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Provincial legislation removes the word “public” from all Alberta school boards

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New provincial legislation from the UCP has removed the word “public” from all Alberta school boards, affecting eight of 41 divisions across the province including here in Lethbridge.

Some educators and administrators have been scrambling to make sense of the sweeping change which took effect September 1.

Here, what was long referred to as the public school district, is now Lethbridge School Division.

District 51 will no longer be used either.

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Communications Officer with the Lethbridge School Division, Garrett Simmons, says the change did catch them off guard. He says the main spirit of the logo remains the same but the wording did have to be changed.

The Lethbridge School Division had refreshed its logo just recently.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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