Cuts will affect students

DARTMOUTH, NS, April 28 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association (NSSBA) is expressing concern about the extent of the education cuts across the province.  Preliminary figures indicate that over 200 full-time equivalent teaching positions and approximately 100 non-teaching staff positions will be cut across the province.  School boards were directed by the provincial government to make cuts this year as part of the province's back to balance initiative.

"All school boards are worried about the loss of positions and the impact these cuts will have on programs and services for students," says NSSBA President Vic Fleury. "While the government is attributing the cuts to declining enrolment," says Fleury, "the reality is that for our young people to succeed in the 21st century, public education needs to be adequately funded to meet the diverse needs of students and increasing challenges of technology."

The association will hold a meeting of school board chairs in early May to discuss the cuts and how classrooms will be affected.   The NSSBA wants to stress that these are preliminary figures, as boards have not completed their budget process.  There could be even greater cuts to positions, programs and services once budgets are finalized.

The NSSBA and the school boards of Nova Scotia have advocated both current and previous governments to view public education as an investment for the future prosperity of the province.

Founded in 1954, the NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards.

SOURCE NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION

For further information:

Vic Fleury, president, NSSBA (902)765-8665(H); (902)497-0951(C)
Sharon Findlay-MacPhee, communications manager, NSSBA (902)491-2856(O); (902)221-6881(C)

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