Upper Grand District School Board Administrative Officer Of Communications, Megan Sicoli Explains Redundancy Notices To 56 Secondary Teachers

When asked by Alex McLellan of The Shelburne Freelancer, about  the recent redundancy notices given to 56  UGDSB secondary teachers , Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer of Communications for Upper Grand District School Board made the following comment, “Please note that the information below pertains only to secondary teachers. Other employee groups have different timelines as outlined in their collective agreements. We are in the unfortunate position of having to issue redundancy notices to 56 of our secondary teachers.The reason these notices are being issued at this time is because we must adhere to timelines outlined in our collective agreements on communicating potential redundancy to individual teachers in the system.  We wanted to issue these notices as soon as possible so that affected teachers could be made aware. We haven’t had to do this in many years. The last time we issued notices of redundancy in the secondary panel was 2003.

The reason we are in this position is due to declining enrollment, the loss of the Local Priorities Fund, and other funding implications such as a loss in provincial revenue including significant changes to secondary class size funding.

We are expecting to receive full funding details from the government at the end of April, at which time staff will continue to work through the budget process and look at what we’ll be able to do moving forward. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to recall as many of these teachers as possible. Where possible, we are hoping to minimize the impact of these funding changes on our students and staff. But we know, moving forward, that we are working with less provincial funding and fewer funded positions in our system.

The board has been working closely with our union partners throughout the staffing process and will continue to do so.

We are in this position for a number of reasons including declining enrollment, the loss of the Local Priorities Fund, and other funding implications such as a loss in provincial revenue including significant changes to secondary class size funding.

Full funding details from the government are expected by the end of April, at which time we will have a better understanding as we work through the budget process.

Thank you,” Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications, Upper Grand District School Board.

For more information Megan Sicoli can be reached at 519-822-4420 ex. 764 or megan.sicoli@ugdsb.on.ca.