Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Letkbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, November 28, 1974 Pages 19- Home on the range New houses going up in Engineered Homes' Park Meadows subdivision have marched to the city's northern boundary at 26th Avenue N. This shot, looking south down 23rd Street N. also shows that the roadside ditch truckers complained about earlier this week has been filled, giving them easier access to the construction area. Senior ped corridor suggested The feasibility of putting a pedestrian corridor across Scenic Drive near 5th Street S. to enable senior citizens from the Green Acres Lodge to cross safely should be investigated says Aid. Bob Tarleck. Aid. Tarleck said he plans to raise the ques- tion at city council's meeting Monday. "I know there's a warrant system that says there has to be so much traffic before it can be put in, but extra consideration has to be given for senior he said. "It's difficult for them when traffic is heavy they may get halfway across then have to wait on the me- dian before con- tinuing." A pedestrian corridor encompasses flashing yellow lights overhead and before the crossing, and a 20 m.p.h. zone when the light is flashing. Council has already authorized installation of eight such crossings next year as part of an over-all pedestrian crossing policy. A similar concern to Aid. Tarleck's has been raised by Aid. Tony Tobin, who wants to know if any provision has been made for a pedestrian overpass or underpass in the same area, connecting a six- acre public parking lot the city is developing for Woodwards on the west side of Scenic Drive with the Woodward's shopping centre. To settle campaign issue: Separate board contacts' Union-fighting legal, city labor council told The Alberta government can do nothing about management courses on how to keep unions out, the Lethbridge and District Labor Council was told Wednesday. The Alberta Federation of Labor made an inquiry on the matter Canadian Labor Congress representative Jim Shewchuk said. Labor is free to organize, and run courses in how to organize workers, but management is free to run courses on "how to keep us from he added. Al Packard, delegate for Local 245 of the United Brewery workers, said the courses were not good for a free society. Labor does not try to prevent the organization of chambers of commerce as detrimental to the interests of working people, he said. One union organization problem is cer- tification procedure. A letter to council from the AFL said procedural errors still caused some rejections of union applications for cer- tification as bargaining agent. Copies of the latest certification procedure are available and should be studied, said the letter. Victor Kaupp, delegate for Trailerworkers' Union Local 1657, said union representatives should not be making procedural mistakes. A union is never organized unless employees have grievances, and newly enrolled workers are placing their confidence in their union representative to get their local cer- tified. Certification-means the board of industrial relations recognizes a union is a bargaining agent for a group of employees, and requires the employer to bargain with it in good faith. The council also received a letter from the CLC outlining a study to design a common background for union labels. The design would incorporate the CLC emblem and the name of the union whose members produce the product. The adoption of a common background might end abuse of union labels. Mr. Packard said such abuse is not uncom- mon. He said he was told by a clothing store manager that a union label could be sewn into a jacket if he wanted one. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Reporter The separate school trustees took action Wednes- day to improve communica- tion between them and the community they serve. They agreed to invite a non voting student representative of Catholic Central High School to attend board meetings and to conduct some of its regular board meetings in the schools instead of central office. The lack of communication between the school board and parents was one of the major issues of the school board election this past fall and the consensus of opinion at the meeting Wednesday was that a sincere effort must be made to close the communication gap. Trustee Robert Kolesar, the rookie board member who knocked the previous board for failing to communicate during the election campaign, introduced both motions Wednesday. A student representative at board meetings, he suggested, would open "a line of com- munication between the students and the board and en- courage input from the students" on matters directly affecting them. Mr. Kolesar said the board must also make an effort to reach out to parents because many of them now think the board is unapproachable. By arranging a time and place for home and school association representatives to meet with the board, the trustees may also be able to create more interest in the home and school organization, he believes. Parents may be more will- ing to approach and support the home and school associa- tion if they know that it has a direct line of communication with the school board, he suggested. Trustee Steve Vaselenak proposed that the school board meet at a different school each month "to have a rap session about education" with the parents of the school. Trustee Paul Matisz oppos- ed the concept of decentraliz- ing the board meetings even though he agreed it would be advantageous to meet with delegations of parents at board meetings. "I just don't want to treat the city as a bunch of states. Parents in all areas are part of the separate school system and should not be segregated from each other, he ex- plained. Superintendent Ralph Himsl felt moving some of the board meetings to school locations may be the action that is need- ed to encourage parents to meet with the board. They may take the approach that since the board has "come out to meet us, we'll make the effort to meet them." Chairman Frank Peta prais- ed the idea of reaching out to the parents. "It's a great he responded. Other Catholic organizations such as the parish council and the Knights of Columbus should also be in- vited to the meetings. Secretary treasurer Neil Reilander then pointed out that a resolution calling for the school board to "hold jam sessions" with parents was passed by a meeting of trustees a few years ago. The trustees then decided not to adopt a similar resolu- tion but instead begin follow- ing the principle of the resolu- tion now on its books. They directed Mr. Himsl to arrange for such meetings when convenient to all in- volved. Resignations give board no ease The second resignation of a Lethbridge school principal in two days was tendered to the separate school board Wednesday. Assumption