Here’s how to save 214 teaching jobs
To the editor, As the provincial government has been considering drastic cuts to education, residents of St. Margaret’s Bay have been crunching some numbers as well.
We calculate that the cost of the proposed St. Margaret’s Bay connector road would save 214 teaching jobs in the province if the money were invested in children instead of pavement.
A document recently released by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board says that school board alone may have to cut as many as 283 teachers with annual salaries of $56,000 each.
Other school boards are also being forced to prepare for 22 per cent cuts to their budgets - almost $200 million the government is thinking about cutting from education.
The St. Margaret’s Bay connector would cost $12 million - or the equivalent of 214 teacher salaries.
Building a shortcut just doesn’t seem very important compared to such drastic cuts to our education system.
The money should be invested in educating our children, not building a connector road our community does not even want.
The connector might save people a couple minutes of driving but education is for a lifetime.