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District Schedules Furlough Days

Cost-saving measure will save funds to offset cuts next school year

Eugene School District 4J and other Oregon school districts are bracing for significant budget impacts in the next few years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The district is taking steps and considering all options to address the coming shortfalls. 

The district’s goals are to, to the extent possible:
• Maintain class sizes
• Minimize layoffs
• Preserve a full school year next year

Earlier this spring, as the budget implications of the pandemic began to emerge, the district quickly instituted hiring and expenditure freezes to conserve funds. Now the difficult decision has been made to reduce school days this year, like many other school districts locally and across Oregon, as an important cost-saving option to offset further cuts next year. 

The district will implement two furlough days in June. This will save about $1 million to help protect school days and staff positions next school year.

School buildings have been closed since March 16 on the order of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and students are learning at a distance. The final regular day of school was to be June 11. Now:

  • Thursday, June 4 is a no-teacher day for elementary students
  • Friday, June 5 is a no-teacher day for middle and high school students
  • Wednesday, June 10 is the final school day

On furlough days employees do not work and are not paid by the district. In an effort to hold staff financially harmless through the furlough, the district has applied for the Work Share Oregon program, which combines state unemployment and federal CARES funding, to offset employees’ lost wages.

4J is committed to our support of families, including the free grab-and-go meal service for children and youth we have provided since the beginning of the closure, with more than 300,000 meals served so far. The district will make adjustments to continue to provide this critical service. Meal service will be provided Monday through Thursday, with extra take-home meals on Thursday to last through the long weekend.

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