School will be back in session soon, and teacher positions are still being filled. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Teacher hiring still ongoing in Chilliwack

District still working to fill new positions after contract restoration

Teacher hiring is still underway in Chilliwack, with just two weeks left until that first bell rings.

Evelyn Novak, superintendent of schools for Chilliwack School District, says they are posting jobs every day on a website used across the province for teacher postings.

“We continue to post jobs every day on Make A Future, and are hiring as quickly as possible,” she says. “The postings are seen by our staff internally first, and then if we have positions that cannot be filled, we then go externally.”

Other school districts in the region, including Abbotsford, Mission and Langley, have long lists of positions yet to be filled that are open to view from the public. However, Chilliwack’s page on the site only lists Teachers-on-Call positions publically.

Over the province, hundreds of positions still need filling. A Supreme Court of Canada ruling last year led to the province agreeing to fund 2,600 more teachers around B.C. The commitment, which will cost the province $330 million, came after a 15-year legal battle with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.

Overall, Chilliwack School District (33) has 32 schools, about 14,000 students, and 1,800 employees. In January this year, the district set out to fill 34 new teaching positions, an interim measure to get toward the full restoration expected in September. That included two FTEs at each secondary school, one to two at each middle school, one for each elementary school, with the exception of smaller schools, one for FVDES and CHANCE, and a .6 FTE position at the Ed Centre.

The new positions added recently included more psychologists, to improve the overall access to testing and support for students across the district.

-with files from Kat Slepian, Black Press

RELATED STORY: Chilliwack school district to hire 34 new teachers


@CHWKcommunity
jpeters@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Sometimes it’s okay to simply try

I feel like a success even though I failed at donating blood

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Air quality advisory continues in the Lower Mainland

Smoke from Interior fires brings fine particulate

Blue bags are out for curbside recyling and blue bins are in

Use your own bin or the one the city gave you, but no more bags, please, except for shredding

VIDEO: Mud racing makes annual Chilliwack stop

Family-friendly North West Mud Racing Association event returns for fourth stop of circuit

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights are misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Most Read