Edmonton Catholic school support staff started to vote today on an offer from the district that would see them back in schools later this week.
Voting on the offer started at four sites around the city today and will continue into Wednesday, with a final vote tallied Wednesday night. About 900 secretaries, teachers’ aides and special needs assistants could be back in the classroom as early as Thursday morning, said district spokesperson Lori Nagy.
She said staff at Edmonton schools has been handling the strike well, but that there has been a noticeable change in service.
“These are employees that handle a lot of very specific tasks. I don’t think we would ever say that we can handle 100 per cent. The schools are noticing a real increase in parent volunteers… and that’s really been helpful to the schools at same time, the support staff are really very missed,” Nagy told Metro.