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Teachers to Rally in Kincardine

Kincardine | by Megan Johnson  

Teachers to rally in front of Education Minister Lisa Thompson's Kincardine Office today.

Some Bluewater teachers will be wearing red for "ED" today as they rally in front of Education Minister Lisa Thompson's Kincardine Constituency Office on Queen Street, from 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Following the news of 92 job cuts within the Bluewater District School Board, Teachers Bargaining Secondary President for Bluewater, Betty-Jo Raddin invites not just educators but also concerned citizens to join them for a peaceful rally.

She explains the loss of 28 full-time jobs is typical and could be attributed to their normal staffing process. However, Raddin notes of the 80 full-time equivalent teaching job losses, 52 of these are atypical and can be attributed directly to the cuts.

"These cuts are going to hurt our students," says Raddin, adding students will not have access to the same programming this fall because of the cuts.

She was unable to say what will be lost as Principals were just notified. "They will begin the difficult task of trying to decide what will happen and what schools will look like in the fall."

The Bluewater District School Board is still awaiting information from the Province about the Attrition Protection Allocation, the recently announced top-up funding for school boards to protect front-line teaching staff from lay-offs, for up to four years.

Bluewater Board Spokesperson Jamie Pettit says, "once the Board has the information it will mitigate these reductions."

Classroom consultations are occurring until May 31, 2019 more information can be found here: 

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