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Catholic schools in Saskatoon are laying off 19 teachers and instituting a lunch-hour fee

Catholic schools in Saskatoon will lay off 19 teachers and charge for lunch.

Key Takeaways:

  • Following a round of layoffs by the city’s public school division, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) has announced plans to decrease teaching positions.
  • According to GSCS, families unable to pay will be exempted, and the payments will be eligible for a federal childcare tax deduction.
  • Moe spoke to reporters at the city’s airport Friday after a trip to the United States to promote the province.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) has revealed plans to reduce teaching positions following a round of layoffs by the city’s public school division.

GSCS is forecasting a $3 million shortfall to preserve the “status quo” in the 2022-23 budget, which was approved by the division’s board on Monday.

According to GSCS, the budget will eliminate 19 full-time teaching posts.

According to the school division, a balanced budget is difficult to achieve due to a predicted increase of 400 students, including “inflationary pressures.”

“The electricity savings from the years-long switch to energy-efficient LED lights, for example, hardly offset the increase in electricity bills. It does not save money that might be used in other areas as planned. “As part of a series of tweets explaining the budget pressures, GSCS remarked.

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Students who stay at school for lunch will be charged a $70 annual fee for lunch hour supervision.

Kindergarten kids who attend half-time will be charged $35 per year. Fees for each household will be restricted to $140.

Families unable to pay will be exempted, and the payments will be eligible for a federal childcare tax deduction, according to GSCS.

In March, the province announced a $29.4 million boost in operating funds for school divisions, representing a 1.5 percent increase over the previous year.

“The net increase in predicted funding for (GSCS) is $3.85 million,” according to the division. “Most of this will go to provincially agreed teacher wage increases.”

Catholic schools in Saskatoon will lay off 19 teachers and charge for lunch.
Catholic schools in Saskatoon will lay off 19 teachers and charge for lunch. Image from CBC News

To assist balance the budget, GSCS said the division would spend $1.3 million in limited reserves for short-term expenses.

Saskatoon Public Schools announced last week that 12 full-time elementary teachers and seven full-time secondary school teachers would be laid go.

In addition, the public division imposed an annual lunch-hour cost of $100 per child, with a maximum of $200 per family.

Following a trip to the United States to promote the province, Moe spoke to reporters at the city’s airport on Friday.

After all school divisions have submitted their budgets, he said, any potential top-up funds will be examined.

“We’d like school divisions to submit their plans to the minister, who will review them between now and June 30th, when they’re due.” “Moe remarked.

“Finally, if they’re having difficulties this year, we’d advise them to consider using all of their resources, including reserves,” he said.

Source: CTV News

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