John A. Logan College will eliminate 55 teaching and staff jobs at the end of the current semester if its board of trustees gives the OK tonight.
On the board's agenda, for a special meeting set to start with an executive session at 5:30 p.m. and an open session at 7 p.m., is a reduction in force proposal that calls for the following:
--Eliminate 15 non-teaching professional staff members
--Reduce full-time faculty by 35 members: 27 tenured and eight non-tenured
--Cutting five from the Teamsters staff.
Word of the job cuts started brewing late last week when college President Ron House sent out notices to possibly affected employees. The notice explained that the college administration's "reduction in force and discontinuation of some college programs" is a direct result of the state's failure to pass a budget.
To the workers who may find themselves out of a job, the notice reads: "Unfortuantely, you are one of the persons whose names are being presented to the Board of Trustees as part of the recommended staff reduction, which, if adopted, will mean your contract will not be renewed and you will not be employed after the conclusion of your contract on June 30, 2016."
The House letter does offer some hope, though, to affected employees if their are served with termination notices. "You will also be receiving additional information regarding the potential for callback in the event the economic situation at the college improves."
The meeting is being held in the college's O'Neil Auditorium.