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School board issues redundancy notices to 56 high school teachers

More notices - The Upper Grand District School Board has issued redundancy notices to 56 high school teachers. Last week the board issued 54 layoff notices to elementary teachers.  Photo by Jaime Myslik

School board issues redundancy notices to 56 high school teachers

by Jaime Myslik

GUELPH - The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) has issued redundancy notices to 56 high school teachers.

In an April 11 statement school board spokesperson Heather Loney explained the notices are being issued now in order to adhere to collective agreements “on communicating potential redundancy to individual teachers in the system.

“We wanted to issue these notices as soon as possible so that affected teachers could be made aware.”

The move comes just over a week after the board announced it had issued 54 layoff notices to elementary teachers.

A total of 110 UGDSB teachers face unemployment in September.

The board previously issued layoff notices to elementary teachers in 2015, but it has been 16 years since it last issued redundancy notices to secondary teachers.

“The reason we are in this position is due to declining enrolment, the loss of the Local Priorities Fund, and other funding implications such as a loss in provincial revenue including significant changes to secondary class size funding,” Loney said.

The board is expecting to receive full funding details from the Ontario government at the end of April.

“At which time staff will continue to work through the budget process and look at what we’ll be able to do moving forward. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to recall as many of these teachers as possible,” Loney said.

The goal, she said, is to minimize the impact on students and staff as much as possible.

“But we know, moving forward, that we are working with less provincial funding and fewer funded positions in our system,” Loney said.

Over a week ago the Wellington Catholic District School Board announced it had issued layoff notices to 22 teachers and seven support staff, affecting both elementary and secondary schools.

On April 12, the Catholic board confirmed there are no changes since last week's announcement.


April 12, 2019


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