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BCTF Research Report

Section II
2005-TD-01

Teacher, Administrative Officer, and Student numbers,
2001-02 to 2004-05

By Colleen Hawkey
BCTF Research Department

Each year the Ministry of Education, by way of Form 1530: FTE Employees By Program, collects information on teachers, education assistants, administrators, and other staff working in the public education system. Districts are required to submit counts of educators as at September 30 of each year. All employee positions of the school district paid through the operating budget are included.

The following definitions are used with Form 1530:

Teachers: all staff who hold a valid certificate of qualification or a Letter of Permission and who are employed by a Board to provide an educational program to students, except for Principals, Vice-Principals, Directors of Instruction, Superintendents, or Assistant Superintendents.

Principals and Vice Principals: all staff who hold a valid certificate of qualification or a Letter of Permission and who are employed by a Board or an Administrative Officer contract, such as Principals, Vice-Principals and Directors of Instruction.

Educational Assistants: teacher assistants and childcare workers.

Support Staff: non-excluded clerical staff, secretaries and clerks, and other staff such as accountants, maintenance staff, custodians, and bus drivers.

Other Professionals: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Secretary-Treasurers, Assistant Secretary-Treasurers, Trustees, and any other board employees who are excluded from a union agreement.

Table 1, below, shows the full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers by district for the past four years, and the percent change in FTE positions between 2001-02 and 2004-05.

  • The total number of FTE teachers has declined from 33,275.44 in 2001-02 to 30,666.01 in 2004-05, for a loss of 2,609.43 positions, or -7.8%.
  • Since 2001-02, all but three districts have experienced reductions in FTE teachers.
  • The largest decline in teacher FTEs was between 2001-02 and 2002-03, when 1,976.08 positions were lost. The period from 2001-02 to 2003-04 saw additional cuts totaling 582.32 positions.
  • There was a further decline of 51.03 FTEs (-0.2%) between 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Table 1: Form 1530 Staffing Data, 2001-02 to 2004-05: FTE Teachers by District, sorted by % change

# District Name 2001 FTE
Teachers
2002 FTE
Teachers
2003 FTE
Teachers
2004 FTE
Teachers
% Change
2001–02 to
2004–05
Difference
between
2001–02 &
2004–05
85 Vancouver Island North 143.76 124.7 108.94 99.27 -30.9% -44.49
74 Gold Trail 144.4289 129.669 112.773 105.368 -27.0% -39.0609
84 Vancouver Island West 51.17 37.7 38.8 39.3 -23.2% -11.87
49 Central Coast 31.5 27.053 27 24.23 -23.1% -7.27
6 Rocky Mountain 239.078 213.569 199.578 189.053 -20.9% -50.025
10 Arrow Lakes 50.67 43.95 41.13 40.52 -20.0% -10.15
57 Prince George 1,008.76 905.759 836.828 809.941 -19.7% -198.814
50 Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte 62.577 58.27 56.2 50.858 -18.7% -11.719
27 Cariboo-Chilcotin 419.133 363.298 371.708 347.283 -17.1% -71.85
20 Kootenay-Columbia 290.25 272.659 257.233 245.443 -15.4% -44.807
