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Why 153 Vernon teachers received layoff notices

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May 23, 2014 - 4:44 PM

VERNON - Over a hundred teachers are being laid off in the Vernon School District, but it’s likely most will be re-hired in September.

Superintendent Joe Rogers says the layoffs are all part of an annual process. Unlike most school districts, Vernon grants recall rights to teachers who have worked at least five months, even if it was only one day a week.

“That’s why our number is so high,” Rogers says.

Teachers will bid on a list of jobs based on seniority in the coming weeks. They are owed positions with an equivalent number of hours they worked in the last school year.

Given a projected 70 student increase in enrollment in the upcoming school year, Rogers says the district should be able to offer work to a majority of the 153 laid off teachers.

The five month eligibility clause came about years ago when the Vernon school district was trying to attract teachers to the area. Most districts require a longer period of work before recall rights are given, Rogers says.

“When we’re declining it’s not the greatest thing to have,” Rogers says. “However it looks like we’re turning the corner and things should level out in the next couple years.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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