Fewer teachers for 2011-12 school year

Jennifer Vardy Little
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SCOTSBURN - Reduced provincial funding and declining enrolment will result in the loss of 20.5 full-time equivalent teachers this fall across the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

The board heard recommendations from the financial services committee Wednesday that the Nova Scotia Teacher's Union staffing complement be set at 1,404.3 FTE positions.

That number is based on a number of factors, Stellarton-Westville school board rep Ron Marks explained.

"The 2011-2012 budget target adjustment for CCRSB is a funding decrease of $3.1 million," he told the board. "After adding back 'one time' expenditures and considering net cost pressures, there is a net budget deficit of $3.8 million from the status quo."

The estimated student decline across the board is 425, which means a reduction of 17 fewer teachers.

The board was also required to eliminate 8.5 full time equivalent positions as a result of a provincial government requirement to cut the number of consultants by 50 per cent.

That would normally mean a loss of 25.5 teachers, but a newly-proposed literacy support model will result in five additional full-time teaching positions.

Marks says the board is doing its best to minimize the impact felt by students, but  indicated newer teachers are likely the ones who will be impacted the most.

"The consultants who were cut are still in our system and are often more senior than some of the classroom teachers," he added.

Organizations: Central Regional School Board, Stellarton-Westville school board

Geographic location: Chignecto, Nova Scotia Teacher

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