LETHBRIDGE: The Board of Trustees for the Public School Board has waded into the
Lethbridge Fish and Game Firing Range location issue.
At it's meeting Tuesday night, the Board passed a motion asking the City to
actively partner with Fish and Game officials to relocate the Firing Range. The
move stems from an on-going police investigation, after a student found a bullet
in a soccer field at the Lethbridge Christian School on St. James Boulevard on
The Lethbridge Christian School Council had asked the Board to develop an
official position on the location of the Firing Range. Superintendent Barry
Litun noted, "The Board does not have a concern with the concept of a range,
however, feels it needs to be relocated to ensure the safety of the students at
the school and the residents of north Lethbridge".
Also Tuesday night, School Board trustees officially approved the District's
2013-2014 budget, which includes revenue and expenses of $98-Million, with $1.2
Million of the revenue taken from district reserves.
According to Litun, "The District was able to maintain and enhance the
services provided to students for the up-coming year, primarily because of the
fact that the enrolment in the district continues to grow, as well as the
District and schools are willing to use part of their modest reserves and the
result of prudent spending in the past".
It was also noted, the District is supporting the emotional health of
students, with an enhanced counseling model that will be in place to provide
supports to middle school and high school students. Through this program and
inclusive education the District will have 12 additional support staff
positions in 2013-2014.
Other highlights include:
-- A new early education program at Park
Meadows Elementary School, which means there will be 13 early education programs
offered in seven schools in 2013-2014.
-- Continue to model inclusive education through learning coaches and a
District English Language Learning program for high school students.
-- Continued implementation of a Workplace Health and Safety program, plus
support for Healthy Schools champions at elementary and middle school and Health
Coach positions at High School to foster health, wellness and safety for staff
-- Allocation of funds to hire seve 'Full time equivalent' ( FTE) teaching
staff to address enrolment growth at elementary schools.
-- Initiate a dual-credit Health Care Worker program for high school students
in partnership with Lethbridge College.