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AMDSB To Follow Suggested Hiring Freeze By Province

Huron-Perth | by Fadi Didi  

Director of Education says hiring will still be made to accomodate enrolment levels at schools in Huron, Perth counties.

The head of the Avon Maitland District School Board says administrators will be following a suggested hiring freeze from the Ministry of Education.

The province's education ministry is recommending school boards freeze hiring, ahead of the proposal of Ontario's education budget later this month.

Director of Education for the AMDSB, Dr. Lisa Walsh, says the board is, "taking the [ministry's] advice, and exercising caution."

While a hiring freeze has been suggested, Walsh says standard hiring practices based on enrolment levels will continue, as per normal.

Consultations are underway on numerous issues affecting school boards across Ontario, including sex education, indigenous programming, and class sizes.

As for whether the suggested hiring freeze could indicate a move to larger class sizes, school board Treasurer Cheri Carter says it is hard to know.

Carter tells Country 104.9 News the AMDSB has not had a suggested freezing hire during her tenure with the board, dating back to 1999.

However, Carter says any theories on the province's next moves are, at this point, speculation.

As for savings the province is seeking in the education ministry's upcoming budget, Dr. Walsh suggests it will likely come from the board's limited discretionary funds.

Until then, she says contractual hiring practices will be maintained.

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