The Vancouver school board has advised 800 teachers that they could be laid off.
Today (January 19), teachers with five or fewer years on the job are receiving letters asking them to update their qualifications on file with the school board.
“The letter is not a layoff notice – it is the beginning of the process to prepare for possible layoffs,” a press release from the school board states.
School-board finance staff are projecting an operating-budget shortfall of $17.5 to $36.3 million for 2010-11, depending on provincial funding decisions.
“No decision has been made about layoffs at this time,” the release states. “If teachers are to be laid off, notices will be issued the first week of May when school-by-school staff allocations for the 2010-11 school year are confirmed.”
The school board last laid off teachers in May 2004 for the 2004-05 school year.
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