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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta -i I 3 to a seat is not says gov't By JIM GRANT HenU Staff Writer Baaed on government school buses in Lethbridge are never overcrowded. Based on common some of them are overcrowded. It's that simple. The department of highways isjfv school age children only need 13 inches of seating space and the department regulates the capacity of school buses used in the province on that basis. Since school bus seat isl 39 inches each according to government should bold three students and a 22-seat bus would be classified as a 66-passenger vehicle That may look great on paper and it may even be feasible if all students who rode school buses were in the lower elementary but it doesn't make much sense when three junior high school or high school students dressed in winter clothing attempt to sit on one 39-inch seat. The two Lethbridge school systems and the city transit operators of the local school comply with the provincial government's maximum seating capacity regulations. They give no consideration to the size or grade of the students riding the bus. The manager and dispatcher for the transit system says a school bus listed as a 66-passenger vehicle under govern- ment regulations is expected to tran- sport 66 students in the city. But he claims the buses are seldom filled to capacity with older students and even if they were filled the students only ride the buses for a few minutes each day. Many of the buses in Lethbridge just transport elementary students who are small enough to sit three in a seat. Then there are buses that carry a mixture of younger and older students. And other are never filled to Jim MacLean.said in an interview. He says the longest time any one stu- dent in Lethbridge spends on a school bus while travelling to or from school is about 20 minutes. Considering that students board the bus at several different bus the A school bus leaves the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute after load of crowded students. RICK ERVIN pnoio bus is really only fully loaded for a small portion of the 20-minute trip. Mr. MacLean says the buses are inspected weekly by city transit ad- ministrators to make sure they're not being overloaded according to govern- ment regulations. The checks are made just prior to the unloading of the first students on a bus route. He claims the bus drivers also inform administrators when their bus is overloaded Adjustments have had to be made this fall to eliminate some reports of overloading where more than one bus stops at the same bus stop. The students all tried to get on the first bus rather than wait for the next one. Mr. MacLean didn't believe loading buses to the government regulation capacity was really a safety concern in the city. When the buses are used to transport older students on field trips or to sporting events outside the city then the seating capacity of the bus is reduced by one-third because the students are on the bus for a longer period of he says. Lethbridge school buses don't meet all the safety features that the Alberta Federation pf Home and School Associations in a recent should be adopted into government school bus regulations. But many of the regulations don't apply to city school busing. Auxiliary Cheaters which operate independently of the motor and two- way radios in case a bus has motor problems on the road in cold weather are not applicable to city busing. Mr. MacLean also claims a knowledge of first aid is not necessary for city school bus drivers because of their close proximity to residential telephones at all times. Railway crossings are also not a concern to city school busing. The federation was also concerned about padded emergency evacua- tion of shatterproof window glass and discipline of students riding the buses. Only the new school buses in Lethbridge have had the hard metal rim on the top of the back seat replaced with padded Mr. MacLean says. Students are not trained to evacuate a bus in case of emergency in he says. Emergency evacuation drills should take place in all school the federation said in its report. Mr. MacLean says he doesn't think the city transit system has given any thought to implementing emergency evacuation drills and have never had requests from the schools to do so He suggests Lethbridge school bus drivers keep good discipline on the buses and all school buses have' shatterproof windows. Discipline on the buses is ad- ministrated through the principal of each school All students are given a bus pass and if the driver has a problem with a stu- dent the student's pass is revoked by the driver and turned over to the Mr. MacLean explains. The student lose his pass for a week or so and he'll have to walk He says two students recently had their passes lifted for two weeks for fighting on a bus. During 1972 and the first part of this school school bus drivers have had only three none with in- juries The general behavior of students on city school buses may be under but vandalism to bus property certainly isn't. Mr MacLean describes vandalism on school buses as being r The transit system had to spend to repair slashed bus seats during the 1972-73 school year and the hasn't lessened this he says. The drivers check the seats when they leave the bus garage each day and when they drop off each bus load of students in an effort to catch the seat- slashing culprits District The LetKbridge Herald Local news Second Section November-2V1973 Fire headquarters Sprouting new a hose-drying tower at the rear and a town firehall to the new building early next year. The old No. 1 fire- headquarters area to the the addition to the No. 2 fire-. hall will continue to be until the new central firehall is hall at 28th Street and 5th Avenue N. nears completion. The fire de- built on 6th Avenue S. to transfer its headquarters from the aging down- a Catholic woman saved lives Atrocities against Jews recalled By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer The horrors of living in oc- cupied Belgium during the Se- cond World War were recalled to a Lethbridge audience Tuesday night. Mrs. Jeanne Daman- who has been credited with saving Jewish lives during the spoke at the Beth Israel Synagogue. She says it was her liberal upbringing and anti-Nazi feel- ing that made her accept ajob at a Jewish kindergarten. This eventually made her realize what was happening to Jew- ish people in Belgium and join the underground movement. Her main task was to find places for Jewish adults to hide and families to adopt Jewfeh children as their own to save them from death in the concentration camps. Although it was 30 years ago a spoke as if it was just yesterday. She told how the Nazis began the process of eliminating about two-thirds of the Flemish Jews by isolating them from the rest of the population so they wouldn't be missed. This was done by stopping the Jewish children from go- ing to schools and various other measures. Then at night Jews would be taken away and never seen again. Mrs. an attrac- tive middle-aged related heroics