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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