Uncertainty around government funding for the next school year has forced the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board to write up layoff notices for as many as 37 staffers.
“We do not know what programs, services and support positions we will be able to fund for 201920-20…so we have planned for next year’s staffing cautiously. Once we have more information from the Ministry and we’ve completed our budget process we hope to recall as many of these employees as possible”
The Ministry of Education is expected to set its budget in a few weeks time, something the board says has usually happened by now.
Another 54 staff have been deemed surplus, which means their job descriptions could be changing.
Similar layoffs have been announced at other Boards of Education. Premier Doug Ford maintains it’s routine for school boards to go through this exercise in the spring and that in the end, no teachers will lose their jobs.
The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board notes it has collective bargaining obligations with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association to provide redundancy and surplus notice to staff by April 15th.