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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bluewater Layoff Notices Going Out

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  
The Director of Education says 92 secondary school teacher layoff notices are going out.

It appears there will be plenty of teacher layoff notices going out from the Bluewater District School Board.

Bluewater's Director of Education Alana Murray says as it stands right now, 92 secondary school teacher layoff notices are going out.

Murray says that number may go down somewhat, based on how many requests for leaves of absence they receive from teachers who survive the cut but numbers will NOT be affect by retirements.

She says the teachers that will retire are simply not being replaced, as directed by the province.

Murray  says the reason for the large number of layoff notices is a direct result in the province's change in secondary class sizes from 22 students bumping up to 28.

It means fewer teachers are needed.

At the board's Business Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday afternoon, it was also learned layoff notices will be going out to about 15 elementary teachers; 62 education assistants and 5 early childhood educators.

Murray says those numbers are somewhat typical but the big hit was with the secondary school teachers.

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