May 07, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

ENTERPRISE The Enterprise School District has identified the three staff positions that will be cut next fall to help balance the budget.

The school board decided Monday that the staff members who will not be offered a contract next year are third- and sixth-grade teachers and a middle school counselor.

The board made the decision to cut the three positions at a special meeting last week. In February five teachers in the elementary and high schools were cut from the coming year, as theirs and other programs were eliminated.

Mondays action came as a result of the districts continuing financial problems, Superintendent Bill Eggers said today.

The district will continue to look at resolving issues to establish a solid fund balance, he said, emphasizing that Enterprise still has a solid school system.

Last week the board decided to adjust to declining student enrollment by reducing the number of classes and creating one blended class of first- and second-graders .

In Mondays decision, five teachers were vying for two positions. Those teachers were selected by an administration-generated matrix used to identify the teachers most desirable for those positions, Eggers said.

This matrix established a point system for several factors including proper licensing, seniority, competence and merit. Oregon Revised Statue 342.934 was cited as the basis for the decision.

The board last week decided to borrow $180,000 to $250,000 to buy time. At Mondays meeting, the board also opted to establish a $200,000 line of credit.

Through the budget cuts so far, the high school has been able to retain its vo-ag FFA, home economics, art, music and P.E. programs.

The art program was also maintained in the elementary school, but the separate music and P.E. programs were eliminated. Those subjects will be added to the individual classrooms.