Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, September 23, 1974 Pages 13-24 This would be Dorothy Qooder's new instructional area WALTER KERBER photos Dorothy Gooder plan before school board today Principal seeks playground renovation By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The playground areas at Dorothy Gooder School are unsafe, unattractive and un- suitable for play or instruc- tional use, according to Prin- cipal Bill Oleksy. And the principal of the school for mentally retarded children and adults, wants something done about it. Mr. Oleksy, who assumed the principalship of the school this fall, will present a proposal for action to the public school board today re- questing to cover the cost of renovating the playground areas. The sharp steel-edged sand boxes, the swings and slides with their dangerous concrete bases protruding above ground level and the many lit- tle pot holes in the grounds will be replaced by a land- scaped area that is suitable for instructional use, if the proposal is accepted by the board. The proposed changes to the ground call for a concrete cir- cular area for wheel toys such as wagons and tricycles, a craft area, a rubber sandbos with slide, an area for children's games, a basketball area and a slide and crawling play area. The landscaping is to include shrubs and grass. The improvements would also include a resting area for adult students, about 30 per cent of the student population at Dorothy Gooder. Mr. Oleksy, in addition to making the grounds to the north and east of the school attractive and safe, says the renovations will allow the teachers to use the outdoor area as a classroom for specific instructional pur- poses. "I am encouraging the staff to use any part of the school as an educational area and not just the he points out. Bob Plaxton. public school superintendent, says renova- tion of the grounds was includ- ed in the public school board's over-all plan to upgrade the learning environment at Dorothy Gooder. The first stage, introduced shortly after the school was incorporated into the public school system in 1970, focused on the qualifications of the teaching staff. None of the teachers in the school had university degrees when the school board took it over from private operators. the school board in 1970 wasn't prepared to finance renovations to the school building and grounds and the provincial govern- ment refused to help finance the cost of renovating the grounds, the second phase was restricted to the upgrading of the building. The renovations to the shop area, classrooms, general of- fice and staff area, gym- nasium and senior activity, senior crafts, storage, intermediate and beginners areas cost the public school system over It now appears the improve- ment of the grounds will be completed in two phases. The first phase, if approved by the school board today, will improve the grounds to the north and east of the school building. The second phase would adapt the lawn and shrub area south and west of the school for instructional use. Plans call for the area to be enclosed with a cedar fence and include a nature area, water play area and an amphitheatre for instructional purposes. "This area would serve as an excellent development area for these children and would parallel our program in the development of the five senses, Mr. Oleksy explains. He hopes the first phase will be approved by the board to- day and the second phase receives approval in about a year. Principal Bill Oleksy he has request Free transport to voter register 'Grounds need crafts area may go here Free transportation is only a phone call away for city- residents having difficulty getting to city hall to fill out a registration form so they can vote in the civic election. Because of a concern about many residents not being able to register during the registration hours of 8 a.m. to p.m. at city hall. Matthew Lipton, public school board candidate, has organiz- ed a mini bus service to tran- sport potential voters to and from city hall. The civic election registra- tion system in the city re- quires renters and spouses of property owners, if not registered as joint owners of the property, to register at city hall before p.m. Wednesday. Property owners are automatically placed on the voters list. The bus service, Mr. Lipton says, will be operative during registration hours Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the city. The mini buses began transporting students from the university today and will continue to do so until registration closes Wednesday. Residents can have the bus pick them up at their home or place of work by dialing 329- 0386. There were 1.157 residents registered at city hall by 8 a.m. todav. Entering second phase Problem student project 'success' A Lakeview School program designed to help students with normal intelligence who are having difficulties learning is ready to enter its second stage of development. Public school trustees will be informed today that the first phase of the program, introduced at the Grade 1 level a year ago, provided "significant benefits" for most of the 45 students who participated in it. The second stage of develop- ment would extend the program offerings to the Grade 2 and 3 level. The students the program attempts to help are those who are often unsuccessful in school because they lack visual, auditory and social skills and are unable to form ideas or totally control their body movement muscles. The Lakeview proposal in support of the program points out that many children with such learning difficulties ex- hibit unacceptable behavior in hallways, playgrounds and classrooms and are unable to contribute to class dis- cussions. The program organizers hope it will develop a change of attitude toward school among the children who become disenchanted with school because they have dif- ficulty learning. Superintendent Bob Plaxton points out that many students with learning difficulties are not being helped by the regular classroom teacher because they don't have the time to concentrate on each student's difficulties. Phase two of the program calls for the hiring of two half- time teachers to work with small groups of students (maximum of six) in ac- tivities designed to correct the individual student's deficien- cy. There are over 60 students in Grades 2 and 3 at Lakeview who have been identified as being of normal intelligence but performing at a below nor- mal level academically. George Bevan, director of curriculum, says if the school board approves phase two and it proves to be successful, "it would be most difficult. In all fairness, to avoid im- plementing a similar program "in other public elementary schools in the city. He estimates that about 720 of the 3.600 elementary students in the system could benefit by the program. The estimated cost of the program for one year is 000 of which about might be recoverable from the department of education under its special education program. The projected cost of the program for all elementary public schools is about for the public school board