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P.E.I.'s new education jobs being filled, says minister

The hiring process to fill jobs now that the English Language School Board is being integrated into P.E.I.'s department of education is well underway, according to the education minister.

32 jobs cut after P.E.I. government announced English Language School Board would be dissolved

The province announced the ELSB dissolution in November.

The hiring process to fill jobs now that the English Language School Board is being integrated into P.E.I.'s department of education is well underway, according to Doug Currie, the minister responsible.

Currie says eight senior management positions have already been filled. Thirteen jobs are now posted with deadlines over the next few weeks, and another 20 positions will be posted shortly.

The hirings are a result of 32 positions being cut because of the integration. The government announced the school board would be dissolved and reabsorbed by the province in November. 

P.E.I. Education Minister Doug Currie says eight senior management positions have already been filled. Another 20 positions will be posted shortly. (CBC)

"People are applying to some of these positions that were currently working at the board and the department," Currie said. 

"And some of them will be returning back to the classroom positions that they are entitled to."

More teachers retiring this year

School principals were given their staffing numbers on Thursday, Currie said.

He said there will be more retiring teachers across the school system this year. On average, around 30 teachers decide to retire each year, but more than 32 have plans to retire this year.

Currie says that means more opportunities for younger teachers. 

"Our priority is to get our staffing numbers out to our schools so we can make sure that we get the bulk of this work done before teachers and staff head off for summer vacation."

With files from Angela Walker

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