With School Districts across the province facing any number of challenges related to COVID and local funding issues towards education, the atmosphere in many communities including Prince Rupert is making for uncertainty as School Budgets are being prepared.
Today the Prince Rupert District Teachers Union made note of their concerns over the pace of SD52 budget decision making and the potential for possible layoffs to instructional staff.
In a news release issued this morning the PRDTU's Gabriel Bureau observed that School District Managers have told teachers to prepare for as many as twenty laid off teaching positions for next school year, with the PRDTU stating that would make for as much as a 12 per cent decrease in teaching staff for Prince Rupert Schools.
Among the concerns that the PRDTU have are:The delayed budget process is causing uncertainty for teachers, which may undermine retention and lead to instructional staff shortages next year.
Mr. Bureau has outlined how many of the recent hires have started to take up residence in the community and how any layoffs may have an impact on future recruitment goals for the District.“Many new teachers, hired in the last two to three years, have already started to put down roots into Prince Rupert. News of possible layoffs leaves these teachers uncertain of where they’ll be next year.
|An information release from SD52 on April 13 on Budget issues|
|Some of the information slides from the SD52 budget |
presentation from the end of March