or separate school programs will be the same as private kindergartens for handicapped but the school boards will be paid per'child per year for children with learning dif- ficulties and a child each year for all other children. The Lethbridge public school board has already received funding approval for its approval for its kindergarten for children with learning difficulties now operating at the General Stewart School. Handicapped and disadvan- taged children receive priori- ty consideration when .kindergarten programs are presented to the government for funding. No I short-ranged One local private kindergarten operator was un- der the impression that the government's early childhood funding may be for this year only and the whole program a one-shot Dr. H. T. director of the early childhood services said in a telephone interview from Edmonton the program was short- He says the government has established a separate branch within the department of education to approve program funding and co-ordinate early childhood services in the province. Edmonton and Calgary now staff early childhood con- sultants in the department of. education branches and a con- sultant will be appointed to the regional office in Lethbridge in about a Dr. Hastings says. He says about out of Alberta children in the 4Vz to age group are now attending some type of kindergarten. It is hoped all children in that age group will have the opportunity to attend kindergarten on a voluntary basis in the near he says. Classes full The .government funds will allow kindergartens now operating to lower their tui- tion fees so the lower economic groups can also af- ford a kindergarten education for their he suggests. The Herald survey of local kindergartens indicated that they were filled to capacity or nearly filled to capacity. Some have long waiting lists. One local operator claimed there will be an even greater shortage of kindergartens next fall because of the reduc- tion in tuition fees. She also suggested new kindergartens would not be eligible for government financing unless they received government approval before the end of 1973. is not true at If there is a shortage of kindergartens in Lethbridge and new kindergarten proposals with government there is question they would have to be Equal salaries Some local operators were also pleased that kindergarten teachers would be receiving salaries to the salaries of teachers in the public and separate grade schools. Government ECS funding regulations indicate there must be a qualified teacher on holding an Alberta teaching certificate with a major in early childhood for each group of 35 or fewer kindergarten children. Only one of nine local kindergartens has not applied for government funding. The Christopher Robin 1011 19th St. is still eligible to apply for'the ECS but has not yet done so. Happy land Lakeview Tinkerbell Bee- Jay Kindergarten and Dick and Jane Kindergarten expect to receive at least a portion of the grant by the end of the year. Parents involved Kathie's Petite the Gingerbread House Co- operative Nursery School and the Emmanuel Christian Pre- School don't expect to qualify for funding until 1974. The two kindergartens operated in conjunction with the city's preventive social services department did not apply for funding this year. The government's ECS policy also insists that kindergartens must attempt maximize the involve- ment of parents and local in its organizational and educational structure. Parents must be on the decision-making body of every kindergarten before it can be approved for government fun- ding. The involvement of parents is very important because they must understand what kindergarten education is and how it can benefit their says an operator of the Gingerbread House Co- operative Nursery School. Individualized Jill Kotkas says kindergarten education is not Grade 1 brought down one year. much more in- diviudalized and is play orien- Mrs. Kotkas says the program puts an emphasis on creativity. people don't think it is learning if they see children playing with That is why she was pleased to hear the government suggest that parent education should be included in all kindergarten programs. is what we have all ;