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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Public schools official claims School building sensible but too By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The concept of the province s school building freeze "makes a great deal of sense, but it should be made the director of Lethbndge public school per- sonnel says Dr Gerry Probe, in an in- terview, said the government fails to take into consideration the classroom space that is being used for special school projects when it calculates its 90 per cent utilization rate The province established a building policy earlier this year that disallows new school construction in school systems that aren't utilizing at least 90 per cent of available classroom space department of education position paper indicating that the 90 per cent utilization rate would remain constant during the coming year met with op- position from representatives of urban and rural school dis- tricts when they met recently with government officials in Edmonton The position paper with the proposed government building policy was presented to the school board representatives to give them the opportunity to react to it, says Dr Probe, attended the meeting The boards represented were from large city systems heavy growth suburban areas and a few systems with special problems Both Lethbndge school systems were represented Dr Probe says the govern- ment reacted to the board representatives opposition to the present utilization rate by suggesting the utilization rate may be lowered to 85 per cent Most board representatives agreed with the government s concept of curbing rising education costs by controlling school building construction but they also felt government policy should remain flexible, he said Dr Probe claims the pre sent government building policy is not flexible and as a result schools are listed as having more empty classrooms than they actually have Establishing 30 sears to a classroom as the criteria for calculating the number of empty seats in a school croates a falsp image of school utilization he suggests For most classes he says 30 students to classroom is a reasonable number However in certain vocational and special educa- tion courses and in Grade 1 it is "not realistic" to teach a class of 30 students because more instruc- tion is required, he says He believes a Grade 1 class shouldn t exceed 25 students As a result of the firm criteria for calculating empty classrooms the government may not approve new school construction because its records mav indicate that the school system requesting the construction has several emp- ty classrooms In reality Di Probe says all the classrooms in the school system may be filled to capacity with the exception of classrooms used for special education and Grade 1 c'as-ses The department of education s paper also says new schools to be built in the traditional permanent design would not likelv be approved Schools to be built specifically for elementary or junior high students would also likely be refused govern- ment funding the position paper indicates But all was not bad news for districts hoping to construct a new school The position paper says the government may consider approving the construction of relocatable schools in areas where school population and the projected population don t wairant the construction of the new type of permanent school The new design of school be- ing pioposed by the govern- ment is made up of a basic building core of about seven permanent classrooms, ad- ministrative offices, staff ac- commodation, auditorium complex, kitchen facilities and a school-community library The core-unit would be con- structed to allow for ad- ditional relocatable classrooms to be plugged into it At least 240 students from kindergarten to Grade 3 and evidence of future school pop- ulation growth is the criteria freeze rigid the government proposes to use in determmg whether it will approve the funding of a basic building core-unit The position paper says the proposed government building policy is based on the predic- tion that Alberta's school pop- ulation will decrease by at least five to 10 per cent over the next seven years, 40 schools have been closed dur- ing the last few years because of an enrolment decrease and the province's schools could accommodate more students without additional school construction United Way agencies seek more funds Fifteen agencies lunded by the United Way have asked the organization for about more than the cam- paign, which concludes its third week today, hopes to receive from this fall's fund raising All but two agencies, the Canadian Paraplegic Associa- tion and the Navy League, have asked for more money than they were alloted for 1973 The Navy League has been allocated less this year than it received in 1972 Ten agencies have been alloted more than they receiv- ed from the campaign one year ago while four agencies, the Salvation Army, Victorian Order of Nurses Canadian Paraplegic Association and Family, have been allocated the same amount they receiv- ed from the 1973 campaign The allotments are ten- tative and depend upon the United Way collecting about more than was raised a year ago Allocations were deterimed in June by the United Way budget and allocations com- mittee after presentations to the committee by member agencies and the Canadian Red Cross, a partner m United Way but not a member agen- cy In addition to the tentative allotments the amounts re- quested by the agencies and their 1973 allotments follow The Lethbndge Family Y, alloted in 1972, this year has asked for and has been