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Schools chief to outline recommended budget cuts.

Byline: Anne Williams The Register-Guard

The possible shutdown shut·down  
A cessation of operations or activity, as at a factory.


the closing of a factory, shop, or other business


shut down
 of the Eugene School District's radio station, KRVM, has grabbed headlines and prompted a flurry Flurry

A drastic volume increase in a specific security.
 of e-mails and phone calls to both the station and the district offices in recent days.

But it's just one of a long list of proposed cuts to the district's central office for next school year, many of which will have repercussions repercussions nplrépercussions fpl

repercussions nplAuswirkungen pl 
 in the classroom, officials said. And more cuts are almost certain to follow, depending on what state lawmakers set aside to spend on education in the next biennium bi·en·ni·um  
n. pl. bi·en·ni·ums or bi·en·ni·a
A two-year period.

[Latin : bi-, two; see bi-1 + annus, year; see at-

This first round of job cuts adds up to $1.4 million, and would leave the district with 40 percent fewer central office employees than it had in 1990, district spokeswoman Barb Bellamy said.

"Really what we are trying to do is preserve the staffing levels we have out in the schools," Bellamy said. "We cut 55 teaching positions this year ... and that has had an impact on class size as well as the electives that schools are able to offer."

But Bellamy and others stressed that the loss of these positions will nonetheless take a toll - however subtle - on individual schools.

"None of these are services that are not valuable to what we do as a district, so they will all have an impact on schools," Superintendent George Russell For other persons named George Russell, see George Russell (disambiguation).

George Allen Russell (born June 23, 1923) is an American jazz pianist, composer and theorist.

Russell will outline his recommended cuts at a joint meeting of the school board and budget committee tonight. He'll also offer a reminder that more cuts - totaling anywhere from another $4 million to $10 million - are likely in the next two years.

"This is really just kind of the first attempt to identify the cuts we can make away from the classroom as much as possible," he said.

His proposal would cut:

The station manager position at KRVM, a public radio station that gives students broadcasting and engineering experience on its FM station. Its AM station is leased to Jefferson Public Radio Jefferson Public Radio is a regional public radio broadcasting network serving a 60,000 square mile (150,000 km²) mostly rural area of Southern Oregon and Northern California. . Neither could continue without a station manager.

Curriculum coordinators. One position would be eliminated in December, and another would be half funded through a federal literacy grant.

Communications coordinator.

Research and evaluations specialist. The position would be made half time.

Media services and instructional materials coordinator, a half-time position.

Budget analyst.

Human resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees.  administrator.

Multicultural mul·ti·cul·tur·al  
1. Of, relating to, or including several cultures.

2. Of or relating to a social or educational theory that encourages interest in many cultures within a society rather than in only a mainstream culture.
 coordinator, a half-time position, and equity coordinator, a 0.8 position would be reduced to 0.3, all of which would be funded through a grant.

Technology specialist and user services specialist.

Facilities management The management of a user's computer installation by an outside organization. All operations including systems, programming and the datacenter can be performed by the facilities management organization on the user's premises.  director. Half of the position would be funded through the general fund and the other through the bond fund.

Facilities supervisor.

Electrician. Half of the position would be funded through the general fund and the other through the bond fund.

Cabinet shop specialist; groundskeeper; two heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration specialists; two painters; two carpenters.

One yet-to-be-identified administrative position.

Maurie Denner, principal at Washington Elementary School Several Elementary Schools, most named after George Washington, first president of the United States, have the name Washington Elementary School' including:
  • Washington Elementary School (Bellflower) in Bellflower Unified School District, CA
, said he hadn't seen the full list of cuts, but was already concerned about the loss of computer specialists.

"This year we've probably had close to 40 to 50 hours of help from those people getting new machines installed, getting those up and running and getting (training) on how to use them," he said.

"Without that person, it would simply fall to the people in the building to do it very inefficiently."

Paul Duchin, president of the Eugene Education Association, said teachers share that concern.

"I'm afraid that will severely and negatively impact classrooms," he said, noting teachers' increasing reliance on technology as a teaching and record-keeping tool. "To have all these computers is wonderful, but if we don't use them, the investment just doesn't bear fruit."

Should KRVM close, kids would lose out on an opportunity that engages them in school, offers invaluable experience and boosts confidence, station manager Carl Sundberg said. He plans to attend tonight's meeting, and expects a big turnout of supporters.

"We're getting a pretty good mix of people who love the station in general and people who love the students," said Sundberg, who hopes the district will give KRVM a chance to become self-sustaining.

Tonight's meeting is simply a preview; the full budget won't be presented until April 28. The district is basing its budget projections on a state allocation of $4.8 billion for K-12 education, which would equate e·quate  
v. e·quat·ed, e·quat·ing, e·quates
1. To make equal or equivalent.

2. To reduce to a standard or an average; equalize.

 to deficits of $2.6 million next year and $5 million 2004-05. That assumes a freeze in employee wages and benefits - something unions may not accept. The district is currently bargaining contracts with both its certified See certification.  and classified employees.

Some estimates have placed K-12 spending at $4.6 billion, which would boost the district's biennial biennial, plant requiring two years to complete its life cycle, as distinguished from an annual or a perennial. In the first year a biennial usually produces a rosette of leaves (e.g., the cabbage) and a fleshy root, which acts as a food reserve over the winter.  shortfall to $10 million.


When: 7 tonight

Where: Auditorium, Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.

To testify To provide evidence as a witness, subject to an oath or affirmation, in order to establish a particular fact or set of facts.

Court rules require witnesses to testify about the facts they know that are relevant to the determination of the outcome of the case.
: Public comments will be taken at the start of the meeting from anyone who has filled out a card. No decisions will be made tonight.

For information: Call 687-3309.
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Title Annotation:The Eugene district would trim or cut many nonteaching positions, including the station manager of KRVM radio; Schools
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 9, 2003
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