D9 agenda: RIF, closure of Elk-Trail

In her weekly email to District 9 staff, Superintendent Cynda Rickert highlighted two items that will be discussed at the Wednesday, Mar. 14 board of directors meeting. “One will seek authority to reduce staff for the coming year. The other will seek authority to close Elk Trail School and move its students to Shady Cove…

District 9 personnel changes effective July 1

EPHS Principal Allen Barber will become District 9 Human Resources Director and Tim Rupp, currently EPHS Assistant Principal, will become EPHS Principal effective July 1. These changes were announced Jan. 13 by Superintendent Cynda Rickert. Barber will succeed Mike Remick who is retiring after serving the district for 39 years. In making the announcement, Rickert…

EPHS rated Outstanding

EPHS 2010-11 score in reading is up 16 percent over 2009-10. Writing increased by 23 percent. Both math and science also made huge gains. Eagle Point and Ashland High School are the only two large high schools in the valley to be named “Outstanding.” Superintendent Cynda Rickert complimented the high school staff on the student…

District 9 to continue intra-mural sports

The date for the July District 9 Board of Directors meeting was moved from its normal 2nd Wednesday to the 2nd Monday after learning not all board members could attend on the normal meeting date. Primary items in the workshop included middle school sports, bus depreciation, technology and how a school should be named. Superintendent…

District 9 gives reduction in force notice to 12

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…

District 9 lays out plan to make cuts and RIF

A plan for a District 9 sustainable budget was presented by Superintendent Cynda Rickert and Business Manager Scott Townsend during the Mar. 9 work session. Funding per student has dropped from $6,028 in 2010 to $5,787 in 2011. Beginning in 2012 PERS requirements will see the district spending an additional $800,000. Step increases will cost…

D9 extends superintendent's contract, prepares to RIF 36

Thirty-six District 9 employees will learn this week they are victims of the RIF process (Reduction In Force). This is yet another part of the district’s effort to reduce expenditures for the 2009-10 school year. The process, as explained by Mike Remick, human resource director, was to work with principals and supervisors, meet with Eagle…

D9 extends spring break, 10 more days are tentative

School District 9 decided last week they could not wait any longer to make decisions, some definite, some tentative, on school days for the remainder of the year. Staff and parents need to be able to plan ahead as much as possible. Definite plans include extending spring break by two days. All schools and offices…

District 9 will cut 12 days by June; 36 staff in 2009-10

School District 9 is planning to cut up to 12 school days between now and the end of school, due to a lack of funds. “All district employees will be impacted by these cuts,” said Superintendent Cynda Rickert. A preliminary revenue report from the state is due to be released on Friday, Feb. 20 and…

Nola Wyatt retires

Talk about it all happening at once. There’s one person who can tell you what it is like to retire, have a birthday and get married, all within less than a three week span of time. Nola Wyatt was just one month short of spending 23 years in the District 9 Transportation Department, when she…

Lynn Eccleston resigns as principal of WMMS

Lynn Eccleston, principal of White Mountain Middle School, resigned her position on Sept. 5. Her last day will be Friday, Sept. 19. "It became evident I was no longer a fit in this district," said Eccleston, who has been in the district for 17 years. Eccleston said she was called into the district office on…