FAQ: Removing Principals, Vice-Principals, and other supervisory staff from NSTU

Why does government want to remove principals, vice-principals and other supervisory staff from the NSTU?

• Principals and vice-principals are the educational leaders in our schools now, and will continue
to be. This includes having supervisory responsibilities for teachers, including performance
evaluation and other managerial responsibilities.
• Leaders and supervisors are seldom in the same union as the people they lead and supervise
because it can create conflict. That is why this change is being made.

Are principals and vice-principals out of the union elsewhere in Canada?

• Yes. In three provinces – British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec – principals and vice-principals
are not unionized. However, they may have their own professional association.

What will this change mean for principals’ and vice-principals’ medical and other benefit plans?

• Pension and benefit coverage will continue.

What about seniority? Job security?

• There are no plans to change any significant terms and conditions of employment for principals
and vice-principals.

Could principals and vice-principals be forced to move out of their community into schools in another part of the province?

• No.

Can principals and vice-principals still teach?

• Yes. Principals and vice-principals will remain as certified teachers and will continue to be
able to teach, as they do in other provinces like British Columbia and Ontario.

Will people without education degrees be hired as principals and vice-principals to manage schools?

• No. Principals and vice-principals are the educational leaders in our schools now, and will
continue to be.
• Dr. Glaze also acknowledges that principals should not have to spend time on building maintenance
issues. We agree and will act to make this happen so principals can focus on instructional leadership.

Could principals and vice-principals be expected to work a longer school year?

• Responsibilities for principals and vice-principals require that they already work more than the
195-day school year. There is no plan to lengthen the school year.

Will principals and vice-principals be prevented from forming another union?

• Principals and vice-principals could choose to form a professional association. Associations
allow their members to advance issues such as working conditions, professional development
and compensation.

This information is available in its most up-to-date version at https://www.ednet.ns.ca/adminreview/faq