school principal Jerry Heck served notice he would be leaving the elemen- tary school at the end of the calendar year to assume the position of superintendent of the Catholic school system in the Northern community of Ft. McMurray in January. Reluctantly, the trustees accepted the resignation. Tuesday, the public school board received the unex- pected resignation of Winston Churchill High School prin- cipal Jim Anderson. The resignation of Mr. Heck was disturbing to some of the trustees. Trustee Paul Matisz com- plained that it was unfair that teachers and principals can terminate employment with a months' notice while the school board has difficulty dismissing an employee at any time. "The rules of the ball game are all to the advantage of the Alberta Teachers Association trustees are getting the dirty end of the he said. He suggested it "may be too easy" for teachers to ter- minate their contracts. Trustee Steve Vaselenak spoke of the disruption a resignation of a principal in the middle of a school year can cause within the school. However, he said he "can't blame" Mr. Heck for taking advantage of the opportunity open to him. Likewise, Mr. Matisz said his comments were no reflection on the Assumption principal but instead were directed toward the teacher contract. Superintendent Ralph Himsl voiced regret at losing a "valuable member of our staff." The school system will feel his departure. "He is an effec- tive the superinten- dent continued. In an interview following the meeting, Mr. Himsl said that he would begin advertis- ing for a principal im- mediately. Divided school year wins support of majority The divided school year is supported by the majority of teachers, students and parents in the Lethbridge separate and public school systems, an independent study of the system released Tuesday found. The study was initiated by the two Lethbridge school boards in March to obtain an assessment of the divided school year which they im- plemented five years ago. The Lethbridge divided school year was designed to provide a better way of organizing the two-semester system that has been adopted by most Alberta secondary schools. UNEQUAL SEMESTERS The Lethbridge divided school year begins and ends at different dates than other semester systems, features two semesters of unequal length, contains fewer actual days of instruction and takes its semester break at Christ- mas instead of in late January. J. D. Horvatin, the evalua- tion consultant who conducted Uie study and prepared an 81- page report on his findings, told a meeting of the public school trustees Tuesday that much of the support for the divided school year was not based on educational value. He cited "relief from the heat in June" as one of the responses he does not con- sider to have educational value. Of the five methods of organizing the school year proposed to those surveyed, the divided school year was "most frequently selected by all respondents." SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY Two-thirds of the junior high and elementary teachers, one-half the senior high teachers, two-thirds of the students and one-half the parents supported the divided school year. Those not indicating support for any of the five proposed school year alternatives were counted as not supporting the divided school year. AH teachers in the two city school systems, a random sample of 10 per cent of the students attending the three city high schools and a ran- dom sample of 10 per cent of the families with students in the three high schools were given the opportunity to res- pond to the survey. Seventy-nine per cent of high school teachers. 64 per cent of junior high teacher, 86 per cent of elementary teachers. 85 per cent of the students and 66 per cent of the parents responded to the sur- vey. While the majority of the respondents to the survey favor the Lethbridge divided school year, the study also found that: About .50 per cent of the senior and a third of the junior and elementary teachers believe that learning oppor- tunities are lost when the number of days in the school year are reduced. About one-third of the senior and junior high teachers and the students believe the first semester is rushed. DIVIDED ON LENGTH More than 50 per cent of the students and about two- thirds of the junior and senior high school teachers believe that productive teaching and learning can be maintained throughout the longer periods. About 50 per cent of the students indicated that a variety of instructional ac- tivities are not used and one- third of the students felt that any attempt at providing variety was confusing. Between one-third and one-half of the students suggested the shorter school year results in the teacher resorting mainly to the lec- ture method of teaching and emphasis is placed on content instead of concepts and at- titudes. The break between semesters was also cited as being a disadvantage to some students. Mr. Horvatin suggested in the report the disadvantages of the divided school year that were pointed out by the sur- vey should be examined to see if they are attributable to the school year organization. The disadvantages may have been the result of the curriculum structure, educational goals, teaching methods or student and teacher expectations of education, the report states. The public school board received the report for further study and agreed that a deci- sion on whether to continue with the divided school year system be made at a future board meeting. A copy of the report will be forwarded to the minister of education. The report will be presented to the separate school board todav. Rush tips hazard The annual Christmas shopping increase in traffic around Centre Village Mall is prompting inquiries about the traffic light that isn't at 2nd Avenue and I31h Street N.. Aid. Bob Tarleck said Wednesday. "A lot of people are concerned about it." said Aid. Tarleck, adding that he's asked the city engineering department for a report on when the lights will be installed. An engineering department spokesman said in September the signal lights were being delayed by slow delivery of the goose-neck type steel poles used for traffic signals. Delivery isnl expected until next May. he said. The same problem will delay the pedestrian corridor system with it's overhead flashing yellow lights until nexl spring, hf added. City council voted to have traffic lights put in a! 2nd Avenue and 13th Street N. one year ago nexl week after receiving a 1.000-name petition supporting lights a! ihe intersection Potting Ethel Dunn, an 11-year member of the Oldman River Potters Guild checks the underside of a bowl she's just finished throwing on a wheel at the Bowman Art CenSre. H still must be fired and glazed before it will be ready for the Guild's annual sale at the Bowman Centre Sunday at 1 p.m.