As districts around the province crunch numbers to figure out how many teachers are needed to restore class size and composition, the Vancouver School Board says it’s out with early estimates and recruitment has started.
“Roughly 200 teachers are going to be hired over the next few months,” says Lone Trustee Dianne Turner, adding the figure is just an estimate.
She says the VSB has already started recruiting future graduates at Universities and hints there’s competition for certain positions.
“For example [on Tuesday], there were school districts talking to speech pathologists at the University of British Columbia, trying to encourage them. There’s only 30 of them who graduate from the Master’s program per year, so they are looking at hiring those as early as they can.”
But she wouldn’t say if the district is hiring prospects before they graduate.
“I can’t say that for certain, but I’m going to imagine in a specialty kind of situation, perhaps.”
Postings for Vancouver are expected to go up in the next couple months.
As for how much money the district is getting as part of the government, B.C. Teacher’s deal with government, Turner says it’s still being worked out.