The Near North District School Board and local Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation have reached an agreement with respect to the staffing process to be utilized with the upcoming closure of Widdifield Secondary School.
A news release from the Board says the agreement was developed to provide students and parents with a sense of security and comfort during the transition by knowing some of the teachers who will be moving with them.
"The NNDSB wants to ensure teacher staffing decisions are made in a fair and equitable manner throughout the consolidation process," according to the release.
“Our focus remains on what is best for our students, teaching staff and school communities," says Craig Myles, Director of Education. "Providing our students with high quality and diverse learning opportunities requires retention of qualified educators. We have been able to accomplish this by working with our union partners to develop a mutually beneficial teacher staffing model.”
"It is really encouraging to see our board work with the union to come up with an agreement to support our teaching staff," added Glen Hodgson, OSSTF President."This is what we can accomplish when we are all working together, and I am positive my members will continue to do an outstanding job this year and into next year when the transition to the new schools is completed."