Teaching positions in Cranbrook still need to be filled with less than one week to go until class starts.
This as school districts across the Province are dealing with a teachers shortage following a Supreme Court ruling bringing class sizes to 2002 levels.
Teachers Association President Shelley Balfour says 23 new jobs were created through the ruling in SD5.
She says SD5 has been working to fill positions since early 2017.
“They are not in too bad of a shape. A lot of the positions were filled earlier, but circumstances change for teachers over the summer, so those positions have to be re-filled,” Balfour says.
Balfour says there’s a definite need for French Immersion and Student Services.
“They are desperately trying to get them filled. This week is a busy one for that,” Balfour says. “A lot of the jobs closed on Monday, so they should be interviewing and hopefully filling them this week. Otherwise, they’ll put teachers teaching on call in positions until they can fill them.”
Balfour says the decrease in class size means kids will get more attention from educators.
– Cranbrook and District Teachers Association President, Shelly Balfour
– Jeff Johnson