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School Districts Negotiate Contracts

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District and the teachers union formally moved forward with contract negotiations Tuesday night.

The current contract expires June 30.

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 represents the equivalent of 750 full-time teachers as well as other licensed professionals, like librarians and counselors.

Complicating matters, the budget hasn’t yet been set.

The school district is still waiting from the legislature to determine what the deficit will be.

Contract teams from both sides hope to reach an agreement, but with a deficit it will mean concessions and likely furlough days.

“There has been talk about possibly having a one-year extension really focusing on the financial matters, but that will all be decided in the talks,” said Kerry Delf, 4J Communications Coordinator.

In previous 4J meetings, parent and teachers have expressed concern about increases to class sizes.

Wednesday night’s meeting is at 6 p.m. at 4J’s Education Center, located at 200 N Monroe St, Eugene, OR 97402. It’s the formal contract meeting. Ground rules will be set before the initial discussion. The public is invited to attend.

The Springfield School District is still in contract negotiations as well.

The district is planning on the governor’s proposed $6.5 billion state education budget as it builds its own budget for next year.

If the governor’s budget is approved, the district is hopeful that it won’t have to make as many cuts as in years past.

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  1. ahshucks says:

    If teachers want better benefits and pay they should have proof of their worth. First they need to get rid of the unions. The unions are the reasons for the lay offs. What is that you teachers don’t understand about that. The teachers need to be held accountable of the kids learning. Pay should also be based on the number of kids that graduate. Reduce drop outs to zero.

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