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10 school clerks laid off; 140
Medford teachers sent pink slips

Posted by Alix Roy  June 9, 2010 08:40 AM

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Ten clerical employees of the Medford School Department have been laid off and 140 teachers were sent letters notifying them that their positions could be eliminated for budget reasons, Superintendent Roy Belson confirmed on Tuesday.

Some of the positions could be recovered if negotiations with the district's nine unions yield desired results, Belson added. All bargaining units are being asked to consider multiyear deferral agreements and assume a larger portion of their health insurance costs in an effort to preserve level services next school year, he said.

So far, unions representing the school custodians, carpenters, and security personnel have agreed to defer portions of their compensation, Belson said. Several other unions are scheduled to vote on the issue this week.

“Discussions have been amicable, intelligent,” he said. “It's understandable that people are concerned, they want to be [fairly] compensated.”

The 10 clerical positions eliminated last week were a result of an effort to retain teaching positions, Belson said. The layoffs were spread across the district and will require reorganization in all Medford school offices, he said.

“We're just going to have to double up and do things differently,” he said. “Unfortunately, this is a time when the state and federal government is asking for more reports.”

Laying off teachers will be a last resort for the district, which was legally required to notify the 140 teachers with non-permanent status that their positions may be in danger, Belson said.
 
“I'm not going to lay off 140 teachers, that's just not going to happen,” he said. “We have no interest in laying people off if we don't have to.”

During a presentation last month, Belson announced that it will cost $3.25 million more than the current $43 million to fund a level-service school budget in fiscal 2011, which starts July 1. The School Committee will review the budget at a public meeting on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Medford High School Library and a public hearing is set for Monday, June 21 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.

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