School districts already struggling with more students than space say smaller class sizes, which will likely come out of negotiations to return to 2002 levels, is an additional challenge.
Mark Walsh with the Victoria School Districts says they’re looking that the possibility that classes holding 20 students – instead of 21 or 22 – could result in letting less students in.
“So rather than having 21 – 22 students being able to go into a kindergarten class, we’re planning with 20 in mind which actually, a little bit, exacerbates the issue because we will potentially be letting less students in”
Surrey School District spokesperson, Doug Strachen, says it’s clear they will need more space.
“There’s a fair amount of work that needs to be done around that in advance of September to figure out how we are going to reallocate our classroom spaces and probably add more portable spaces”
Districts have $50 Million from the province to hire the equivalent of 11-hundred new teachers.
Bargaining on reinstating class size and composition continues between the province and teachers.