School boards hope to rescind all layoff, redundancy notices

GUELPH – Officials with both Wellington school boards are hopeful all teachers who received layoff and redundancy notices will have a placement come September.

In April, the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) announced 54 elementary teachers received layoff notices and 56 high school teachers received redundancy notices.

However, on June 14 UGDSB spokesperson Megan Sicoli told the Advertiser that the board was able to “successfully recall all elementary and secondary teachers and rescind all layoff notices.”

She said the staff completed a line-by-line review of expenditures and revenue.

“On May 27, notices were sent to all 56 secondary teachers who received layoff notices, stating that all layoff notices were rescinded,” she stated.

“On May 31, board staff communicated to elementary schools that we were able to recall all 54 teachers who received layoff notices.

“Although we were able to successfully recall all teachers this year, changes made by the provincial government to class sizes … will result in fewer and fewer funded teaching positions in the system over the next four years.”

Tamara Nugent, director of education for the Wellington Catholic District School Board, said staff is working to bring back all 22 teachers who received layoff notices in April.

“We remain hopeful that teachers will be recalled to positions,” she said on June 14.

“At this time we are close to having all those who were declared redundant placed.”