District 9 announced reduction in force (RIF) notices were given to six certified and six classified staff members on Wednesday, Mar. 16.
The notices were given by principals following extensive preparation on the part of the district, said Director of Human Resources, Mike Remick. This included meeting with union representatives.
The reduction in staff could change should there be a retirement that the district is currently not aware of, said Superintendent Cynda Rickert. “But that retirement would have to be in the right area, otherwise we might even find ourselves having to hire someone.” Rickert also noted that with bargaining just beginning, it is unlikely a settlement will occur in time to have an affect on RIF. But, she said, she remained hopeful. Rickert was meeting with those who had been given notice.
“We wanted our employees to have a jump, an opportunity to make a transition and that’s why we notified them this early,” said Rickert. They are still District 9 employees and on the payroll through June 30, but she said the district feels the early notification is the respectful way to do a difficult thing.
The staff reduction notification is part of the $915,000 reduction in staff for the 2011-12 school year that was presented to the board of directors at their Mar. 9 meeting.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent