Eagle Point schools weigh position cuts

Jackson County School District 9 based in Eagle Point likely will lay off an estimated 36 employees next school year to help make up losses in state funding, district officials said Wednesday.

More than half of the layoffs are expected to be teachers, said Michael Remick, district human resources director.

Layoff notices will be sent out during spring break, March 23-27, Remick said.

The exact number of layoffs is still "up in the air because we are still looking at how many retirements and attrition we might have next year," Remick said.

He said he hopes the district won't need to cut all 36 positions.

The move will save the district an estimated $2 million to $2.3 million, he said.

District 9 already has trimmed $600,000 in expenses this year by freezing spending on any unnecessary travel, supplies and materials and reducing administrators' pay.

The district may have to pare more expenses after the state's next revenue forecast comes out Friday. State lawmakers have warned school officials to brace themselves for more bad news.

Like many of the other 197 school districts around the state, District 9 is considering shortening this school year to make up for reductions in state funding. District 9 has suggested it could cut up to 12 calendar days.

"We think it's unfair to do layoffs this year without advance notice so people can look for new jobs, so if we have to do more cuts this year it'll be days," Remick said.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 776-4459 or e-mail pachen@mailtribune.com.

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