It turns out the Vancouver School Board can pay for existing teachers using a special fund that was supposed to be used to hire new teachers after all.
Last Friday, the Ministry of Education said the Vancouver School Board was not allowed to use the enhancement fund to pay for about 100 existing specialist teachers worth about $7.1 Million.
But Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association Rory Brown says by Monday afternoon the Ministry of Education had given the VSB the green light.
“We’re left wondering, is that communication that went to all districts? Or just [the] Vancouver district? I understand when that question was asked, the Ministry of Education wouldn’t answer because they dissolved the government.”
Brown says the board’s projected deficit would have been $10-million, but new money covering the existing positions reduces the deficit down $2-million.
The Classroom Enhancement Fund was created from the settlement between the province and teachers from last year’s Supreme Court of Canada decision to restore class size and composition.
So far no comment from the Vancouver School Board.