TORONTO – The Toronto District School Board voted in favour of cutting nearly 250 secondary school teacher positions to combat its $55-million deficit at its Wednesday meeting.
Declining enrollment numbers are forcing the board — the largest in Canada — to scrap the secondary school teacher positions, the board said.
Eight vice-principal jobs will be eliminated.
Special education teachers and guidance staff, including librarians, are also among the groups being axed.
But the board will add nearly 63 elementary teacher positions and 338 early childhood educations.
The board said the cuts at the secondary school level and increases at the elementary school level “reflect the shifting demographics and enrollment at the TDSB.”
“Though staffing decisions are always difficult, this is an important step in putting the board on solid financial footing so that we can continue offering students the best school experiences,” said Chair Chris Bolton in a statement.
“We’re projecting about a $55-million deficit and we do need to have a balanced budget,” TDSB spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz said earlier Wednesday.
“Any cuts are difficult but again, you only have so much money,” she said.
“You need to be creative with the money that you have and put it where it’s needed.”
The job cuts will save the board $27 million.