More than 300 jobs cut by Edmonton Public School Board

EDMONTON — Edmonton Public School Board trustees have unanimously passed a budget that includes cutting 339 full-time jobs this fall.

EDMONTON — Edmonton Public School Board trustees have unanimously passed a budget that includes cutting 339 full-time jobs this fall.

Board chairwoman Sarah Hoffman says the board was forced to make the move because of a $47 million cut in funding from the province.

Hoffman says the board will try to focus the cuts on central supports instead of classrooms, in the hopes of protecting students as much as possible.

Nevertheless, about 180 of the jobs cut will be teaching positions and the rest will be education assistants, support staff and custodians.

Hoffman says they hope to accomplish the staff reductions through resignations or people retiring or going on leaves.

But she says it’s definitely bad news that there will be more than 300 less people to serve student needs.

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