More money may attract more teachers

  • Mar. 3, 2008 5:00 p.m.

A new $2,200 annual bonus for every teacher working on Haida Gwaii may help our district attract more employees, says trustee Christine Martynuik. “It might be an incentive for some young teachers to try us out,” Ms Martynuik said at last week’s school board meeting (Feb. 26). “They might fall in love with the place.” The annual bonus is coming from the provincial government, which announced last month it will spend $3.5-million a year on recruitment and retention of teachers in remote and northern school districts. Our district is one of 11 in BC which qualify for the annual bonus. Teachers in these districts with at least 10 years experience will get a double bonus: in addition to the $2,200, they will receive a 3 percent salary increase effective July 1. Secretary-treasurer Ken Campbell said about 40 percent of the teachers in this district will receive the 3 percent pay boost. Shelley Sansome, who handles human resources for the district, recently attended a job fair in Vancouver and said she spoke to several teachers whose interest in Haida Gwaii was piqued by the bonus. “Every little edge you can have helps,” she said.