72 Campbell River 380.671 345.298 336.798 323.726 -15.0% -56.945
5 Southeast Kootenay 364.138 335.383 318.321 311.245 -14.5% -52.893
53 Okanagan Similkameen 172.426 159.639 157.271 148.792 -13.7% -23.634
51 Boundary 111.175 100.131 98.898 96.009 -13.6% -15.166
68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith 896.558 833.406 774.129 775.799 -13.5% -120.759
52 Prince Rupert 209.997 187.7232 182.684 181.748 -13.5% -28.249
47 Powell River 160.505 158.75 141.88 139.08 -13.3% -21.425
79 Cowichan Valley 559.76 520.875 490.456 490.593 -12.4% -69.167
48 Howe Sound 253.678 231.378 221.0863 222.715 -12.2% -30.963
82 Coast Mountains 393.726 369.1104 351.096 345.8967 -12.1% -47.8293
73 Kamloops/Thompson 903.38 845.17 772.085 795.37 -12.0% -108.01
81 Fort Nelson 73.2055 71.093 69.7 64.92 -11.3% -8.2855
83 North Okanagan-Shuswap 442.27 418.742 400.1 392.408 -11.3% -49.862
44 North Vancouver 1,002.80 916.972 903.371 891.785 -11.1% -111.015
35 Langley 1,099.03 998.897 992.636 977.618 -11.0% -121.409
64 Gulf Islands 98.36 93.194 87.1566 87.5724 -11.0% -10.7876
8 Kootenay Lake 339.971 314.801 326.103 305.106 -10.3% -34.865
58 Nicola-Similkameen 173.521 163.081 161.5824 155.772 -10.2% -17.749
61 Greater Victoria 1,144.08 1,053.34 1039.854 1,029.42 -10.0% -114.662
54 Bulkley Valley 162.915 154.96 150.214 146.744 -9.9% -16.171
38 Richmond 1,344.31 1,223.29 1213.359 1,211.49 -9.9% -132.819
78 Fraser-Cascade 140.232 129.6911 130.5655 126.4386 -9.8% -13.7934
28 Quesnel 255.536 240.7567 236.8354 230.5 -9.8% -25.036
46 Sunshine Coast 231.529 229.706 216.123 208.905 -9.8% -22.624
63 Saanich 465.302 437.151 432.576 420.9915 -9.5% -44.3105
67 Okanagan Skaha 400.798 375.55 368.34 365.639 -8.8% -35.159
92 Nisga'a 46 44 39 42 -8.7% -4
19 Revelstoke 83.672 80.034 78.887 76.496 -8.6% -7.176
75 Mission 397.615 359.78 369.229 365.891 -8.0% -31.724
39 Vancouver 3,479.07 3,263.20 3270.61 210.07 -7.7% -269
70 Alberni 272.3757 258.026 250.24 251.926 -7.5% -20.4497
71 Comox Valley 515.311 474.652 483.924 480.234 -6.8% -35.077
43 Coquitlam 1,838.13 1,750.56 1673.625 1,732.398 -5.8% -105.727
41 Burnaby 1,371.09 1,290.37 1286.48 1,293.93 -5.6% -77.16
33 Chilliwack 629.857 606.861 599.549 597.18 -5.2% -32.677
23 Central Okanagan 1,160.21 1,114.62 1117.19 1,104.40 -4.8% -55.81
34 Abbotsford 1,044.07 967.843 977.425 996.572 -4.5% -47.495
62 Sooke 460.5 433.208 434.782 440.631 -4.3% -19.869
69 Qualicum 277.169 266.79 266.901 265.276 -4.3% -11.893
22 Vernon 490.62 480.646 475.453 470.806 -4.0% -19.814
87 Stikine 26 24 24 25 -3.8% -1
59 Peace River South 242.843 227.653 221.299 234.716 -3.3% -8.127
60 Peace River North 308.312 295.996 296.438 298.873 -3.1% -9.439
42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 863.574 820.083 834.511 847.188 -1.9% -16.386
45 West Vancouver 355.44 343.073 344.277 348.9075 -1.8% -6.5325
37 Delta 907.71 884.57 893.95 892.68 -1.7% -15.03
36 Surrey 3,496.10 3,449.14 3354.2 3,441.90 -1.6% -54.193
91 Nechako Lakes 263.488 258.528 266.267 271.825 3.2% 8.337
40 New Westminster 341.428 322.616 337.84 361.628 5.9% 20.2
93 Conseil scolaire francophone 183.671 198.4 197.549 217.929 18.7% 34.258
Total Province 33,275.44 31,299.36 30,717.04 30,666.01 -7.8% -2,609.43

