School cuts shouldn’t focus on Stettler staff

Just when Stettler and its larger schools thought they were safe from any Clearview School Division cuts

Just when Stettler and its larger schools thought they were safe from any Clearview School Division cuts, they now appear poised to suffer the biggest impact.

Up until this week, it seemed that small, rural schools would be the prime targets for cuts as Clearview continues its road show of “community consultations” to get ideas to cut costs and the division’s $1-million deficit.

Now, this week, Clearview trustees revealed that that Stettler schools would suffer the brunt of the cuts to teachers this summer.

“Six or seven” of potentially eight teachers eliminated will come from Stettler schools.

How can that be, when class sizes at Stettler’s William E. Hay Composite High School could reach 30 to 35 students, while Byemoor School will alone have a total of 29 students from kindergarten to Grade 9?

Board trustee Patty Dittrick told Town of Stettler council that some other trustees feel that as long as parents are taking their children to schools, the doors should remain open, even if one school — Byemoor — will have a junior high school teacher for just three students.

That’s a teacher with an average annual salary of $96,000.

Along with the Byemoor parents fighting to keep their school open, where did they and the trustees learn about economic sustainability.

The math simply doesn’t add up.

Considering that most of those rural residents have roots in farming, since when is it more economically wise to hire a full-time employee with a high wage to care for three trees in an orchard and cut significant staff in a large orchard of hundreds of trees?

Perhaps they need to go back to school for a refresher course in math and business.

Although trustees are voted to represent their home communities, their top priority is to focus on the entire division, and not narrow their sights just on their own area.

As the title of Clearview trustee clearly defines, the elected official for the entire division is accountable to all students, families, schools, teachers and communities in the division and responsible to make decisions for the good of the entire division.

During the so-called “community consultation” meetings, the division is focused on doing what is best for the entire division, even if that means closing or consolidating schools to provide quality education to all students the most cost-effective and proficient way.

— FROESE’N TIME

Just Posted

County council writes off certain Botha accounts

Council hears public library saw 60,000 pass through doors this year

Stettler secondhand charity looks for new home

Superfluity lease not being renewed; will move by Sept., 2018

First auction of 2018 has solid numbers: auction market

Stettler Auction Mart sees 700 head move through Jan. 9

Stettler and area youth jump into curling this winter

Junior Curling Program runs Monday nights in Stettler

Lars Callieou to entertain in Halkirk on Feb. 10

Volunteer appreciation supper held on Friday night

Stettler and area youth jump into curling this winter

Junior Curling Program runs Monday nights in Stettler

With a lighter touch, SAG Awards follows a familiar script

Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday

S. Koreans burn Kim’s photo as N. Korean band leader passes

South Korean activists burned a large photo of Kim Jong Un as an extremely popular girl band passed them

Trudeau heads to Davos to pitch investment opportunities in Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on his way to Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum

A look at potential Canadian nominees for this year’s Oscars

The nominations are to be revealed Tuesday morning for the 90th Academy Awards

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Most Read


Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.