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Emotional Testimony at School Board

EUGENE, Ore. — There was an emotional plea to the 4J School Board as teachers, students and staff worked to further the budget discussions.

The overflow crowd spilled into the hallways at the meeting. There were several topics during public comment, but most people were there to talk about the budget.

Administrators have recently said they may have to cut up to 70 positions if they can’t settle on a new contract with the Eugene Education Association, which is the union that represents teachers.

The main message at the meeting, at least according to EEA President Tad Shannon, was to further the union negotiations, which includes easing the staff workload that’s come with the recent increase in class sizes.

“I hope that the board understands how passionate our members are and how desperate people feel,” Shannon said. “I think it was designed to send a message.”

The board made a call for parents, staff and teachers to join together in finding a funding solution.

The EEA says it does not have any negotiations scheduled with 4J.

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