TDSB proposal calls for hundreds of staff cuts
A sign is pictured outside a Toronto District School Board building. (Corey Baird/CTV)
Published Tuesday, February 26, 2013 9:43PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 26, 2013 11:01PM EST
In an effort to cut into its $55 million budget deficit, the Toronto District School Board is proposing axing hundreds of staff positions at schools across the city.
The proposed cuts would affect mainly high schools, including roughly 115 full-time teaching positions and some 133 secondary school staff positions – including librarian, principal, guidance counselor and special education positions.
With salaries making up the largest portion of the board’s budget, opinions for where cuts can be made are limited, according to the chair of the school board.
“The fact of the matter is that we have to take it from somewhere,” TDSB Chair Chris Bolton said Tuesday.
The proposed cuts would save the board approximately $25 million.
In December, trustees voted to allow the provincial government to provide financial oversight on the board’s spending and to provide advice on how to implement almost two dozen recommendations contained in a PricewaterhouseCoopers report into the school board’s finances.
That report suggests the TDSB close up to 15 schools and lay off more than 700 employees to save almost $92 million over the next two years.
Last year, hundreds of positions, including full-time high school teaching and education assistant positions were slashed by the board.
With files from CTV Toronto’s Naomi Parness