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)