The new president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Union, says his members have concerns about what the province's new English-language school board will mean for its members.
James Dinn said the government picked a strange time to consolidate four boards into one.
"At the same time you cut 160 jobs from the system, I would assume that if you're going to make a change as big as this you're going to need the teachers there to help make this transition smooth."
Last spring, the province announced in its budget that it would eliminate 160 teaching positions, and combine all four English boards into one, starting with the 2013-14 school year.
Concern from smaller areas
"There is a concern from teachers about will their voice be heard," said Dinn. "There is a concern from teachers in smaller communities of whether or not the new superboard will be in touch with the concerns that they have in their small communities."
Dinn added that teachers also want to have a say in how and what policies are implemented from the former boards.
He said he will be vigilant and in constant contact with the school board and teachers as the school year progresses.
"Part of my job is to be in touch with teachers on this, to monitor the situation, to make sure that the teachers' voices are heard on this matter."