Nova Scotia

Laid-off teachers in C.B. win reprieve

More than a dozen teachers in Cape Breton who were handed layoff notices will get to keep their jobs after all.

More than a dozen teachers in Cape Breton who were handed layoff notices will get to keep their jobs after all.

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board says it has managed to save the 14 positions, along with the jobs of five teacher assistants and four cleaners.

"We had more retirements than we expected. We had more people requesting deferred leaves and leaves which created other positions," superintendent Ambrose White said Tuesday.

This means the teachers are reinstated for only a year.

It may be a reprieve for them, but nearly 60 support workers will still lose their jobs, including 45 teacher assistants.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is demanding a meeting with the school board.

"We want to talk about what's going to happen with the students and where there aren't going to be 45 teaching assistants in the classrooms, the elimination of our 14 lunch, bus and ground supervisors," said Kathy MacLeod, a union representative.

CUPE says the school board hasn't made enough cuts at head office.

The union invited board members to a meeting a few weeks ago, but only three of the 15 members attended.

In April, the school board said it had to cut nearly 150 positions to cope with a $5.1-million shortfall, but it also expected student enrolment to drop by about 700.

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