GCPA Reduction in Professional Staff Work Force
Adopted: May 12, 1986
Amended: May 12, 1988, Re-Affirmed April 28, 2009
The Board acknowledges that one or more of the following circumstances may require it to effect a reduction of teaching staff:
- Decreased enrolments, actual or projected;
- Board directives altering student/teacher ratios;
- Reorganization of a school or schools, including program changes;
- Changes in government and/or local financial support for education; or
- Other circumstances identified by the Board.
In declaring one or more teachers surplus to the District staff, the following shall apply:
- The Superintendent shall determine the number of teachers to be declared surplus.
- Identification of individual teachers as surplus to the District staff shall be carried out in accordance with the following:
- The following factors shall be major determinants (order does not reflect priority):
- Teaching credentials (i.e. teacher education, relevant degrees, and qualifications for existing positions);
- Relative competence (based on performance evaluation);
- Program requirements; and
- Seniority on District staff (from effective date of current contract).
- Principals shall have the responsibility for initial selection.
- The final recommendation shall be made in consultation with the Superintendent.
- Any teacher identified as surplus, hence a candidate for contract termination, will be so informed in writing by the Superintendent with a copy to the principal outlining:
- The recommendation to terminate the contract of employment;
- The date, time and location of the Board meeting at which the Board will make a recommendation;
- The teacher's right to attend the meeting and make a presentation to the Board; and
- The teacher's right to seek legal counsel.
- This policy does not require the Board to assign a teacher whose contract is terminated as a result of the reduction in the teaching staff to any subsequent vacancy.
Alberta School Act: Sections, 103, 104, 107, 109
Commissioner of Oaths Act