Alberta briefs – April 19

The Calgary Board of Education says it will be cutting another 324 positions, including about 240 teaching jobs.

Class sizes likely to grow

CALGARY — The Calgary Board of Education says it will be cutting another 324 positions, including about 240 teaching jobs.

The board says it has been left with no other option as it tries to absorb a $61.7 million budgetary shortfall for the 2011-2012 school year.

The layoffs are on top of 172 jobs the board announced it would be cutting last month.

The result will likely be much larger class sizes in the next school year.

Chief superintendent Naomi Johnson says the board knew this day would come when they saw the last provincial budget.

Education Minister Dave Hancock says that as school districts struggle with funding shortfalls and the prospect of more teacher layoffs and larger class sizes, it’s essential they carefully scrutinize every dollar.

He says he won’t tell boards how to spend their money, but he says he hopes they’re working hard to ensure as much as possible is spent on students.


Photo of police chief used in scam

CALGARY — Calgary police officers are investigating an Internet fraud case that uses a picture of their own police chief.

Police say a fraudulent email, including a picture Chief Rick Hanson, has been sent out.

It tells people they have won a multimillion dollar inheritance, but they need to send money in advance to take care of legal costs and paperwork.

The email also falsely claims that Chief Hanson has validated the inheritance.

Police say they believe the fraudsters are operating from overseas.

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