03/07/2013 04:00 EST | Updated 05/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Toronto District School Board to cut 248 secondary school teachers

TORONTO - The Toronto District School Board has voted in favour of cutting 248 secondary school teacher positions.

Eight vice-principal positions were also eliminated as Canada’s largest school board tries to trim a $55 million deficit.

Special education teachers and guidance staff, including librarians, are also among the groups being hit by staff cuts.

The board, however, decided to add nearly 63 elementary teacher positions and 338 IN early childhood education.

The board said the secondary school cuts and elementary school increases reflect the shifting demographics and enrolment at the board’s schools.

The job cuts are expected to save the board $27 million.

“Though staffing decisions are always difficult, this is an important step in putting the Board on solid financial footing so that we can continue offering students the best school experiences,” said TDSB chairman Chris Bolton.

The Toronto District School Board has nearly 600 schools and more than 250,000 students. (680News)