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Many teachers called back to work

By Nathan Taylor, Orillia Packet & Times

Declining enrolment took its toll on Simcoe County teachers during the last school year, resulting in an unusually large number of redundancy letters being issued.

With retirements and resignations coming in, elementary school teachers are now being recalled, with less than a month to go before the 2009-10 school year.

The Simcoe County District School Board was hit particularly hard by declining enrolment, resulting in 105 teachers receiving redundancy letters. That represented 78.5 full-time-equivalent (FTE) positions.

Now, the board has 53 redundancies (34.6 FTE). Any further callbacks will be dependent on further resignations or retirements.

That number is not typical for the board. Last year, for example, 35 redundancy letters were sent out and all the teachers were recalled.

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board issued 30 redundancy letters in the spring, and it seems they will all be back next month.

While only 13 have been recalled to permanent positions, the other 17, who remain on the recall list for full-time, permanent positions, have been placed in part-time, permanent, part-time, long-term occasional or full-time, long-term positions.

Boards are expecting to rebound over a few years from the current low enrolment.

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