The Coquitlam School District says it is laying off 632 teachers effective June 30 to help cover a $13 million dollar shortfall and nearly 100 of them may not be recalled as has been the usual practise in previous years.
Large annual layoff notices are common in Coquitlam as the district meets contractual obligations to provide notice when it's reorganizing, but Superintendent Thomas Grant says this year's layoffs are larger than normal and not as many teachers will be recalled.
Last year he said 400 teachers received layoff notices, but all but two were recalled. This year he says it's likely the district will not be recalling 90 to 100 teachers.
"The numbers of layoff this year are extremely high. it's devastatingly high," Grant said.
"Most years, a lot of this was accounted for through retirements. Unfortunately for us this year, it looks like we’re not going to get the large numbers of retirements that we normally get, in part because we are a very young district."
Grant says there are also fewer secondary students registered for September which means fewer secondary school teachers although that is in part made up by an increase in elementary school enrolments.