Committee: Nampa Schools Should Sell Property, Institute New Activity Fees

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A special committee is recommending that the Nampa School District, which is swimming in red ink, sell property and begin slapping activity fees on parents to help remedy the $4.3 million budget shortfall.

In September, the committee was told that the district had projected a nearly $2 million surplus during fiscal year 2011, when in fact, it operated on a $1 million deficit. School officials said the mistake "was camouflaged by $3 million in federal stimulus money that hadn't been budgeted for." District budget officials told the committee that stimulus money was "double budgeted." Additionally, state support was overbudgeted by nearly $1 million.

Because of the budget mess, Nampa School Superintendent Gary Larsen resigned from his post in late September.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the committee is now recommending that the district sell a piece of property on 12th Avenue in Nampa, which could generate as much as $635,000.

Additionally, the committee wants to generate another $140,000 from selling activity cards to middle- and high-school students.

Plus, the committee is recommending an activity fee of $50 per non-graded activity and sport at the high-school level. The fee would be required to participate in upcoming spring sports and for all sports in the next school year.

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