Best Lesson in How Not to Run a School District

Nampa School District

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Nobody was fired. That's perhaps the most surprising fallout (or lack thereof) as the budget mess that has defined the Nampa School District manifested through layoffs, furloughs, programs being cut, custodial services being outsourced and one school being shuttered. Yet not one administrator was dismissed over the $4.3 million in red ink--due in large part to accounting errors and improper oversight. Additionally, no forensic audit was ever conducted, no criminal charges ever considered and nobody was let go. That is, except for the 27 teaching positions that were eliminated due to the shortfall. Meanwhile, we learned in July that 150 teachers--18 percent of the district-- voluntarily left their jobs. The previous year's turnover was 5 percent.

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