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English School Board superintendent Cynthia Fleet
Prince Edward Island schools are starting to see declining enrolments as the English Language School Board welcomed 211 fewer students to its schools this year.
Superintendent Cynthia Fleet said those are the unofficial numbers for the end of September and she expects about another 200 fewer over the next few years.
“The review of the births indicates that the decline will continue,” she said.
Fleet said the numbers were about where the school board expected them to be.
News of declining enrolments isn’t new for P.E.I. as the government previously announced plans to eliminate 70 teaching positions because of fewer students.
Those positions were supposed to be eliminated through attrition and Fleet said there will be about 35 more teachers taken out of the system next year.
Fleet said there are more than that eligible for retirement next year.