and about for the department of education. If the school board approves the proposal today, it will then be forwarded to the depart- ment for funding approval. PRE-NATAL COUNSELLING OFFERED UNWED MOTHERS The fall session of pre-natal counselling for unwed mothers- to-be begins Oct. 2 at the Birth Control and Information Centre. Centre director Pauline Hoskins said the classes are ex- pected to help unmarried women who feel uncomfortable attending pre-natal classes for couples currently offered by agencies like the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and Victorian Order of Nurses. While these agencies don't actively discourage participa- tion by unwed mothers, their "family-oriented" classes often make unwed women feel uncomfortable. The centre's recently appointed director told The Herald another sexuality workshop is being planned, based on a successful lecture and discussion symposium held Saturday at Southminster United Church. While Saturday's workshop failed to attract many couples, speakers evoked a "good response" from the 22 people involved. "I think the population of the city was well represented Many people have a lot of strong feelings about sex." The next workshop will probably be held in a month, she said. South woman starts training for RCMP By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer Jeannette Cox, 26, of Blair- more, has left her job as nurses aid to become one of the first 32 women to join the RCMP. Miss Cox, who was a nurses aid at the Crowsnest Pass Hospital in Blairmore, began her training one week ago in Regina. She will march, ride a horse, fire a revolver and ab- sorb points of law. When she's through her training and becomes an RCMP constable, wearing a skirt or pants with an RCMP jacket, Miss Cox will carry her revolver and handcuffs in her purse. She may not "always get her man" but at 6 foot 5 inches and weighing 200 pounds, Miss Cox will do all the jobs the men in the force do. Corp. Lee Dueck, in charge of applications for the Lethbridge RCMP detachment, said that since the announcement in June that the force would be taking women into the RCMP, 35 women in Southern Alberta have requested RCMP application forms. "So far 15 to 20 women have turned in their applications and are awaiting Cpl. Dueck said. He told The Herald that within an hour of the an- nouncement women were picking up applications at the Lethbridge RCMP Detachment. "Most of the applicants have very good education but many have been turned down because they don't meet vi- sion requirements or aren't tall Cpl. Dueck remarked. He said the height limit for women in the force if 5 feet 4 inches, while for men it is set at 5 feet 8 inches. The age is the same for both, between 19 and 29 vears old. United Way on its way Did you know The Victorian Order of Nurses made 5.967 patient visits last year? Support the Victorian Order of Nurses through the United Way. 1974 campaign results to date: Professional National Selected Local Education Civic Provincial Federal employees Banks and Real estate Agency staffs UW 190.000 750.000 100.000 50.000 United way Custom bale wagon operators run into government road block By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Custom hay bale wagon operators being forced off district roads by suddenly enforced highway regulations are appealing their plight to Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner. As many area farmers wait for custom bale haulers to clear fields of baled hay before rain can damage the crop, one custom operator has parked his wagon because of warnings from RCMP. Aral as most custom operators knowiingly break the law each time they drive their stack cruisers down district roads and highways, im- plement dealers, fanners and custom haulers anxiously wait for the provincial government to rewrite the Highway Traffic Act. A member of the Retail Implement Dealers Association savs the agriculture minister "has promised us some changes in the very near future, but the wheels grind very slowly." Explains John Krokosh of Bridge Farm Centre: "These hay wagons are over-width and can't be licensed as commercial vehicles. "The law is being changed by the provincial government, but it all takes time." Meanwhile, at least one custom bale hauler near Lethbridge is refusing orders from unhappy county farmers like Roy Niedermier. Roys has tons of baled green oat feed waiting in his fields for stacking a mile away from his feed lot. The Coaldale area farmer complains: "I just tried to hire (custom hauler) Dave Thiessen. "But he's not going to do it. because he's afraid of running into trouble with the police. Like thousands of Southern Alberta fanners. Roy depends on the speed with which custom operator cruise fields and haul and stack bales. He adds: "There's no way I can get labor to stack hay by hand. I just can't see why they won't let these units on county roads. Like most fanners rotating hay with other crops. Roy likes the service provided by custom haulers because bale wagons "are expensive un- its to purchase." After warnings a week ago from RCMP about the Highway Traffic Act violations involving oversize vehicles driven on county roads in a commercial, and not agricultural, venture, Dave began turning down custom work. "If I go out and haul, then I'm going to get a ticket." Dave describes the legal roadblocks as "stupid." "How can we move hay? I'd like Dr. Homer to go to the minister of highways and say Uiai we have to gel our hay moving." Dave says he knows his five-ton New Holland wagon is too wide to legally drive down county roads. But Dave is ready to pay for a licence, if provincial authorities will amend the Highway- Traffic Act to come up with a licence legalizing custom hauling. Dave collects for each ton of hay he takes off fields and stacks. This is the time of year he can make some money to pay for his two-year- old slack cruiser. "My wagon is a he says. "I can't afford to park it." In the County of Lethbridge alone, there are at 9east 20 custom operators in the same bind as Dave Thiessen. An agriculture official in Lethbridge says Edmonton officials are express- ing disbelief that the Highway Traffic Act bans bale wagons from roads. "From an agricultural point of view, we are very concerned about hay and feed. "The hassl- ing of custom operators, he comments, is "ridiculous." An Edmonton agriculture officials says Dr. Horner "is aware of the problem" and will ask Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne to bail out custom operators. Edmonton is not hearing only from Lethbridge government officials. John Krokosh says the Retail Implement Dealers Association has already taken the haulers" dilemma to the Agriculture Appeal Board and highways authorities. Following a decision reached Wednesday, the County of Lethbridge council will contact Ed- monton, requesting the highways and agriculture ministers to allow custom hauling. "The hay's there and it's got to be moved. If you get a rain, the bales will get mouldy." Conn. Miro Tomasta warns. "A lot of people rely on these bale haulers."