tentatively alloted Tne YWCA has requested and the allotment has been set at Last year the YWCA was alloted Canadian Paraplegic Association asked for and has been alloted same as in 1972 The Navy League asked for this year, the same as in 1972, and has been alloted St John Ambulance re- quested and has been alloted more than it was alloted last year The Salvation Army re- quested from this year's campaign and has been tentatively alloted the same as last year Other agencies with their 1972 allotments, their re- quests and tentative allotments for 1974 are Cana- dian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society and the Lethbndge Family Service, now called the Personal and Community Development Centre and the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind 500 and 750 The remaining agencies with figures for 1972 and 1973 campaigns are Boy Scouts of Canada and 000, Girl Guides of Canada and 300, John Howard Society and 000 Multiple Sclerosis Society and and the Canadian Red Cross Society and Tentative allotments total with 550 for ad- ministrative expenses, to pay campaign expenses and 000 of the hoped-for set aside to cover doubtful ac- counts Included in administrative expenses is the salary and ex- penses of a full-time executive director, the rental of office space, the cost of paying secretarial help, telephone auditing and miscellaneous expenses The allocated for doubtful accounts is budgeted to cover the amounts pledged through payroll deductions but never received because the contributors have moved to other areas District The Lcthbridtic Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge. Alberta, Friday, October 12, 1973 Pages 15-28 Listening Alf Cameron depends on his ears Blind bowlers use noise to monitor their game To the average person the racket inside a bowling alley is a conglomeration of vrooms and clunks But to the members of the city blind bowlers club the noise is the only means of monitoring their game by themselves The best of the club can dis- tinguish the sounds of certain pins being knocked over and know which are left standing "When you lose your sight, your other faculties pick up you listen for things you never did says blind bowler Alfred Cameron Mr Cameron started bowl- ing with the club before he was totally blind but now can- not see the pins He sits back occasionally when another bowler is on the alley and calls the pins as they fall "He got the king Mr Cameron says "Wrong he spared says sighted CNIB representative Verda Ross "Sure but he hit the king pin answers Mr Camderon "The centre pin has a different click to it than the rest he says with a proud smile before taking his turn Mr Cameron judges his position in the alley by touching a railing which runs beside the delivery path The railing, about eight feet long stands about 30 inches high Some of the bowlers centre themselves in the lane bv touching the top of the rail with their fingertips Before his first ball is half- way down the alley, Mr Cameron turns in feigned anger and says it was too far left The ball takes out the left corner pin The club is one of the ac- tivities put on for the blind in Lethbndge by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind There is no office for the CNIB in Lethbndge Mrs Ross works in Lethbndge un- der the auspices of the Calgary office The bowling is paid for by the Lions club of Lethbndge which for most of the bow'ers is the difference between their bowling and not bowling, Mrs Ross says The club, in its third year of competition, now hopes to sponsor the provincial cham- pionships against other Lilies in the province including hd- monton Calgary and Medicine Hat In Medicine Hat last year the team won the finals The club also took on a team of sighted bowlers from the city who wore blindfolds to even the odds "The blindfolded bowlers were pathetic they could hardly get the ball down the alley Mrs Ross says In an effort to finance the provincial championships themselves the team is spon- soring a raffle 'We want to do it ourselves and make enough money to put on a real show for Lethbndge' Mr Cameron says The weekly bowling meet is also more social than com- petitive with the bowlers car- ing less about their scores which range from 80 to more than 200, and more about talk- ing and joking with each other "There isn t many of them on the team but they sure have a good time says the manager of the Downtown Bowladrome Gruenwald presses for optometry school Gov 9t attitude disappoints MLA Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Lethbndge West MLA Dick Gruenwald continued his two-year fight for a school of op- lometry in Alberta and remained disap- pointed in the government s attitude 'We are in dire need of a school of optometry in Western Canada and par- ticularly m Alberta the Social Credit member said outside the legislature But he snid that Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, "was not even showing a strong preference for a school in Alberta In reply to a question from Mr Gruenwald, the minister said a school was under consideration by education officials of three western provinces But he told the MLA there were no federal funds available for its es- tablishment Mr Gruenwald said in an interview he was very surprised by that statement The Alberta association of op- tometrists was under the impression that funds were available Mr Gruenwald said only 30 students can be accommodated in the nation's only English-speaking school in Waterloo Ont Albei ta is lucky to get one seat a year He said the average age of op- tometrists m Canada was very high at 40 years 'In contrast to a law