May 3, 2013
The Burnaby school district sent out layoff notices to teachers in the district last week after only days before publicly approving a budget that didn't include any actual staffing layoffs.
According to Burnaby Teachers' Association president James Sanyshyn, 75 full-time teachers were given layoff notices last week. While he understands the trustees have no choice but to balance the budget - even if that requires layoffs - the secrecy in which the notices were sent out isn't acceptable, he said.
"Right after the board passed its budget, what that did was enacted about 75 layoff notices for teachers," he said. "They would have approved that in an in-camera session prior to the public session."
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This is of high interest to me. Many districts are facing lay-offs. Here in Coquitlam, we have lay-off each year, then recall (when teachers are recalled into a (usually) new position) This year is my first year being laid off. It is exciting (the first time) but with recent budget concerns here in our district, I fear that I may not be recalled into a position... time will tell. But my eyes and ears are open with keen interest regarding lay offs in surrounding districts.