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School board needs over 200 teachers to fill vacancies in new term

Posted January 13, 2014

Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is anticipating the need for 36.33 full-time equivalent Long Term Occasional (LTO) teachers to fill vacancies due to leaves in the upcoming second semester, according to Janis Medysky, Associate Director, to the Human Resources Standing Committee.

Ms. Medysky's report notes 12 will be to replace retiring teachers due to the Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP), "one of the offsetting measures in the Memorandum of Understanding between the government and the teacher unions. There are no longer any redundant secondary teachers."

The numbers are greater at the elementary school level whereby it is anticipated 194.80 LTO teachers will be required to fill leaves occurring during the remainder of this school year, including seven retirements by the end of this month due to the ERIP.

SCDSB has 974 teachers on the elementary occasional roster, and 395 teachers on the secondary occasional roster.

"To be eligible for an interview a teacher must have been on the occasional roster for at least ten (10) months and have taught for at least twenty (20) full days in the ten month period prior to the application date," according to Ms. Meysky's report. "There have been two postings for the secondary LTO list. The first posting resulted in 288 applicants. Of these, 215 were successfully placed on the LTO list. The second posting resulted in 52 applicants and of these, 20 were placed on the list. ... The school year began with approximately 260 teachers on the elementary LTO list. At this present time, approximately 110 occasional teachers are being considered for the LTO list."

Semester 2 begins Feb. 3rd.

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