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                                                                                                   65-250

                                           REDUCTION IN FORCE (POLICY)

     A.  Reasons

         1.  Reduction in force resulting in the termination of staff personnel may occur for any of the
             following reasons:

             a.  the college is faced with a justifiable lack of work.

             b.  the college of staff person's curriculum, service or support program area has experienced
                 declining participation due to identifiable lack of need.

             c.  funds are not justifiably available to support the staff persons curriculum, service or support
                 program.

             d.  a major, justifiable change occurs in the staff person's curriculum, service or support program.

     B.  Provisions Concerning Reductions in Force

         1.  Staff employed by a college may be subject to reduction in forces for any or a combination of any of
             the reasons previously stated.  The Board recognized that the college, within these factors, may have
             no alternative but to curtail or delete certain programs, or portions of programs at the same time
             that other programs are being retained, expanded or added depending upon the legitimate educational
             needs of the community.  Programs and services most necessary to meet the needs of the students and
             community, consistent with in philosophy and mission of the college, are to be of highest priority
             when reduction in forces is being considered.

         2.  As soon as it becomes apparent that a reduction in forces nay be necessary, all staff of the college
             will be notified.  Following this, the executive officers shall accommodate by retirements,
             resignations, transfers, leave and other type of normal attrition.

             In addition, priority will be given to full-time over part-time personnel in those programs affected.
             Furthermore, staff persons shall be given the opportunity to move into other areas in the college
             where there may be vacancies for which they are qualified.  Also, staff persons shall be given the
             opportunity to upgrade themselves into vacant positions providing that such persona are reasonably
             qualified to do so, and the college can accommodate such a move.

         3.  When staff reduction cannot be satisfied by the above methods and the qualifications and abilities
             of staff in the affected area are relatively equal, seniority shall be the determining factor in
             considering who shall be reduced.  The most recently employed staff shall be reduced first and
             additional reductions shall proceed in that order.

         4.  In any future vacancies of the college for which staff persons need to be hired, those positions for
             which the reduced staff are qualified shall be offered to those staff who were reduced last and
             continue to be offered through the list of those who were reduced first.  All reduced personnel must
             keep the college informed of their current mailing address in order to be eligible for employment and
             specified in this section.

         5.  A staff person who is rehired under procedures (d) shall have the benefits or longevity, salary and
             fringe benefits reinstated.

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