Issue #9 Notebook – January 11, 2019
LST WORKLOAD HIGHER THAN IT SHOULD BE
One of the most significant issues the NVTA has dealt with over the last few years has been the incredibly challenging workloads of our Learning Support Teachers. Many LSTs have left the position and even the District due to the challenges they have faced providing adequate support to our most complex students. Clearly, an increase in the number of Learning Support Teachers is needed.
Good news on this came last spring with the mediated settlement between the BCTF and BCPSEA concerning the calculation of the ratios that determine the level of LST support. As a result of this mediated settlement, North Vancouver looked to gain an increase of 15 full time Learning Support Teachers this past September. LSTs were overjoyed that they would be able to provide increased services to their students.
We are now in 2019 and sadly what should have happened in September has not yet come to fruition. The North Vancouver School District is the only District in the province that waited until December to begin implementing the mediated settlement. The District has only now increased a small portion of LST time but it is a fraction of what it should be. In addition, as we are approaching the half way mark of the school year, the original increase of 15 FTE must now be much more as it needs to be pro rated for the remaining months left in this school year.
The District has indicated that they are not planning to post for all the FTE, as they are having trouble filling LST positions. However, recruitment would be much easier if the job was less onerous and there were many more full time positions available. This increase in LST time that resulted from the mediated settlement between the BCTF and BCPSEA achieves both these goals, allowing the posting of more full time LST positions and reducing the workload of our already overburdened Learning Support Teachers. Most importantly, it would achieve the goal all partners in this share: Improved services to students.
Finally, the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the BCTF and BCPSEA and the Provincial Government in March of 2017 created a framework for a scenario where an LST position remains unfilled: When a non enrolling position teacher position remains unfilled following the completion of the applicable post and fill process, the local parties will meet to discuss alternatives for utilizing the FTE in another way.
We expect the District to post for the entire LST amount pro rated for the remaining months of the 2018-19 school year. Should positions remain unfilled, the NVTA would then meet with the District to discuss an alternative use of the FTE.
Issue #8 Notebook – December 18, 2018
NVTA GENERAL MEETING, Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 4 p.m., St. Martin’s Anglican Church
The NVTA Executive is pleased to welcome BCTF President, Glen Hansman as guest speaker at the January 30, 2019 General Meeting.
Delegates to the BCTF AGM will be elected at this important meeting.
If you are interested in putting your name forward as a delegate, please contact NVTA Office Manager, Beth Triggs (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a nomination form.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!