For the first time in years, the Rainbow District School board says it will have work this fall for all its current elementary teachers and is now hiring 10 new elementary positions.
The director of education for the Rainbow District School Board said enrollment has stabilized in the city, and the province is now providing boards with funding to cover all their full-day kindergarten expenses.
“It has been a bit of a challenge to find those opportunities, but I am happy to say that at least for this current year we've been able to break through that cycle,” Norm Blaseg said.
“We're quite fortunate we are able to make those moves, so I am quite pleased by that.”
Blaseg said provincial funding to Rainbow District School Board has increased by $5.5 million for the 2014-2015 school year, bringing the total budget for the board to $181 million.
Blaseg said there is still uncertainty for some Rainbow high school teachers, but he's hopeful everyone can be offered at least part-time or contract work in the fall.
The president of the Rainbow local of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario said this is great news for young people entering the profession.
“There have, for years, been so many new graduates from teacher's college who have been unable to find jobs in what they want to be their career choice,” Barb Blasutti said.
The Catholic board in Sudbury reports it's hopeful it will keep the same number of teachers as last year.