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GCPA Reduction in Professional Staff Work Force

Adopted: May 12, 1986
Amended: May 12, 1988, Re-Affirmed April 28, 2009

Policy

The Board acknowledges that one or more of the following circumstances may require it to effect a reduction of teaching staff:

  1. Decreased enrolments, actual or projected;
  2. Board directives altering student/teacher ratios;
  3. Reorganization of a school or schools, including program changes;
  4. Changes in government and/or local financial support for education; or
  5. Other circumstances identified by the Board.

Guidelines

In declaring one or more teachers surplus to the District staff, the following shall apply:

  1. The Superintendent shall determine the number of teachers to be declared surplus.
  2. Identification of individual teachers as surplus to the District staff shall be carried out in accordance with the following:
    1. The following factors shall be major determinants (order does not reflect priority):
      1. Teaching credentials (i.e. teacher education, relevant degrees, and qualifications for existing positions);
      2. Relative competence (based on performance evaluation);
      3. Program requirements; and
      4. Seniority on District staff (from effective date of current contract).
    2. Principals shall have the responsibility for initial selection.
    3. The final recommendation shall be made in consultation with the Superintendent.
    4. 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:
      1. The recommendation to terminate the contract of employment;
      2. The date, time and location of the Board meeting at which the Board will make a recommendation;
      3. The teacher's right to attend the meeting and make a presentation to the Board; and
      4. The teacher's right to seek legal counsel.
  3. 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.

References

Legal Reference:

Alberta School Act: Sections, 103, 104, 107, 109
Commissioner of Oaths Act

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