Public school board issuing mandatory notice of potential staffing changes

Some 111 full-time equalivent teachers may be affected after provincial grant funding reductions are announced

The Lambton Kent District School Board has it has notified 111 full-time equivalent teachers of potential staffing changes after news of the provincial government reducing grants to the school board.

The notification is required under various collective bargaining contracts that would potentially affect ltwo employee groups—52 Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario members and 59 Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation members, a news release issued on Tuesday said.

Both reduced revenue due to declining enrollment and an increase in the averfage size of classrooms lis being cited.

”LKDSB anticipates that both of these measures will result lin a significant reduction in grant revenue,” said the news release.

Jim Costello, director of Education, acknowledges that changes are underway.

”in the past, LKDSB has made staffing adjustments to accommodate declining enrollment; however, the number of notifications for this year is higher than in previous years. The priority for senior administration remains focused on providing and maintaining as many classes as possible in our schools for our students.”

The LKDSB lis currently awaiting the specific details regarding the funding allocations for the Grants for Student Needs, which is anticipated to be provided by the end of April.

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