Funding Cuts Made To French School Board Impacts Teaching Positions

Yellowknife teachers working at the French School École Allain St-Cyr  are at risk of losing their jobs.

Low enrollement rates have led the Government of the Northwest Territories to reduce the 2018-2019 funding to the French School Board by $78,000.

Yvonne Careen, Superintendent at Commission Scolaire Francophone says, the budget cut will impact 1.3 teaching positions. In addition, one educational assistant position will not be renewed.

The school sent emails notifying parents about the impending staffing cuts.

Careen says she does not believe the cuts to teaching positions will have an impact on the students.

We believe that we will be able to re-organize staffing  in the way that the impact should be the least felt on the students. We were very well staffed and so we are able, we believe to offer quality education to all of our students, while responding to their needs with the staff that remain.

The budget cut will also affect one teaching position and 1.3 educational assistant positions at École Boréale in Hay River.

Careens says the cut backs were made to allow the government to follow its spending formula.

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Kristen Berkeley
Kristen is a multimedia journalist, reporter and producer at CKLB. Originally from Toronto, Kristen was interested in Indigenous issues and decided to relocate to Yellowknife to join CKLB. Kristen received her education from York University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She is also a graduate from the Seneca-at-York Broadcast Journalism program. If you want to get in contact with Kristen, send her an email at

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