Jennex attempting to counter misinformation from CCRSB

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Board projecting cut of 37.5 FTEs

Education Minister Ramona Jennex wants to ensure parents have the correct information about the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board's budget.

HALIFAX – Education Minister Ramona Jennex is reaching out directly to parents relating to what she says is misinformation coming out of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board about its budget.

“There has been a lot of misinformation circulating and I think it’s important for families to understand the situation at the CCRSB,” the minister said in a news release Wednesday.

“Despite the fact the school board will receive nearly $1.3 million more in funding this year for 370 fewer students, they ware discussing reducing the number of teachers. Our government has been very clear that the classroom is the very last place that should see funding reductions. In order to protect the classroom, the province is covering the cost of all negotiated wage increases and we’ve offered additional staff support to help boards fine efficiencies.”

Last week, the board announced 37.5 full-time equivalent positions will be cut because of a projected $2.5-million budget shortfall. No teachers will lose jobs, but those who retire won’t be replaced.

The board also said that operational services reductions could result in fewer buses and drivers, while property services will complete fewer maintenance projects. As well, $101,350 will be cut from administration and governance.

Jennex takes aim at the Chignecto board’s “unique administrative structure” that is organized around four families of schools. This structure, she said, employs more than 20 full-time employees and costs $1.7 million per year.

“This seems to be a better place for the board to look to for efficiencies,” the minister said.

The minister said the board threatened last year to disband all library services in order to balance the budget. She said that was unacceptable and the department worked with the board to produce a revised budget that protected the classroom.

“Now we see the board attacking teaching positions,” the minister said.

“Our government is committed to protecting what matters most, the classroom. It is time for the school board to get onboard and stop making proposals they know are unacceptable. The board knows that department staff are available to help them put together a budget that is in the best interests of students and families.

Board officials could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Central Regional School Board, Chignecto board

Geographic location: Chignecto

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  • One who knows
    June 13, 2013 - 10:43

    If only the Minister of Education had read the draft CCRSB Budget 2013 - 2014 she may not have publicly humiliated herself as she has done here. I urge everyone to go to and read it. It is very clear and precise and the Board should be proud of how little was cut considering funding shortfalls. The Board is not our of control... it is a well run, honest, fair and ethical Board. Can you imagine the Province without it??? There would be NO ONE working for the best interest of students and families who elected them. Instead we will see an appointed, bloated, expensive, controlling, Board full and friends and supporters. Who wants that???? Be careful what you ask for as Ms Jennex has already begun the process.......

    • onewhohasbeencut
      June 13, 2013 - 18:15

      This email is ridiculous. Have you checked the job posting rounds and seen the consultant and mentor positions posted every round? Positions that cost a lot of money and have no need! Or how about the family of schools offices and their "bloated" staff. They are certainly not working for the best interest of the students when teachers aren't being replaced and classes are getting larger while the discipline status is an ever increasing woe, a larger class does not help this, so how are having a large board and all of this bureaucrats in offices getting paid the big bucks, who never step foot in a school, helping? They certainly aren't working for the students and families closing libraries and reducing library hours so students have less access to the resources they need. There is no one working for anyone's best interest here except there own!

  • stevieray
    June 12, 2013 - 19:32

    Jennex is obviously politically posturing here the 4 family of schools structure has been in palce for a few years now ! having these 20 full time employees working within the " unique" structure costs 1.7 million ?? out to $ 850,000 per employee.....WOW ....they have some pretty fancy digs !!

    • Craig
      June 13, 2013 - 18:40

      @STEVIERAY. Is that new math from the failing education system?

  • James Baillie
    June 12, 2013 - 17:20

    Well there is a very simple answer to this cat fight. If the minister is so convinced that the school board is out of control she can fire the whole gang, put it under an administrator like Ms. Casey did to the Halifax and Straight school boards. That is if the minister is convinced. I however think that the minister just likes to her herself speak, and we all know how meaningless that is.

  • Bit of history
    June 12, 2013 - 17:18

    It is worth remembering it was a Liberal Government that amalgamated perfectly good school boards into this monstrosity. Then a Conservative government who gave them everything and turned it into a bloated administrative whale. The NDP were left to take them on and end this sense of entitlement. But it's always the employees (teachers, library staff, assistants, etc) who are played as pawns by the Board. Dear Minister, "rein 'em in".

  • Edumatters
    June 12, 2013 - 17:01

    Enough is enough. This school board has been making cuts to schools for years while they have been padding their upper ranks. They have been cutting Teachers, EAs, and Librarians that work in the schools every year. Enough! If they cut more teachers, EAs or librarians from our kids this year, the government needs to step in and get rid of this board. Put someone else in charge! We need people making responsible decisions for our kids. NDP is supposed to be putting kids and families first. Prove it.

    • Concerned Parent
      June 13, 2013 - 11:33

      Does anyone actually think that the board administators are going to cut themselves??? In order for this to happen, it has to be mandated by the province where the board is to cut!!! Otherwise this is going to continue for years to come!!!

  • Dave
    June 12, 2013 - 16:27

    All you have to do is ask anyone in River Hebert and they will tell you they all Lie.

  • Ray McLennan
    June 12, 2013 - 15:53

    The school board really should go back and re-think whats important! Last year after they cut Librarians and other costs they were spending thousand on fertilizing soccer fields and school yards and then had to spend more money mowing them. Every school I have been in during functions, has been lit up like a Christmas tree. Huge atrium s for natural light and then 6 or 8 light fixtures.overkill in lighting! Try turning off the light here and there would save thousands. Efficiency is not CCRSB strong point as they have spent too much time thinking from inside the box.

    • FactsMatter
      June 13, 2013 - 17:58

      I really wish people would get their facts straight before assuming and posting. All classrooms and rooms (including gymnasiums) in the schools are now equipped with light sensors. The lights turn on and shut off automatically after you walk-in/ leave the room. This was done to be more energy efficient. Also, let's not forget, as for light fixtures in a huge atrium...these buildings have to be up to codes that are quite different than your average home construction.

  • johnny smoke
    June 12, 2013 - 14:57

    I wonder how long it will be before the board o.k.'s rethermilized meals for the students cafeteria in order to save additional money for their own catered meetings which by the way are very frequent..

  • CCRSB Parent
    June 12, 2013 - 14:55

    While the board and the government continue to bicker, the students and staff working at ccrsb bear the brunt of it. With reductions in frontline staff and services including teachers and support staff, everything effects the classroom!!! It seems the only way this board will cut elsewhere is if there are forced to by the goverment!!

  • RegReader
    June 12, 2013 - 14:24

    Thank you Minister for pointing out what many of us have been saying for years. This school board is out of control... seriously, they put themselves first every single time. Get rid of them please!!!