Lethbridge: There was exceptional participation at the Lethbridge Public School
district's Fourth annual Town Hall meeting Tuesday night. About 200-people
included staff, parents, students and community leaders.
The main question asked of participants was: "Taking into consideration
difficult budget decisions, what actions can the board of trustees take to
increase enrollment in public schools?".
Superintendent Barry Litun notes parents have a wide variety of choices
for schooling in Lethbridge. Not only is there the two public systems,
including District 51 and the Catholic system, but also the francophone system,
there are private schools and home schooling.
Litun states, "We as Lethbridge school district, are looking to try and be
the first choice of the parents of our jurisdiction".
Forum participants offered idea on district policies and procedures that
may be preventing increased enrollment and offered ideas on how to improve the
The public school district has open boundaries, as long as there is room
in a specific school. That means a student can choose a specific school, which
may offer courses or programs they are more interested in and Lethbridge schools
have a wide range of options. However, it was noted that the district needs to
do a better job promoting the various options for schooling within the public
Other suggestions included maintaining small class sizes and looking at
some of the fees that are being charged. It was also noted that the district
could look at ways to support families that have children in the half-day
kindergarten program and perhaps find a way to provide support for the other
half of the day.
The suggestions will be weighed along with budget constraints in the coming
months. Planning sessions will be held later this month and in early March.