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In a report to trustees who sit on the budget and enrolment committee, board staff outlined a number of proposed changes, including 38 fewer elementary teachers, 64 fewer high school teachers and 45 ECE’s working in full-day kindergarten classrooms.
It will, however, mean fewer teachers hired for this fall, though class sizes will remain the same, he added.
The Toronto District School Board saw fewer students this school year — expecting 245,162 but instead seeing 242,753 — in part because of an ongoing protest by parents who are upset with the updated sex-ed curriculum. This fall, it forecasts enrolment will be 241,211.
There’s a lot of confusion and political finger-pointing about funding, “but the bottom line is the ministry says it is putting more money into schools and obviously that’s not happening. All we see are larger class sizes.”
Early childhood educators are in high-demand in schools, and “that’s a fairly big chunk to be taken out of the system,” said Colleen Costa, vice-president of Unit C of Local 4400 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents the ECEs.
Lister said the board’s budget committee is also looking at enrolment issues, trying to figure out if students are leaving the city for the 905, for public schools or the Catholic system, and if particular schools are struggling.
“We’d like to be able to get that data on a meta-level,” he said.
Overall, the board is looking at a budget shortfall of $ 11 million to $ 14 million for this school year.
Pat Rocco, the board’s head of employee services, said changes to central administration will be up next. Staffing levels for unionized employees like teachers must be decided early so that enough notice can be given in case of any potential layoffs, as per collective agreements.
In total, the board has 10,580 elementary teachers in classrooms, and is proposing a drop to 10,542.
It currently has 4,869 high school teachers, which is proposed to go down to 4,805.
Its staff of early childhood educators will go from 1,264 to 1,219.