Source: Ministry of Education Form 1530 data (unpublished).

Table 2, below, shows the FTE information for Administrative Officers from 2001-02 to 2004-05. In summary:

  • The total number of FTE administrative officers has declined from 2,668.43 in 2001-02 to 2,543.82 in 2004-05, for a loss of 124.61 positions, or -4.7%.
  • Since 2001-02, forty of sixty districts have experienced reductions in AO FTEs, while fifteen districts have shown increases, and five show no change for the period.
  • As with teachers, the largest decline in AO FTEs was between 2001-02 and 2002-03, when 70.79 positions were lost.

Table 2: Form 1530 Staffing Data, 2001-02 to 2004-05: FTE Administrative Officers by District, sorted by % change

# District Name 2001 FTE
Admin
2002 FTE
Admin
2003 FTE
Admin
2004 FTE
Admin
% Change
2001–02 to
2004–05
Difference
between
2004–05 &
2001–02
20 Kootenay-Columbia 28 26 21 19 -32.1% -9
85 Vancouver Island North 21 20 15 15 -28.6% -6
74 Gold Trail 18 14 12 13.5 -25.0% -4.5
70 Alberni 38 34 27.901 30 -21.1% -8
5 Southeast Kootenay 35.18 31 31 28 -20.4% -7.18
57 Prince George 95 85.5 79.5 76 -20.0% -19
82 Coast Mountains 37 35.3 32.928 30 -18.9% -7
72 Campbell River 37.6 34.6 36.6 30.8 -18.1% -6.8
54 Bulkley Valley 17 16 16 14 -17.6% -3
6 Rocky Mountain 32 28.2 26.4 26.4 -17.5% -5.6
50 Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte 9.184 10 9 8 -12.9% -1.184
40 New Westminster 27.43 24.15 24 24 -12.5% -3.43
78 Fraser-Cascade 16 15 14 14 -12.5% -2
58 Nicola-Similkameen 17.001 17.6 16.05 15 -11.8% -2.001
27 Cariboo-Chilcotin 48.46 47.9 47.9 42.9 -11.5% -5.56
61 Greater Victoria 115.23 114.13 108.13 103.13 -10.5% -12.1
23 Central Okanagan 79.6 73.6 70 72 -9.5% -7.6
8 Kootenay Lake 37.21 36.9 36.8 34.05 -8.5% -3.16
73 Kamloops/Thompson 71 69 66 65 -8.5% -6
83 North Okanagan-Shuswap 42 40 38 38.5 -8.3% -3.5
28 Quesnel 26 26.001 25 24 -7.7% -2
63 Saanich 37.8 35.8 35 35 -7.4% -2.8
67 Okanagan Skaha 38.5 37 36.8 36 -6.5% -2.5
52 Prince Rupert 18.165 16 16 17 -6.4% -1.165
47 Powell River 16 15 14 15 -6.3% -1
53 Okanagan Similkameen 19 18 19 18 -5.3% -1
35 Langley 95.143 92.643 93.214 91.054 -4.3% -4.089
62 Sooke 49 45 46.7 47 -4.1% -2
79 Cowichan Valley 49.9 47.286 46.6 47.9 -4.0% -2
44 North Vancouver 92.6 96.2 92 89 -3.9% -3.6
39 Vancouver 183 185 179 176 -3.8% -7
68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith 68.592 67.675 68.8 66.675 -2.8% -1.917
43 Coquitlam 113 111 106 110 -2.7% -3
41 Burnaby 75.6 73 73.75 73.65 -2.6% -1.95
69 Qualicum 25.6 25.001 24 25 -2.3% -0.6
42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 62.169 62.3 65.8 60.8 -2.2% -1.369
34 Abbotsford 79.868 74.23 72.9 79 -1.1% -0.868
71 Comox Valley 50.35 51 50.001 50 -0.7% -0.35
60 Peace River North 29.8 30.8 29.6 29.6 -0.7% -0.2
81 Fort Nelson 7.033 7.033 7 7 -0.5% -0.033
10 Arrow Lakes 5 5 5 5 0.0% 0
37 Delta 60 58 59.52 60 0.0% 0
49 Central Coast 3 2.5 2 3 0.0% 0
64 Gulf Islands 14.6 13.6 14.4 14.6 0.0% 0
84 Vancouver Island West 5 5 5 5 0.0% 0
36 Surrey 213.252 206.1 209.5 215 0.8% 1.748
33 Chilliwack 51.7 50.59 50.59 52.59 1.7% 0.89
38 Richmond 106.201 109.601 107.6 108.269 1.9% 2.068
22 Vernon 42.6 42.6 43.6 43.8 2.8% 1.2
48 Howe Sound 21 21 22 22 4.8% 1
46 Sunshine Coast 17 16 18 17.9 5.3% 0.9
59 Peace River South 31 33 33 32.8 5.8% 1.8
45 West Vancouver 35 33.4 37.4 37.8 8.0% 2.8
75 Mission 33.865 35.4 39.5 39.5 16.6% 5.635
19 Revelstoke 6 6 6 7 16.7% 1
91 Nechako Lakes 24.2 25 27.6 28.6 18.2% 4.4
51 Boundary 9.999 10 10.5 12 20.0% 2.001
87 Stikine 4 6 6 5 25.0% 1
93 Conseil scolaire francophone 21 23 24 29 38.1% 8
92 Nisga'a 5 7 7 8 60.0% 3
Total Province 2,668.43 2,597.64 2,557.58 2,543.82 -4.7% -124.614

Source: Ministry of Education Form 1530 data (unpublished).

Table 3, below, shows the percent change in total teacher and Administrative Officer FTEs compared to student FTEs for the province from 2001-02 to 2004-05. There is a disproportionate decline in the percentage of teachers compared to students and AOs over the period shown. An almost 8% decline in teacher FTEs from 2001-02 to 2004-05 compares with a 4.7% decline in AOs and a 3.2% decline in student numbers for the same period.

Table 3: Teacher, AO, and Student FTEs for the Province, 2001-02 to 2004-05: year-over-year % change

Year FTE Teachers FTE AOs FTE Students
FTEs % Change FTEs % Change FTEs % Change
2001–02 33,275.44 - 2,668.43 - 596,431.80 -
2002–03 31,299.36 -5.90% 2,597.64 -2.70% 588,809.00 -1.30%
2003–04 30,717.04 -1.90% 2,557.58 -1.50% 582,440.10 -1.10%
2004–05 30,666.01 -0.20% 2,543.82 -0.50% 577,158.30 -0.90%

Source: Ministry of Education Form 1530 data (unpublished); Ministry of Education Student Enrolment Reports 2000-01 - 2004-05, Provincial Report, accessed on the world wide web on December 10, 2004 (bced.gov.bc.ca/reportfinder/publicschools.php).

Form 1530 data are collected by Educator (function) and by Program. Past reports have shown FTE changes by teacher categories such a teacher-librarians, special education, and ESL teachers. At the time of this publication the program-level data were not available and accordingly are not reported here.

Other research reports providing demographic information about the public school system in B.C. are available on the BCTF web site at bctf.ca/ResearchReports/#Demographics.

For more information about the data in this report contact Colleen Hawkey at chawkey@bctf.ca.


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