No Ford induced job loss at public board, this year

Director of Education Jim Costello speaking at the school board meeting. May 9, 2017. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

The director of the Lambton Kent District School Board doesn’t expect any job losses as a result of provincial government cuts, at least not this year.

Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives slashed $25 million province-wide for specialized programs.

Director Jim Costello said it’s unfortunate initiatives like their Experiential Learning Program that saw Gades 7 and 8 students meet with skilled tradespeople, has lost its funding.

He said they anticipated cuts and made room in the budget for the current school year.

“As of now I don’t think we’re going to have to lay off any staff, but I certainly think some consultant positions may have to go back into the classroom for next September,” said Costello. “Things that are high priority in terms of initiatives, like the renewed math strategy and math coaching, we’re going to have to find another way to deliver that service because it is a high priority for our board.”

Costello said, fortunately, their Indigenous programming budget line remains intact, but he cautions they don’t know if there’ll be further cuts in the years ahead.