Four English school boards to be consolidated: Budget 2013

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2013 NL budget

Newfoundland and Labrador will operate under two school boards as of September.

In Budget 2013, government announced there will be one English board and a French board when the 2013-14 school year begins.

There are currently four English boards and consolidating them will see administrative and financial services move to a district office in St. John's.

There will still be regional offices at Gander, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

More details on the restructuring will be announced in the coming weeks.

The budget also saw a reduction of 160 fewer positions in the K-12 system as of 2013-14.

Those include administrative and support staff.

However, teacher job losses aren't expected -- 550 teachers are set to retire this year -- and there will no reduction in regular classroom teachers delivering required curriculum.

As well, supports to students with special needs will not be affected.

Education Minister Clyde Jackman declined requests to meet with reporters in the budget lock-up Tuesday morning.

He is scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday morning.

The education section of the budget -- $1.3 billion in expenditures -- wasn't all about consolidation or cuts.

Government will spent $840.6 million on early childhood learning and the K-12 system, plus $466 on the post-secondary system.

The tuition freeze at Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic will continue, and MUN is getting money for labs, residences and programs at the Marine Institute.

There's a further investments in early childhood learning and school infrastructure, including $25 million for planning new schools and expansions in Gander, Paradise, Coley's Point, Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Torbay and Corner Brook.

As well, more than $42 million will be spent on skilled labour programs.

Organizations: Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic, Marine Institute.There

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Corner Brook Happy-Valley

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  • Brenda Kelleher-Flight
    March 27, 2013 - 10:13

    I have great faith in the Department of Education. It has always had the best interests of students in mind. It is responsible for curriculum development, educational standards, and providing support to teachers. With declining enrolment it is hoped that our students will continue to be able to compete with students around the world. School administrators are quite competent and teachers will continue to aim high and support students to the best of their ability. I am sure there will be bugs to be ironed out but we need to support our schools and parents need to support their children.

    • Eli
      March 27, 2013 - 19:04

      I'd like to have the cost of those "P.D." days that so conveniently fall on Fridays or Mondays.

  • Randy
    March 27, 2013 - 09:02

    Yep looks like the the supremists are taking care of the real NL: Avalon. I wonder if they had vested interests in the smaller places would there be talk of taking away. They leave the monolithic St. John's free from transformation, but break the legs of the sheep in the smaller pastures.

  • Randy
    March 27, 2013 - 09:01

    Yep looks like the the supremists are taking care of the real NL: Avalon. I wonder if they had vested interests in the smaller places would there be talk of taking away. They leave the monolithic St. John's free from transformation, but break the legs of the sheep in the smaller pastures.

  • Cyril Rogers
    March 26, 2013 - 20:24

    Another blow to areas outside the overpass. The rural-urban divide is alive and well! If administrative and financial services for the entire province can managed from St. John's, why can't it be done from Gander or GFW or any other larger town, probably with far cheaper office space being available. I am not suggesting this is the only viable option but it is clear that government does not want to further alienate its large base of support on the Avalon. Yes, the NDP have made inroads but the power base is still in that area. On balance, this looks like a typical knee-jerk reaction by these incompetents who surely could see this coming. So...who will lose and who will maintain the status quo, or close to it? The Avalon will be the least impacted area! Unfortunately, it is the area that can most readily absorb the layoffs, as compared with Gander or any other centre where the present boards are located.

  • George from Northern Peninsula
    March 26, 2013 - 16:34

    I hope that the powers to be take a very close look at the elected board reps and what it costs to have these people travel around for meetings etc. I am sure that it is a significant chunk of money that needs to be addressed.

  • darren
    March 26, 2013 - 13:54

    Don't worry gang.....budget surplus in 2015....just in time for next election.

  • Eli
    March 26, 2013 - 13:21

    'More details on restructuring the school boards in the coming weeks'.The same reductions should be made to wasteful managerial appointments in those hospital boards. In any case, sounds like another "consulting contrct" for PC Party faithful. Now lets see, who's still unemployed? No, Ross Reid has been taken care of. Then there's John Noseworthy, but wait, he's too hot to handle right now. But there's still.....