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“I’m so sad to see a once-proud school, the home of the legendary Grizzlies, brought to such a sad state”
Kugluktuk is facing a big exodus of teachers: five by the Education Department’s tally, seven according to a community head count of which teachers are leaving and which ones are staying.
Most of those who have resigned were new hires at Kugluktuk High School for the 2019-20 school year, according to a concerned parent, who asked to not be named because, as a government employee, they are not authorized to speak to the media, and a teacher, who is also not authorized to speak to the media.
The discrepancy over the number of departing teachers is explained by the department excluding two from their tally, one on parental leave and another who was suspended, these sources told Nunatsiaq News.
But the Education Department disputes that teacher turnover in the community is higher than reported. “The Department of Education only needs to fill five positions for the 2020-21 school year. All other educator positions have been filled by a combination of returning staff and new hires,” the department said in an emailed statement.