TDSB votes in favour of job cuts

TORONTO – The Toronto District School Board announced late Wednesday night its decision to cut hundreds of jobs in an effort to reduce the board’s $55-million deficit.

After a lengthy meeting, TDSB trustees voted 10-6 to slash almost 250 high school jobs, most of which are classroom teaching positions.

“Though staffing decisions are always difficult, this is an important step in putting the Board on solid financial footing so that we can continue offering students the best school experiences,” Chris Bolt, TDSB Chair, said in a statement.

The job cuts will save the board close to $27 million.

However, the board approved adding more elementary teaching positions to reflect the shifting demographics and enrolment.

“Our schools are always changing and staffing needs to reflect these changes. As always, our students remain our top priority when making any decisions of this kind,” Donna Quan, TDSB Director, said in a statement.

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62 elementary teaching positions and 338 early childhood educators have been added to handle the higher enrolment at the younger level due to the roll out of full-day kindergarten.

Further budget decisions will be made in June, once the provincial government has released its annual budget.

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