One of the Lower Mainland’s biggest school districts is set to hire a large number of teachers.
It comes nearly a week after the government put $50 million on the table after the country’s top court sided with teachers to restore class size and composition.
Surrey School Board Chairmen Shawn Wilson says he expects 100 new teaching positions to be posted by the end of the week.
Wilson says the board and the local teachers union are meetings Wednesday and Thursday to finalize details.
“We should be able to fill most of our positions from the bank of teachers on call that we have, we probably have upwards of 500 or so teachers on call, a lot of those positions would convert into permanent positions.”
Wilson says the district needs speech and language pathologists and physiologists, but those positions are much harder to fill.
He says the district is looking to fill all 100 positions by the end of January, but the details are still being finalized.
“To go over the kinds of needs and where they need to be deployed. We are going to give the union a chance to discuss with us the provisions that are required and get their input.”
The Langley School District came out the gates early, posting 30 jobs.
The Vancouver School Board has yet to comment.