EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Employees of the Eagle Point School District will take mandatory furlough days in an attempt to offset financial challenges posed by coronavirus.
Superintendent Andy Kovach sent out a brief statement on Friday, announcing the furloughs.
"After careful consideration and multiple conversations with our administrative team and the employee association, Eagle Point School District 9 will be instituting three furlough days for all employees," Kovach said.
Most staff will take those furlough days June 8 through 10. Kovach said that the money saved through furlough days would be used to offset the cost that COVID-19 poses to the school district.
While the financial toll of coronavirus on local districts remains unknown, all of them are bracing for a drop-off in property tax funding.
"Eagle Point School District 9 is taking this proactive step now, hoping to minimize the educational impact for our students as well as the financial impact for our employees as we move forward," Kovach concluded.
The Three River School District in Josephine County announced earlier this week that it would implement one furlough day per week for the rest of the school year, beginning on Friday.
"We have heard projections from the Oregon Department of Education rumoring potential cuts of up to $6 million for next school year," Three Rivers superintendent Dave Valenzuela said in a statement. "With this decision, we will be able to do this at a time where students are already in a distance learning model and reduce potential cuts to the classroom next year. We would rather have furlough days when students are not in the building to lessen the impending impact potential reduced instructional days next year."