school, there is just no comparison This may cost a bit more but it is much more important Mr Gruenwald is one of the opposition MLAs icsponsible for criticism of government educational policies Embargo on U.S. beef Svould be a mistake' By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON An em- bargo on cheap American beef animals to solve the crisis fac- ed by Southern Alberta cattle feeders would be a mistake, Agirculture Minister Hugh Horner told the legislature Thursday The president of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association has said an embargo might be necessary to save the feeding industry in Western Canada But in answer to a question from John Anderson City hall to increase phone lines People seem to have a lot to talk about with city hall According to recently com- piled figures telephone calls were routed through the city hall switchboard in a three-week period last month Since city hall is open five days a week, eight and one half hours a day, that works out to better than 750 calls a day and an average of about 90 an hour During one particularly hec- tic hour the switchboard lit up 135 times As a result of the survey, two more incoming lines are to be installed at city hall Seminar postponed A government sponsored seminar on the establishment of a trail system throughout Southern Alberta has been postponed until Dec 1 The seminar was to be held at the Civic Centre today and tomorrow but more time was needed for better publicity in order to get the best represen- tation of interested people East) Dr Horner said any embargo would be 'a mistake at this time The industry in Southern Alberta is facing a crisis as cheap American animals stream into packing plants U S cattlemen held back their animals during the price freeze and now there is an oversupply, bringing prices down But Dr Horner said outside the house that an embargo would only interfere with free trade "and free trade helps us it doesn't hurt us "If you start putting an em- bargo on you're going to in- terfere with trade and screw something else up What feeders down there need is some certainty with regards to feed grain prices and supplies He was to meet with federal minister Otto Lang today in an attempt to iron out some of the uncertainties In the meantime, the province is trying to speed up shipments of beef to Japan and is taking a run at the top restaurant trade in Europe The government has invited as its guest a veterinary in- spector from West Germany to the province Clearance by German health authorities of Alberta processing procedures would be a major step into the Euro- pean market he said Tough to get pictures taken Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Shift work in the Pincher Creek Crowsnest area is making it dif- ficult for people to get their pictures taken for the new driving licences Social Credit MLA Charlie Drain raised the question with Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne in the legislature Thursday The bureau is open from nine to 12 in the morning he said and from one to four in the afternoon Mr Copithorne said the province was con- sidering a mobile photographing facility or some other arrange ment better for the area The minister also said the department will consider requests from Bassano for a speed limit and lights on a dangerous stretch of road He was repljing to a question from Fred Mandeville Valley i Land-for-colony rumor will be investigated CALGARY A govern- ment official will travel to the county of Forty Mile this week to investigate rumors Huttentes are buying land for a new colony Dr Arnold Platt chairman of a special advisory com- mittee on communal proper- Break-in judgment held Judgment on three persons who entered the Medical- Dental Building Sept 4 has been reserved until Oct 18 Provincial Judge L W Hud- son, after hearing concluding testimony in provincial court Wednesday said he wanted time to ascertain if there was intent to steal Elaine Nikles 18 604 8th St S Lawrence John McDougall 19, 807 7th St S William Albert Robinson, 18 807 7th St S and Patrick Allen Caldwell of Lethbndge were charged with breaking and entering with intent to com- mit an indictable offence after police caught them leaving the building Nikles McDougall and Robinson testified that they had no intention of stealing anything and that they had entered the building so McDougall could go to the bathroom Caldwell has not yet been tried on the charge because he is at the Alberta Hospital in Ponoka ties the person who has reportedly sold the land did not contact the committee Rev John Klemsasser secretary to the Huttente representative on the com- mittee says he knows nothing of a purchase He says the OK Colony at Raymond of which he is a member purchased some land at Forty-Mile about four or five months ago but Dr Platt knew of it Roy Walman county ad- ministrator says he knows nothing of a purchase There have been two recent land quisitions by the Huttentes in the county but Dr Platt knew of both The county of Forty- Mile is about 30 miles southeast of Lethbndge Dr Platt says the only problem his committee has encountered since its incep- tion last March is the sale of some land by a farmer near Turin to a Huttente colony Hoofing Owl dancing by a group of young Indians was one of a number of steps displayed at the Inter- national Folk Festival Thursday at the University of Lethbndge. Also featured were Philippine dances, synchronized Indian dances and Ukrainian dances. The festival, sponsored by the Lethbndge Folk Arts Council, and the U of L Economics Club was held to promote an awareness of Canada's cultural diversity ;