2013-2014 Staffing Allocation‏

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We would like to share with you the class configuration for Howard P.S. for the 2013-2014 school year.

The attached staffing model is the result of a number of meetings with Staffing Committee members comprised of 3 parent representatives, 10 teachers and 2 administrators.  The Primary cap size mandated by the Ministry has put some limitations and restrictions on our classes.  At the system level, 90% of classes are capped at 20 with 10% exemptions allocated for classes up to 23.  We are pleased to have received an exemption for our Gr 2 French Immersion track.  The Board has also mandated schools to use a predetermined number of teachers for each division. The Board average of number of students in grades 4-6 will be 25.

We would like to thank all members of this committee for their hard work.

Attached is our staffing allocation and class configuration for 2013-2014.

A total of 21.5 teachers were used to accommodate classes in each of the English and French tracks.  The rest of the staffing allocation is for rotary and specialty teachers.  Principles of allocation are based on fairness, equity, and transparency.  The allocations are made within established limits and in compliance with Ministry and collective agreements.  We are committed to ensuring that both our English and French tracks grow and are successful and thriving.  This year, as last year, we are accepting optional attendance for the English track.  We are especially pleased to see our numbers in the JK/SK classes, which we hope provides a solid base for future years. Since teacher transfers are still happening for another month or so, it is not possible to announce teacher assignments with you at this time.

Yours in partnership,

R. Sardella