Here’s how to save 214 teach­ing jobs

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - OPINION - Sarah Kirby In­gram­port

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.

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