Nova Scotia

Education cuts hit N.S. south shore

The South Shore Regional School Board has announced 13 staff cuts, including math and literacy consultants, an autism facilitator and a speech language pathologist.
Cuts announced Thursday will save the South Shore Regional School Board about $630,000. (CBC)

People along Nova Scotia's south shore have started to feel the effects of the government's recent education cuts.

The South Shore Regional School Board has announced 13 staff cuts, including math and literacy consultants, an autism facilitator and a speech language pathologist.

Parents say these cuts will hurt students who are already struggling.

Suzanne Rudolf's son worked with a speech pathologist.

"There are so few speech pathologists now that he was one of the ones that was looked at but not really worked with because there weren't enough," she said. "There are a lot kids who need that and would benefit from that who will not have that opportunity."

The cuts announced Thursday make up about $630,000 of the $2.7 million the board must find. They include the loss of a bus driver and a mechanic. Board officials say the next cuts could include librarians, guidance counselors and custodians at individual schools.

"Some duties will be reassigned to school-based staff and some will be reassigned to human resources or the superintendent's office," said superintendent Nancy Pynch-Worthylake in a news release.

The release said the board is concerned about the impact of the cuts on schools and students.

"While not all of these positions are in front of classrooms, they do provide services that contribute to the education of our students," Pynch-Worthylake said.

The school board serves 7,400 students attending 32 schools in Lunenburg and Queens Counties.

In October, provincial officials asked school boards to determine what a cut of 22 per cent over three years — close to $200 million — would do to public education.

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