of many non- Jewish people who helped save many Jewish lives. When the Jews were being led from their apartment blocks non-Jews would grab a mother with child into their apartments as they walked by. Sometimes this worked and when a count was building would be searched until the mother and child were found. The person helping them would be sometimes killed as example to other non-Jews. Mrs. Scaglione says some Jewish adults lived in attics of houses for two years without ever leaving. They couldn't make a sound and couldn't even open a window'because this would give them away Mrs. Scaglione was their only contact with the outside world. She had to make Jewish using false names and living with non-Jewish very frightened of the Nazis or they might reveal their when playing and relaxed. Hill might toad to their capture. Families were separated. Mrs. Scaglione never told a parent her child had been cap- tured for fear the parent tc be sent to the same concentration camp as their child The scar of what happened in the Second World War remained with many Jews when they went to Israel after the war. They refused to have children and bring them up in a world that would permit the atrocities of the Second World War. Another side effect of the Second World War is the Israelis great concern for security. Mrs. Scaglione who has been to Israel three times since the Second World War said in answer to a question following her the Arab nations now realize they can't obliterate Israel and drive the Israelis into the sea. If it hadn't been for the land the Israelis won after the 1967 war the Arabs would have gone right into the heart of Israel In last month's she buffer strip and allowed the Israelis time to reorganize and counter-attack before the Arabs reached any Israeli cities In an interview following her lecture Mrs. Scaglione said the Israelis should not give up the land of the 1967 war unless they have a guarantee from the Russia and the UN that her borders will be secure. She couldn't understand why the people were demanding the return of the land to the Arabs when the Russians still occupy the land taken from the Hungarians in 1956. There is deep gloom throughout Israel became of the lack of even verbal port from former allies during and after the recent she said. One reason for this is Arab oil. If it wasn't for this many countries wouldn't have County stenographers get 25-cent pay hike By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer County of Lethbridge school stenographers will receive pay increases of 25 cents an hour retroactive to Sept. 1. After a lengthy discussion the county school committee voted to increase their hourly rate to half the increase requested. The pay boost is the second granted this year to stenographers employed by the county on a part-time basis In January the clerks received an increase in pay of 25 cents to an although they asked for 75 cents.- At the time of this increase the stenographers were told negotiations would be reopen- ed at the beginning of this school year. The committee also decided to renegotiate stenographers' salaries beginning in January. a calendar-year basis as opposed to a school-year basis. But a including this but making no provision for salary increases was defeated before a motion combining both was .eventually passed. County salaries with other groups are negotiated on a calendar-year basis. Coun. John Murray warned the committee not to pass the original motion. feel if this motion passes we're going to have another union to deal he said. pretty sure they'll come up with a union Another committee member asked whether it would be in good faith' if the stenographers' request was not considered since the committee had promised to consider their re- quests at the beginning of the school year. The committee turned down requests from two county principals who had written the group asking for an.increase in county allotments to schools to cover travel cosU of athletes taking part in inter-school competition. But they authorized the principals to ask students for funds to cover the discrepancy between transportation costs and the county allotment. lirtn NtAnl fmiit amount would probably be less than per pupil In letters to the school com- mittee the principals explain- ed the discrepancy. Coalhurst High School prin- cipal Herman Gom claimed the allotment of for tran- sportation costs was less than what was while Noble Central High School principal Paul Goldade said transportation costs came to more than its allotment Coun. Murray said com- mittee members should con- sider the number of students involved in athletic activities. only involving a certain percentage of the he said. can all participate if they want but they said Coun. Murray. About 60 per cent of school students get benefit from this allotment and 'taxpayers' money is paying for he said. is the use of budgeting allotments and then going over Coun. school committee said following the meeting. The allotments are deter- mined when the county prepares its budget early in the year. Reeve Dick Papworth was concerned that increasing the amount students would pay might prevent some students from participating. In other business the school committee Tuesday to ask the county principals association for input in for- mulating a committee policy on the confidentiality of students' cumulative records It will turn over to the association a report presented by University of Alberta educational psychologist Dr John Paterson to the Alberta School Trustees convention two weeks ago. The com- mittee has been asked to es- tablish guidelines for keeping school records that are useful and helpful to students. A government Local Initiatives Project grant of or 60 man re- quested for maintenance and renovation of county schools during the first three months of 1974 has been turned down Time Air would provide a viable alternative Time Air would provide a viable alternative to the ex- isting CP Air Edmonton to Grande Prairie Stubb told the Air Transport Committee in Grande Prairie Tuesday. Mr. Time's said his firm would provide two flights a day in each direc- tion using an IB-passenger twin otter aircraft. Grande Prairie's business community supports Time's application and the service would be well-used within six to 12 Mr. Ross told the two-member committee. The committee is holding hearings in the Northern Alberta city all this week into applications to supplement the CP Air Service to Edmon- ton Intopnatinnal tal Air Calgary has filed a submission asking that it be allowed to provide a service to Dawson Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Man fined An American charged with possession of a pistol without a permit pleaded guilty in provincial court Tuesday and was fined and costs. James no fixed originally appeared in court Nov. 9 and elected to be tried in Alberta Supreme Court. He changed his election Tuesday before Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson. who bragged about owning worth of property in has been held in custody since his arrest because he could not nmriiuw tlM hail ;