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TRURO, NS - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia, Danny Cavanagh, says the new minister of education should clarify what her department’s intentions are with regard to proposed funding cuts.

Says Cavanagh, “There seems to be a lot of rhetoric flying right now with very little in the way of actual facts. One of Ramona Jennex’s first tasks should be to clear up this uncertainty.”

CUPE School Board Co-ordinator Kathy MacLeod says, “Our school board locals will be getting together on January 22 in Truro to discuss and prepare to take action on any potential government cuts to school boards.”

Both Cavanagh and MacLeod have written both the former minister and the new minister asking them to clarify exactly what it is they have asked the school boards to do and what impact this might have on classrooms and frontline services.

Wilfridine Crowdis, who speaks on behalf of CUPE’s School Board Council of Unions (NSSBCU), says, “As the largest school board union in the country - and one with a proud track record of defending public education – CUPE will do everything possible to ensure that the services our members provide in the school board sector will be protected.

We urge the minister to be more forthcoming with our 4,500 school board members about what her Department’s intentions are for funding to this sector.”