Nova Scotia

20 jobs to be cut at South Shore schools

The South Shore Regional School Board has decided to eliminate 20 teaching jobs next year.
The South Shore Regional School Board has decided to eliminate 20 teaching jobs next year. (CBC)

The South Shore Regional School Board has decided to eliminate 20 teaching jobs next year.

Nancy Pynch-Worthylake, the superintendent of the board, told CBC News on Wednesday those job reductions could be achieved through retirements.

"We're anticipating an estimate of 20 retirements, however we won't have details on that until April," she said.

Pynch-Worthylake said five of the job cuts are linked to declining enrolment, while the rest are necessary to deal with budget cutbacks by the Department of Education.

Cuts to the board could be as high as $2.7 million.

Pynch-Worthylake said her school board is still looking for more places to trim costs and will decide later this year if any non-teaching positions will be eliminated.

Nova Scotia's eight school boards have been told to expect a combined cut of $13.4 million from an overall budget estimate of just over $1 billion.

The cut follows a $17.6 million funding reduction last year and officials with the Department of Education have said the latest decrease could result in larger class sizes and will mean fewer teaching positions.

The South Shore, Strait and Cape Breton-Victoria regional school boards are facing the highest cuts at 2.1 per cent.

Premier Darrell Dexter defended the move on Wednesday, saying the cut is necessary given the province's continual decline in enrolment.

He argued the ratio of dollars per student has actually increased under his government.

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